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The Impact of Fluoroacetate-Bearing Vegetation on Native Australian Fauna: A Review

Laurie E. Twigg and Dennis R. King
Oikos
Vol. 61, No. 3 (Sep., 1991), pp. 412-430
Published by: Wiley on behalf of Nordic Society Oikos
DOI: 10.2307/3545249
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/3545249
Page Count: 19
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The Impact of Fluoroacetate-Bearing Vegetation on Native Australian Fauna: A Review
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Abstract

Fluoroacetate is a highly toxic compound which is produced by three genera of plants in parts of south western and northern Australia, particularly the south west corner of Western Australia. Native animals in these regions have coexisted with this toxic vegetation for at least several thousand years, and many species have developed a marked tolerance to fluoroacetate. Factors influencing their level of tolerance, the possible causal mechanisms, and the implications to fauna management are discussed.

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