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  1. Sacred lotus (Nelumbo nucifera) is a vital perennial aquatic ornamental plant. Its flower shape determines the horticultural and ornamental values. However, the mechanisms underlying lotus flower development are ...

    Authors: Zhongyuan Lin, Dingding Cao, Rebecca Njeri Damaris and Pingfang Yang

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2020 20:497

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  2. TaCKX wheat gene family members (GFMs) encode the enzyme cytokinin oxidase/dehydrogenase (CKX), which irreversibly degrades cytokinins. The genes are important regulators of cytokinin content and take part in gro...

    Authors: Karolina Szala, Hanna Ogonowska, Boguslawa Lugowska, Barbara Zmijewska, Renata Wyszynska, Marta Dmochowska-Boguta, Waclaw Orczyk and Anna Nadolska-Orczyk

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2020 20:496

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  3. Pepper mild mottle virus (PMMoV) is a member in the genus Tobamovirus and infects mainly solanaceous plants. However, the mechanism of virus-host interactions remains unclear. To explore the responses of pepper p...

    Authors: Yubing Jiao, Mengnan An, Xiaodong Li, Man Yu, Xiuxiang Zhao, Zihao Xia and Yuanhua Wu

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2020 20:495

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  4. China has diverse wheat varieties that adapt to very different environments divided into ten agro-ecological zones. A better understanding of genomic differences and patterns of selection among agro-ecological...

    Authors: Jie Guo, Chang Li, Junjie Zhao, Jiahui Guo, Weiping Shi, Shunhe Cheng, Meixue Zhou and Chenyang Hao

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2020 20:494

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  5. Salt, a common environmental stress factor, inhibits plant growth and reduces yields. Melatonin is a pleiotropic molecule that regulates plant growth and can alleviate environmental stress in plants. All previ...

    Authors: Junpeng Li, Fang Yuan, Yanlu Liu, Mingjing Zhang, Yun Liu, Yang Zhao, Baoshan Wang and Min Chen

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2020 20:493

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  6. Cardamine violifolia, native to China, is one of the selenium (Se) hyperaccumulators. The mechanism of Se metabolism and tolerance remains unclear, and only limited genetic information is currently available. The...

    Authors: Shen Rao, Tian Yu, Xin Cong, Feng Xu, Xiaozhuo Lai, Weiwei Zhang, Yongling Liao and Shuiyuan Cheng

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2020 20:492

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  7. Stripe rust (yellow rust) is a significant disease for bread wheat (Triticum aestivum L.) worldwide. A genome-wide association study was conducted on 240 Chinese wheat cultivars and elite lines genotyped with the...

    Authors: Mengjie Jia, Lijun Yang, Wei Zhang, Garry Rosewarne, Junhui Li, Enian Yang, Ling Chen, Wenxue Wang, Yike Liu, Hanwen Tong, Weijie He, Yuqing Zhang, Zhanwang Zhu and Chunbao Gao

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2020 20:491

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  8. Kernel row number (KRN) is an important trait for the domestication and improvement of maize. Exploring the genetic basis of KRN has great research significance and can provide valuable information for molecul...

    Authors: Yixin An, Lin Chen, Yong-Xiang Li, Chunhui Li, Yunsu Shi, Dengfeng Zhang, Yu Li and Tianyu Wang

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2020 20:490

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  9. Heterobeltiosis is the phenomenon when the hybrid’s performance is superior to its best performing parent. Banana (Musa spp. AAA) breeding is a tedious, time-consuming process, taking up to two decades to develop...

    Authors: Michael Batte, Moses Nyine, Brigitte Uwimana, Rony Swennen, Violet Akech, Allan Brown, Helena Persson Hovmalm, Mulatu Geleta and Rodomiro Ortiz

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2020 20:489

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  10. The cultivated peanut (Arachis hypogaea) is one of the most important oilseed crops worldwide, and the generation of pegs and formation of subterranean pods are essential processes in peanut reproductive developm...

    Authors: Xiaobo Zhao, Chunjuan Li, Hao Zhang, Caixia Yan, Quanxi Sun, Juan Wang, Cuiling Yuan and Shihua Shan

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2020 20:488

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  11. Somatic embryogenesis in grapevines is a complex process that depends on many physiological and genetic factors. One of its main limitations is the process of precocious germination of the somatic embryos in d...

