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    Drought stress had a predominant effect over heat stress on three tomato cultivars subjected to combined stress

    Abiotic stresses due to environmental factors could adversely affect the growth and development of crops. Among the abiotic stresses, drought and heat stress are two critical threats to crop growth and sustain...

    Rong Zhou, Xiaqing Yu, Carl-Otto Ottosen, Eva Rosenqvist, Liping Zhao, Yinlei Wang, Wengui Yu, Tongmin Zhao and Zhen Wu

    BMC Plant Biology 2017 17:24

    Published on: 25 January 2017

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    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

  3. Research article

    Genome-wide expression profiling of aquaporin genes confer responses to abiotic and biotic stresses in Brassica rapa

    Plants contain a range of aquaporin (AQP) proteins, which act as transporter of water and nutrient molecules through living membranes. AQPs also participate in water uptake through the roots and contribute to ...

    Md. Abdul Kayum, Jong-In Park, Ujjal Kumar Nath, Manosh Kumar Biswas, Hoy-Taek Kim and Ill-Sup Nou

    BMC Plant Biology 2017 17:23

    Published on: 25 January 2017

  4. Research article

    Comparative transcriptome analysis reveals the transcriptional alterations in heat-resistant and heat-sensitive sweet maize (Zea mays L.) varieties under heat stress

    Despite the heat-related physiology and heat-shock proteins in maize have been extensively studied, little is known about the transcriptome profiling of how the maize varieties with different genotypes respond...

    Jiang Shi, Baiyuan Yan, Xuping Lou, Huasheng Ma and Songlin Ruan

    BMC Plant Biology 2017 17:26

    Published on: 25 January 2017

  5. Research article

    Evolutional dynamics of 45S and 5S ribosomal DNA in ancient allohexaploid Atropa belladonna

    Polyploid hybrids represent a rich natural resource to study molecular evolution of plant genes and genomes. Here, we applied a combination of karyological and molecular methods to investigate chromosomal stru...

    Roman A. Volkov, Irina I. Panchuk, Nikolai V. Borisjuk, Marta Hosiawa-Baranska, Jolanta Maluszynska and Vera Hemleben

    BMC Plant Biology 2017 17:21

    Published on: 23 January 2017

  6. Research article

    QTL mapping and candidate genes for resistance to Fusarium ear rot and fumonisin contamination in maize

    Fusarium verticillioides is a common maize pathogen causing ear rot (FER) and contamination of the grains with the fumonisin B1 (FB1) mycotoxin. Resistance to FER and FB1 contamination...

    Valentina Maschietto, Cinzia Colombi, Raul Pirona, Giorgio Pea, Francesco Strozzi, Adriano Marocco, Laura Rossini and Alessandra Lanubile

    BMC Plant Biology 2017 17:20

    Published on: 21 January 2017

  7. Research article

    Comparative RNA-seq based transcriptomic analysis of bud dormancy in grape

    Bud dormancy is an important biological phenomenon of perennial plants that enables them to survive under harsh environmental circumstances. Grape (Vitis vinifera) is one of the most grown fruit crop worldwide; h...

    Muhammad Khalil-Ur-Rehman, Long Sun, Chun-Xia Li, Muhammad Faheem, Wu Wang and Jian-Min Tao

    BMC Plant Biology 2017 17:18

    Published on: 19 January 2017

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    Short oligogalacturonides induce pathogen resistance-associated gene expression in Arabidopsis thaliana

    Oligogalacturonides (OGs) are important components of damage-associated molecular pattern (DAMP) signaling and influence growth regulation in plants. Recent studies have focused on the impact of long OGs (degr...

    Pär Davidsson, Martin Broberg, Tarja Kariola, Nina Sipari, Minna Pirhonen and E. Tapio Palva

    BMC Plant Biology 2017 17:19

    Published on: 19 January 2017

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    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

  10. Research article

    Whole genome-wide transcript profiling to identify differentially expressed genes associated with seed field emergence in two soybean low phytate mutants

    Seed germination is important to soybean (Glycine max) growth and development, ultimately affecting soybean yield. A lower seed field emergence has been the main hindrance for breeding soybeans low in phytate. Al...

    Fengjie Yuan, Xiaomin Yu, Dekun Dong, Qinghua Yang, Xujun Fu, Shenlong Zhu and Danhua Zhu

    BMC Plant Biology 2017 17:16

    Published on: 18 January 2017

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    Overexpression of wheat ferritin gene TaFER-5B enhances tolerance to heat stress and other abiotic stresses associated with the ROS scavenging

    The yield of wheat (Triticum aestivum L.), an important crop, is adversely affected by heat stress in many regions of the world. However, the molecular mechanisms underlying thermotolerance are largely unknown.

