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  1. Research article

    RhMKK9, a rose MAP KINASE KINASE gene, is involved in rehydration-triggered ethylene production in rose gynoecia

    Flower opening is an important process in the life cycle of flowering plants and is influenced by various endogenous and environmental factors. Our previous work demonstrated that rose (Rosa hybrida) flowers are ...

    Jiwei Chen, Qian Zhang, Qigang Wang, Ming Feng, Yang Li, Yonglu Meng, Yi Zhang, Guoqin Liu, Zhimin Ma, Hongzhi Wu, Junping Gao and Nan Ma

    BMC Plant Biology 2017 17:51

    Published on: 23 February 2017

  2. Research article

    Inter-individual variation in DNA methylation is largely restricted to tissue-specific differentially methylated regions in maize

    Variation in DNA methylation across distinct genetic populations, or in response to specific biotic or abiotic stimuli, has typically been studied in leaf DNA from pooled individuals using either reduced repre...

    Massimiliano Lauria, Rodrigo Antonio Echegoyen-Nava, Dalia Rodríguez-Ríos, Silvio Zaina and Gertrud Lund

    BMC Plant Biology 2017 17:52

    Published on: 23 February 2017

  3. Methodology article

    Quantitative evaluation of protocorm growth and fungal colonization in Bletilla striata (Orchidaceae) reveals less-productive symbiosis with a non-native symbiotic fungus

    In nature, orchid plants depend completely on symbiotic fungi for their nutrition at the germination and the subsequent seedling (protocorm) stages. However, only limited quantitative methods for evaluating th...

    Tatsuki Yamamoto, Chihiro Miura, Masako Fuji, Shotaro Nagata, Yuria Otani, Takahiro Yagame, Masahide Yamato and Hironori Kaminaka

    BMC Plant Biology 2017 17:50

    Published on: 21 February 2017

  4. Research article

    Comparative mitogenomics indicates respiratory competence in parasitic Viscum despite loss of complex I and extreme sequence divergence, and reveals horizontal gene transfer and remarkable variation in genome size

    Aerobically respiring eukaryotes usually contain four respiratory-chain complexes (complexes I-IV) and an ATP synthase (complex V). In several lineages of aerobic microbial eukaryotes, complex I has been lost,...

    Elizabeth Skippington, Todd J. Barkman, Danny W. Rice and Jeffrey D. Palmer

    BMC Plant Biology 2017 17:49

    Published on: 21 February 2017

  5. Research article

    Identification and characterization of an efficient acyl-CoA: diacylglycerol acyltransferase 1 (DGAT1) gene from the microalga Chlorella ellipsoidea

    Oil in the form of triacylglycerols (TAGs) is quantitatively the most important storage form of energy for eukaryotic cells. Diacylglycerol acyltransferase (DGAT) is considered the rate-limiting enzyme for TAG...

    Xuejie Guo, Chengming Fan, Yuhong Chen, Jingqiao Wang, Weibo Yin, Richard R. C. Wang and Zanmin Hu

    BMC Plant Biology 2017 17:48

    Published on: 21 February 2017

  6. Research article

    Stress-responsive pathways and small RNA changes distinguish variable developmental phenotypes caused by MSH1 loss

    Proper regulation of nuclear-encoded, organelle-targeted genes is crucial for plastid and mitochondrial function. Among these genes, MutS Homolog 1 (MSH1) is notable for generating an assortment of mutant phenoty...

    Mon-Ray Shao, Sunil Kumar Kenchanmane Raju, John D. Laurie, Robersy Sanchez and Sally A. Mackenzie

    BMC Plant Biology 2017 17:47

    Published on: 20 February 2017

  7. Research article

    Transcriptional analysis of defense mechanisms in upland tetraploid switchgrass to greenbugs

    Aphid infestation of switchgrass (Panicum virgatum) has the potential to reduce yields and biomass quality. Although switchgrass-greenbug (Schizaphis graminum; GB) interactions have been studied at the whole plan...

    Teresa Donze-Reiner, Nathan A. Palmer, Erin D. Scully, Travis J. Prochaska, Kyle G. Koch, Tiffany Heng-Moss, Jeffrey D. Bradshaw, Paul Twigg, Keenan Amundsen, Scott E. Sattler and Gautam Sarath

    BMC Plant Biology 2017 17:46

    Published on: 16 February 2017

  8. Research article

    Defensive changes in maize leaves induced by feeding of Mediterranean corn borer larvae

    Plants can respond to insect attack via defense mechanisms that reduce insect performance. In this study, we examined the effects of several treatments applied to two maize genotypes (one resistant, one suscep...

    Rogelio Santiago, Ana Cao, Ana Butrón, Ana López-Malvar, Víctor M. Rodríguez, Germán V. Sandoya and Rosa A. Malvar

    BMC Plant Biology 2017 17:44

    Published on: 15 February 2017

  9. Research article

    Highly predictive SNP markers for efficient selection of the wheat leaf rust resistance gene Lr16

    Lr16 is a widely deployed leaf rust resistance gene in wheat (Triticum aestivum L.) that is highly effective against the North American Puccinia triticina population when pyramided wit...

