Responses of Woody Plant Cells to Freezing

Investigations on the Role of the Plant Cell Wall
  • Edward N. Ashworth
  • Stephen R. Malone
  • Zoran Ristic
  • James W. Julian
  • Eric Sarnighausen


The ability to survive adverse winter conditions is an important characteristic of woody perennial plants residing in the temperate zone and boreal forests. Species adapted to these regions must be able to over-winter and survive freezing temperatures, and in turn, differences in the capacity of species and taxa to survive low temperatures affects the regions in which these plants can grow. For example, low mid-winter temperatures generally limit where ornamental landscape species can be grown successfully. In addition, the selection of favorable sites to lessen the likelihood of freezing injury is a primary consideration affecting the location of commercial fruit and nut plantings in temperate regions. Besides affecting the distribution of woody plants, low winter temperatures often cause economic losses in existing plantings. Due to the importance of low temperature stress, many researchers have studied how woody plant cells respond during freezing. The goal of this research has been to understand how woody plants are injured by freezing, and identify characteristics that account for differences in cold hardiness among woody taxa.


Cold Acclimation Cell Wall Protein Cold Hardiness Subzero Temperature Freezing Injury 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Edward N. Ashworth
    • 1
  • Stephen R. Malone
    • 2
  • Zoran Ristic
    • 3
  • James W. Julian
    • 1
  • Eric Sarnighausen
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of HorticulturePurdue UniversityWest LafayetteUSA
  2. 2.Department of BiologyUniversity of West AlabamaLivingstonUSA
  3. 3.Department of BiologyUniversity of South DakotaVermillionUSA

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