Mechanical stress and lignification

Tony Travis ajt at
Fri Apr 3 13:25:05 EST 1992

mwfolsom at (Mike Folsom) writes:
: In article <1992Apr2.054523.9536 at> karen at (Karen Snetselaar) writes:
: Re: my comments on Tony's post Karen says -
: >    
: >Lignification is a common plant response to various abiotic 
: >stresses like needles sticks and abrasions as well as to pathogens
: >and insects.  Histological techniques are often used to document
: >lignin deposition.  Lignin is autofluorescent (so are some other common
: >cell-wall components) and there are some stains that are more-or-less
: >selective for lignin.  These sorts of techniques are useful for
: >monitoring localized lignification, but it seems to me they wouldn't
: >be so useful for answering your question.  The pulp and paper people 
: >extract lignin all the time; maybe that's the place to look for techniques. 
: Well, Tony what is your question?
: I took it to be about metabolic pathways and Karen seems to see it from  
: a different point of view - so Tony expiring minds want to know!  

I posted a followup to Karen's message:  My question is can plants can
adapt to mechanical stress (by thickening sclerenchyma walls and/or
increasing the extent of lignification) or do certain genotypes just
grow with thicker and more lignified cell walls than others.


    Tony Travis <ajt at>  | Dr. A.J.Travis 
                                      | Rowett Research Institute,
                                      | Greenburn Road, Bucksburn, Aberdeen,
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