Plant wax components: a new approach to estimating intake and diet composition in herbivores.

@article{Dove1996PlantWC,
  title={Plant wax components: a new approach to estimating intake and diet composition in herbivores.},
  author={Hugh Dove and Robert Mayes},
  journal={The Journal of nutrition},
  year={1996},
  volume={126 1},
  pages={13-26}
}
The nutrient status of the herbivore depends on the nutritive value of the plants available, the botanical composition of the consumed diet and the intake of the animal. It has always been difficult to quantify these last two. At present, intake is usually calculated from separate estimates of fecal output and diet digestibility. In this review we discuss the errors inherent in this approach, especially those associated with the determination and application of digestibility in vitro. We then… CONTINUE READING