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  1. Reducing the dependence of crop production on chemical fertilizer with its associated costs, carbon footprint and other environmental problems is a challenge for agriculture. New solutions are required to solv...

    Authors: Zhiwei Chen, Qi Jiang, Panpan Jiang, Wan Zhang, Jianhua Huang, Chenghong Liu, Nigel G. Halford and Ruiju Lu

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2020 20:142

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  2. Hypoxia causes injury and yield loss. Soil aeration has been reported to accelerate the growth of plants and increase crop yield. The aim of this study was to examine growth response of greenhouse-produced mus...

    Authors: Yuan Li, Wenquan Niu, Xiaoshu Cao, Mingzhi Zhang, Jingwei Wang and Zhenxing Zhang

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2020 20:141

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  3. Nanoparticle causes soil pollution, which affected plant development and then resulted in biomass decreased, especially in crops. However, little is known how sodium nanoparticles affect wheat root development...

    Authors: Yunfei Wu, Wangmenghan Peng, Zhaodi Dong, Qiuqing Jiang, Xurun Yu, Gang Chen and Fei Xiong

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2020 20:140

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  4. Response and adaptation strategies of plants to the environment have always been the core issues in ecological research. So far, relatively little study exists on its functional traits responses to warming, es...

    Authors: Jiyou Zhu, Hua Zhu, Yujuan Cao, Jinhang Li, Qiuyu Zhu, Jiangming Yao and Chengyang Xu

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2020 20:139

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  5. Beta vulgaris L. is one of the main sugar-producing crop species and is highly adaptable to saline soil. This study explored the alterations to the carbon and nitrogen metabolism mechanisms enabling the roots of ...

    Authors: Lei Liu, Bin Wang, Dan Liu, Chunlei Zou, Peiran Wu, Ziyang Wang, Yubo Wang and Caifeng Li

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2020 20:138

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  6. Flower longevity plays an important role in pollen dispersal and reproductive success in plants. In dichogamous plants, the duration of anthesis as well as the time allocated to male and female functions can v...

    Authors: Zhigang Zhao, Meng Hou, Yijie Wang and Guozhen Du

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2020 20:137

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  7. Flower development and sufficient fruit set are important parameters with respect to walnut yield. Knowledge about flowering genes of fruit trees can help to conduct better molecular breeding programs. Therefo...

    Authors: Amin Hassankhah, Majid Rahemi, Hossein Ramshini, Saadat Sarikhani and Kourosh Vahdati

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2020 20:136

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  8. Introgression of chromatin from Secale species into common wheat has for decades been a successful strategy for controlling the wheat diseases. The wild Secale species, Secale africanum Stapf., is a valuable sour...

    Authors: Guangrong Li, Lingrong Tang, Yan Yin, Ahui Zhang, Zhihui Yu, Ennian Yang, Zongxiang Tang, Shulan Fu and Zujun Yang

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2020 20:134

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  9. Genes associated with arsenite uptake and transport in rice plants (i.e., OsLsi1, OsLsi2, OsLsi3, OsLsi6 and OsABCC1) have been identified to date. However, their expression over time during the whole growth peri...

    Authors: Dandan Pan, Jicai Yi, Fangbai Li, Xiaomin Li, Chuanping Liu, Weijian Wu and Tingting Tao

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2020 20:133

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  10. NADP-malic enzyme (NAPD-ME), and pyruvate orthophosphate dikinase (PPDK) are important enzymes that participate in C4 photosynthesis. However, the evolutionary history and forces driving evolution of these genes ...

    Authors: Weiping Shi, Linqi Yue, Jiahui Guo, Jianming Wang, Xiangyang Yuan, Shuqi Dong, Jie Guo and Pingyi Guo

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2020 20:132

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  11. Leaves of the medicinal plant Ampelopsis grossedentata, which is commonly known as vine tea, are used widely in the traditional Chinese beverage in southwest China. The leaves contain a large amount of dihydromyr...

    Authors: Xiaohua Li, Minhui Cao, Weibo Ma, Caihua Jia, Jinghuan Li, Mingxing Zhang, Changchun Liu, Zhenzhen Cao, Mohammad Omar Faruque and Xuebo Hu

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2020 20:131

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  12. Arsenic toxicity induces a range of metabolic responses in plants, including DNA methylation. The focus of this paper was on the relationship between As-induced stress and plant senescence in the hyperaccumula...

    Authors: Veronika Zemanová, Marek Popov, Daniela Pavlíková, Pavel Kotrba, František Hnilička, Jana Česká and Milan Pavlík

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2020 20:130

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  13. Pear is one of the most important fruit crops worldwide. Anthocyanins and procyanidins (PAs) are important secondary metabolites that affect the appearance and nutritive quality of pear. However, few studies h...

