The biomechanics of browsing and grazing.

@article{Sanson2006TheBO,
  title={The biomechanics of browsing and grazing.},
  author={Gordon D. Sanson},
  journal={American journal of botany},
  year={2006},
  volume={93 10},
  pages={1531-45}
}
Terrestrial plant leaves are complex structures of composite materials. Resistance to fracture is achieved by a number of mechanisms, which operate at the molecular, cell, tissue, and structural levels. Leaves of dicots have different venation patterns and cell wall volume fractions from those of grasses, and consequently, they potentially resist fracture in different ways. Animals mechanically process plants in order to rupture the cell wall in preparation for enzymic hydrolysis, for which the… CONTINUE READING

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