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Food preferences of Deroceras reticulatum, Arion lusitanicus and Arion rufus for variousmedicinal herbs and oilseed rape
 
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Institute of Plant Protection, Miczurina 20, 60-318 Poznań, Poland
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Agricultural University, Department of Mathematical and Statistical Methods, Wojska Polskiego 28, 60-638 Poznań, Poland
 
Journal of Plant Protection Research 2004;44(3):239–249
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Studies on palatability of some commom weed species, herbaceous plants and oilseed rape to D. reticulatum, A. lusitanicus and A. rufus slugs have been carried out under laboratory conditions. In food choice trials the rate and degree of damage to seedlings and leaf disks were determined for 20 plant species. The conducted experiments have also permitted to establish, which plant species were preferred or were not accepted by particular slug species. It was found that the studied slug species preferred seedlings and leaves of Brassica napus and Papaver rhoeas, but showed no preference for Epilobium hirsutum, Geranium sanguineum and Saponaria officinalis plants. As to the remaining plant species under study, the preferences exhibited by particular slug species were quite diverse.
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Jan Kozłowski
Institute of Plant Protection, Miczurina 20, 60-318 Poznań, Poland
 
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