Waisel, Y. Department of Botany, Tel Aviv University, Tel Aviv, Israel.
Wilcox, H. State University College of Forestry, Syracuse University, Syracuse, New York.
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A group of tissues which replaces the epidermis in the plant body. Its main function is to protect the underlying tissues from desiccation, freezing, heat injury, mechanical destruction, and disease. Although periderm may develop in leaves and fruits, its main function is to protect stems and roots. The fundamental tissues which compose the periderm are the phellogen, phelloderm, and phellem (Fig. 1). See also: Epidermis (plant)
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