At present, plants and agricultural sciences are playing a leading role in providing solutions to problems created by an ever growing world population. Through plant biotechnology scientists are seeking ways to improve crop functions that rapidly promote food production. Agricultural science is being used to experiment with producing plants tolerant to environmental stresses such as drought, salinity and coldness.

Of the plant species, woody plants are producing the most abundant biomass resources, playing important roles in the suppression of carbon dioxide increase and supplying huge energy and resources to human beings in the biosphere.
These Proceedings discuss the recent results of fundamental and applied research for global resource and energy, biomass production and environmental problems from the aspect of woody science.

Topics include:
- Formation of the vascular bundle
- Biosynthesis of cellulose
- Lignin biosynthesis and transgenic woody plants
- Cell and tissue culture, and transformation in gymnosperms
- Micropropagation of woody plants

Table of Contents

Preface. 1. Regulation of cellulose biosynthesis in developing Xylem (C.H. Haigler, et al.). 2. Xylem formation and lignification in trees and model species (E. Pesquet, et al.). 3. Spatial and temporal regulation of lignification during tracheary element differentiation (Y. Sato). 4. Final and fatal step of tracheary element differentiation (A.M. Jones, et al.). 5. Arabidopsis as a model for investigating gene activity and function in vascular tissues (E.P. Beers, Chengsong Zhao). 6. Molecular mechanisms of vascular pattern formation (H. Fukada, et al.). 7. The asymmetric leaves2 (AS2) gene of arabidopsis thaliana regulates lamina formation and is required for patterning of leaf venation (E. Semiarti, et al.). 8. Biosynthesis of cellulose (I.M. Saxena, R.M. Brown, Jr.). 9. Functional analysis of polysaccharide synthases responsible for cell wall synthesis in higher plants (R.A. Burton, D.M. Gibeaut, G.B. Fincher). 10. Analysis of secondary cell wall formation in arabidopsis (S.R. Turner, N.G. Taylor, L. Jones). 11. Organization of cellulose-synthesizing terminal complexes (K. Okuda, S. Sekida). 12. Regulation of dynamic changes in cell wall polysaccharides (N. Sakurai, N. Nakagawa). 13. Microfibrils build architecture: a geometrical model (A.M.C. Emons, B.M. Mulder). 14. Occurrence of high crystalline cellulose in the most primitive tunicate, appendicularian (S. Kimura, T. Itoh). 15. The role of cortical microtubules in wood formation (R. Funada). 16. Xylan and lignin deposition on the secondary wall of fagus crenata fibers (T. Awano, K. Takabe, M. Fujita). 17. Isolation of monoclonal antibodies recognizing xylem cell wall components by using a phage display subtraction method


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About the editors

Noriyuki Morohoshi

Affiliations and Expertise

Department of Environment Symbiotic Production System, Graduate School of Bio-Applications and Systems Engineering, Tokyo University of Agriculture and Technology, 2-24-16 Nakamachi, Koganei, Tokyo 184-8588, Japan

Atsushi Komamine

Affiliations and Expertise

Director of the Research Institute of Evolutional Biology, 2-4-28, Kamiyoga, Setagaya-ku, Tokyo 158-0098, Japan