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This mint, unread, revised SECOND Edition, paperback, Chapman & Hall, London, 1996. This is part of the series "Topics In Plant Functional Biology: 1", Series Editors: M. Black and B. Charlwood. The book size is 6" w x 9.25" h with tables, photographs, diagrams, a glossary, an index and 255 pages on pristine acid-free paper. ISBN 0412580608. "The plant cell wall plays a vital role in almost every aspect of plant physiology. New techniques in spectroscopy, biophysics and molecular biology have revealed the extraordinary complexity of its molecular architecture and just how important this structure is in the control of plant growth and development. The SECOND edition of this accessible and integrated textbook has been revised and updated throughout. As well as focusing on the structure and function of plant cell walls the book also looks at the applications of this research. It discusses how plant cell walls can be exploited by the biotechnology industry and some of the main challenges for future research. Key topics include: * Architecture and skeletal functions of the wall * Cell-wall formation * Control of cell growth * Role in intercellular transport * Interactions with other organisms * Cell-wall degradation * Biotechnological application of cell walls * Role in diet and health. This textbook provides a clear, well-illustrated introduction to the physiology and biochemistry of plant cell walls which will be invaluable to upper level undergraduate and postgraduate students of plant physiology, plant pathology, plant biotechnology and biochemistry. CHRIS BRETT is a senior lecturer in plant biochemistry at the University of Glasgow, UK. KELTH WALDRON is at the BBSRC Institute of Food Research at Norwich, U K and is working on aspects of cell wall structure." ( back cover )
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