Regulation of Lignification in Defense

  • Michael H. Walter
Part of the Plant Gene Research book series (GENE)


This chapter deals with some aspects of structural barriers impermeable to attempted invasions of pathogens as opposed to more direct pathogen controls by way of phytoalexin antibiotics, hydrolases or fungitoxic thionins. There is growing evidence that such barriers are reinforced or even newly erected in plant defense responses, and that they contribute to disease resistance (Aist, 1983; Hargreaves and Keon, 1986; Delmer and Stone, 1988). Major structural barriers are the cellulosic cell walls, in particular epidermal cell walls, impregnated with lignin polymers and other wallbound phenolics and the cuticle with cutin and soluble waxes as major constituents (Vance et al., 1980; Kolattukudy, 1980, 1985; Kolattukudy and Soliday, 1985).


Lignin Biosynthesis Wheat Leave Lignin Monomer Anionic Peroxidase Cucumber Hypocotyl 
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  • Michael H. Walter
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  1. 1.Institut für PflanzenphysiologieUniversität HohenheimStuttgart 70Federal Republic of Germany

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