Degradation of seed mucilage by soil microflora promotes early seedling growth of a desert sand dune plant.

@article{Yang2012DegradationOS,
  title={Degradation of seed mucilage by soil microflora promotes early seedling growth of a desert sand dune plant.},
  author={Xuejun Yang and C C Baskin and Jerry M. Baskin and Wenhao Zhang and Zhenying Huang},
  journal={Plant, cell & environment},
  year={2012},
  volume={35 5},
  pages={872-83}
}
In contrast to the extensive understanding of seed mucilage biosynthesis, much less is known about how mucilage is biodegraded and what role it plays in the soil where seeds germinate. We studied seed mucilage biodegradation by a natural microbial community. High-performance anion-exchange chromatography (HPAEC) was used to determine monosaccharide composition in achene mucilage of Artemisia sphaerocephala. Mucilage degradation by the soil microbial community from natural habitats was examined… CONTINUE READING
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