TITLE

Taste Preference Thresholds for Food-Associated Sugars in Baboons (Papio hamadryas anubis )

AUTHOR(S)
Laska, Matthias; Schüll, Elmar; Scheuber, Heinz-Peter
PUB. DATE
February 1999
SOURCE
International Journal of Primatology;Feb99, Vol. 20 Issue 1, p25
SOURCE TYPE
Academic Journal
DOC. TYPE
Article
ABSTRACT
We aimed to determine taste preference thresholds for 5 food-associated sugars in Papio hamadryas anubis. In a 2-bottle preference test of brief duration (2 min) 4 subadult baboons significantly preferred concentrations as low as 10 m M sucrose, 20 m M fructose, lactose, and maltose, and 25 m M glucose over tap water. Presentation of suprathreshold sugar solutions led to marked concentration-dependent polydipsia. The results show that baboons are among the most sugar-sensitive nonhuman primates tested so far and, thus, support the assumption that Papio hamadryas anubis may use sweetness as a criterion for food selection.
ACCESSION #
1972170

 

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