U. researchers use fecal transplants to help rats eat toxic plants

July 21, 2014 7:02 PM

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SALT LAKE CITY — Woodrats from northern Utah were better able to eat toxic plants after receiving microbe-filled fecal transplants, according to a new study by the University of Utah.

The study, published Monday in the journal "Ecology Letters," confirms a long-held suspicion that bacteria in the gut play a crucial role in allowing herbivores to eat toxic plants, according to Kevin Kohl, a postdoctoral researcher at the University of Utah.

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