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    Different genetic architectures underlie crop responses to the same pathogen: the {Helianthus annuus * Phoma macdonaldii} interaction case for black stem disease and premature ripening

    Phoma macdonaldii has been reported as the causal agent of black stem disease (BS) and premature ripening (PR) on sunflower. PR is considered as the most widespread and detrimental dis...

    Amandine Bordat, Gwenaëlle Marchand, Nicolas B. Langlade, Nicolas Pouilly, Stéphane Muños, Grégory Dechamp-Guillaume, Patrick Vincourt and Emmanuelle Bret-Mestries

    BMC Plant Biology 2017 17:167

    Published on: 19 October 2017

  2. Research article

    Constitutive expression of OsDof4, encoding a C2-C2 zinc finger transcription factor, confesses its distinct flowering effects under long- and short-day photoperiods in rice (Oryza sativa L.)

    Dof (DNA binding with one finger) proteins, a class of plant-specific transcription factors which contain a conserved C2-C2-type zinc finger domain, are involved in many fundamental processes. In the Arabidops...

    Qi Wu, Xue Liu, Dedong Yin, Hua Yuan, Qi Xie, Xianfeng Zhao, Xiaobing Li, Lihuang Zhu, Shigui Li and Dayong Li

    BMC Plant Biology 2017 17:166

    Published on: 19 October 2017

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    TaFlo2-A1, an ortholog of rice Flo2, is associated with thousand grain weight in bread wheat (Triticum aestivum L.)

    The Flo2 gene is a member of a conserved gene family in plants. This gene has been found to be related to thousand grain weight (TGW) in rice. Its orthologs in hexaploid wheat were cloned, and the haplotype varia...

    Muhammad Sajjad, Xiaoling Ma, Sultan Habibullah Khan, Muhammad Shoaib, Yanhong Song, Wenlong Yang, Aimin Zhang and Dongcheng Liu

    BMC Plant Biology 2017 17:164

    Published on: 16 October 2017

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    Lipidomics analysis unravels the effect of nitrogen fertilization on lipid metabolism in tea plant (Camellia sinensis L.)

    Nitrogen (N) plays an important role in the formation of tea quality-related compounds, like amino acids and flavor/aroma origin compounds. Lipids, which have been reported to be affected by N deficiency, are ...

    Mei-Ya Liu, Asdrubal Burgos, Lifeng Ma, Qunfeng Zhang, Dandan Tang and Jianyun Ruan

    BMC Plant Biology 2017 17:165

    Published on: 16 October 2017

  5. Research article

    Maize RNA PolIV affects the expression of genes with nearby TE insertions and has a genome-wide repressive impact on transcription

    RNA-directed DNA methylation (RdDM) is a plant-specific epigenetic process that relies on the RNA polymerase IV (Pol IV) for the production of 24 nucleotide small interfering RNAs (siRNA) that guide the cytosi...

    Cristian Forestan, Silvia Farinati, Riccardo Aiese Cigliano, Alice Lunardon, Walter Sanseverino and Serena Varotto

    BMC Plant Biology 2017 17:161

    Published on: 12 October 2017

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    Four terpene synthases contribute to the generation of chemotypes in tea tree (Melaleuca alternifolia)

    Terpene rich leaves are a characteristic of Myrtaceae. There is significant qualitative variation in the terpene profile of plants within a single species, which is observable as “chemotypes”. Understanding th...

    Amanda Padovan, Andras Keszei, Yasmin Hassan, Sandra T. Krause, Tobias G. Köllner, Jörg Degenhardt, Jonathan Gershenzon, Carsten Külheim and William J. Foley

    BMC Plant Biology 2017 17:160

    Published on: 4 October 2017

  7. Research article

    Avocado fruit maturation and ripening: dynamics of aliphatic acetogenins and lipidomic profiles from mesocarp, idioblasts and seed

    Avocado fruit contains aliphatic acetogenins (oft-acetylated, odd-chain fatty alcohols) with promising bioactivities for both medical and food industries. However, we have scarce knowledge about their metaboli...

    Carlos Eduardo Rodríguez-López, Carmen Hernández-Brenes, Víctor Treviño and Rocío I. Díaz de la Garza

    BMC Plant Biology 2017 17:159

    Published on: 29 September 2017

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    Leaves play a central role in the adaptation of nitrogen and sulfur metabolism to ammonium nutrition in oilseed rape (Brassica napus)

    The coordination between nitrogen (N) and sulfur (S) assimilation is required to suitably provide plants with organic compounds essential for their development and growth. The N source induces the adaptation o...

