Lignin in plant biomass

Plant ligno-cellulosic component, representing up to 90% of plant dry biomass, is the ideal renewable circular and multipurpose resource and it directly derives from photosynthetic capture of CO2. Ligno-cellulose regroups a diversity of insoluble polymers located in the cell walls of plant cells. Among these cell wall polymers, lignin is unique by its composition in phenolic residues making it the largest renewable source of aromatic molecules. Far from being homogeneous, the amount, composition and structure of lignin and the other polymers forming the cell wall vary with cell types, plant species and environmental conditions. Our current understanding of the biological mechanisms controlling the formation, transport and polymerization of lignin remains incomplete. The following series of talks will provide latest insights and novel breakthroughs in understanding the biological control of lignin.

Organiser: Edouard Pesquet, Department of Environment, Ecology, and Plant Sciences

9.30–9.45 | Short talk “Monolignol transport” by Dr. Anna Kärkönen (LUKE Helinski – Finland)

9.45–10.00 | Short talk “Non-canonical residues in lignin” by Dr. Edouard Pesquet (DEEP/SU Stockholm – Sweden)

10.00–11.00 | Plenary seminar “Brachypodium distachyon as a tool for functional genomics in grasses – Selected studies” by Dr. Richard Sibout (INRAE Nantes – France)

13.30–14.30 | Thesis defense of Leonard Blaschek entitled “Cellular Control and Physiological Importance of Vascular Lignification” with opponent Dr. Richard Sibout (INRAE Nantes – France) in Vivi Tackholmsalen


Meeting venue: P216 and remotely accessible via (Passcode: 476711)