    Authors: Zhen Zhang, Changping Tian, Ya Zhang, Chenzhiyu Li, Xi Li, Qiang Yu, Shuo Wang, Xinyu Wang, Xuesen Chen and Shouqian Feng

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2020 20:129

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  14. SNF-related Kinase 1 (SnRK1) is a key component of the cell signaling network. SnRK1 is known to respond to a wide variety of stresses, but its exact role in salt stress response and tolerance is still largely...

    Authors: Wen-Ru Wang, Jia-Hui Liang, Gui-Fang Wang, Mao-Xiang Sun, Fu-Tian Peng and Yuan-Song Xiao

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2020 20:128

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  15. Soybean developing seed is susceptible to high temperature and humidity (HTH) stress in the field, resulting in vigor reduction. Actually, the HTH in the field during soybean seed growth and development would ...

    Authors: Jiaping Wei, Xiaolin Liu, Linzhi Li, Haihong Zhao, Sushuang Liu, Xingwang Yu, Yingzi Shen, Yali Zhou, Yajing Zhu, Yingjie Shu and Hao Ma

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2020 20:127

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  16. A microgranule fertilizer was designed for localized fertilization of soil with controlled release of nutrients. The microgranule matrix was fortified with proteins, which were obtained from food industry bypr...

    Authors: Maksymilian Olbrycht, Michał Kołodziej, Roman Bochenek, Mateusz Przywara, Maciej Balawejder, Natalia Matłok, Piotr Antos, Wojciech Piątkowski and Dorota Antos

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2020 20:126

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  17. The function of 4-coumarate-CoA ligases (4CL) under abiotic stresses has been studied in plants, however, limited is known about the 4CL genes in cotton (G. hirsutum L.) and their roles in response to drought str...

    Authors: Shi-Chao Sun, Xian-Peng Xiong, Xiao-Li Zhang, Hong-Jie Feng, Qian-Hao Zhu, Jie Sun and Yan-Jun Li

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2020 20:125

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  18. Panax notoginseng is a medicinally important Chinese herb with a long history of cultivation and clinical application. The planting area is mainly distributed in Wenshan Prefecture, where the quality and safety o...

    Authors: Guan-Hua Cao, Ze-Dong Li, Xi-Fu Wang, Xue Zhang, Rong-Hua Zhao, Wen Gu, Di Chen, Jie Yu and Sen He

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2020 20:124

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  19. Crop productivity is challenged by abiotic stresses, among which drought stress is the most common. NF-Y genes, especially NF-YA genes, regulate tolerance to abiotic stress.

    Authors: Xiao-Jun Ma, Tai-Fei Yu, Xiao-Hui Li, Xin-You Cao, Jian Ma, Jun Chen, Yong-Bin Zhou, Ming Chen, You-Zhi Ma, Jun-Hua Zhang and Zhao-Shi Xu

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2020 20:123

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  20. In Arabidopsis, the aluminum (Al) exclusion mechanism is mainly facilitated by ALMT1-mediated malate exudation and MATE-mediated citrate releases from the root. Recently, we have demonstrated that coordinated fun...

    Authors: Yuqi Wang, Wancong Yu, Yu Cao, Yanfei Cai, Sangbom M. Lyi, Weiwei Wu, Yan Kang, Cuiyue Liang and Jiping Liu

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2020 20:122

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  21. Styrax tonkinensis (Pierre) Craib ex Hartwich has great potential as a woody biodiesel species having seed kernels with high oil content, excellent fatty acid composition and good fuel properties. However, no tra...

    Authors: Qikui Wu, Yuanyuan Cao, Chen Chen, Zhenzhou Gao, Fangyuan Yu and Robert D. Guy

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2020 20:121

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  22. Potato is the third most consumed crop in the world. Breeding for traits such as yield, product quality and pathogen resistance are main priorities. Identifying molecular signatures of these and other importan...

    Authors: Erik Alexandersson, Sandeep Kushwaha, Aastha Subedi, Deborah Weighill, Sharlee Climer, Daniel Jacobson and Erik Andreasson

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2020 20:120

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  23. The low grain water content (GWC) at harvest is a prerequisite to mechanical harvesting in maize, or otherwise would cause massive broken kernels and increase drying costs. The GWC at harvest in turn depends o...

    Authors: Jianju Liu, Hui Yu, Yuanliang Liu, Suining Deng, Qingcai Liu, Baoshen Liu and Mingliang Xu

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2020 20:118

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  24. In recent years, the planting area of sweet corn in China has expanded rapidly. Some new varieties with high yields and good adaptabilities have emerged. However, the improvement of edible quality traits, espe...

