Development and cell biology

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This section considers studies in the development and developmental processes of plants and all aspects of the biology of plant cells.

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  1. 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

  2. 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

  3. Research article

    De novo sequencing and comparative transcriptome analysis of the male and hermaphroditic flowers provide insights into the regulation of flower formation in andromonoecious Taihangia rupestris

    Taihangia rupestris, an andromonoecious plant species, bears both male and hermaphroditic flowers within the same individual. However, the establishment and development of male and her...

    Weiguo Li, Lihui Zhang, Zhan Ding, Guodong Wang, Yandi Zhang, Hongmei Gong, Tianjun Chang and Yanwen Zhang

    BMC Plant Biology 2017 17:54

    Published on: 28 February 2017

  4. 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

  5. Research article

    Distribution of some pectic and arabinogalactan protein epitopes during Solanum lycopersicum (L.) adventitious root development

    The adventitious roots (AR) of plants share the same function as primary and lateral roots (LR), although their development is mainly an adaptive reaction to stress conditions. Regeneration of grafted plants i...

    Katarzyna Sala, Katarzyna Malarz, Peter W. Barlow and Ewa U. Kurczyńska

    BMC Plant Biology 2017 17:25

    Published on: 25 January 2017

  6. Research article

    Transcript profiling for early stages during embryo development in Scots pine

    Characterization of the expression and function of genes regulating embryo development in conifers is interesting from an evolutionary point of view. However, our knowledge about the regulation of embryo devel...

    Irene Merino, Malin Abrahamsson, Lieven Sterck, Blanca Craven-Bartle, Francisco Canovas and Sara von Arnold

    BMC Plant Biology 2016 16:255

    Published on: 18 November 2016

  7. Research article

    Nitrogen remobilisation facilitates adventitious root formation on reversible dark-induced carbohydrate depletion in Petunia hybrida

    Adventitious root (AR) formation in axillary shoot tip cuttings is a crucial physiological process for ornamental propagation that is utilised in global production chains for young plants. In this process, the...

    Siegfried Zerche, Klaus-Thomas Haensch, Uwe Druege and Mohammad-Reza Hajirezaei

    BMC Plant Biology 2016 16:219

    Published on: 10 October 2016

  8. Research article

    Tracheid cell-wall structures and locations of (1 → 4)-β-d-galactans and (1 → 3)-β-d-glucans in compression woods of radiata pine (Pinus radiata D. Don)

    Compression wood (CW) forms on the underside of tilted stems of coniferous gymnosperms and opposite wood (OW) on the upperside. The tracheid walls of these wood types differ structurally and chemically. Althou...

    Miao Zhang, Ramesh R. Chavan, Bronwen G. Smith, Brian H. McArdle and Philip J. Harris

    BMC Plant Biology 2016 16:194

    Published on: 7 September 2016

  9. Research article

    Arabidopsis protein disulfide isomerase-8 is a type I endoplasmic reticulum transmembrane protein with thiol-disulfide oxidase activity

    In eukaryotes, classical protein disulfide isomerases (PDIs) facilitate the oxidative folding of nascent secretory proteins in the endoplasmic reticulum by catalyzing the formation, breakage, and rearrangement...

    Christen Y. L. Yuen, Roger Shek, Byung-Ho Kang, Kristie Matsumoto, Eun Ju Cho and David A. Christopher

    BMC Plant Biology 2016 16:181

    Published on: 22 August 2016

  10. Research article

    A novel role for STOMATAL CARPENTER 1 in stomata patterning

    Guard cells (GCs) are specialised cells within the plant epidermis which form stomatal pores, through which gas exchange can occur. The GCs derive through a specialised lineage of cell divisions which is speci...

    Giulia Castorina, Samantha Fox, Chiara Tonelli, Massimo Galbiati and Lucio Conti

    BMC Plant Biology 2016 16:172

    Published on: 2 August 2016

    The Erratum to this article has been published in BMC Plant Biology 2017 17:27

  11. Research article

    Conservation of the role of INNER NO OUTER in development of unitegmic ovules of the Solanaceae despite a divergence in protein function

    The INNER NO OUTER (INO) gene is expressed in the outermost cell layer of the outer integument of bitegmic ovules and is essential for this organ’s growth. The role and cross-species functional conservation of IN...

    Debra J. Skinner, Ryan H. Brown, Robert K. Kuzoff and Charles S. Gasser

    BMC Plant Biology 2016 16:143

    Published on: 27 June 2016

  12. Research article

    Tobacco TTG2 regulates vegetative growth and seed production via the predominant role of ARF8 in cooperation with ARF17 and ARF19

    Plant TRANSPARENT TESTA GLABRA (TTG) proteins regulate various developmental activities via the auxin signaling pathway. Recently, we elucidated the developmental role of tobacco (Nicotiana tabacum L.) NtTTG2 in ...

    Jun Ge, Baoyan Li, Dan Shen, Junyi Xie, Juying Long and Hansong Dong

    BMC Plant Biology 2016 16:126

    Published on: 2 June 2016

  13. Research article

    Two highly similar DEAD box proteins, OsRH2 and OsRH34, homologous to eukaryotic initiation factor 4AIII, play roles of the exon junction complex in regulating growth and development in rice

    The exon junction complex (EJC), which contains four core components, eukaryotic initiation factor 4AIII (eIF4AIII), MAGO/NASHI (MAGO), Y14/Tsunagi/RNA-binding protein 8A, and Barentsz/Metastatic lymph node 51...

    Chun-Kai Huang, Yi-Syuan Sie, Yu-Fu Chen, Tian-Sheng Huang and Chung-An Lu

    BMC Plant Biology 2016 16:84

    Published on: 12 April 2016

  14. Research article

    Genome-wide identification and expression analysis of the ClTCP transcription factors in Citrullus lanatus

    The plant-specific TCP transcription factor family, which is involved in the regulation of cell growth and proliferation, performs diverse functions in multiple aspects of plant growth and development. However...

    Pibiao Shi, Kateta Malangisha Guy, Weifang Wu, Bingsheng Fang, Jinghua Yang, Mingfang Zhang and Zhongyuan Hu

    BMC Plant Biology 2016 16:85

    Published on: 12 April 2016

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