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    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

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    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

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    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

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    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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    Metabolomic analysis of pathways related to rice grain chalkiness by a notched-belly mutant with high occurrence of white-belly grains

    Grain chalkiness is a highly undesirable trait deleterious to rice appearance and milling quality. The physiological and molecular foundation of chalkiness formation is still partially understood, because of t...

    Zhaomiao Lin, Xincheng Zhang, Zunxin Wang, Yutong Jiang, Zhenghui Liu, Danny Alexander, Ganghua Li, Shaohua Wang and Yanfeng Ding

    BMC Plant Biology 2017 17:39

    Published on: 7 February 2017

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    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

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    Chloroplast genome resources and molecular markers differentiate rubber dandelion species from weedy relatives

    Rubber dandelion (Taraxacum kok-saghyz, TK) is being developed as a domestic source of natural rubber to meet increasing global demand. However, the domestication of TK is complicated by its colocation with two w...

    Yingxiao Zhang, Brian J. Iaffaldano, Xiaofeng Zhuang, John Cardina and Katrina Cornish

    BMC Plant Biology 2017 17:34

    Published on: 2 February 2017

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    Skewing in Arabidopsis roots involves disparate environmental signaling pathways

    Skewing root patterns provide key insights into root growth strategies and mechanisms that produce root architectures. Roots exhibit skewing and waving when grown on a tilted, impenetrable surface. The genetic...

    Eric R. Schultz, Agata K. Zupanska, Natasha J. Sng, Anna-Lisa Paul and Robert J. Ferl

    BMC Plant Biology 2017 17:31

    Published on: 1 February 2017

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    Conservation and diversification of the miR166 family in soybean and potential roles of newly identified miR166s

    microRNA166 (miR166) is a highly conserved family of miRNAs implicated in a wide range of cellular and physiological processes in plants. miR166 family generally comprises multiple miR166 members in plants, wh...

    Xuyan Li, Xin Xie, Ji Li, Yuhai Cui, Yanming Hou, Lulu Zhai, Xiao Wang, Yanli Fu, Ranran Liu and Shaomin Bian

    BMC Plant Biology 2017 17:32

    Published on: 1 February 2017

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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

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    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

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    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

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    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

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    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

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    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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