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Curr Opin Plant Biol. 2014 Feb;17:56-63. doi: 10.1016/j.pbi.2013.11.003. Epub 2013 Nov 30.

The formation of wood and its control.

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1
Department of Biological and Environmental Sciences, Institute of Biotechnology, University of Helsinki, P.O. Box 65, 00014 Helsinki, Finland.
2
Department of Biological and Environmental Sciences, Institute of Biotechnology, University of Helsinki, P.O. Box 65, 00014 Helsinki, Finland; Finnish Forest Research Institute, P.O. Box 18, 01301 Vantaa, Finland.
3
Department of Biological and Environmental Sciences, Institute of Biotechnology, University of Helsinki, P.O. Box 65, 00014 Helsinki, Finland. Electronic address: yrjo.helariutta@helsinki.fi.

Abstract

Wood continues to increase in importance as a sustainable source of energy and shelter. Wood formation is a dynamic process derived from plant secondary (radial) growth. Several experimental systems have been employed to study wood formation and its regulation. The use of genetic manipulation approaches and genome-wide analyses in model plants have significantly advanced our understanding of wood formation. In this review, we provide an update of our knowledge of the genetic and hormonal regulation of wood formation based on research in different plants systems, as well as considering the subject from an evo-devo perspective.

PMID:
24507495
DOI:
10.1016/j.pbi.2013.11.003
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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