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    Cornell plant scientist publishes the latest knowledge on plant
    cell-wall biology in new technical book

    FOR RELEASE: Dec. 4, 2003

    Contact: Blaine P. Friedlander Jr.
    Office: 607-255-3290

    ITHACA, N.Y. -- The wall of a plant cell is no longer just a
    biological bulwark. It is a critical component in science.

    To update other biologists with fresh information about plant cell
    walls, Jocelyn Rose, a Cornell University assistant professor of
    plant biology, has edited a new book, The Plant Cell Wall, published
    by Blackwell Publishing. "This book is especially appropriate given
    the recent completion of the first plant-genome sequencing projects
    and our entry into the 'post-genomic' era," said Rose, who joined the
    Cornell faculty as part of the university's Genomics Initiative.
    "Such breakthroughs have given an exciting glimpse into the
    substantial size and diversity of the families of genes encoding cell
    wall-related proteins."

    In his own laboratory, Rose and his colleagues focus on the
    structure, function and metabolism of plant cell walls and also their
    pivotal role in fending off pathogens. "Cell walls represent a major
    frontier in plant biotechnology, reflected in their importance in a
    broad range of plant-derived products, contributing to the food,
    fiber and material science industries," he said. "In addition to
    their critical importance for plants, they influence so many aspects
    of our daily life, such as structural materials in paper and wood,
    fuel, clothing in the form of cotton and, of course, nutrition --
    that all important dietary fiber."

    In the last few years, biological science has developed fresh
    analytical tools used in molecular biology, biochemistry,
    spectroscopy, microscopy, immunology, genomics and proteomics. They
    are used to investigate plant cell-wall structure and function. The
    high resolution of these tools was impossible to imagine a few years
    ago, said Rose. "But the emergence of plant-cell research has
    resulted in a growing awareness of the critical role of plant cell
    walls in a broad range of developmental events, adding strength and
    diversity to cell wall-related scientific research." An overview of
    current knowledge on the subject, the book examines the rapidly
    growing number of genes and proteins responsible for plant cell-wall
    synthesis, restructuring, degradation and wall-associated signal
    transduction. And it also addresses the following topics: the
    composition and structure of plant primary cell walls, biophysical
    characteristics of plant cell walls, molecules as probes for
    cell-wall analysis, plant cell-wall biosynthesis, expansion of the
    plant cell wall, cell-wall disassembly and plant cell walls in the
    post-genomic era.


    The web version of this release may be found at

    Cornell University News Service
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