Growth of the plant cell wall

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Abstract

Plant cells encase themselves within a complex polysaccharide wall, which constitutes the raw material that is used to manufacture textiles, paper, lumber, films, thickeners and other products. The plant cell wall is also the primary source of cellulose, the most abundant and useful biopolymer on the Earth. The cell wall not only strengthens the plant body, but also has key roles in plant growth, cell differentiation, intercellular communication, water movement and defence. Recent discoveries have uncovered how plant cells synthesize wall polysaccharides, assemble them into a strong fibrous network and regulate wall expansion during cell growth.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)850-861
Number of pages12
JournalNature Reviews Molecular Cell Biology
Volume6
Issue number11
DOIs
StatePublished - Nov 2005

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Molecular Biology
  • Cell Biology

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