New paper: Plants also suffer from stress

September 14, 2015

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Professor Staffan Persson, affiliated with the Melbourne node of the Centre, has recently had a paper published in the journal Cell.

The paper titled, “A Mechanism for Sustained Cellulose Synthesis during Salt Stress,” discusses how the team identified a protein family that helps plants to grow on salt, and outlined a mechanism for how these proteins aid the plants to produce their biomass under salt stress conditions.

“Plants need to make bigger cells and more of them if they want to grow and develop,” said Professor Persson.

“Unlike animal cells, plant cells are surrounded by a cellular exoskeleton, called cell walls which direct plant growth and protect the plant against diseases. Importantly, most of the plants biomass is made up of the cell wall with cellulose being the major component.

“Hence, plant growth largely depends on the ability of plants to produce cell walls and cellulose, also under stress conditions, and it is therefore no surprise that research on cell wall biosynthesis is of high priority.”

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