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Vertebrate Food Pathway and Gut: Overview

  1. Ian D Hume

Published Online: 19 APR 2001

DOI: 10.1038/npg.els.0001833

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Hume, I. D. 2001. Vertebrate Food Pathway and Gut: Overview. eLS. .

Author Information

  1. University of Sydney, Sydney, Australia

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 19 APR 2001

Abstract

The width of an animal's nutritional niche is determined by (a) the amounts of energy and specific nutrients it requires; and (b) how successfully it acquires and extracts those nutrients from available food resources.

Keywords:

  • predation;
  • herbivory;
  • enzymatic digestion;
  • microbial fermentation