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Signalling across the divide: A wider perspective of cuticular structure-function relationships

Kerstiens, Gerhard (1996) Signalling across the divide: A wider perspective of cuticular structure-function relationships. Trends in Plant Science, 1 (4). pp. 125-129. ISSN 1360-1385

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Abstract

The cuticle is designed to keep water and solutes in, but to keep invaders out. Contrary to traditional thought, the cuticle's thickness and overall wax load do not control water transport across it, Why then are some cuticles very thick or made with apparently excessive amounts of waxes? A more comprehensive approach to understanding cuticular structure-function relationships is called for, taking into account the maintenance of barrier properties as well as a range of other functions, which include offering a medium for communication between potential invaders and the plant, impeding penetration by insects and fungi, and reducing water retention by leaf surfaces.

Item Type: Article
Journal or Publication Title: Trends in Plant Science
Uncontrolled Keywords: EPICUTICULAR WAX LOAD ; CITRUS LEAF CUTICLES ; PLANT CUTICLES ; TRANSPIRATION ; PENETRATION ; LIPIDS ; GROWTH ; PERMEABILITY ; ENVIRONMENT ; TRANSPORT
Subjects: Q Science > QK Botany
G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > GE Environmental Sciences
Departments: Faculty of Science and Technology > Lancaster Environment Centre
ID Code: 51336
Deposited By: ep_importer_pure
Deposited On: 17 Nov 2011 12:40
Refereed?: Yes
Published?: Published
Last Modified: 26 Jul 2012 19:50
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URI: http://eprints.lancs.ac.uk/id/eprint/51336

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