    Mulualem T. Kassa, Frank M. You, Colin W. Hiebert, Curtis J. Pozniak, Pierre R. Fobert, Andrew G. Sharpe, James G. Menzies, D. Gavin Humphreys, Nicole Rezac Harrison, John P. Fellers, Brent D. McCallum and Curt A. McCartney

    BMC Plant Biology 2017 17:45

    Published on: 15 February 2017

  10. Research article

    Systematic comparison of lncRNAs with protein coding mRNAs in population expression and their response to environmental change

    Long non-coding RNA (lncRNA) is a class of non-coding RNA with important regulatory roles in biological process of organisms. The systematic comparison of lncRNAs with protein coding mRNAs in population expres...

    Qin Xu, Zhihong Song, Caiyun Zhu, Chengcheng Tao, Lifang Kang, Wei Liu, Fei He, Juan Yan and Tao Sang

    BMC Plant Biology 2017 17:42

    Published on: 13 February 2017

  11. Research article

    Genome-wide SNP identification, linkage map construction and QTL mapping for seed mineral concentrations and contents in pea (Pisum sativum L.)

    Marker-assisted breeding is now routinely used in major crops to facilitate more efficient cultivar improvement. This has been significantly enabled by the use of next-generation sequencing technology to ident...

    Yu Ma, Clarice J Coyne, Michael A Grusak, Michael Mazourek, Peng Cheng, Dorrie Main and Rebecca J McGee

    BMC Plant Biology 2017 17:43

    Published on: 13 February 2017

  12. Research article

    Ionomic and metabolic responses to neutral salt or alkaline salt stresses in maize (Zea mays L.) seedlings

    Soil salinity and alkalinity present a serious threat to global agriculture. However, most of the studies have focused on neutral salt stress, and the information on the metabolic responses of plants to alkali...

    Rui Guo, LianXuan Shi, Changrong Yan, Xiuli Zhong, FengXue Gu, Qi Liu, Xu Xia and Haoru Li

    BMC Plant Biology 2017 17:41

    Published on: 10 February 2017

  13. Research article

    Chloroplast proteome response to drought stress and recovery in tomato (Solanum lycopersicum L.)

    Drought is a major constraint for plant growth and crop productivity that is receiving an increased attention due to global climate changes. Chloroplasts act as environmental sensors, however, only partial inf...

    Rachele Tamburino, Monica Vitale, Alessandra Ruggiero, Mauro Sassi, Lorenza Sannino, Simona Arena, Antonello Costa, Giorgia Batelli, Nicola Zambrano, Andrea Scaloni, Stefania Grillo and Nunzia Scotti

    BMC Plant Biology 2017 17:40

    Published on: 10 February 2017

  14. Research article

    Metabolomic analysis of pathways related to rice grain chalkiness by a notched-belly mutant with high occurrence of white-belly grains

    Grain chalkiness is a highly undesirable trait deleterious to rice appearance and milling quality. The physiological and molecular foundation of chalkiness formation is still partially understood, because of t...

    Zhaomiao Lin, Xincheng Zhang, Zunxin Wang, Yutong Jiang, Zhenghui Liu, Danny Alexander, Ganghua Li, Shaohua Wang and Yanfeng Ding

    BMC Plant Biology 2017 17:39

    Published on: 7 February 2017

  15. Research article

    Diversity analysis of cotton (Gossypium hirsutum L.) germplasm using the CottonSNP63K Array

    Cotton germplasm resources contain beneficial alleles that can be exploited to develop germplasm adapted to emerging environmental and climate conditions. Accessions and lines have traditionally been character...

    Lori L. Hinze, Amanda M. Hulse-Kemp, Iain W. Wilson, Qian-Hao Zhu, Danny J. Llewellyn, Jen M. Taylor, Andrew Spriggs, David D. Fang, Mauricio Ulloa, John J. Burke, Marc Giband, Jean-Marc Lacape, Allen Van Deynze, Joshua A. Udall, Jodi A. Scheffler, Steve Hague…

    BMC Plant Biology 2017 17:37

    Published on: 3 February 2017

  16. Research article

    Chloroplast genome resources and molecular markers differentiate rubber dandelion species from weedy relatives

    Rubber dandelion (Taraxacum kok-saghyz, TK) is being developed as a domestic source of natural rubber to meet increasing global demand. However, the domestication of TK is complicated by its colocation with two w...

    Yingxiao Zhang, Brian J. Iaffaldano, Xiaofeng Zhuang, John Cardina and Katrina Cornish

    BMC Plant Biology 2017 17:34

    Published on: 2 February 2017

  17. Research article

    Skewing in Arabidopsis roots involves disparate environmental signaling pathways

    Skewing root patterns provide key insights into root growth strategies and mechanisms that produce root architectures. Roots exhibit skewing and waving when grown on a tilted, impenetrable surface. The genetic...

    Eric R. Schultz, Agata K. Zupanska, Natasha J. Sng, Anna-Lisa Paul and Robert J. Ferl

    BMC Plant Biology 2017 17:31

    Published on: 1 February 2017

  18. Research article

    Conservation and diversification of the miR166 family in soybean and potential roles of newly identified miR166s

    microRNA166 (miR166) is a highly conserved family of miRNAs implicated in a wide range of cellular and physiological processes in plants. miR166 family generally comprises multiple miR166 members in plants, wh...

    Xuyan Li, Xin Xie, Ji Li, Yuhai Cui, Yanming Hou, Lulu Zhai, Xiao Wang, Yanli Fu, Ranran Liu and Shaomin Bian

    BMC Plant Biology 2017 17:32

    Published on: 1 February 2017

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