Effects of physical attributes and chemical composition of novel foods on food selection by Norway rats (Rattus norvegicus)

@article{Hegab2013EffectsOP,
  title={Effects of physical attributes and chemical composition of novel foods on food selection by Norway rats (Rattus norvegicus)},
  author={Ibrahim M. Hegab and Hemin Pan and Junyan Dong and Aiqin Wang and Baofa Yin and Shengmei Yang and Wanhong Wei},
  journal={Journal of Pest Science},
  year={2013},
  volume={87},
  pages={99-106}
}
An organism’s food is a fundamental aspect of its survival niche. Free-ranging rodents are presented regularly with different types of novel food. To investigate the novel food selection process in Norway rats concerning chemical and physical characteristics, 288 laboratory bred Norway rats (Rattus norvegicus) were tested with a 2-h free choice for each animal. First, rats were tested against eight kinds of novel foods: corn, beans, broiler ration, soybeans, peanuts, rice, potatoes, and millet… CONTINUE READING

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