    Authors: Yosvanis Acanda, Óscar Martínez, María Jesús Prado, María Victoria González and Manuel Rey

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2020 20:487

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  12. Drought stress is the most harmful one among other abiotic stresses with negative impacts on crop growth and development. Drought-hardening is a feasible and widely used method in tobacco seedlings cultivation...

    Authors: Rayyan Khan, Xinghua Ma, Shahen Shah, Xiaoying Wu, Aaqib Shaheen, Lixia Xiao, Yuanhua Wu and Shusheng Wang

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2020 20:486

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  13. The production of soy-based food products requires specific physical and chemical characteristics of the soybean seed. Identification of quantitative trait loci (QTL) associated with value-added traits, such a...

    Authors: Rachel M. Whiting, Sepideh Torabi, Lewis Lukens and Milad Eskandari

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2020 20:485

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  14. Bud dormancy is a sophisticated strategy which plants evolve to survive in tough environments. Endodormancy is a key obstacle for anti-season culture of tree peony, and sufficient chilling exposure is an effec...

    Authors: Tao Zhang, Yanchao Yuan, Yu Zhan, Xinzhe Cao, Chunying Liu, Yuxi Zhang and Shupeng Gai

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2020 20:484

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  15. Sugar beet (Beta vulgaris subsp. vulgaris) is an economically important crop that provides nearly one third of the global sugar production. The beet cyst nematode (BCN), Heterodera schachtii, causes major yield l...

    Authors: Razieh Ghaemi, Ebrahim Pourjam, Naser Safaie, Bruno Verstraeten, Seyed Bagher Mahmoudi, Rahim Mehrabi, Tim De Meyer and Tina Kyndt

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2020 20:483

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  16. The same species of plant can exhibit very diverse sizes and shapes of organs that are genetically determined. Characterising genetic variation underlying this morphological diversity is an important objective...

    Authors: Charlotte N. Miller, Jack Dumenil, Fu Hao Lu, Caroline Smith, Neil McKenzie, Volodymyr Chapman, Joshua Ball, Mathew Box and Michael Bevan

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2020 20:482

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  17. Fusarium oxysporum f. sp. niveum (FON) causes Fusarium wilt in watermelon. Several disease-resistant watermelon varieties have been developed to combat Fusarium wilt. However, the key metabolites that mount defen...

    Authors: Deepak M. Kasote, G. K. Jayaprakasha, Kevin Ong, Kevin M. Crosby and Bhimanagouda S. Patil

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2020 20:481

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  18. Hydrogen sulfide (H2S) is a gas signal molecule involved in regulating plants tolerance to heavy metals stress. In this study, we investigated the role of H2S in cadmium-(Cd-) induced cell death of root tips of c...

    Authors: Shilei Luo, Zhongqi Tang, Jihua Yu, Weibiao Liao, Jianming Xie, Jian Lv, Zhi Feng and Mohammed Mujitaba Dawuda

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2020 20:480

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  19. Arbuscular mycorrhizal fungi are the most widely distributed mycorrhizal fungi, which can form mycorrhizal symbionts with plant roots and enhance plant stress resistance by regulating host metabolic activities...

    Authors: Cheng-Cheng Lu, Na Guo, Chao Yang, Hai-Bing Sun and Bai-Yan Cai

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2020 20:479

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  20. Drought stress is an adverse factor with deleterious effects on several aspects of rice growth. However, the mechanism underlying drought resistance in rice remains unclear. To understand the molecular mechani...

    Authors: Baiyang Yu, Jianbin Liu, Di Wu, Ying Liu, Weijian Cen, Shaokui Wang, Rongbai Li and Jijing Luo

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2020 20:478

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  21. Potassium (K+) is an essential ion for most plants, as it is involved in the regulation of growth and development. K+ homeostasis in plant cells has evolved to facilitate plant adaptation to K+-deficiency stress....

    Authors: Xin Liu, Chunchang Tan, Xin Cheng, Xiaoming Zhao, Tianlai Li and Jing Jiang

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2020 20:477

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  22. Drought stress is an environmental factor that limits plant growth and reproduction. Little research has been conducted to investigate the MLP gene in tobacco. Here, NtMLP423 was isolated and identified, and its ...

