Digestion and absorption ofEucalyptus essential oils in greater glider (Petauroide svolans) and brushtail possum (Trichosurus vulpecula)

  title={Digestion and absorption ofEucalyptus essential oils in greater glider (Petauroide svolans) and brushtail possum (Trichosurus vulpecula)},
  author={William J. Foley and Erich V. Lassak and J. J. Brophy},
  journal={Journal of Chemical Ecology},
Measurements were made of the quantity and composition of the steam-volatile essential oils in gastrointestinal tract contents of greater gliders fedEucalyptus radiata foliage and brushtail possums fedE. melliodora foliage. In both species, there was less oil in the stomach contents than in an equivalent mass of foliage. Only minor losses of leaf oils occurred during mastication by greater gliders, and absorption from the stomach appeared to be the major reason for the difference in the oil… 

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