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Elucidating Covalent Bond Formation and Cleavage in Wood
Snapshot: A new technique has been developed to monitor structural changes in the polymers present in wood cell walls. This allows researchers, for example, to look at how brown rot fungi attack lignin structures when the fungi degrade cell walls. It has also allowed researchers to disprove a particular theory of adhesion bonding. This technique allows researchers, when making intentional changes in cell walls, to see more precisely how the cells' polymer structures change.