The fat of the land: cuticle formation in terrestrial plants

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News and Views: In a world surrounded by a vast expanse of gaseous air, water is constantly evaporating from aqueous sources to their surroundings. This is a major problem for microscopic cells containing water essential for life. The genetic and chemical components that help to prevent water loss by creating a waxy cuticle around cells and tissues have now been described for a wide range of plant lineages in results published in this issue of Plant Physiology.

Plant Physiology, 184(4):1622-1624
Madeleine Seale
Leverhulme Early Career Fellow