Plant Cell Walls

  • N. C. Carpita
  • M. Campbell
  • M. Tierney

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-vi
  2. Overview

  3. Cytology and Metabolism

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 7-7
    2. William G. T. Willats, Lesley McCartney, William Mackie, J. Paul Knox
      Pages 9-27
    3. Candace H. Haigler, Milka Ivanova-Datcheva, Patrick S. Hogan, Vadim V. Salnikov, Sangjoon Hwang, Kirt Martin et al.
      Pages 29-51
  4. Gene and Protein Structure

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 53-53
    2. Bernard Henrissat, Pedro M. Coutinho, Gideon J. Davies
      Pages 55-72
  5. Primary Wall Synthesis

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 93-93
    2. Wolf-Dieter Reiter, Gary F. Vanzin
      Pages 95-113
    3. Todd A. Richmond, Chris R. Somerville
      Pages 131-143
    4. Yolanda Gaspar, Kim L. Johnson, James A. McKenna, Antony Bacic, Carolyn J. Schultz
      Pages 161-176
  6. Growth, Signaling & Defense

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 177-177
    2. Catherine P. Darley, Andrew M. Forrester, Simon J. McQueen-Mason
      Pages 179-195
    3. Catherine M. Anderson, Tanya A. Wagner, Mireille Perret, Zheng-Hui He, Deze He, Bruce D. Kohorn
      Pages 197-206
  7. Secondary Wall Synthesis

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 207-207
    2. Simon R. Turner, Neil Taylor, Louise Jones
      Pages 209-219
    3. Dimitra Milioni, Pierre-Etienne Sado, Nicola J. Stacey, Concha Domingo, Keith Roberts, Maureen C. McCann
      Pages 221-238
    4. Ewa J. Mellerowicz, Marie Baucher, Björn Sundberg, Wout Boerjan
      Pages 239-274
    5. Ross Whetten, Ying-Hsuan Sun, Yi Zhang, Ron Sederoff
      Pages 275-291
  8. Cell Wall Biotechnology

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 293-293
    2. Claire Halpin, Abdellah Barakate, Barak M. Askari, James C. Abbott, Martin D. Ryan
      Pages 295-310
  9. Back Matter
    Pages 341-342

About this book


This work is a comprehensive collection of articles that cover aspects of cell wall research in the genomic era. Some 2500 genes are involved in some way in wall biogenesis and turnover, from generation of substrates, to polysaccharide and lignin synthesis, assembly, and rearrangement in the wall. Although a great number of genes and gene families remain to be characterized, this issue provides a census of the genes that have been discovered so far. The articles comprising this issue not only illustrate the enormous progress made in identifying the wealth of wall-related genes but they also show the future directions and how far we have to go. As cell walls are an enormously important source of raw material, we anticipate that cell-wall-related genes are of significant economic importance. Examples include the modification of pectin-cross-linking or cell-cell adhesion to increase shelf life of fruits and vegetables, the enhancement of dietary fiber contents of cereals, the improvement of yield and quality of fibers, and the relative allocation of carbon to wall biomass for use as biofuels.
The book is intended for academic and professional scientists working in the area of plant biology as well as material chemists and engineers, and food scientists who define new ways to use cell walls.


Nucleotide Polysaccharid Polysaccharide biology biotechnology carbon cell enzymes fruit metabolism mutation plant proteins quality synthesis

Editors and affiliations

  • N. C. Carpita
    • 1
  • M. Campbell
    • 2
  • M. Tierney
    • 3
  1. 1.Dept. Botany & Plant Pathology Purdue UniversityWest LafayetteUSA
  2. 2.Dept. Plant Sciences University of OxfordOxfordUK
  3. 3.Dept. Botany University of VermontBurlingtonUSA

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