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The major components of plant cell walls are cellulose, hemicelluloses and lignin. The structure and orientation of these macro molecules determines the strength of solid wood and fibres. Forest Research led this European collaboration to learn more about the formation and targeted alteration of fibres. The project used laboratory and field-based techniques to study biosynthesis and characterise the micro-structures and properties of wood, especially the “reaction wood” deposited around areas of strained growth.
Forest Research coordinated the project, leading a consortium of partners from 11 countries.
The project received funding through the EU COST programme (Action E50).
Forest Research worked with partners from 28 other institutions and research organisations from Austria, Belgium, Finland, France, Germany, Italy, Poland, Slovenia, Sweden, Switzerland, The Netherlands and the UK.
The programme was completed in July 2009.
Please note: All presentations and publications regarding this project have been archived. If you require a copy, please email: firstname.lastname@example.org
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