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The Chemical Ecology of Mountain Gorillas, with Special Reference to Antimicrobial Constituents in the Diet

Mountain gorillas are strict herbivores and their diverse diet is apparently determined to a great extent by nutritional and non-nutritional chemistry. This PhD examined the phytochemical aspects of the diet of mountain gorillas in Bwindi Impenetrable and Magahinga National Parks in Uganda, with a view to establish the role of the chemical constituents of plants in their feeding ecology. It proposes a role for antimicrobial constituents of the food plants of gorillas in the perpetuation of stable enteric microflora, helping to maintain health.