Oxalic Acid Research

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Oxalic Acid Research

Postby DSterantino » Thu Jul 21, 2016 8:03 pm

Andy et al

Any further research on Oxalic Acid after the below?

Thanks - Dan

<<<<Oxalic acid levels. This was where a bit of a surprise occurred. It was predicted that levels would be fairly low, based on the assumption (!) that high levels may interfere with calcium uptake... very little reliable data on this exists for reptiles. It is fairly well-studied in mammals, and generally, these results have simply been 'extended' to cover tortoises. In this field study, however, ALL OF THE PLANTS TESTED had levels of above 0.50g/100g. Most current dietary advice suggests avoiding plants above around 0.30g/100g.

This latter result requires further study, but strongly suggests that we may be over-exaggerating the effects of oxalic acid at least insofar as tortoise diets are concerned. The mammalian-herbivorous reptile association may not be a particularly accurate model in this instance.

Thank you to everyone who has supported the Jill Martin Fund. This allowed this critically important study to proceed. The knowledge gained will contribute greatly to breeding for conservation, and also is of huge relevance to keepers of tortoises as pets. The implications are very considerable.>>>>
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Re: Oxalic Acid Research

Postby Tortoise Trust » Sun Jul 24, 2016 3:24 pm

No... no further updates on this, Dan.

Just as above.
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Re: Oxalic Acid Research

Postby DSterantino » Sat Jul 30, 2016 1:31 am

Thanks Andy!
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