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
Professor Lucas, Peter William (Principal investigator)
Professor Peters (Co-Investigator)
HKU Project Code
General Research Fund (GRF)
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.