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  1. Research article

    Identification and characterization of suppressor mutants of stop1

    Proton stress and aluminum (Al) toxicity are major constraints limiting crop growth and yields on acid soils (pH < 5). In Arabidopsis, STOP1 is a master transcription factor that controls the expression of a set ...

    Fei Jiang, Tao Wang, Yuqi Wang, Leon V. Kochian, Fang Chen and Jiping Liu

    BMC Plant Biology 2017 17:128

    Published on: 24 July 2017

  2. Research article

    Combined biotic stresses trigger similar transcriptomic responses but contrasting resistance against a chewing herbivore in Brassica nigra

    In nature, plants are frequently exposed to simultaneous biotic stresses that activate distinct and often antagonistic defense signaling pathways. How plants integrate this information and whether they priorit...

    Christelle Bonnet, Steve Lassueur, Camille Ponzio, Rieta Gols, Marcel Dicke and Philippe Reymond

    BMC Plant Biology 2017 17:127

    Published on: 17 July 2017

  3. Research article

    Suppression of the phytoene synthase gene (EgcrtB) alters carotenoid content and intracellular structure of Euglena gracilis

    Photosynthetic organisms utilize carotenoids for photoprotection as well as light harvesting. Our previous study revealed that high-intensity light increases the expression of the gene for phytoene synthase (Egcr...

    Shota Kato, Mika Soshino, Shinichi Takaichi, Takahiro Ishikawa, Noriko Nagata, Masashi Asahina and Tomoko Shinomura

    BMC Plant Biology 2017 17:125

    Published on: 17 July 2017

  4. Research article

    Spatial regulation of monolignol biosynthesis and laccase genes control developmental and stress-related lignin in flax

    Bast fibres are characterized by very thick secondary cell walls containing high amounts of cellulose and low lignin contents in contrast to the heavily lignified cell walls typically found in the xylem tissue...

    Julien Le Roy, Anne-Sophie Blervacq, Anne Créach, Brigitte Huss, Simon Hawkins and Godfrey Neutelings

    BMC Plant Biology 2017 17:124

    Published on: 14 July 2017

  5. Research article

    Indole-3-butyric acid promotes adventitious rooting in Arabidopsis thaliana thin cell layers by conversion into indole-3-acetic acid and stimulation of anthranilate synthase activity

    Indole-3-acetic acid (IAA), and its precursor indole-3-butyric acid (IBA), control adventitious root (AR) formation in planta. Adventitious roots are also crucial for propagation via cuttings. However, IBA role(s...

    L. Fattorini, A. Veloccia, F. Della Rovere, S. D’Angeli, G. Falasca and M. M. Altamura

    BMC Plant Biology 2017 17:121

    Published on: 11 July 2017

  6. Research article

    Validation of QTL mapping and transcriptome profiling for identification of candidate genes associated with nitrogen stress tolerance in sorghum

    Quantitative trait loci (QTLs) detected in one mapping population may not be detected in other mapping populations at all the time. Therefore, before being used for marker assisted breeding, QTLs need to be va...

    Malleswari Gelli, Anji Reddy Konda, Kan Liu, Chi Zhang, Thomas E. Clemente, David R. Holding and Ismail M. Dweikat

    BMC Plant Biology 2017 17:123

    Published on: 11 July 2017

  7. Research article

    Identification of QTLs controlling grain protein concentration using a high-density SNP and SSR linkage map in barley (Hordeum vulgare L.)

    Grain protein concentration (GPC) is a major determinant of quality in barley (Hordeum vulgare L.). Breeding barley cultivars with high GPC has practical value for feed and food properties. The aim of the present...

    Chaofeng Fan, Huijie Zhai, Huifang Wang, Yafei Yue, Minghu Zhang, Jinghui Li, Shaozhe Wen, Ganggang Guo, Yawen Zeng, Zhongfu Ni and Mingshan You

    BMC Plant Biology 2017 17:122

    Published on: 11 July 2017

  8. Research article

    Three members of Medicago truncatula ST family are ubiquitous during development and modulated by nutritional status (MtST1) and dehydration (MtST2 and MtST3)

    ShooT specific/Specific Tissue (ST) belong to a protein family of unknown function characterized by the DUF2775 domain and produced in specific taxonomic plant families, mainly Fabaceae and Asteraceae, with the M...

    Lucía Albornos, Ignacio Martín, Emilia Labrador and Berta Dopico

    BMC Plant Biology 2017 17:117

    Published on: 10 July 2017

  9. Research article

    Relationships between drought, heat and air humidity responses revealed by transcriptome-metabolome co-analysis

    Elevated temperature and reduced water availability are frequently linked abiotic stresses that may provoke distinct as well as interacting molecular responses. Based on non-targeted metabolomic and transcript...

    Elisabeth Georgii, Ming Jin, Jin Zhao, Basem Kanawati, Philippe Schmitt-Kopplin, Andreas Albert, J. Barbro Winkler and Anton R. Schäffner

    BMC Plant Biology 2017 17:120

    Published on: 10 July 2017

  10. Research article

    Differential proteomic analysis of replanted Rehmannia glutinosa roots by iTRAQ reveals molecular mechanisms for formation of replant disease

    The normal growth of Rehmannia glutinosa, a widely used medicinal plant in China, is severely disturbed by replant disease. The formation of replant disease commonly involves interactions among plants, allelochem...

