Effects of Two Plant Secondary Metabolites, Cineole and Gallic Acid, on Nightly Feeding Patterns of the Common Brushtail Possum

@article{Wiggins2003EffectsOT,
  title={Effects of Two Plant Secondary Metabolites, Cineole and Gallic Acid, on Nightly Feeding Patterns of the Common Brushtail Possum},
  author={Natasha Lee Wiggins and Clare McArthur and Stuart McLean and Rebecca R. Boyle},
  journal={Journal of Chemical Ecology},
  year={2003},
  volume={29},
  pages={1447-1464}
}
We investigated effects of two plant secondary metabolites (PSMs), cineole and gallic acid, on the nightly feeding behavior of the common brushtail possum (Trichosurus vulpecula), a generalist folivore. We tested whether possums altered their feeding behavior in response to increasing levels of cineole, a dietary terpene. Possums were fed artificial diets containing three levels of cineole; zero (basal diet), medium (6.8% of total dry matter, DM), and high (15.3% DM). In another experiment, we… CONTINUE READING
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