With a state-of-the-art biophysical analysis platform, CD BioSciences is well-positioned to provide high-quality structural characterization services for tension wood. We help clients gain insight into the structural properties associated with tension wood formation through multiple structural techniques such as wide-angle X-ray diffraction (WAXD), helping to expand the critical knowledge base required for the development of advanced biomass improvement strategies.
Tension wood is a type of wood formed by plants in response to environmental stresses, and it is often found on branches and leaning stems. This newly produced wood is an example of mechanical acclimation in trees. Tension wood is considered to be a complex physiological phenomenon and its formation in woody angiosperms is characterized by a variety of phenotypic changes, such as thicker secondary walls, reduced lignin biosynthesis and relatively high sugar yields. Therefore tension wood has the potential to be an ideal source for biofuel production.
Detailed characterization of tension wood faces challenges due to the difficulty of isolating scattering contributions from wood cells in the primary wall, secondary wall and additional G-layers, as well as the difficulty of extracting cellulose protofibrils from specific layers without destroying their natural structure. The development of biophysical techniques such as small-angle neutron scattering (SANS) has allowed intact samples to be studied, providing important information to further elucidate the morphological and structural aspects of tension wood that contribute to increased sugar production.
Fig.1 Scattering experimental samples obtained from the Populus branch under bending stress. (Sawada, 2018)
CD BioSciences is a long-standing expert in the provision of biophysical analysis services. Our dedicated academic team has focused on plant growth and morphogenetic studies for decades and we are confident in applying our experience and expertise to provide a detailed structural characterization of tension wood for our clients. If you are interested in our services, please contact us for more information.
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