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Secondary metabolites in Eucalyptus melliodora : field distribution and laboratory feeding choices by a generalist herbivore, the common brushtail possum

Wallis, Ian; Watson, M; Foley, William


We studied the influence of a group of plant secondary compounds, the sideroxylonals, on feeding by the common brushtail possum (Trichosurus vulpecula), a generalist herbivore. Possums were offered synthetic diets either with or without sideroxylonals or, in separate experiments, foliage from 28 individual Eucalyptus melliodora trees. Possums ate less of the synthetic diet at sideroxylonal concentrations of 4 and 7 mg g-1 when offered a choice or no choice, respectively. Possums fed foliage in...[Show more]

CollectionsANU Research Publications
Date published: 2002
Type: Journal article
Source: Australian Journal of Zoology
DOI: 10.1071/ZO02029


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