From the mouse-deer to the elephant, plant eaters come in all shapes and sizes. But how do they manage to flourish on a salad diet? In this free course, Studying mammals: Plant predators, we will examine the special features that allow them to extract their nutrients from leaves, and see how some plants protect themselves from these predators. This is the fourth course in the Studying mammals series.
Course learning outcomes
After studying this course, you should be able to:
describe the particular problems in digesting plant material
give examples of the ways in which teeth are modified for a herbivorous diet
explain the importance of digestive enzymes
explain the importance of microbes in digesting plant material
compare the main features of the digestive systems of ruminants and hindgut fermenters.