Diets—Their Botanical Composition and Nutritional Value

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


The use herbivores make of available plant matter is rarely random—large herbivores are generally selective in their feeding, preferring some and avoiding other components of the available plant matter. The choice of food plants determines the nutritional quality of the diet, and thus the rate of energy flow into an herbivore population. It also directs the animals’ impact on the vegetation.


Crude Protein Perennial Grass Fecal Material Botanical Composition Domestic Horse 
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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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