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Type: Journal article
Title: The goo-d stuff: plantago as a myxospermous model with modern utility
Author: Cowley, J.M.
Burton, R.A.
Citation: New Phytologist, 2021; 229(4):1917-1923
Publisher: Wiley
Issue Date: 2021
ISSN: 0028-646X
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James M. Cowley, Rachel A. Burton
Abstract: Mucilage, a gel-like layer formed around wetted seeds in a process called myxospermy, has importance as a proxy for studying cell wall polysaccharide biosynthesis and interactions and as a source of valuable health supplements and hydrocolloids. Arabidopsis thaliana has provided unrivalled insight into mucilage/cell wall synthesis, but its lack of commercial utility presents an opportunity to develop an alternative myxospermous model linking genetics, chemistry and functionality. Here, we discuss recent advances in the understanding of mucilage production, composition, and properties of Plantago, a promising candidate as an alternative model with economic relevance. We outline how genomic/transcriptomic and chemical analysis advances could be made to strengthen Plantago's use as a model system, through challenging but achievable approaches.
Keywords: Plantago
Rights: © 2020 The Authors New Phytologist © 2020 New Phytologist Foundation.
DOI: 10.1111/nph.17095
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