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Wood formation in trees

Bruno Clair


Among the ecosystem services provided by forests, wood provisioning takes a central position. Wood and derived products have played a critical role in the evolution of human kind and demand for raw material is increasing in a foreseeable future. Wood is used for energy production, construction and a wide variety of products for which different properties are required. Anatomical, chemical and physical properties of wood are determined through a complex process called xylogenesis controlled by internal and external signals and occurring during the life of the tree. In this chapter we describe i/how wood is formed and ii/the different factors controlling this developmental process with emphasis on the molecular machinery involved, iii/the functions of wood and iv/the biotechnology approaches developed to improve wood biomass production and properties genetically.
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hal-01204210 , version 1 (23-09-2015)


  • HAL Id : hal-01204210 , version 1
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Mélanie Mauriat, Grégoire Le Provost, Philippe Rozenberg, Sylvain Delzon, Nathalie Bréda, et al.. Wood formation in trees. Tree Biotechnology, CRC Press, 656 p., 2014, 9781466597143. ⟨hal-01204210⟩
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