    Mingjie Li, Yanhui Yang, Fajie Feng, Bao Zhang, Shuqiang Chen, Chuyun Yang, Li Gu, Fengqing Wang, Junyi Zhang, Aiguo Chen, Wenxiong Lin, Xinjian Chen and Zhongyi Zhang

    BMC Plant Biology 2017 17:116

    Published on: 10 July 2017

  11. Research article

    Jasmonate-mediated defence responses, unlike salicylate-mediated responses, are involved in the recovery of grapevine from bois noir disease

    Bois noir is an important disease of grapevine (Vitis vinifera L.), caused by phytoplasmas. An interesting, yet elusive aspect of the bois noir disease is “recovery”, i.e., the spontan...

    Anna Rita Paolacci, Giulio Catarcione, Luisa Ederli, Claudia Zadra, Stefania Pasqualini, Maurizio Badiani, Rita Musetti, Simonetta Santi and Mario Ciaffi

    BMC Plant Biology 2017 17:118

    Published on: 10 July 2017

  12. Research article

    Evolution, gene expression profiling and 3D modeling of CSLD proteins in cotton

    Among CESA-like gene superfamily, the cellulose synthase-like D (CSLD) genes are most similar to cellulose synthase genes and have been reported to be involved in tip-growing cell and stem development. However, t...

    Yanpeng Li, Tiegang Yang, Dandan Dai, Ying Hu, Xiaoyang Guo and Hongxia Guo

    BMC Plant Biology 2017 17:119

    Published on: 10 July 2017

  13. Research article

    Genome-wide analysis of WOX genes in upland cotton and their expression pattern under different stresses

    WUSCHEL-related homeobox (WOX) family members play significant roles in plant growth and development, such as in embryo patterning, stem-cell maintenance, and lateral organ formation. The recently published co...

    Zhaoen Yang, Qian Gong, Wenqiang Qin, Zuoren Yang, Yuan Cheng, Lili Lu, Xiaoyang Ge, Chaojun Zhang, Zhixia Wu and Fuguang Li

    BMC Plant Biology 2017 17:113

    Published on: 6 July 2017

  14. Research article

    Ambient temperature and genotype differentially affect developmental and phenotypic plasticity in Arabidopsis thaliana

    Global increase in ambient temperatures constitute a significant challenge to wild and cultivated plant species. Forward genetic analyses of individual temperature-responsive traits have resulted in the identi...

    Carla Ibañez, Yvonne Poeschl, Tom Peterson, Julia Bellstädt, Kathrin Denk, Andreas Gogol-Döring, Marcel Quint and Carolin Delker

    BMC Plant Biology 2017 17:114

    Published on: 6 July 2017

  15. Methodology article

    Plant-RRBS, a bisulfite and next-generation sequencing-based methylome profiling method enriching for coverage of cytosine positions

    Cytosine methylation in plant genomes is important for the regulation of gene transcription and transposon activity. Genome-wide methylomes are studied upon mutation of the DNA methyltransferases, adaptation t...

    Martin Schmidt, Michiel Van Bel, Magdalena Woloszynska, Bram Slabbinck, Cindy Martens, Marc De Block, Frederik Coppens and Mieke Van Lijsebettens

    BMC Plant Biology 2017 17:115

    Published on: 6 July 2017

  16. Research article

    Genetic diversity, population structure and marker-trait associations for agronomic and grain traits in wild diploid wheat Triticum urartu

    Wild diploid wheat, Triticum urartu (T. urartu) is the progenitor of bread wheat, and understanding its genetic diversity and genome function will provide considerable reference for dissecting genomic information...

    Xin Wang, Guangbin Luo, Wenlong Yang, Yiwen Li, Jiazhu Sun, Kehui Zhan, Dongcheng Liu and Aimin Zhang

    BMC Plant Biology 2017 17:112

    Published on: 1 July 2017

  17. Research article

    Deep Super-SAGE transcriptomic analysis of cold acclimation in lentil (Lens culinaris Medik.)

    Frost is one of the main abiotic stresses limiting plant distribution and crop production. To cope with the stress, plants evolved adaptations known as cold acclimation or chilling tolerance to maximize frost ...

    Abel Barrios, Constantino Caminero, Pedro García, Nicolas Krezdorn, Klaus Hoffmeier, Peter Winter and Marcelino Pérez de la Vega

    BMC Plant Biology 2017 17:111

    Published on: 30 June 2017

  18. Research article

    Evaluating the accuracy of genomic prediction of growth and wood traits in two Eucalyptus species and their F1 hybrids

    Genomic prediction is a genomics assisted breeding methodology that can increase genetic gains by accelerating the breeding cycle and potentially improving the accuracy of breeding values. In this study, we us...

    Biyue Tan, Dario Grattapaglia, Gustavo Salgado Martins, Karina Zamprogno Ferreira, Björn Sundberg and Pär K. Ingvarsson

    BMC Plant Biology 2017 17:110

    Published on: 29 June 2017

  19. Research article

    Integrative analysis of DNA methylation, mRNAs, and small RNAs during maize embryo dedifferentiation

    Maize (Zea mays) is an important model crop for transgenic studies. However, genetic transformation of maize requires embryonic calli derived from immature embryo, and the impact of utilizing tissue culture metho...

    Hongjun Liu, Langlang Ma, Xuerong Yang, Lin Zhang, Xing Zeng, Shupeng Xie, Huanwei Peng, Shibin Gao, Haijian Lin, Guangtang Pan, Yongrui Wu and Yaou Shen

    BMC Plant Biology 2017 17:105

    Published on: 15 June 2017

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