Wood Identification: Formation, Structure and Function of Wood

A special issue of Forests (ISSN 1999-4907). This special issue belongs to the section "Wood Science and Forest Products".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 10 December 2024 | Viewed by 135

Special Issue Editors

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Department of Forest Botany, Institute of Forest Sciences, Warsaw University of Life Sciences (WULS), Warsaw, Poland
Interests: wood biology; cambial events; wood formation; wood anatomy and function; wood ecology; wood hydraulic conductivity; wood structure modification; reaction wood; wood senescence; "wood" in monocotyledonous trees

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Department of Forest Botany, Institute of Forest Sciences, Warsaw University of Life Sciences (WULS), Warsaw, Poland
Interests: functional traits in wood anatomy; wood formation; tree biomechanics; reaction wood; water transport in xylem; wound regeneration

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleague,

Secondary xylem (wood) formed due to the meristematic activity of the cambium is a complex tissue. In conifers, this includes tracheids and parenchyma cells; in dicotyledonous plants, this includes vessels, tracheids, fibers and parenchyma cells, which are more numerous than in conifers. Secretory structures also occur in wood, but they are not always a constitutive element, and are formed as a result of unfavorable factors. A special type of wood is reaction wood, formed in response to gravitropic stimuli and as a result of stress.

The features of wood cells have taxonomic value; through macro- and microscopic analysis, they enable the identification of woody plants and the conditions in which they grew, as an example. This Special Issue is aimed at examining the morpho-anatomical characteristics of wood cells in relation to cambial cell events, and the environmental factors that accompany the growth and development of juvenile and mature woody plants.

Potential topics include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Cellular cambial events recorded in the structure of wood;    
  • The identification of wood in coniferous and dicotyledonous plants grown in various conditions;    
  • The adaptive wood features of tropical trees;    
  • Hormonal regulation in the mechanism of wood cell formation;    
  • Wood biomechanics.

Prof. Mirela Tulik
Prof. Urszula Zajączkowska
Guest Editors

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  • wood texture
  • false ring
  • size and arrangement of wood cells
  • wood rays
  • pitting
  • cellulose microfibrils
  • lignification

Published Papers

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