Diet breadth of mammalian herbivores: nutrient versus detoxification constraints

@article{Dearing2000DietBO,
  title={Diet breadth of mammalian herbivores: nutrient versus detoxification constraints},
  author={M. Denise Dearing and Antonio Marcelo Mangione and William H. Karasov},
  journal={Oecologia},
  year={2000},
  volume={123},
  pages={397-405}
}
Abstract Two hypotheses, nutrient constraints and detoxification limitation, have been proposed to explain the lack of specialists among mammalian herbivores. The nutrient constraint hypothesis proposes that dietary specialization in mammalian herbivores is rare because no one plant can provide all requisite nutrients. The detoxification limitation hypothesis suggests that the mammalian detoxification system is incapable of detoxifying high doses of similar secondary compounds present in a diet… Expand
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