Coping with chemical complexity in mammal-plant interactions: near-infrared spectroscopy as a predictor of Eucalyptus foliar nutrients and of the feeding rates of folivorous marsupials
We investigated the utility of near-infrared reflectance spectroscopy (NIRS) as a means of rapidly assaying chemical constituents of Eucalyptus leaves and of directly predicting the intake of foliage from individual trees by greater gliders (Petauroides volans) and common ringtail possums (Pseudocheirus peregrinus). The concentrations of total nitrogen, neutral detergent fiber, condensed tannins and total phenolics could be predicted accurately by partial least squares regression models...[Show more]
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