Physiology and Metabalism of Boron in Plants

Influence of Boron on Xylogenesis in Pinus radiata Organ Cultures
  • Tracy Putoczki
  • Juliet Gerrard
  • Sandra Jackson
Conference paper


Very little is known about the mechanisms that drive xylogenesis. In conifers, xylogenesis incorporates cambial cell division, subsequent xylem cell differentiation and culminates in cell death, marking the formation of a mature tracheid. Many researchers suggest that boron availability plays a critical role in the regulation of cell development. In particular, boron may be involved in maintaining the strength and integrity of the cell wall matrix, as well as the production and deposition of cell wall material (Hu 1994). We have a particular interest in the role of boron in xylogenesis and xylem cell development.


Boron Concentration Primary Cell Wall Xylem Cell High Boron Boron Deficiency 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Tracy Putoczki
    • 1
  • Juliet Gerrard
    • 1
  • Sandra Jackson
    • 1
  1. 1.School of Biological SciencesUniversity of CanterburyChristchurchNew Zealand

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