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    Transcriptomic analysis links gene expression to unilateral pollen-pistil reproductive barriers

    Unilateral incompatibility (UI) is an asymmetric reproductive barrier that unidirectionally prevents gene flow between species and/or populations. UI is characterized by a compatible interaction between partne...

    Amanda K. Broz, Rafael F. Guerrero, April M. Randle, You Soon Baek, Matthew W. Hahn and Patricia A. Bedinger

    BMC Plant Biology 2017 17:81

    Published on: 24 April 2017

  2. Research article

    Functional characterization of cucumber (Cucumis sativus L.) Clade V MLO genes

    Powdery mildew (PM) causing fungi are well-known pathogens, infecting over 10.000 plant species, including the economically important crop cucumber (Cucumis sativus L.). Loss-of-function mutations in clade V MLO ...

    Jeroen A. Berg, Michela Appiano, Gerard Bijsterbosch, Richard G. F. Visser, Henk J. Schouten and Yuling Bai

    BMC Plant Biology 2017 17:80

    Published on: 21 April 2017

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    Delayed response to cold stress is characterized by successive metabolic shifts culminating in apple fruit peel necrosis

    Superficial scald is a physiological disorder of apple fruit characterized by sunken, necrotic lesions appearing after prolonged cold storage, although initial injury occurs much earlier in the storage period.

    Nigel E. Gapper, Maarten L. A. T. M. Hertog, Jinwook Lee, David A. Buchanan, Rachel S. Leisso, Zhangjun Fei, Guiqin Qu, James J. Giovannoni, Jason W. Johnston, Robert J. Schaffer, Bart M. Nicolaï, James P. Mattheis, Christopher B. Watkins and David R. Rudell

    BMC Plant Biology 2017 17:77

    Published on: 21 April 2017

  4. Research article

    Transcriptome profiling of Elymus sibiricus, an important forage grass in Qinghai-Tibet plateau, reveals novel insights into candidate genes that potentially connected to seed shattering

    Elymus sibiricus is an important forage grass in semi-arid regions, but it is difficult to grow for commercial seed production due to high seed shattering. To better understand the und...

    Wengang Xie, Junchao Zhang, Xuhong Zhao, Zongyu Zhang and Yanrong Wang

    BMC Plant Biology 2017 17:78

    Published on: 21 April 2017

  5. Research article

    The role of Tre6P and SnRK1 in maize early kernel development and events leading to stress-induced kernel abortion

    Drought stress during flowering is a major contributor to yield loss in maize. Genetic and biotechnological improvement in yield sustainability requires an understanding of the mechanisms underpinning yield lo...

    Samuel W. Bledsoe, Clémence Henry, Cara A. Griffiths, Matthew J. Paul, Regina Feil, John E. Lunn, Mark Stitt and L. Mark Lagrimini

    BMC Plant Biology 2017 17:74

    Published on: 12 April 2017

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    Comparative transcriptome profiling and morphology provide insights into endocarp cleaving of apricot cultivar (Prunus armeniaca L.)

    A complete and hardened endocarp is a typical trait of drupe fruits. However, the ‘Liehe’ (LE) apricot cultivar has a thin, soft, cleavable endocarp that represents 60.39% and 63.76% of the thickness and ligni...

    Xiao Zhang, Lijie Zhang, Qiuping Zhang, Jiayu Xu, Weisheng Liu and Wenxuan Dong

    BMC Plant Biology 2017 17:72

    Published on: 11 April 2017

  7. Research article

    Acetolactate synthase regulatory subunits play divergent and overlapping roles in branched-chain amino acid synthesis and Arabidopsis development

    Branched-chain amino acids (BCAAs) are synthesized by plants, fungi, bacteria, and archaea with plants being the major source of these amino acids in animal diets. Acetolactate synthase (ALS) is the first enzyme ...

    Mohammad H. Dezfulian, Curtis Foreman, Espanta Jalili, Mrinal Pal, Rajdeep K. Dhaliwal, Don Karl A. Roberto, Kathleen M. Imre, Susanne E. Kohalmi and William L. Crosby

    BMC Plant Biology 2017 17:71

    Published on: 7 April 2017

  8. Research article

    Foliar-applied ethephon enhances the content of anthocyanin of black carrot roots (Daucus carota ssp. sativus var. atrorubens Alef.)

    Black carrots (Daucus carota ssp. sativus var. atrorubens Alef.) constitute a valuable source of anthocyanins, which are used as natural red, blue and purple food colourants. Anthocyanins and phenolic compounds a...

    Gregorio Barba-Espín, Stephan Glied, Christoph Crocoll, Tsaneta Dzhanfezova, Bjarne Joernsgaard, Finn Okkels, Henrik Lütken and Renate Müller

    BMC Plant Biology 2017 17:70

    Published on: 4 April 2017

  9. Research article

    Developmental features of cotton fibre middle lamellae in relation to cell adhesion and cell detachment in cultivars with distinct fibre qualities

    Cotton fibre quality traits such as fibre length, strength, and degree of maturation are determined by genotype and environment during the sequential phases of cotton fibre development (cell elongation, transi...

    Mercedes C. Hernandez-Gomez, Jean-Luc Runavot, Frank Meulewaeter and J. Paul Knox

    BMC Plant Biology 2017 17:69

    Published on: 31 March 2017

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    Morintides: cargo-free chitin-binding peptides from Moringa oleifera

    Hevein-like peptides are a family of cysteine-rich and chitin-binding peptides consisting of 29–45 amino acids. Their chitin-binding property is essential for plant defense against fungi. Based on the number o...