    Authors: Heng Liu, Xiaocen Ma, Shaohua Liu, Bingyang Du, Nini Cheng, Yong Wang and Yuanhu Zhang

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2020 20:475

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  23. Sarcandra glabra is an evergreen and traditional Chinese herb with anti-oxidant, anti-bacterial, anti-inflammatory, and anti-tumor effects. Light is one of the most influential factor affecting the growth and qua...

    Authors: Dejin Xie, Lingyan Chen, Chengcheng Zhou, Muhammad Waqqas Khan Tarin, Deming Yang, Ke Ren, Tianyou He, Jundong Rong and Yushan Zheng

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2020 20:476

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  24. Goji (Lycium spp., 2n = 24) is a fruit bearing woody plant popular as a superfood for extensive medicinal and nutritional advantages. Fruit size associated attributes are important for evaluating small-fruited go...

    Authors: Fazal Rehman, Haiguang Gong, Zhong Li, Shaohua Zeng, Tianshun Yang, Peiyan Ai, Lizhu Pan, Hongwen Huang and Ying Wang

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2020 20:474

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  25. Diacylglycerol kinases (DGKs) are signaling enzymes that play pivotal roles in response to abiotic and biotic stresses by phosphorylating diacylglycerol (DAG) to form phosphatidic acid (PA). However, no compre...

    Authors: Fang Tang, Zhongchun Xiao, Fujun Sun, Shulin Shen, Si Chen, Rui Chen, Meichen Zhu, Qianwei Zhang, Hai Du, Kun Lu, Jiana Li and Cunmin Qu

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2020 20:473

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  26. The whole chloroplast genomes of 3018 rice genotypes were assembled from available sequence data by alignment with a reference rice chloroplast genome sequence, providing high quality chloroplast genomes for a...

    Authors: Ali Mohammad Moner, Agnelo Furtado and Robert J. Henry

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2020 20:472

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  27. Crop quality and yield are affected by abiotic and biotic stresses, and heat shock transcription factors (Hsfs) are considered to play important roles in regulating plant tolerance under various stresses. To inve...

    Authors: Changwei Shen and Jingping Yuan

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2020 20:471

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  28. The ability to engineer cereal crops by gene transfer technology is a powerful and informative tool for discovering and studying functions of genes controlling environmental adaptability and nutritional value....

    Authors: Dmitry Miroshnichenko, Anna Klementyeva, Alexander Pushin and Sergey Dolgov

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2020 20(Suppl 1):442

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    This article is part of a Supplement: Volume 20 Supplement 1

  29. Mungbean (Vigna radiata (L.) R. Wilczek, or green gram) is important tropical and sub-tropical legume and a rich source of dietary protein and micronutrients. In this study we employ GWAS to examine the genetic b...

    Authors: Alena Sokolkova, Marina Burlyaeva, Tatjana Valiannikova, Margarita Vishnyakova, Roland Schafleitner, Cheng-Ruei Lee, Chau-Ti Ting, Ramakrishnan Madhavan Nair, Sergey Nuzhdin, Maria Samsonova and Eric von Wettberg

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2020 20(Suppl 1):363

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  30. Globodera rostochiensis belongs to major potato pathogens with a sophisticated mechanism of interaction with roots of the host plants. Resistance of commercial varieties is commonly based on specific R genes intr...

    Authors: Alex V. Kochetov, Anastasiya A. Egorova, Anastasiya Y. Glagoleva, Kseniya V. Strygina, Elena K. Khlestkina, Sophia V. Gerasimova, Natalja V. Shatskaya, Gennady V. Vasilyev, Dmitry A. Afonnikov, Nikolay A. Shmakov, Olga Y. Antonova, Natalia V. Alpatyeva, Alexander Khiutti, Olga S. Afanasenko and Tatjana A. Gavrilenko

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2020 20(Suppl 1):350

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  31. Threshability, rachis fragility and spike shape are critical traits for the domestication and evolution of wheat, determining the crop yield and efficiency of the harvest. Spelt factor gene Q controls a wide rang...

    Authors: Valeriya Vavilova, Irina Konopatskaia, Alexandr Blinov, Elena Ya. Kondratenko, Yuliya V. Kruchinina and Nikolay P. Goncharov

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2020 20(Suppl 1):310

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  32. Plant height is an important wheat trait that is regulated by multiple genes, among which Rht is of the utmost value. In wheat, Rht-B1p (=Rht17) is a mutant allele of the Rht gene that encodes for a DELLA-protein...

