Special Issue "Plant Cell Wall Dynamics in Plant Growth and Stress Response"
A special issue of Plants (ISSN 2223-7747).
Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (31 July 2018).
Interests: transfer cell development; plant cytoskeleton; plant cell walls
Interests: plant cytoskeleton; actin / microtubule interactions; plant cell wall; root development; vascular cambium; microscopy and live cell imaging
The plant cell wall, a structure composed of a complex network of cellulose microfibrils embedded in a matrix of structurally diverse polysaccharides, proteins, and lignin, defines the plant kingdom. The cell wall provides physical protection for the cell’s protoplasm, regulates cell volume and delimits cell shape, while its biophysical properties determine how cells can change shape as they expand, thus determining the functional abilities of each cell, as well as overall plant morphogenesis. The cell wall also provides the first line of defence against pathogen infection, acting either as a physical barrier or responding via altered chemical composition.
Plant cell walls are highly dynamic. Their organization and chemical composition show major changes during normal cell development, beginning with thin, primary cell walls with their transversely-oriented cellulose microfibrils aligned perpendicular to the direction of cell expansion, through to lignified and thickened secondary cell wall that develop in a subset of cells after cell expansion has ceased. These specialized secondary walls constitute the bulk of the cellulosic component of the biosphere, and their functional properties are fundamental to numerous commercial enterprises including textiles and forestry, as well as being a key component to be exploited for biofuel production. The dynamism of plant cell walls also includes changes in wall composition and architecture associated with various stresses. This Special Issue on “Plant Cell Wall Dynamics in Plant Growth and Stress Responses” in Plants brings together a collection of primary research papers and targeted reviews of plant cell wall structure and function, and the dynamic changes that can accompany responses to both biotic and abiotic stresses. It provides a snap-shot of contemporary plant cell wall biology with the goal of targeting new areas of discussion and investigation.Prof. Dr. David McCurdy
Prof. Dr. David Collings
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- cellulose synthase
- primary cell walls
- secondary cell walls
- transfer cells
- xylem development