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Relationship betwveen diet and liver carcinomas in roe deer in Kielder Forest and Gallowvay Forest
  1. C. B. de Jong, Ir,
  2. S. E. san Wieren, PhD1,
  3. R.M.A. Gill, PhD2 and
  4. R. Munro, BVMS, MSc. DVM, DipForensicMed, DipECVP, MRCVS3
  1. 1 Resource Ecology Group, Department of Environmental Sciences, Wageningen University Bornsesteeg 69 NL-6708 PD Wageningen, The Netherlands
  2. 2 Forest Authority Research Division, Alice Holt Lodge, Wrecclesham, Farnham, Surrey GU10 4LH
  3. 3 Lasswade Veterinary Laboratory, Bush Estate, Penicuik, Midlothian EH26 0SA


The winter diets of roe deer culled from Kielder Forest, in north-east England, where the incidence of liver carcinomas in roe deer is high, and Galloway Forest, in south-west Scotland, where the incidence of liver carcinomas is low, were compared by microhistological analysis of faeces. Both areas are planted with spruce forests but the diets of the deer from Kielder Forest were less varied and contained more spruce and heather than the diets of the deer from Galloway Forest.

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