    Inmaculada Coleto, Marlon de la Peña, Jon Rodríguez-Escalante, Iraide Bejarano, Gaëtan Glauser, Pedro M. Aparicio-Tejo, M. Begoña González-Moro and Daniel Marino

    BMC Plant Biology 2017 17:157

    Published on: 20 September 2017

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    Diversity, distribution of Puroindoline genes and their effect on kernel hardness in a diverse panel of Chinese wheat germplasm

    Kernel hardness, which has great influence on the end-use properties of common wheat, is mainly controlled by Puroindoline genes, Pina and Pinb. Using EcoTILLING platform, we herein investigated the allelic varia...

    Xiaoling Ma, Muhammad Sajjad, Jing Wang, Wenlong Yang, Jiazhu Sun, Xin Li, Aimin Zhang and Dongcheng Liu

    BMC Plant Biology 2017 17:158

    Published on: 20 September 2017

  10. Research article

    B-BOX genes: genome-wide identification, evolution and their contribution to pollen growth in pear (Pyrus bretschneideri Rehd.)

    The B-BOX (BBX) proteins have important functions in regulating plant growth and development. In plants, the BBX gene family has been identified in several plants, such as rice, Arabidopsis and tomato. However, t...

    Yunpeng Cao, Yahui Han, Dandan Meng, Dahui Li, Chunyan Jiao, Qing Jin, Yi Lin and Yongping Cai

    BMC Plant Biology 2017 17:156

    Published on: 19 September 2017

  11. Research article

    Transcriptome analysis of Pseudostellaria heterophylla in response to the infection of pathogenic Fusarium oxysporum

    Pseudostellaria heterophylla (P. heterophylla), a herbaceous perennial, belongs to Caryophyllaceae family and is one of the Chinese herbal medicine with high pharmacodynamic value. It ...

    Xianjin Qin, Hongmiao Wu, Jun Chen, Linkun Wu, Sheng Lin, Muhammad Umar Khan, Mohammad Reza Boorboori and Wenxiong Lin

    BMC Plant Biology 2017 17:155

    Published on: 18 September 2017

  12. Research article

    Seed maturation associated transcriptional programs and regulatory networks underlying genotypic difference in seed dormancy and size/weight in wheat (Triticum aestivum L.)

    Maturation forms one of the critical seed developmental phases and it is characterized mainly by programmed cell death, dormancy and desiccation, however, the transcriptional programs and regulatory networks u...

    Yuji Yamasaki, Feng Gao, Mark C. Jordan and Belay T. Ayele

    BMC Plant Biology 2017 17:154

    Published on: 16 September 2017

  13. Research article

    Visualization of chromosome condensation in plants with large chromosomes

    Most data concerning chromosome organization have been acquired from studies of a small number of model organisms, the majority of which are mammals. In plants with large genomes, the chromosomes are significa...

    Maria A. Kuznetsova, Inna A. Chaban and Eugene V. Sheval

    BMC Plant Biology 2017 17:153

    Published on: 12 September 2017

  14. Research article

    Genome-wide analysis of WRKY gene family in the sesame genome and identification of the WRKY genes involved in responses to abiotic stresses

    Sesame (Sesamum indicum L.) is one of the world’s most important oil crops. However, it is susceptible to abiotic stresses in general, and to waterlogging and drought stresses in particular. The molecular mechani...

    Donghua Li, Pan Liu, Jingyin Yu, Linhai Wang, Komivi Dossa, Yanxin Zhang, Rong Zhou, Xin Wei and Xiurong Zhang

    BMC Plant Biology 2017 17:152

    Published on: 11 September 2017

  15. Research article

    Differentially expressed genes during the imbibition of dormant and after-ripened seeds – a reverse genetics approach

    Seed dormancy, defined as the incapability of a viable seed to germinate under favourable conditions, is an important trait in nature and agriculture. Despite extensive research on dormancy and germination, ma...

    Farzaneh Yazdanpanah, Johannes Hanson, Henk W.M. Hilhorst and Leónie Bentsink

    BMC Plant Biology 2017 17:151

    Published on: 11 September 2017

  16. Research article

    microRNAs participate in gene expression regulation and phytohormone cross-talk in barley embryo during seed development and germination

    Small RNA and degradome sequencing have identified a large number of miRNA-target pairs in plant seeds. However, detailed spatial and temporal studies of miRNA-mediated regulation, which can reflect links betw...

