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Damage to and intake of plantation seedlings by captive European rabbits ( Oryctolagus cuniculus)


O'Reilly-Wapstra, JM and McArthur, C, Damage to and intake of plantation seedlings by captive European rabbits ( Oryctolagus cuniculus), Australian Forestry, 63, (1) pp. 1-6. ISSN 0004-9158 (2000) [Refereed Article]

DOI: doi:10.1080/00049158.2000.10674807


Damage to and intake of three seedling species commonly used in plantation forestry were examined when offered to captive European rabbits (Oryctolagus cuniculus). Rabbits damaged seedlings by clipping them close to the base. Sixty-eight to ninety percent of the stem was removed from all seedlings irrespective of the seedling species. In terms of dry matter intake, rabbits preferred Pinus radiata stem and foliage to that of the other two species, and they preferred Eucalyptus nitens foliage to Eucalyptus globulus foliage. Rabbits consistently removed more foliage and stem from seedlings than they ate, and feeding preferences did not accurately reflect the amount of damage. These results have important implications when considering management techniques to reduce browsing damage through seedling choice. Rabbit damage in plantations may be influenced more by seedling characteristics that affect clipping than those affecting intake. © 1999 Taylor & Francis Group, LLC.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Research Division:Agricultural, Veterinary and Food Sciences
Research Group:Forestry sciences
Research Field:Forest health and pathology
Objective Division:Plant Production and Plant Primary Products
Objective Group:Other plant production and plant primary products
Objective Field:Other plant production and plant primary products not elsewhere classified
UTAS Author:O'Reilly-Wapstra, JM (Associate Professor Julianne O'Reilly-Wapstra)
UTAS Author:McArthur, C (Dr Clare McArthur)
ID Code:19091
Year Published:2000
Deposited By:Zoology
Deposited On:2000-08-01
Last Modified:2002-02-06

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