Genetics and crop biotechnology

Section edited by Elizabeth Jean Finnegan

This section considers studies in advances in crop biotechnology as well as the inheritance and variation and all other aspects of genetics in relation to plant biology.

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  1. 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

  2. Research article

    Identification of genetic loci associated with crude protein and mineral concentrations in alfalfa (Medicago sativa) using association mapping

    Alfalfa (Medicago sativa) is one of the most important legume forage species in China and many other countries of the world. It provides a quality source of proteins and minerals to animals. Genetic underpinnings...

    Congjun Jia, Xinming Wu, Min Chen, Yunqi Wang, Xiqiang Liu, Pan Gong, Qingfang Xu, Xuemin Wang, Hongwen Gao and Zan Wang

    BMC Plant Biology 2017 17:97

    Published on: 6 June 2017

  3. Research article

    Expression and functional analysis of the transcription factor-encoding Gene CsERF004 in cucumber during Pseudoperonospora cubensis and Corynespora cassiicola infection

    Cucumber downy mildew, caused by P. cubensis, is an important leaf disease that can severely affect cucumber production. In recent years, cucumber target spot, caused by C. cassiicola, has been reported in both A...

    Dong Liu, Ming Xin, Xiuyan Zhou, Chunhua Wang, Yanju Zhang and Zhiwei Qin

    BMC Plant Biology 2017 17:96

    Published on: 5 June 2017

  4. Research article

    The development and use of a molecular model for soybean maturity groups

    Achieving appropriate maturity in a target environment is essential to maximizing crop yield potential. In soybean [Glycine max (L.) Merr.], the time to maturity is largely dependent on developmental response to ...

    Tiffany Langewisch, Julian Lenis, Guo-Liang Jiang, Dechun Wang, Vince Pantalone and Kristin Bilyeu

    BMC Plant Biology 2017 17:91

    Published on: 30 May 2017

  5. Research article

    Genome-wide identification of markers for selecting higher oil content in oil palm

    Oil palm (Elaeis guineensis, Jacq.) is the most important source of edible oil. The improvement of oil yield is currently slow in conventional breeding programs due to long generation intervals. Marker-assisted s...

    Bin Bai, Le Wang, May Lee, Yingjun Zhang, Rahmadsyah, Yuzer Alfiko, Bao Qing Ye, Zi Yi Wan, Chin Huat Lim, Antonius Suwanto, Nam-Hai Chua and Gen Hua Yue

    BMC Plant Biology 2017 17:93

    Published on: 30 May 2017

  6. Research article

    The common transcriptional subnetworks of the grape berry skin in the late stages of ripening

    Wine grapes are important economically in many countries around the world. Defining the optimum time for grape harvest is a major challenge to the grower and winemaker. Berry skins are an important source of f...

    Ryan Ghan, Juli Petereit, Richard L. Tillett, Karen A. Schlauch, David Toubiana, Aaron Fait and Grant R. Cramer

    BMC Plant Biology 2017 17:94

    Published on: 30 May 2017

  7. Research article

    Isoprenoid biosynthesis in dandelion latex is enhanced by the overexpression of three key enzymes involved in the mevalonate pathway

    Latex from the dandelion species Taraxacum brevicorniculatum contains many high-value isoprenoid end products, e.g. triterpenes and polyisoprenes such as natural rubber. The isopentenyl pyrophosphate units requir...

    Katharina M. Pütter, Nicole van Deenen, Kristina Unland, Dirk Prüfer and Christian Schulze Gronover

    BMC Plant Biology 2017 17:88

    Published on: 22 May 2017

  8. Research article

    Self-(in)compatibility in apricot germplasm is controlled by two major loci, S and M

    Apricot (Prunus armeniaca L.) exhibits a gametophytic self-incompatibility (GSI) system and it is mostly considered as a self-incompatible species though numerous self-compatible exceptions occur. These are mainl...

    Juan Vicente Muñoz-Sanz, Elena Zuriaga, Inmaculada López, María L. Badenes and Carlos Romero

    BMC Plant Biology 2017 17:82

    Published on: 26 April 2017

  9. 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

  10. 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

  11. 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

  12. Research article

    Integrated genomics-based mapping reveals the genetics underlying maize flavonoid biosynthesis

    Flavonoids constitute a diverse class of secondary metabolites which exhibit potent bioactivities for human health and have been indicated to play an important role in plant development and defense. However, a...

    Min Jin, Xuehai Zhang, Mingchao Zhao, Min Deng, Yuanhao Du, Yang Zhou, Shouchuang Wang, Takayuki Tohge, Alisdair R. Fernie, Lothar Willmitzer, Yariv Brotman, Jianbing Yan and Weiwei Wen

    BMC Plant Biology 2017 17:17

    Published on: 18 January 2017

  13. Research article

    EcoTILLING by sequencing reveals polymorphisms in genes encoding starch synthases that are associated with low glycemic response in rice

    Glycemic response, a trait that is tedious to be assayed in cereal staples, has been identified as a factor correlated with alarmingly increasing prevalence of Type II diabetes. Reverse genetics based discover...

    Ramadoss Bharathi Raja, Somanath Agasimani, Sarita Jaiswal, Venkatesan Thiruvengadam, Robin Sabariappan, Ravindra N. Chibbar and Sundaram Ganesh Ram

    BMC Plant Biology 2017 17:13

    Published on: 14 January 2017

  14. Research article

    SEP-class genes in Prunus mume and their likely role in floral organ development

    Flower phylogenetics and genetically controlled development have been revolutionised during the last two decades. However, some of these evolutionary aspects are still debatable. MADS-box genes are known to pl...

    Yuzhen Zhou, Zongda Xu, Xue Yong, Sagheer Ahmad, Weiru Yang, Tangren Cheng, Jia Wang and Qixiang Zhang

    BMC Plant Biology 2017 17:10

    Published on: 13 January 2017

  15. Research article

    Characterization of the sdw1 semi-dwarf gene in barley

    The dwarfing gene sdw1 has been widely used throughout the world to develop commercial barley varieties. There are at least four different alleles at the sdw1 locus.

    Yanhao Xu, Qiaojun Jia, Gaofeng Zhou, Xiao-Qi Zhang, Tefera Angessa, Sue Broughton, George Yan, Wenying Zhang and Chengdao Li

    BMC Plant Biology 2017 17:11

    Published on: 13 January 2017

  16. Research article

    Genome-wide association analysis of forage quality in maize mature stalk

    Plant digestibility of silage maize (Zea mays L.) has a large influence on nutrition intake for animal feeding. Improving forage quality will enhance the utilization efficiency and feeding value of forage maize. ...

    Hongwu Wang, Kun Li, Xiaojiao Hu, Zhifang Liu, Yujin Wu and Changling Huang

    BMC Plant Biology 2016 16:227

    Published on: 21 October 2016

  17. Research article

    Genetic analysis of phytoene synthase 1 (Psy1) gene function and regulation in common wheat

    Phytoene synthase 1 (PSY1) is the most important regulatory enzyme in carotenoid biosynthesis, whereas its function is hardly known in common wheat. The aims of the present study were to investigate Psy1 function...

    Shengnan Zhai, Genying Li, Youwei Sun, Jianmin Song, Jihu Li, Guoqi Song, Yulian Li, Hongqing Ling, Zhonghu He and Xianchun Xia

    BMC Plant Biology 2016 16:228

    Published on: 21 October 2016

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