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  1. 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

  2. Research article

    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

  3. 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

  4. 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

  5. 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

  6. 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

  7. 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

  8. Research article

    Gene expression and plant hormone levels in two contrasting rice genotypes responding to brown planthopper infestation

    The brown planthopper (BPH; Nilaparvata lugens Stål) is a destructive piercing-sucking insect pest of rice. The plant hormones salicylic acid (SA) and jasmonic acid (JA) play important roles in plant–pest interac...

    Changyan Li, Chao Luo, Zaihui Zhou, Rui Wang, Fei Ling, Langtao Xiao, Yongjun Lin and Hao Chen

    BMC Plant Biology 2017 17:57

    Published on: 28 February 2017

  9. Research article

    24-epibrassinolide stimulates imidacloprid detoxification by modulating the gene expression of Brassica juncea L

    Pesticides cause oxidative stress to plants and their residues persist in plant parts, which are a major concern for the environment as well as human health. Brassinosteroids (BRs) are known to protect plants ...

    Anket Sharma, Sharad Thakur, Vinod Kumar, Anup Kumar Kesavan, Ashwani Kumar Thukral and Renu Bhardwaj

    BMC Plant Biology 2017 17:56

    Published on: 28 February 2017

  10. 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

  11. 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

  12. 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

  13. 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

  14. 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

  15. 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

  16. 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

  17. 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

  18. 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

  19. 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

  20. 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

  21. 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

  22. 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

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