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C R Acad Sci III. 1999 Aug;322(8):633-50.

Structure and functions of the vascular cambium.

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Laboratoire de physiologie et biochimie végétales, ESA 6161 CNSR, Université de Pointers, France.


Following a general outline on the functioning of the cambium, the authors review the data acquired over the last 20 years. The interest is focused on: i) the ultrastructural characteristics of the two kinds of initials; ii) the early structural, metabolic and molecular modifications occurring during the first stages of daughter cell differentiation into either xylem or phloem; iii) the complex rhythmic changes of structure, metabolism and activity undergone by cambial cells during the seasonal cycle; iv) the characteristics and control of the cessation of cambial activity in autumn and of its reactivation in spring; v) the main research approaches in cell and molecular biology presently open to the students of the cambial meristem.

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