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Secondary Xylem Biology


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Coverage of the whole scope and breadth of secondary xylem, building on a basic comprehension of xylem structure and development before delving into other important issues such as fungal and bacterial degradation and biofuel conversion

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I.Development of Secondary Xylem Chapter 1. The vascular cambium of trees and its involvement in defining xylem anatomy Chapter 2. Xylogenesis in trees: from cambial cell division to cell death Chapter 3. Xylogenesis and moisture stress Chapter 4. Abiotic stresses on secondary xylem formation Chapter 5. Flexure wood: Mechanical stress induced secondary xylem formation Chapter 6. Reaction wood II.Function and Pathogen Resistance of Secondary Xylem Chapter 7. Bordered pit structure and cavitation resistance in woody plants Chapter 8. Fungal degradation of wood Chapter 9. Bacterial degradation of wood III.Economic Application of Secondary Xylem Chapter 10. Genetic engineering for secondary xylem modification Chapter 11. Secondary xylem for bioconversion Chapter 12. Wood as cultural heritage material and its deterioration by biotic and abiotic agents Chapter 13. Biomaterial wood: wood-based and bio-inspired materials Chapter 14. Biological, anatomical and chemical characteristics of bamboo IV.Advanced Techniques for Studying Secondary Xylem Chapter 15. Microscopic techniques for understanding of wood cell structure and biodegradation Chapter 16. Rapid freezing and immunocytochemistry provide new information on cell wall formation in woody plants Chapter 17. Distribution of plant components by TOF-SIMS

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Chonnam National University, South Korea Tokyo University of Agriculture and Technology, Japan Emeritus Scientist, Scion (New Zealand Forest Research Institute), New Zealand


"...better and more practical than an umbrella textbook...definitely recommended because it covers so much recent literature and discusses topics otherwise not covered in book form." --The Botanical Review

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