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Antiherbivore Chemistry of Eucalyptus--Cues and Deterrents for Marsupial Folivores
- B. Moore, I. Wallis, J. Palá-Paúl, J. Brophy, R. H. Willis, W. Foley
- Biology, Medicine
- Journal of Chemical Ecology
- 1 September 2004
Formylated phloroglucinol compounds (FPCs) are the single most important factor determining the amount of foliage that marsupial folivores eat from individual Eucalyptus trees. Folivores need to… Expand
Explaining intraspecific diversity in plant secondary metabolites in an ecological context.
Plant secondary metabolites (PSMs) are ubiquitous in plants and play many ecological roles. Each compound can vary in presence and/or quantity, and the composition of the mixture of chemicals can… Expand
Revisiting the dietary niche: When is a mammalian herbivore a specialist?
Understanding dietary specialization in herbivores has theoretical and practical implications in ecology, yet defining niche breadth consistently has been problematic. To increase clarity and… Expand
Tree use by koalas in a chemically complex landscape
Although defence against herbivores is often argued to be the main action of plant secondary metabolites (PSMs), very few examples have demonstrated that intraspecific variation in PSM concentrations… Expand
Putting plant resistance traits on the map: a test of the idea that plants are better defended at lower latitudes.
• It has long been believed that plant species from the tropics have higher levels of traits associated with resistance to herbivores than do species from higher latitudes. A meta-analysis recently… Expand
Correlations between physical and chemical defences in plants: tradeoffs, syndromes, or just many different ways to skin a herbivorous cat?
Most plant species have a range of traits that deter herbivores. However, understanding of how different defences are related to one another is surprisingly weak. Many authors argue that defence… Expand
The effects of plant defensive chemistry on nutrient availability predict reproductive success in a mammal.
Plants contain a variety of chemical defenses that strongly affect feeding rates in captive mammals, but their effects on the fitness of wild herbivores are largely unknown. This is because the… Expand
A simple, integrative assay to quantify nutritional quality of browses for herbivores
Many regard the concentrations of nitrogen (N), tannins and plant cell wall constituents (fibre) as key indicators of food quality and habitat suitability for browsing herbivores; yet there is no… Expand
Palatability mapping: a koala's eye view of spatial variation in habitat quality.
Ecologists trying to understand the value of habitat to animals must first describe the value of resources contained in the habitat to animals and, second, they must describe spatial variation in… Expand
Eucalyptus foliar chemistry explains selective feeding by koalas
- B. Moore, W. Foley, I. R. Wallis, A. Cowling, K. Handasyde
- Biology, Medicine
- Biology Letters
- 22 March 2005
The koala is the quintessential specialist herbivore, feeding almost exclusively on Eucalyptus foliage. Consequently, the limitations imposed on the koala's diet by plant defences indicate the extent… Expand