The recent visualization of the motion of fluorescently labeled cellulose synthase complexes by Alexander Paredez and colleagues heralds the start of a new era in the science of the plant cell wall. Upon drug-induced complete depolymerization, the movement of the complexes does not become disordered but instead establishes an apparently self-organized novel pattern. The ability to label complexes in vivo has provided us with the ideal tool for tackling the intriguing question of the underlying default mechanisms at play.

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Journal Trends Plant Sci.
Emons, A.M.C, Höfte, H, & Mulder, B.M. (2007). Microtubules and cellulose microfibrils: how intimate is their relationship?. Trends Plant Sci., 12, 279–281. doi:10.1016/j.tplants.2007.06.002