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Special Issue "Molecular Biology of Secondary Growth"
Deadline for manuscript submissions: 10 November 2019.
Prof. Dr. Jae-Heung Ko E-Mail
Department of Plant and Environmental New Resources, Kyung Hee University, Korea
Interests: Plant Science; Wood Formation; Secondary Wall Biosynthesis; Stress Biology; Biotechnological Improvement
In woody plants, the growth and differentiation of secondary tissues produced by the vascular cambium (or secondary meristem) increases the stem diameter by periclinal divisions, and the circumference by anticlinal divisions, resulting in the developmental continuum of secondary phloem and xylem, called wood. This secondary growth is one of the most important biological processes on Earth. The resulting secondary tissues provide the necessary mechanical support and a conduit for the long-distance transport of water and nutrients, allowing trees to grow tall and eventually outcompete other herbaceous vegetation in light and nutrient uptake. Economically, this product is of primary importance to humans as timber for construction and pulp for paper manufacturing. It is also the most environmentally cost-effective renewable source of energy. Despite its biological and economic significance, the molecular mechanisms underlying vascular cambium development—from procambium and phloem/xylem cell fate specification—are still largely unknown. During the last two decades, remarkable progress has been made in identifying many pivotal regulators—such as the PXY/TDR-TDIF signaling network, VND transcription factors, and those involved in hormonal regulation—through the use of molecular genetics and/or large-scale gene expression analysis in both herbaceous Arabidopsis and woody poplar plants.
This Special Issue invites contributions focused on novel insights into understanding the molecular biology of secondary growth in plants; more specifically, original research papers reporting the identification of novel components regulating the signaling network of secondary growth in both herbaceous annuals or woody perennials. Studies on the epigenetic control of xylem cell fate specification, vascular cambium development, and review papers on these topics are also invited. We believe that this collection of papers will contribute to a better understanding of the secondary growth in plants, which can serve as one of Earth’s major long-term carbon sinks.
Prof. Dr. Kyung-Hwan Han
Prof. Dr. Jae-Heung Ko
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- vascular cambium development
- xylem cell fate specification
- woody perennial
- secondary meristem
- secondary growth