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1 August 2007 True Metabolizable Energy for Seeds of Common Moist-Soil Plant Species
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Understanding the true metabolizable energy (TME) value of food is important for constructing bioenergetic models. We estimated gross energy, nutrient composition, and TME values for the seeds of 3 native and 1 invasive exotic wetland plant that occur in the diet of waterfowl. True metabolizable energy values were 0.50 ± 0.080 kcal/g for spike rush (Eleocharis palustris), 0.65 ± 0.080 kcal/g for alkali bulrush (Schoenoplectus maritimus), 1.31 ± 0.090 kcal/g for perennial pepperweed (Lepidium latifolium), and 2.52 ± 0.080 kcal/g for lamb's quarters (Chenopodium album). The TME value for 3 of 4 species, including the invasive species, was low relative to the TME value of other seeds consumed by waterfowl.

BRUCE D. DUGGER, MIKAL L. MOORE, RICH S. FINGER, and MARK J. PETRIE "True Metabolizable Energy for Seeds of Common Moist-Soil Plant Species," Journal of Wildlife Management 71(6), 1964-1967, (1 August 2007). https://doi.org/10.2193/2006-144
Published: 1 August 2007
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