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The studying of cell walls is an old and vast science. Ever since Hooke created the term cell based on the microscopic structure of cork tissue in 1667, papers on the wall of plant cells have been published. Thus 300 years' development has lead to a very complex science, especially since there are not only so many biological aspects, but also technical points of view. A revision of only the most recent research schemes would lead to an incoherent enumeration of current problems, and no credit would be given to the endeavors of previous cell wall researchers. Therefore, this monograph attempts to treat the cell wall as a whole. It is conceived in the sense as outlined by K. Linsbauer when he established his «Handbuch der Pflanzenanatomie».
It is evident that the necessarily restricted size of the book does not allow the presenting of all desirable details. Only the general lines can be traced, for a special study of which an ample bibliography, as complete as possible, is presented.
Of interest to every botanist, specialists in forestry, geographers, relevant research institutes, paleobotanists, institutes for applied botany, institutes for wood research, agricultural colleges, science libraries.