    Shruthi G. Kini, Ka H. Wong, Wei Liang Tan, Tianshu Xiao and James P. Tam

    BMC Plant Biology 2017 17:68

    Published on: 31 March 2017

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    Unraveling the complexity of transcriptomic, metabolomic and quality environmental response of tomato fruit

    The environment has a profound influence on the organoleptic quality of tomato (Solanum lycopersicum) fruit, the extent of which depends on a well-regulated and dynamic interplay among genes, metabolites and sens...

    Daniela D’Esposito, Francesca Ferriello, Alessandra Dal Molin, Gianfranco Diretto, Adriana Sacco, Andrea Minio, Amalia Barone, Rossella Di Monaco, Silvana Cavella, Luca Tardella, Giovanni Giuliano, Massimo Delledonne, Luigi Frusciante and Maria Raffaella Ercolano

    BMC Plant Biology 2017 17:66

    Published on: 28 March 2017

  12. Research article

    Sporobolus stapfianus: Insights into desiccation tolerance in the resurrection grasses from linking transcriptomics to metabolomics

    Understanding the response of resurrection angiosperms to dehydration and rehydration is critical for deciphering the mechanisms of how plants cope with the rigors of water loss from their vegetative tissues. ...

    Abou Yobi, Karen A. Schlauch, Richard L. Tillett, Won C. Yim, Catherine Espinoza, Bernard W. M. Wone, John C. Cushman and Melvin J. Oliver

    BMC Plant Biology 2017 17:67

    Published on: 28 March 2017

  13. Research article

    Overexpression of snapdragon Delila (Del) gene in tobacco enhances anthocyanin accumulation and abiotic stress tolerance

    Rosea1 (Ros1) and Delila (Del) co-expression controls anthocyanin accumulation in snapdragon flowers, while their overexpression in tomato strongly induces anthocyanin accumulation. However, little data exist on ...

    Aung Htay Naing, Kyeung Il Park, Trinh Ngoc Ai, Mi Young Chung, Jeung Sul Han, Young-Wha Kang, Ki Byung Lim and Chang Kil Kim

    BMC Plant Biology 2017 17:65

    Published on: 23 March 2017

  14. Research article

    Production of BP178, a derivative of the synthetic antibacterial peptide BP100, in the rice seed endosperm

    BP178 peptide is a synthetic BP100-magainin derivative possessing strong inhibitory activity against plant pathogenic bacteria, offering a great potential for future applications in plant protection and other ...

    Laura Montesinos, Mireia Bundó, Esther Badosa, Blanca San Segundo, María Coca and Emilio Montesinos

    BMC Plant Biology 2017 17:63

    Published on: 14 March 2017

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    Single amino acid substitutions in the selectivity filter render NbXIP1;1α aquaporin water permeable

    Aquaporins (AQPs) are integral membrane proteins that facilitate transport of water and/or other small neutral solutes across membranes in all forms of life. The X Intrinsic Proteins (XIPs) are the most recent...

    Henry Ampah-Korsah, Yonathan Sonntag, Angelica Engfors, Andreas Kirscht, Per Kjellbom and Urban Johanson

    BMC Plant Biology 2017 17:61

    Published on: 9 March 2017

  16. Research article

    Root morphogenic pathways in Eucalyptus grandis are modified by the activity of protein arginine methyltransferases

    Methylation of proteins at arginine residues, catalysed by members of the protein arginine methyltransferase (PRMT) family, is crucial for the regulation of gene transcription and for protein function in eukar...

    Krista L. Plett, Anita E. Raposo, Stephen Bullivant, Ian C. Anderson, Sabine C. Piller and Jonathan M. Plett

    BMC Plant Biology 2017 17:62

    Published on: 9 March 2017

  17. Research article

    Salicylic acid-related cotton (Gossypium arboreum) ribosomal protein GaRPL18 contributes to resistance to Verticillium dahliae

    Verticillium dahliae is a phytopathogenic fungal pathogen that causes vascular wilt diseases responsible for considerable decreases in cotton yields. The complex mechanism underlying c...

    Qian Gong, Zhaoen Yang, Xiaoqian Wang, Hamama Islam Butt, Eryong Chen, Shoupu He, Chaojun Zhang, Xueyan Zhang and Fuguang Li

    BMC Plant Biology 2017 17:59

    Published on: 3 March 2017

  18. Research article

    Effects of glucose on the uptake and metabolism of glycine in pakchoi (Brassica chinensis L.) exposed to various nitrogen sources

    Plants can absorb amino acids as a nitrogen (N) source, and glucose is an important part of root rhizodeposition and the soil sugar pool, which participates in the regulation of plant growth and uptake. In pak...

    Qingxu Ma, Xiaochuang Cao, Yinan Xie, Han Xiao, Xiaoli Tan and Lianghuan Wu

    BMC Plant Biology 2017 17:58

    Published on: 2 March 2017

  19. Research article

    Cultivable gut bacteria provide a pathway for adaptation of Chrysolina herbacea to Mentha aquatica volatiles

    A chemical cross-talk between plants and insects is required in order to achieve a successful co-adaptation. In response to herbivory, plants produce specific compounds, and feeding insects respond adequately7...

    Graziano Pizzolante, Chiara Cordero, Salvatore M. Tredici, Davide Vergara, Paola Pontieri, Luigi Del Giudice, Andrea Capuzzo, Patrizia Rubiolo, Chidananda N. Kanchiswamy, Simon A. Zebelo, Carlo Bicchi, Massimo E. Maffei and Pietro Alifano

    BMC Plant Biology 2017 17:30

    Published on: 2 March 2017

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