J. Exp. Bot. Special Issue. The plant cuticle: old challenges, new perspectives ($)

The cuticle is a cell-wall polymer that protects against desiccation, pathogens and UV light.  Domínguez et al. provide an open-access editorial that describes this fine collection of articles covering all aspects of the plant cuticle, from its evolutionary origins to its ecological significance. Within the issue, article topics include the role of the cuticle in land plant colonization, cuticle’s physico-chemical and mechanical properties, and its contribution to organ separation and development, as well as the application of –omics tools to its study, and its potential in the production of bioplastics. (Summary by Mary Williamshttps://academic.oup.com/jxb/issue/68/19