Structure and function of primary and secondary cell walls

Cell wall macromolecules and reaction wood (CEMARE) workshop

26th to 28th September 2007

What was the event?

This workshop dealt with recent developments and advances on experimental and theoretical aspects of cell wall biosynthesis, structural organisation of cell wall biomacromolecules, cell wall modification, mechanical properties of tissues and individual cells (fibres), stress generation, formation and induction of reaction wood.

The sessions included keynote lectures, contributed papers, and posters with short oral presentations.

The CEMARE project working groups (WG) comprise:

  • WG1: Biosynthesis and structure of cellulose and polysaccharides
  • WG2: Biosynthesis and modification of lignin
  • WG3: Formation and induction of reaction wood
  • WG4: Relating wood and fibre properties to structure and formation.

Who was the event suitable for?

This workshop was a forum for scientists working in the field of primary and secondary cell walls with a strong interest in understanding their general design principles and micromechanical properties.

Where did the event take place?

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Max Planck Institute of Colloids and Interfaces
Research Campus Golm
Am Mühlenberg 1
14476 Potsdam


Dr. Ingo Burgert
Max-Planck-Institute of Colloids and Interfaces Department of Biomaterials
14424 Potsdam

Tel: +49 - 331 - 567 9432
Fax: +49 - 331 - 567 9402

Organising committee

Chair: Prof. Dr. John Barnett (Reading University)


  • Prof. Dr. Pekka Saranpää (METLA, Finland)
  • Prof. Dr. Anne Mie Emons (University of Wageningen, The Netherlands)
  • Prof. Dr. Kurt Fagerstedt (University of Helsinki, Finland)
  • Prof. Dr. Joseph Gril (University of Montpellier, France)
  • Prof. Dr. Barry Gardiner (Forest Research, Midlothian, Scotland)
  • Prof. Dr. Geoff Daniel (WURC-Centre & SLU, Uppsala, Sweden)
  • Prof. Dr. Peter Fratzl (Max Planck Institute of Colloids and Interfaces, Potsdam, Germany)
  • Dr. Ingo Burgert (Max Planck Institute of Colloids and Interfaces, Potsdam, Germany)