Biochemistry and Molecular Biology of Defense Reactions in the Xylem of Angiosperm Trees

  • L. C. Duchesne
  • M. Hubbes
  • R. S. Jeng
Part of the Springer Series in Wood Science book series (SSWOO)

Abstract

The xylem of woody angiosperms comprises the great majority of the biomass on earth (Lieth and Whittaker 1975, Woodwell et al. 1978, Duchesne and Larson 1989). Understandably, a wide array of living organisms have evolved mechanisms to acquire and metabolize the different components of tree xylem. On the other hand, the xylem of trees is critical for mechanical support, food reserve, and sap conduction, and therefore trees have evolved several mechanisms that allow them to preserve the integrity of their woody tissues.

Keywords

Respiration Biodegradation Flavonoid Alkaloid Quinone 

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  • R. S. Jeng

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