Resource Availability and Quality Influence Patterns of Diet Mixing by Sheep

@article{Shaw2006ResourceAA,
  title={Resource Availability and Quality Influence Patterns of Diet Mixing by Sheep},
  author={Ryan A. Shaw and Juan J. Villalba and Fredrick D. Provenza},
  journal={Journal of Chemical Ecology},
  year={2006},
  volume={32},
  pages={1267-1278}
}
In grazing systems, forage availability is a function of herbivore density, which can influence an animal's ability to be selective. In turn, the influence of food availability on selectivity has the potential to influence plant biodiversity. We hypothesized that the ability of herbivores to mix toxin-containing foods in their diets is a function of the availability of nontoxic foods and the nutritional characteristics of the toxin-containing foods. We evaluated this hypothesis in two trials… CONTINUE READING