    Bin Bai, Bo Shi, Ning Hou, Yanli Cao, Yijun Meng, Hongwu Bian, Muyuan Zhu and Ning Han

    BMC Plant Biology 2017 17:150

    Published on: 6 September 2017

  17. Research article

    Characterization of the role of sodium nitroprusside (SNP) involved in long vase life of different carnation cultivars

    Sodium nitroprusside (SNP) has been previously shown to extend the vase life of various cut flowers; however, its positive effect on extending vase life of carnations has not been well documented. Moreover, th...

    Aung Htay Naing, Kyoungsun Lee, Muthukrishnan Arun, Ki Byung Lim and Chang Kil Kim

    BMC Plant Biology 2017 17:149

    Published on: 6 September 2017

  18. Research article

    The lysin motif-containing proteins, Lyp1, Lyk7 and LysMe3, play important roles in chitin perception and defense against Verticillium dahliae in cotton

    Lysin motif (LysM)-containing proteins are important pattern recognition receptors (PRRs) in plants, which function in the perception of microbe-associated molecular patterns (MAMPs) and in the defense against...

    Jun Xu, Guilin Wang, Jing Wang, Yongqing Li, Liangliang Tian, Xinyu Wang and Wangzhen Guo

    BMC Plant Biology 2017 17:148

    Published on: 4 September 2017

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    Identification of a methyltransferase catalyzing the final step of methyl anthranilate synthesis in cultivated strawberry

    Methyl anthranilate (MA) contributes an attractive fruity note to the complex flavor and aroma of strawberry (Fragaria spp.), yet it is rare in modern cultivars. The genetic basis for its biosynthesis has not bee...

    Jeremy Pillet, Alan H. Chambers, Christopher Barbey, Zhilong Bao, Anne Plotto, Jinhe Bai, Michael Schwieterman, Timothy Johnson, Benjamin Harrison, Vance M. Whitaker, Thomas A. Colquhoun and Kevin M. Folta

    BMC Plant Biology 2017 17:147

    Published on: 31 August 2017

  20. Research article

    Expression patterns of flowering genes in leaves of ‘Pineapple’ sweet orange [Citrus sinensis (L.) Osbeck] and pummelo (Citrus grandis Osbeck)

    In citrus the transition from juvenility to mature phase is marked by the capability of a tree to flower and fruit consistently. The long period of juvenility in citrus severely impedes the use of genetic base...

    Melanie Pajon, Vicente J. Febres and Gloria A. Moore

    BMC Plant Biology 2017 17:146

    Published on: 30 August 2017

  21. Research article

    The core regulatory network of the abscisic acid pathway in banana: genome-wide identification and expression analyses during development, ripening, and abiotic stress

    Abscisic acid (ABA) signaling plays a crucial role in developmental and environmental adaptation processes of plants. However, the PYL-PP2C-SnRK2 families that function as the core components of ABA signaling ...

    Wei Hu, Yan Yan, Haitao Shi, Juhua Liu, Hongxia Miao, Weiwei Tie, Zehong Ding, XuPo Ding, Chunlai Wu, Yang Liu, Jiashui Wang, Biyu Xu and Zhiqiang Jin

    BMC Plant Biology 2017 17:145

    Published on: 29 August 2017

  22. Research article

    Specificity versus redundancy in the RAP2.4 transcription factor family of Arabidopsis thaliana: transcriptional regulation of genes for chloroplast peroxidases

    The Arabidopsis ERFIb / RAP2.4 transcription factor family consists of eight members with highly conserved DNA binding domains. Selected members have been characterized individually, but a systematic compariso...

    Radoslaw Rudnik, Jote Tafese Bulcha, Elena Reifschneider, Ulrike Ellersiek and Margarete Baier

    BMC Plant Biology 2017 17:144

    Published on: 23 August 2017

  23. Research article

    Comparative transcriptome analysis reveals differentially expressed genes associated with sex expression in garden asparagus (Asparagus officinalis)

    Garden asparagus (Asparagus officinalis) is a highly valuable vegetable crop of commercial and nutritional interest. It is also commonly used to investigate the mechanisms of sex determination and differentiation...

    Shu-Fen Li, Guo-Jun Zhang, Xue-Jin Zhang, Jin-Hong Yuan, Chuan-Liang Deng and Wu-Jun Gao

    BMC Plant Biology 2017 17:143

    Published on: 22 August 2017

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