Miriam L. Galeas

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Some plants hyperaccumulate selenium (Se) up to 1% of dry weight. This study was performed to obtain insight into whole-plant Se fluxes in hyperaccumulators. Selenium hyperaccumulators Astragalus bisulcatus and Stanleya pinnata were monitored over two growing seasons for seasonal fluctuations in concentrations of Se and the chemically similar element sulfur(More)
Selenium (Se) hyperaccumulation, when plant species accumulate upwards of 1,000 mg Se kg−1 dry weight (DW), protects plants from a variety of herbivores and pathogens. The objective of this study was to determine the effect of plant Se concentration on the rate of litter decomposition by invertebrates and microbes in a seleniferous habitat. Decomposition,(More)
The elemental defense hypothesis proposes that some plants hyperaccumulate toxic elements as a defense mechanism. In this study the effectiveness of selenium (Se) as an arthropod deterrent was investigated under field conditions. Arthropod loads were measured over two growing seasons in Se hyperaccumulator habitats in Colorado, USA, comparing Se(More)
Some plants can hyperaccumulate the element selenium (Se) up to 10,000 mg Se kg−1 dry weight. Hyperaccumulation has been hypothesized to defend against herbivory. In laboratory studies high Se levels protect plants from invertebrate herbivores and pathogens. However, field studies and mammalian herbivore studies that link Se accumulation to herbivory(More)
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