New insight into silica deposition in horsetail (Equisetum arvense)

January 2011
BMC Plant Biology;2011, Vol. 11 Issue 1, p112
Academic Journal
The article presents information on a study conducted on silica deposition in the plant Equisetum arvense, also known as horsetail. Silica deposits were observed in all regions of the plant from the rhizome through to the stem, leaf and spores. Various structures in the plant were silicified including cell walls, cell plates, plasmodesmata, and stomata at varying stages of differentiation. The study suggested that callose might be templating silica deposition in horsetail.


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