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Feeding selectivity in leaves of wild chimpanzees, Bossou, Guinea : the role of phytochemistry.
Plant chemistry plays an important part in the food choice of
primates. However, because animals probably seek out a different chemical component for
each category of food item they ingest (fruit for sugar, leaf for protein, pith for water,
and so on), it is difficult to interpret food choice in all food categories using the same
chemical components. For chimpanzees, which are basically frugivorous, a number of studies
have analyzed their fruit eating behavior. In contrast, little is known about the
relationship between leaf eating behavior and plant chemistry.