    Authors: Pavel Yu. Kroupin, Gennady I. Karlov, Ludmila A. Bespalova, Elena A. Salina, Anastasiya G. Chernook, Nobuyoshi Watanabe, Mikhail S. Bazhenov, Vladimir V. Panchenko, Lubov A. Nazarova, Victor Ya. Kovtunenko and Mikhail G. Divashuk

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2020 20(Suppl 1):304

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  33. Flax (Linum usitatissimum L.) is grown for fiber and seed in many countries. Flax cultivars differ in the oil composition and, depending on the ratio of fatty acids, are used in pharmaceutical, food, or paint ind...

    Authors: Alexey A. Dmitriev, Parfait Kezimana, Tatiana A. Rozhmina, Alexander A. Zhuchenko, Liubov V. Povkhova, Elena N. Pushkova, Roman O. Novakovskiy, Martin Pavelek, Gleb N. Vladimirov, Evgeny N. Nikolaev, Oxana A. Kovaleva, Yury I. Kostyukevich, Vitaliy V. Chagovets, Elena V. Romanova, Anastasiya V. Snezhkina, Anna V. Kudryavtseva…

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2020 20(Suppl 1):301

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  34. Guar (Cyamopsis tetragonoloba (L.) Taub.), a short-day plant, is an economically valuable legume crop. Seeds of guar serve as a source of galactomannan polysaccharide, known as guar gum, which is in demand in the...

    Authors: Serafima Arkhimandritova, Alexey Shavarda and Elena Potokina

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2020 20(Suppl 1):291

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  35. The naked caryopsis character in barley is a domestication-associated trait defined by loss-of-function of the NUD gene. The functional NUD gene encodes an Apetala 2/Ethylene-Response Factor (AP2/ERF) controlling...

    Authors: Sophia V. Gerasimova, Christian Hertig, Anna M. Korotkova, Ekaterina V. Kolosovskaya, Ingrid Otto, Stefan Hiekel, Alex V. Kochetov, Elena K. Khlestkina and Jochen Kumlehn

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2020 20(Suppl 1):255

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  36. Phenology data collected recently for about 300 accessions of Vigna radiata (mungbean) is an invaluable resource for investigation of impacts of climatic factors on plant development.

    Authors: Konstantin Kozlov, Alena Sokolkova, Cheng-Ruei Lee, Chau-Ti Ting, Roland Schafleitner, Eric Bishop-von Wettberg, Sergey Nuzhdin and Maria Samsonova

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2020 20(Suppl 1):202

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  37. Triticum kiharae (AtAtGGDD, 2n = 42) is of interest for the improvement of bread wheat as a source of high grain protein and gluten content, as well as resistance to many diseases. The use of T. kiharae for the i...

    Authors: Оlga Orlovskaya, Nadezhda Dubovets, Lylia Solovey and Irina Leonova

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2020 20(Suppl 1):201

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  38. Chickpea is an important legume and is moderately tolerant to salinity stress during the growing season. However, the level and mechanisms for salinity tolerance can vary among accessions and cultivars. A larg...

    Authors: Crystal Sweetman, Gulmira Khassanova, Troy K. Miller, Nicholas J. Booth, Akhylbek Kurishbayev, Satyvaldy Jatayev, Narendra K. Gupta, Peter Langridge, Colin L.D. Jenkins, Kathleen L. Soole, David A. Day and Yuri Shavrukov

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2020 20(Suppl 1):183

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  39. Polycomb repressive complexes 1 and 2 play important roles in epigenetic gene regulation by posttranslationally modifying specific histone residues. Polycomb repressive complex 2 is responsible for the trimeth...

    Authors: Beáta Strejčková, Radim Čegan, Ales Pecinka, Zbyněk Milec and Jan Šafář

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2020 20(Suppl 1):175

    Content type: Research

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  40. A family of genes designated as the Zinc finger A20/AN1 Transcription factors encoding stress-associated proteins (SAP) are well described in Arabidopsis and rice, and include 14 AtSAP and 18 OsSAP genes that are...

