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Consumption growthas a measure of comparisons of results from no-choice test and test with multiple choice
 
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Agricultural University, Department of Mathematical and Statistical Methods, Wojska Polskiego 28, 60-638 Poznań, Poland
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Institute of Plant Protection, Miczurina 20, 60-318 Poznań, Poland
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Maria Kozłowska
Agricultural University, Department of Mathematical and Statistical Methods, Wojska Polskiego 28, 60-638 Poznań, Poland
 
Journal of Plant Protection Research 2004;44(3):251–258
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Studies on food preference of herbivores include no-choice test and test with choice or multiple choice. Conclusions from statistic analyses of these tests are compared descriptively. The definition of compatibility index and consumption growth index has enabled us to use nonparametric test for verification of hypotheses about homogeneity of the consumption growths of selected plant species under no-choice and multiple choice conditions. The studies were conducted on food preference of the slug Deroceras reticulatum. It has been found that Chamaenerion angustifolium, Geraniumpusillum and Potentilla anserina can be used to reduce this slug feeding on cultivated plants. It has been also found that seedlings of Polygonum aviculare can be used as alternative food for slugs.
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