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A suberized perimedullary reaction zone in Populus balsamifera novel for compartmentalization in trees. 1997. Rioux, D.; Baayen, R.P. Trees 11(7): 389-403.

Year: 1997

Available from: Laurentian Forestry Centre

Catalog ID: 16760

Language: English

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Following artificial inoculation of nonhost Populus balsamifera with Ophiostoma ulmi, structural defensive tissues were formed in the xylem. Among these tissues there was a perimedullary sheath of cells, located adjacent to the invaded xylem, that originated from the dedifferentiation of perimedullary and xylem parenchyma cells. Histochemical tests revealed that this sheath was intensively suberized. A band of lignified cells was frequently detected on both sides of this suberized tissue. The formation of such a tissue at the pith margin represents a new type of anatomical barrier in relation to compartmentalization processes described for trees. Ultrastructural examination showed that the wall of cells forming this zone was generally composed of a compound middle lamella, a suberized secondary wall and a tertiary wall layer. Using colloidal gold conjugated to monoclonal antibodies against pectin and to an exoglucanase for cellulose, only limited labelling was obtained for pectin whereas labelling for cellulose was abundant in the compound middle lamella and the tertiary wall layer. In a few fibres close to this suberized zone, the latter probe also made it possible to distinguish the occasional presence of several alternating wall layers mainly composed of either suberin or cellulose. In Salix sp., another tree species belonging to the Salicaceae, this type of suberized reaction zone was also observed. The new reaction zone is similar in structure and location to a suberized barrier formed in nonwoody carnation (Dianthus caryophyllus) plants in the defense against vascular fungi.

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