    Xinshan Zang, Xiaoli Geng, Fei Wang, Zhenshan Liu, Liyuan Zhang, Yue Zhao, Xuejun Tian, Zhongfu Ni, Yingyin Yao, Mingming Xin, Zhaorong Hu, Qixin Sun and Huiru Peng

    BMC Plant Biology 2017 17:14

    Published on: 14 January 2017

  12. 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

  13. 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

  14. 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

  15. Research article

    Comparative analysis of the root transcriptomes of cultivated sweetpotato (Ipomoea batatas [L.] Lam) and its wild ancestor (Ipomoea trifida [Kunth] G. Don)

    The complex process of formation of storage roots (SRs) from adventitious roots affects sweetpotato yield. Identifying the genes that are uniquely expressed in the SR forming cultivated species, Ipomoea batatas (

    Sathish K. Ponniah, Jyothi Thimmapuram, Ketaki Bhide, Venu (Kal) Kalavacharla and Muthusamy Manoharan

    BMC Plant Biology 2017 17:9

    Published on: 13 January 2017

  16. Research

    The Arabidopsis paralogs, PUB46 and PUB48, encoding U-box E3 ubiquitin ligases, are essential for plant response to drought stress

    Plants respond to abiotic stress on physiological, biochemical and molecular levels. This includes a global change in their cellular proteome achieved by changes in the pattern of their protein synthesis and d...

    Guy Adler, Zvia Konrad, Lyad Zamir, Amit Kumar Mishra, Dina Raveh and Dudy Bar-Zvi

    BMC Plant Biology 2017 17:8

    Published on: 11 January 2017

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    Overexpression of PaNAC03, a stress induced NAC gene family transcription factor in Norway spruce leads to reduced flavonol biosynthesis and aberrant embryo development

    The NAC family of transcription factors is one of the largest gene families of transcription factors in plants and the conifer NAC gene family is at least as large, or possibly larger, as in Arabidopsis. These tr...

    Kerstin Dalman, Julia Johanna Wind, Miguel Nemesio-Gorriz, Almuth Hammerbacher, Karl Lundén, Ines Ezcurra and Malin Elfstrand

    BMC Plant Biology 2017 17:6

    Published on: 6 January 2017

  18. Research article

    Major Cys protease activities are not essential for senescence in individually darkened Arabidopsis leaves

    Papain-like Cys Proteases (PLCPs) and Vacuolar Processing Enzymes (VPEs) are amongst the most highly expressed proteases during leaf senescence in Arabidopsis. Using activity-based protein profiling (ABPP), a ...

    Adriana Pružinská, Takayuki Shindo, Sherry Niessen, Farnusch Kaschani, Réka Tóth, A. Harvey Millar and Renier A. L. van der Hoorn

    BMC Plant Biology 2017 17:4

    Published on: 6 January 2017

  19. Research article

    Identification of brassinosteroid genes in Brachypodium distachyon

    Brassinosteroids (BRs) are steroidal phytohormones that are involved in diverse physiological processes and affect many important traits, such as plant stature, stress tolerance, leaf angle, fertility, and gra...

    Claudia Corvalán and Sunghwa Choe

    BMC Plant Biology 2017 17:5

    Published on: 6 January 2017

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    Comparative proteomic analysis reveals a dynamic pollen plasma membrane protein map and the membrane landscape of receptor-like kinases and transporters important for pollen tube growth and interaction with pistils in rice

    The coordination of pollen tube (PT) growth, guidance and timely growth arrest and rupture mediated by PT-pistil interaction is crucial for the PT to transport sperm cells into ovules for double fertilization....

    Ning Yang and Tai Wang

    BMC Plant Biology 2017 17:2

    Published on: 5 January 2017

  21. Research article

    Polyploidy and the relationship between leaf structure and function: implications for correlated evolution of anatomy, morphology, and physiology in Brassica

    Polyploidy is well studied from a genetic and genomic perspective, but the morphological, anatomical, and physiological consequences of polyploidy remain relatively uncharacterized. Whether these potential cha...

    Robert L. Baker, Yulia Yarkhunova, Katherine Vidal, Brent E. Ewers and Cynthia Weinig

    BMC Plant Biology 2017 17:3

    Published on: 5 January 2017

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