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Ecological example of conditioned flavor aversion in plant-herbivore interactions: Effect of terpenes of Eucalyptus leaves on feeding by common ringtail and brushtail possums

Lawler, I; Stapley, Jessica; Foley, William; Eschler, Bart


We investigated the hypothesis that feeding deterrence of common ringtail possums (Pseudocheirus peregrinus) and common brushtail possums (Trichosurus vulpecula) by Eucalyptus terpenes (in this case 1,8-cineole) is a result of a conditioned flavor aversion (CFA), due to the association of terpenes with postingestive effects of another group of Eucalyptus toxins, the diformylphloroglucinol compounds (DFPCs). Wild-caught common ringtail and common brushtail possums showed a dose-dependent...[Show more]

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Date published: 1999
Type: Journal article
Source: Journal of Chemical Ecology


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