Structure and function of plant cell walls

Plants do not have a skeleton that supports their body. Instead, each cell is confined in a stiff cell wall that protects the cell content. The cell wall is a composite material, made of stiff nano-crystalline cellulose microfibrils embedded in a pliable matrix of poly-sugars, aromatic polymers, proteins, and other additives. We study the nano and micro structure, and the chemical composition of plant tissues. We work mainly in two directions:

(1) Hygroscopic movement in seed dispersal

(2) The roles of silicon oxide in plant physiology.

The RH Smith Institute for Plant Sciences and Genetics in Agriculture, The Faculty of Agriculture, Rehovot 7610001

Israel

 

Room 2118 bldg. A

Email: rivka.elbaum@mail.huji.ac.il  Phone:  +972(0)8-948-9335

Fax: +972(0)8-948-9889

 

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