Extracting Nutrients from Plant Tissues

  • Patrick Duncan
Part of the Ecological Studies book series (ECOLSTUD, volume 87)


When nutrients such as protein and energy are available in excess of maintenance requirements, animals use them for growth, reproduction, and building up body reserves. An ungulate which assimilates nutrients faster than its competitors will, all other things being equal, survive better and leave offspring which are more numerous or of better quality than those of its competitors. It will, therefore, be more successful in evolutionary terms.


Passage Rate Neutral Detergent Fiber Crude Fiber Acid Detergent Fiber Animal Factor 
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© Springer-Verlag New York Inc. 1992

Authors and Affiliations

  • Patrick Duncan
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  1. 1.Centre National de la Recherche ScientifiqueCentre d’Etudes Biologiques de ChizeVilliers-en-BoisFrance

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