The mechanical properties of plant foods (fruits, seeds and leaves) with respect to mammalian feeding patterns, with emphasis on the primates and evolution of man


Grant Data
Project Title
The mechanical properties of plant foods (fruits, seeds and leaves) with respect to mammalian feeding patterns, with emphasis on the primates and evolution of man
Principal Investigator
Professor Lucas, Peter William   (Principal investigator)
Co-Investigator(s)
Professor Peters   (Co-Investigator)
Duration
36
Start Date
1993-12-01
Completion Date
1996-11-30
Amount
566000
Conference Title
Presentation Title
HKU Project Code
HKU 324/93M
Grant Type
General Research Fund (GRF)
Funding Year
1993/1994
Status
Completed
Objectives
The understanding of the fracture properties of fruits, seeds and leaves as plant foods in mammalian diets, placing particular emphasis on primates and the evolution of man. Our specific objectives are i) the correlation of the chemical structure of fruit, seed and leaf tissues with their fracture properties. In particular, to understand the role and toughening components of the "woody" tissues found in these structures; ii) the categorisation of plant foods for use in mammalian field studies and primate evolution based on the above relationships; iii) using the above information to model the properties of foods in mammalian diets.