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Understanding geophagy in animals: Standard procedures for sampling soils

WILLIAM C. MAHANEY & R. KRISHNAMANI
JOURNAL OF CHEMICAL ECOLOGY 29 (7) : 1503-1523

2003

Abstract
Geophagy or soil ingestion is a multidisciplinary phenomenon that has attracted the attention of many researchers in recent years; who have sought to understand why a large number of animals consume natural earths. To ?nd out why animals ingest soils, it is of paramount importance to establish standard methods to analyze comestible soil. Researchers have used different methods to examine soils ingested by animals, often with incomplete or inconclusive results. To make meaningful comparisons among studies, it is necessary to perfect research designs and establish standard methods to evaluate and analyze geophagy in animals.


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