Data from: Impacts of silicon-based grass defences across trophic levels under both current and future atmospheric CO2 scenarios

James M.W. Ryalls, Sue E. Hartley, Scott N. Johnson, James M. W. Ryalls & Susan E. Hartley
Silicon (Si) has important functional roles in plants, including resistance against herbivores. Environmental change, such as increasing atmospheric concentrations of CO2, may alter allocation to Si defences in grasses, potentially changing the feeding behaviour and performance of herbivores, which may in turn impact on higher trophic groups. Using Si-treated and untreated grasses (Phalaris aquatica) maintained under ambient (400 ppm) and elevated (640 and 800 ppm) CO2 concentrations, we show that Si reduced feeding by crickets...
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