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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

    Metabolic and transcriptional elucidation of the carotenoid biosynthesis pathway in peel and flesh tissue of loquat fruit during on-tree development

    Carotenoids are the main colouring substances found in orange-fleshed loquat fruits. The aim of this study was to unravel the carotenoid biosynthetic pathway of loquat fruit (cv. ‘Obusa’) in peel and flesh tis...

    Margarita Hadjipieri, Egli C. Georgiadou, Alicia Marin, Huertas M. Diaz-Mula, Vlasios Goulas, Vasileios Fotopoulos, Francisco A. Tomás-Barberán and George A. Manganaris

    BMC Plant Biology 2017 17:102

    Published on: 14 June 2017

  3. Research article

    Brief temperature stress during reproductive stages alters meiotic recombination and somatic mutation rates in the progeny of Arabidopsis

    Plants exposed to environmental stresses draw upon many genetic and epigenetic strategies, with the former sometimes modulated by the latter. This can help the plant, and its immediate progeny, at least, to be...

    Ramswaroop Saini, Amit Kumar Singh, Shanmuhapreya Dhanapal, Thoufeequl Hakeem Saeed, Geoffrey J. Hyde and Ramamurthy Baskar

    BMC Plant Biology 2017 17:103

    Published on: 14 June 2017

  4. Database

    CottonFGD: an integrated functional genomics database for cotton

    Cotton (Gossypium spp.) is the most important fiber and oil crop in the world. With the emergence of huge -omics data sets, it is essential to have an integrated functional genomics database that allows worldwide...

    Tao Zhu, Chengzhen Liang, Zhigang Meng, Guoqing Sun, Zhaoghong Meng, Sandui Guo and Rui Zhang

    BMC Plant Biology 2017 17:101

    Published on: 8 June 2017

  5. Research article

    iTRAQ-based proteome profile analysis of superior and inferior Spikelets at early grain filling stage in japonica Rice

    Large-panicle rice varieties often fail to achieve their yield potential due to poor grain filling of late-flowering inferior spikelets (IS). The physiological and molecular mechanisms of poor IS grain filling...

    Cuicui You, Lin Chen, Haibing He, Liquan Wu, Shaohua Wang, Yanfeng Ding and Chuanxi Ma

    BMC Plant Biology 2017 17:100

    Published on: 7 June 2017

  6. 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

  7. Research article

    Analysis of the lipid body proteome of the oleaginous alga Lobosphaera incisa

    Lobosphaera incisa (L. incisa) is an oleaginous microalga that stores triacylglycerol (TAG) rich in arachidonic acid in lipid bodies (LBs). This organelle is gaining attention in algal...

    Heike Siegler, Oliver Valerius, Till Ischebeck, Jennifer Popko, Nicolas J. Tourasse, Olivier Vallon, Inna Khozin-Goldberg, Gerhard H. Braus and Ivo Feussner

    BMC Plant Biology 2017 17:98

    Published on: 6 June 2017

  8. 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

  9. 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

  10. 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

  11. 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

  12. Research article

    Genome-wide association study of salt tolerance at the seed germination stage in rice

    Improving the salt tolerance of direct-seeding rice at the seed germination stage is a major breeding goal in many Asian rice-growing countries, where seedlings must often establish in soils with a high salt c...

    Yingyao Shi, Lingling Gao, Zhichao Wu, Xiaojing Zhang, Mingming Wang, Congshun Zhang, Fan Zhang, Yongli Zhou and Zhikang Li

    BMC Plant Biology 2017 17:92

    Published on: 30 May 2017

  13. Research article

    Proanthocyanidin accumulation and transcriptional responses in the seed coat of cranberry beans (Phaseolus vulgaris L.) with different susceptibility to postharvest darkening

    Edible dry beans (Phaseolus vulgaris L.) that darken during postharvest storage are graded lower and are less marketable than their non-darkened counterparts. Seed coat darkening in susceptible genotypes is depen...

    José A. Freixas Coutin, Seth Munholland, Anjali Silva, Sanjeena Subedi, Lewis Lukens, William L. Crosby, K. Peter Pauls and Gale G. Bozzo

    BMC Plant Biology 2017 17:89

    Published on: 25 May 2017

  14. 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

  15. Research article

    Ethephon induced oxidative stress in the olive leaf abscission zone enables development of a selective abscission compound

    Table olives (Olea europaea L.), despite their widespread production, are still harvested manually. The low efficiency of manual harvesting and the rising costs of labor have reduced the profitability of this cro...

    S. Goldental-Cohen, C. Burstein, I. Biton, S. Ben Sasson, A. Sadeh, Y. Many, A. Doron-Faigenboim, H. Zemach, Y. Mugira, D. Schneider, R. Birger, S. Meir, S. Philosoph-Hadas, V. Irihomovitch, S. Lavee, B. Avidan…

    BMC Plant Biology 2017 17:87

    Published on: 16 May 2017

  16. Research article

    Cell separation in kiwifruit without development of a specialised detachment zone

    Unlike in abscission or dehiscence, fruit of kiwifruit Actinidia eriantha develop the ability for peel detachment when they are ripe and soft in the absence of a morphologically identifiable abscission zone. Two ...

    Roneel Prakash, Ian C. Hallett, Sally F. Wong, Sarah L. Johnston, Erin M. O’Donoghue, Peter A. McAtee, Alan G. Seal, Ross G. Atkinson and Roswitha Schröder

    BMC Plant Biology 2017 17:86

    Published on: 10 May 2017

  17. Research article

    The impact of drought on wheat leaf cuticle properties

    The plant cuticle is the outermost layer covering aerial tissues and is composed of cutin and waxes. The cuticle plays an important role in protection from environmental stresses and glaucousness, the bluish-w...

    Huihui Bi, Nataliya Kovalchuk, Peter Langridge, Penny J. Tricker, Sergiy Lopato and Nikolai Borisjuk

    BMC Plant Biology 2017 17:85

    Published on: 8 May 2017

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