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Research Article

Distribution of Metals in the Termite Tumulitermes tumuli (Froggatt): Two Types of Malpighian Tubule Concretion Host Zn and Ca Mutually Exclusively

  • Aaron D. Stewart mail,

    Aaron.Stewart@csiro.au

    Affiliation: CSIRO Earth Science and Resource Engineering, Perth, Australia

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  • Ravi R. Anand,

    Affiliation: CSIRO Earth Science and Resource Engineering, Perth, Australia

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  • Jamie S. Laird,

    Affiliations: CSIRO Earth Science and Resource Engineering, School of Physics, University of Melbourne, Melbourne, Australia, University of Tasmania Centre of Excellence in Ore Deposits (CODES), Hobart, Australia

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  • Michael Verrall,

    Affiliation: CSIRO Earth Science and Resource Engineering, Perth, Australia

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  • Chris G. Ryan,

    Affiliations: CSIRO Earth Science and Resource Engineering, School of Physics, University of Melbourne, Melbourne, Australia, University of Tasmania Centre of Excellence in Ore Deposits (CODES), Hobart, Australia

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  • Martin D. de Jonge,

    Affiliation: Australian Synchrotron, Clayton, Australia

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  • David Paterson,

    Affiliation: Australian Synchrotron, Clayton, Australia

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  • Daryl L. Howard

    Affiliation: Australian Synchrotron, Clayton, Australia

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  • Published: November 08, 2011
  • DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0027578

About the Authors

Aaron D. Stewart, Ravi R. Anand, Michael Verrall
CSIRO Earth Science and Resource Engineering, Perth, Australia
Jamie S. Laird, Chris G. Ryan
CSIRO Earth Science and Resource Engineering, School of Physics, University of Melbourne, Melbourne, Australia
Jamie S. Laird, Chris G. Ryan
University of Tasmania Centre of Excellence in Ore Deposits (CODES), Hobart, Australia
Martin D. de Jonge, David Paterson, Daryl L. Howard
Australian Synchrotron, Clayton, Australia

Corresponding Author

Email: Aaron.Stewart@csiro.au

Competing Interests

The authors have declared that no competing interests exist.

Author Contributions

Conceived and designed the experiments: ADS RRA JL MV CGR MDJ DP DH. Performed the experiments: ADS RRA JL MV CGR MDJ DP DH. Analyzed the data: ADS RRA JL MV CGR MDJ DP DH. Contributed reagents/materials/analysis tools: ADS RRA JL MV CGR MDJ DP DH. Wrote the paper: ADS RRA JL MV CGR MDJ DP DH.