Nom du corpus

Corpus Systématique Végétale

Titre du document

Branch-cutting behavior by the vole ( Microtus pennsylvanicus )

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Éditeur
Springer (journals)
Langue(s) du document
Anglais
Type de document
Research-article
Mots-clés d'auteur
  • Meadow vole
  • Microtus pennsylvanicus
  • plant-animal interaction
  • conifers
  • phenolics
  • tannins
Nom du fichier dans la ressource
Syst_veg6_v2_030403
Auteur(s)
  • Jacqueline Roy 1
  • Jean -Marie Bergeron 1
Affiliation(s)
  • 1) Ecology, Nutrition, and Energetics Research Group Département de biologie, Faculté des sciences, Université de Sherbrooke, J1K 2R1, Sherbrooke, QC, Canada
Résumé

While investigating the preferences of meadow voles (Microtus pennsylvanicus) toward various coniferous species, we noted they often cut the branches of young trees, and then left them lying on the snow for two days or more before eating them completely. We tested whether this “behavioral manipulation” of a potential food resource resulted in a decrease in the level of secondary metabolites in branches. We found that after being cut for more than three days, the branches of young conifers had significantly less phenolics and condensed tannins. These postmanipulation levels of secondary metabolites were similar to those found in preferred summer food resources. Voles were thus capable of transforming a low-quality resource into one that was more compatible with their feeding patterns and detoxification mechanisms.

Catégories Science-Metrix
  • 1 - natural sciences
  • 2 - biology
  • 3 - entomology
Catégories INIST
  • 1 - sciences appliquees, technologies et medecines
  • 2 - sciences biologiques et medicales
  • 3 - sciences biologiques fondamentales et appliquees. psychologie
  • 4 - psychologie. psychophysiologie
Catégories Scopus
  • 1 - Life Sciences ; 2 - Biochemistry, Genetics and Molecular Biology ; 3 - Biochemistry
  • 1 - Life Sciences ; 2 - Agricultural and Biological Sciences ; 3 - Ecology, Evolution, Behavior and Systematics
  • 1 - Health Sciences ; 2 - Medicine ; 3 - General Medicine
Catégories WoS
  • 1 - science ; 2 - ecology
  • 1 - science ; 2 - biochemistry & molecular biology
Identifiant ISTEX
7A61B98D5ACA159FAE8A91861E84E6A944CD88BC
Revue

Journal of Chemical Ecology

Année de publication
1990
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Non
Score qualité du texte
6.17
Version PDF
1.3
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Journal
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