Variation in Lignin Content and Composition (Mechanisms of Control and Implications for the Genetic Improvement of Plants).

  title={Variation in Lignin Content and Composition (Mechanisms of Control and Implications for the Genetic Improvement of Plants).},
  author={Malcolm M. Campbell and Ronald R. Sederoff},
  journal={Plant physiology},
  volume={110 1},
Lignin, a complex phenolic polymer, is important for mechanical support, water transport, and defense in vaseular plants. Compressive strength and hydrophobicity of xylem cell walls are imparted by the lignin polymer, which is deposited during the terminal differentiation of tracheids and other cell types. The resistance of xylem to compressive stresses imposed by water transport and by the mass of the plants is important to growth and development. In addition, the insolubility and complexity… CONTINUE READING

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