Chinese Bulletin of Botany ›› 2018, Vol. 53 ›› Issue (4): 556-564.DOI: 10.11983/CBB17019

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Research Progress in Plant Cuticles

Wang Kaiyue, Chen Fangquan, Shao Huifang, Han Dan, Xu Zicheng, Huang Wuxing*()   

  1. College of Tobacco Science, Henan Agricultural University, Zhengzhou 450002, China
  • Received:2017-01-20 Accepted:2017-04-17 Online:2018-07-01 Published:2018-09-11
  • Contact: Huang Wuxing
  • About author:† These authors contributed equally to this paper

Abstract: The plant cuticle is a barrier between the plant and the environment, which is good for reducing transpiration, resisting UV-B and preventing diseases and pests. In the process of interaction between plants and environment, the cuticular membrane will build a defense system, such as changing its structure and composition and producing secondary metabolites to resist the effects of environmental stresses. Therefore, the close relation between plant cuticles and the environment has important significance for the growth of plants. The structure, composition, function of the plant cuticle and the relation between secondary metabolism, the environment and the plant cuticle are reviewed. Questions and future applications are discussed.

Key words: composition, environment, plant cuticle, secondary metabolism, structure