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Trends Plant Sci. 2009 May;14(5):248-54. doi: 10.1016/j.tplants.2009.02.004. Epub 2009 Apr 16.

An update on the nomenclature for the cellulose synthase genes in Populus.

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Umeå Plant Science Centre, Department of Forest Genetics and Plant Physiology, Swedish Agricultural University, Umeå, Sweden.


Cellulose synthase (CesA) is a central catalyst in the generation of the plant cell wall biomass and is, therefore, the focus of intense research. Characterization of individual CesA genes from Populus species has led to the publication of several different naming conventions for CesA gene family members in this model tree. To help reduce the resulting confusion, we propose here a new phylogeny-based CesA nomenclature that aligns the Populus CesA gene family with the established Arabidopsis thaliana CesA family structure.

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