Journal article

The Cytoskeleton and Its Role in Determining Cellulose Microfibril Angle in Secondary Cell Walls of Woody Tree Species

Larissa Machado Tobias, Antanas V Spokevicius, Heather E McFarlane, Gerd Bossinger

Plants | MDPI | Published : 2020


Recent advances in our understanding of the molecular control of secondary cell wall (SCW) formation have shed light on molecular mechanisms that underpin domestication traits related to wood formation. One such trait is the cellulose microfibril angle (MFA), an important wood quality determinant that varies along tree developmental phases and in response to gravitational stimulus. The cytoskeleton, mainly composed of microtubules and actin filaments, collectively contribute to plant growth and development by participating in several cellular processes, including cellulose deposition. Studies in Arabidopsis have significantly aided our understanding of the roles of microtubules in xylem cell..

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Funding Acknowledgements

This research was funded by a Melbourne Research Scholarship, The University of Melbourne and project also received support from the Madeleine Selwyn-Smith Memorial Fund Scholarship (MSSM). This research was undertaken, in part, thanks to funding from the Canada Research Chairs program to H.E.M.