Xylem cell death: emerging understanding of regulation and function.

@article{Bollhner2012XylemCD,
  title={Xylem cell death: emerging understanding of regulation and function.},
  author={Benjamin Bollh{\"o}ner and Jakob Prestele and Hannele Tuominen},
  journal={Journal of experimental botany},
  year={2012},
  volume={63 3},
  pages={1081-94}
}
Evolutionary, as well as genetic, evidence suggests that vascular development evolved originally as a cell death programme that allowed enhanced movement of water in the extinct protracheophytes, and that secondary wall formation in the water-conducting cells evolved afterwards, providing mechanical support for effective long-distance transport of water. The extant vascular plants possess a common regulatory network to coordinate the different phases of xylem maturation, including secondary… CONTINUE READING
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