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Canada Research Chair in Wood and Fibre Quality (term completed), ProfessorWood Science
Faculty of Forestry
Mansfield and his team use a combination of molecular biology, biochemistry, analytical chemistry and plant cell wall characterization techniques to elucidate the role of various biosynthetic pathways in the development, growth, chemistry and ultrastructure of secondary xylem formation in trees or plants. They are also pursuing a functional genomics investigation of sucrose metabolism in Populus, where they combine parallel chemical, biochemical and molecular approaches to define the key metabolites and genes involved in modulating sucrose biosynthesis and translocation, the generation and mobilization of starch, and the biosynthesis of oligomeric carbohydrates (e.g. raffinose, stachyose).
The Class II KNOX genes KNAT3 and KNAT7 work cooperatively to influence deposition of secondary cell walls that provide mechanical support to Arabidopsis stemsPlant Journal, 2020
ToF-SIMS imaging reveals that p-hydroxybenzoate groups specifically decorate the lignin of fibres in the xylem of poplar and willowHolzforschung, 2020
Wood and pulping properties variation of acacia crassicarpa a.Cunn. ex benth. and sampling strategies for accurate phenotypingForests, 2020