Koala population distribution may be influenced by eucalyptus leaf toxin and nutrient content, especially in areas with low-quality food options, according to a study published December 3, 2014 in the open-access journal PLOS ONE by Eleanor Stalenberg from The Australian National University and colleagues.
Koalas selected leaves with more nitrogen, fewer toxins. Image Credit: Chris Allen
Nutritional Correlates of Koala Persistence in a Low-Density Population, Stalenberg E, Wallis IR, Cunningham RB, Allen C, Foley WJ, PLoS ONE, doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0113930, published 3 December 2014.
IW and WF received a grant from New South Wales (NSW) Department of Environment, Climate Change & Water. The funders had no role in study design, data collection and analysis, decision to publish, or preparation of the manuscript.
The author has declared that no competing interests exist.