Journal article

Plant cell walls: the skeleton of the plant world

Monika S Doblin, Filomena Pettolino, Antony Bacic

Functional Plant Biology - an international journal of plant function | CSIRO PUBLISHING | Published : 2010

Abstract

Plants are our major source of renewable biomass. Since cell walls represent some 50% of this biomass, they are major targets for biotechnology. Major drivers are their potential as a renewable source of energy as transport fuels (biofuels), functional foods to improve human health and as a source of raw materials to generate building blocks for industrial processes (biobased industries). To achieve sustainable development, we must optimise plant production and utilisation and this will require a complete understanding of wall structure and function at the molecular/biochemical level. This overview summarises the current state of knowledge in relation to the synthesis and assembly of the wal..

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Grants

Awarded by Australia Research Council (ARC)


Funding Acknowledgements

The authors acknowledge the generous support of the Australia Research Council (current grant ARC LP0989478) and Grains Research and Development Corporation over many years and more recently the Commonwealth Scientific and Research Organisation Flagship Collaborative Research Program, provided to the High Fibre Grains Cluster via the Food Futures Flagship, that has enabled us to pursue research, fundamental and strategic, into wall structure and function.