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  1. Mark A Bernards

Published Online: 19 FEB 2002

DOI: 10.1038/npg.els.0002080



How to Cite

Bernards, M. A. 2002. Cork. eLS. .

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  1. University of Western Ontario, London, Ontario, Canada

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 19 FEB 2002

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Cork is the name given to the plant tissue that derives from the phellogen (a type of cambium) and has suberized cell walls. Typically these are found in the ‘bark’ of roots and stems that undergo secondary growth. Suberization also occurs in the Casparian band and in cells immediately below wounds.


  • cork;
  • periderm;
  • phellogen;
  • suberin;
  • cell wall