    Authors: Xiaming Wu, Bo Wang, Fugui Xie, Liping Zhang, Jie Gong, Wei Zhu, Xiaoqin Li, Faqiang Feng and Jun Huang

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2020 20:117

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  25. Developing fruit is considered as an excellent model to study the complex network of metabolites which are altered rapidly during development.

    Authors: Manish Kumar Patel, Avinash Mishra, Santlal Jaiswar and Bhavanath Jha

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2020 20:116

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  26. The basic helix-loop-helix (bHLH) gene family is one of the largest transcription factor families in plants and is functionally characterized in diverse species. However, less is known about its functions in t...

    Authors: Yun-Zhuo Ke, Yun-Wen Wu, Hong-Jun Zhou, Ping Chen, Mang-Mang Wang, Ming-Ming Liu, Peng-Feng Li, Jin Yang, Jia-Na Li and Hai Du

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2020 20:115

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  27. Areas with saline soils are sparsely populated and have fragile ecosystems, which severely restricts the sustainable development of local economies. Zoysia grasses are recognized as excellent warm-season turfgras...

    Authors: Jingjing Wang, Cong An, Hailin Guo, Xiangyang Yang, Jingbo Chen, Junqin Zong, Jianjian Li and Jianxiu Liu

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2020 20:114

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  28. Powdery mildew (PM) is an important disease of pea that reduce yield. Ascophyllum nodosum extract (ANE) and chitosan (CHT) are biostimulants used to improve plant health. Efficacy of ANE and CHT was assessed indi...

    Authors: Jai Singh Patel, Vinodkumar Selvaraj, Lokanadha Rao Gunupuru, Pramod Kumar Rathor and Balakrishnan Prithiviraj

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2020 20:113

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  29. Sand burial plays an irreplaceable and unique role in the growth and distribution of vegetation on the Shell Dike Island in the Yellow River Delta. There are still some unknown on the effects of sand burial on...

    Authors: Tian Li, Jingkuan Sun, Hongjun Yang, Jingtao Liu, Jiangbao Xia and Pengshuai Shao

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2020 20:112

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  30. The angiosperm family Bromeliaceae comprises over 3.500 species characterized by exceptionally high morphological and ecological diversity, but a very low genetic variation. In many genera, plants are vegetati...

    Authors: Fabian Bratzel, Sascha Heller, Nadine Cyrannek, Juraj Paule, Elton M. C. Leme, Anna Loreth, Annika Nowotny, Markus Kiefer, Walter Till, Michael H. J. Barfuss, Christian Lexer, Marcus A. Koch and Georg Zizka

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2020 20:111

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  31. To understand the gene expression networks controlling flower color formation in alfalfa, flowers anthocyanins were identified using two materials with contrasting flower colors, namely Defu and Zhongtian No. ...

    Authors: Hui-Rong Duan, Li-Rong Wang, Guang-Xin Cui, Xue-Hui Zhou, Xiao-Rong Duan and Hong-Shan Yang

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2020 20:110

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  32. The steroidal hormones brassinosteroids (BRs) play important roles in plant growth and development. The pathway and genes involved in BR biosynthesis have been identified primarily in model plants like Arabidopsi...

    Authors: Xiaodong Zheng, Yuxiong Xiao, Yike Tian, Shaolan Yang and Caihong Wang

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2020 20:109

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  33. Pear fruit exhibit a single sigmoid pattern during development, while peach and strawberry fruits exhibit a double sigmoid pattern. However, little is known about the differences between these two patterns.

    Authors: Mao-Song Pei, Su-Hao Cao, Lei Wu, Guo-Ming Wang, Zhi-Hua Xie, Chao Gu and Shao-Ling Zhang

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2020 20:108

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  34. Both drought and heat stress are serious global problems, leading to agricultural production loss. MicroRNAs (miRNAs) play important roles in plant species responding to individual drought and heat stress. How...

    Authors: Rong Zhou, Xiaqing Yu, Carl-Otto Ottosen, Tingling Zhang, Zhen Wu and Tongmin Zhao

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2020 20:107

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  35. The Eurasian steppe is an important vegetation type characterized by cold, arid and nitrogen poor conditions. At the Eastern edge, including in the Songnen grassland, the vegetation is dominated by Leymus chinens...

    Authors: Song Gao, Junfeng Wang, Johannes M. H. Knops and Jiao Wang

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2020 20:106

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  36. “Bairihua”, a variety of the Catalpa bungei, has a large amount of flowers and a long flowering period which make it an excellent material for flowering researches in trees. SPL is one of the hub genes that regul...

    Authors: Zhi Wang, Tianqing Zhu, Wenjun Ma, Erqin Fan, Nan Lu, Fangqun Ouyang, Nan Wang, Guijuan Yang, Lisheng Kong, Guanzheng Qu, Shougong Zhang and Junhui Wang

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2020 20:105

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  37. Loss of vigor caused by seed aging adversely affects agricultural production under natural conditions. However, priming is an economical and effective method for improving the vigor of aged seeds. The objectiv...

