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Xylem Structure and Function

  1. Alexander A Myburg,
  2. Ronald R Sederoff

Published Online: 19 APR 2001

DOI: 10.1038/npg.els.0001302



How to Cite

Myburg, A. A. and Sederoff, R. R. 2001. Xylem Structure and Function. eLS. .

Author Information

  1. North Carolina State University, Raleigh, North Carolina, USA

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 19 APR 2001

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Vascular plants have evolved a highly specialized tissue, called xylem, which provides mechanical support and transports water, mineral nutrients and phytohormonal signals in the plant. Although it is the most abundant biological tissue on earth, much remains to be learned about the structure, function, development and evolution of xylem and of the genes that regulate the processes.


  • evolution;
  • water transport;
  • structural support;
  • differentiation;
  • xylogenesis