Special Issue "Plant Cell Walls: Chemical and Metabolic Analysis"


A special issue of Plants (ISSN 2223-7747).

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 30 September 2014

Special Issue Editor

Guest Editor
Prof. Philip J. Harris
School of Biological Sciences, The University of Auckland, Private Bag 92019, Auckland, New Zealand
Website: http://www.bioscienceresearch.co.nz/staff/1122/professor-philip-harris/
E-Mail: p.harris@auckland.ac.nz
Phone: +64 9 923 8366
Fax: +64 9 373 7417
Interests: wood cell walls; cell-wall biosynthesis; cell-wall phenolics; cell-wall evolution; dietary fibre

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Plant cell walls play a central and dynamic role in plant growth and are the major sink for photosynthetically fixed carbon. Plant cell walls are also enormously important economically, being the major component of wood, the dietary fibre of foods, and, in forage plants, are the main energy source for ruminant animals. In recent years, there has also been growing interest in lignified secondary walls (“lignocelluloses”) from a variety of sources such as biomass for the production of second generation biofuels. To obtain an understanding of the complex structures and possible functions of the different cell-wall components and their variation among different taxa, in different organs, tissues and cell types, at different stages of development, and after specific genetic manipulations, a wide range of different analytical techniques have been developed. This Special Issue will highlight the application of such techniques. Contributions on any aspect of plant cell wall chemical or metabolic analyses are welcome.

Prof. Philip J Harris
Guest Editor


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  • high-performance anion-exchange chromatography (HPAEC)
  • gas chromatography
  • mass spectrometry
  • nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) spectroscopy
  • infrared spectroscopy
  • immunochemistry
  • phenolic components
  • carbohydrates

Published Papers

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Last update: 5 May 2014

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