    Authors: Fangshan Xia, Hang Cheng, Lingling Chen, Huisen Zhu, Peisheng Mao and Mingya Wang

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2020 20:104

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  38. Aroma is an important organoleptic quality for fruit and has a large influence on consumer preference. Kiwifruit esters undergo rapid and substantial changes contributing to the flavor during fruit ripening. P...

    Authors: Aidi Zhang, Qiuyun Zhang, Jianzhao Li, Hansheng Gong, Xinguang Fan, Yanqing Yang, Xiaofen Liu and Xueren Yin

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2020 20:103

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  39. Brassinolide (BR), as a new type of plant hormones, is involved in the processes of plant growth and stress response. Previous studies have reported the roles of BR in regulating plant developmental processes ...

    Authors: Yutong Li, Yue Wu, Weibiao Liao, Linli Hu, Mohammed Mujitaba Dawuda, Xin Jin, Zhongqi Tang, Jianjun Yang and Jihua Yu

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2020 20:102

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  40. Studies have indicated that graphene oxide (GO) could regulated Brassica napus L. root growth via abscisic acid (ABA) and indole-3-acetic acid (IAA). To study the mechanism and interaction between GO and IAA furt...

    Authors: Lingli Xie, Fan Chen, Hewei Du, Xuekun Zhang, Xingang Wang, Guoxin Yao and Benbo Xu

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2020 20:101

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  41. Fenclorim (Fen) can effectively protect rice from pretilachlor (Pre) injury, but its effects on rice have not been formally evaluated; thus, the Fen mode of action for alleviating the phytotoxicity caused by P...

    Authors: Lifeng Hu, Ying Yao, Ruwen Cai, Lang Pan, Kailin Liu and Lianyang Bai

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2020 20:100

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  42. Long non-coding RNAs (lncRNAs) play important roles in the regulation of plant responses to environmental stress by acting as essential regulators of gene expression. However, whether and how lncRNAs are invol...

    Authors: Mingui Zhao, Tianzuo Wang, Tianyang Sun, Xiaoxi Yu, Rui Tian and Wen-Hao Zhang

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2020 20:99

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  43. Shoot orientation is important for plant architecture formation, and zigzag-shaped shoots are a special trait found in many plants. Zigzag-shaped shoots have been selected and thoroughly studied in Arabidopsis; h...

    Authors: Hongli Cao, Feiquan Wang, Hongzheng Lin, Yijun Ye, Yucheng Zheng, Jiamin Li, Zhilong Hao, Naixing Ye and Chuan Yue

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2020 20:98

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  44. In contrast to most animal species, polyploid plant species are quite tolerant of aneuploidy. Here, the global transcriptome of four aneuploid derivatives of a synthetic hexaploid wheat line was acquired, with...

    Authors: Deying Zeng, Jiantao Guan, Jiangtao Luo, Laibin Zhao, Yazhou Li, Wenshuai Chen, Lianquan Zhang, Shunzong Ning, Zhongwei Yuan, Aili Li, Youliang Zheng, Long Mao, Dengcai Liu and Ming Hao

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2020 20:97

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  45. The perturbance of chloroplast proteins is a major cause of photosynthesis inhibition under drought stress. The exogenous application of 5-aminolevulinic acid (ALA) mitigates the damage caused by drought stres...

    Authors: Yuexia Wang, Xiaoyan Li, Nana Liu, Shimei Wei, Jianan Wang, Fujun Qin and Biao Suo

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2020 20:96

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  46. In plants, the key roles played by RopGEF-mediated ROP signaling in diverse processes, including polar tip growth, have been identified. Despite their important roles in reproduction, a comprehensive analysis ...

    Authors: Eui-Jung Kim, Sung-Wook Park, Woo-Jong Hong, Jeniffer Silva, Wanqi Liang, Dabing Zhang, Ki-Hong Jung and Yu-Jin Kim

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2020 20:95

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  47. Small ROP (also called RAC) GTPases are key factors in polar cell development and in interaction with the environment. ROP-Interactive Partner (RIP) proteins are predicted scaffold or ROP-effector proteins, wh...

    Authors: Caroline Hoefle, Christopher McCollum and Ralph Hückelhoven

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2020 20:94

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  48. The shade represents one of the major environmental limitations for turfgrass growth. Shade influences plant growth and alters plant metabolism, yet little is known about how shade affects the structure of rhi...

    Authors: Juanjuan Fu, Yilan Luo, Pengyue Sun, Jinzhu Gao, Donghao Zhao, Peizhi Yang and Tianming Hu

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2020 20:92

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