The role of plant secondary metabolites in mammalian herbivory: ecological perspectives.

@article{Iason2005TheRO,
  title={The role of plant secondary metabolites in mammalian herbivory: ecological perspectives.},
  author={Glenn R. Iason},
  journal={The Proceedings of the Nutrition Society},
  year={2005},
  volume={64 1},
  pages={
          123-31
        }
}
Plant secondary metabolites (PSM) have many ecological functions, but have long been considered as defences against pathogens or herbivores (vertebrate or invertebrate), reducing the likelihood and extent of attack. However, mammalian herbivores ingest many foods containing PSM and use both behavioural methods and physiological strategies to limit their negative effects. Most physiological counter-adaptations are inducible in response to ingested PSM, providing efficient protection against… CONTINUE READING

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