Avoidance of selenium-treated food by mallards

Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry
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Abstract

Adult, male mallards (Anas platyrhynchos) were given a choice between a control diet and a diet containing 5, 10 or 20 ppm selenium as selenomethionine dissolved in water and mixed into the diet. At 10 and 20 ppm, selenium-treated diets were avoided. Avoidance appeared to be caused by a conditioned response, probably to illness caused by the selenium and not to an aversion to the taste of the selenium.

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Publication type Article
Publication Subtype Journal Article
Title Avoidance of selenium-treated food by mallards
Series title Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry
Volume 9
Issue 9
Year Published 1990
Language English
Contributing office(s) Patuxent Wildlife Research Center
Description 1155-1158
Larger Work Type Article
Larger Work Subtype Journal Article
Larger Work Title Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry
First page 1155
Last page 1158