How Do Animals Learn if Rangeland Plants are Toxic or Nutritious?
Society for Range Management
Howery, L.D., Provenza, F.D., Ruyle, G.B. & Jordan, N.C. (2008). How Do Animals Learn if Rangeland Plants are Toxic or Nutritious? Rangelands, 20(6), 4-9.
Over the past 15 years, Dr. Frederick Provenza and his associates at Utah State University have studied how animals use certain physiological and behavioral processes to learn whether rangeland forages are toxic or nutritious. This article summarizes key concepts presented in recent articles (e.g., Provenza et al. 1992; Provenza 1995, 1996, 1997) about how learning plays a major role in the development of dietary choices made by rangeland animals.