    Authors: Akmaral Baidyussen, Maryam Aldammas, Akhylbek Kurishbayev, Malika Myrzabaeva, Askar Zhubatkanov, Grigory Sereda, Raisa Porkhun, Sergey Sereda, Satyvaldy Jatayev, Peter Langridge, Carly Schramm, Colin L. D. Jenkins, Kathleen L. Soole and Yuri Shavrukov

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2020 20(Suppl 1):156

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  41. Leaf rust (Puccinia triticina Eriks.) is one of the most dangerous diseases of common wheat worldwide. Three approaches: genome-wide association study (GWAS), marker-assisted selection (MAS) and phytopathological...

    Authors: Irina N. Leonova, Ekaterina S. Skolotneva and Elena A. Salina

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2020 20(Suppl 1):135

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  42. Leaf size and shape, which affect light capture, and chlorophyll content are important factors affecting photosynthetic efficiency. Genetic variation of these components significantly affects yield potential a...

    Authors: Kaiye Yu, Jinshe Wang, Chongyuan Sun, Xiaoqian Liu, Huanqing Xu, Yuming Yang, Lidong Dong and Dan Zhang

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2020 20:470

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  43. Ecological environments shape plant architecture and alter the growing season, which provides the basis for wheat genetic improvement. Therefore, understanding the genetic basis of grain yield and yield-relate...

    Authors: Jian Yang, Yanjie Zhou, Weiguo Hu, Yu’e Zhang, Yong Zhou, Yongxing Chen, Xicheng Wang, Hong Zhao, Tingjie Cao and Zhiyong Liu

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2020 20:469

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  44. Desiccation tolerant Selaginella species evolved to survive extreme environmental conditions. Studies to determine the mechanisms involved in the acquisition of desiccation tolerance (DT) have focused on only a f...

    Authors: Gerardo Alejo-Jacuinde, Sandra Isabel González-Morales, Araceli Oropeza-Aburto, June Simpson and Luis Herrera-Estrella

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2020 20:468

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  45. This study describes a promising method for understanding how halophytes adapt to extreme saline conditions and to identify populations with greater resistance. Image and colour analyses have the ability to ob...

    Authors: S. Cárdenas-Pérez, A. Piernik, A. Ludwiczak, M. Duszyn, A. Szmidt-Jaworska and J. J. Chanona-Pérez

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2020 20:467

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  46. The immobile nature of plants means that they can be frequently confronted by various biotic and abiotic stresses during their lifecycle. Among the various abiotic stresses, water stress, temperature extremiti...

    Authors: Uday Chand Jha, Harsh Nayyar, Rintu Jha, Muhammad Khurshid, Meiliang Zhou, Nitin Mantri and Kadambot H. M. Siddique

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2020 20:466

    Content type: Review

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  47. Salt stress is a serious abiotic stress that caused crop growth inhibition and yield decline. Previous studies have reported on the the synthesis of gamma-aminobutyric acid (GABA) and its relationship with pla...

    Authors: Xiaolei Wu, Qiuying Jia, Shengxin Ji, Binbin Gong, Jingrui Li, Guiyun Lü and Hongbo Gao

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2020 20:465

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  48. High-affinity nitrate transporter 2 (NRT2) genes have been implicated in nitrate absorption and remobilization under nitrogen (N) starvation stress in many plant species, yet little is known about this gene famil...

    Authors: Jiafeng Tong, Thomas C. Walk, Peipei Han, Liyu Chen, Xinjie Shen, Yinshui Li, Chiming Gu, Lihua Xie, Xiaojia Hu, Xing Liao and Lu Qin

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2020 20:464

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  49. In plants, each ribosomal protein (RP) is encoded by a small gene family but it is largely unknown whether the family members are functionally diversified. There are two RPL23a paralogous genes (RPL23aA and RPL23...

    Authors: Wei Xiong, Xiangze Chen, Chengxin Zhu, Jiancong Zhang, Ting Lan, Lin Liu, Beixin Mo and Xuemei Chen

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2020 20:463

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  50. Soil salinization and alkalinization are the main factors that affect the agricultural productivity. Evaluating the persistence of the compound material applied in field soils is an important part of the regul...

    Authors: Mengjie An, Xiaoli Wang, Doudou Chang, Shuai Wang, Dashuang Hong, Hua Fan and Kaiyong Wang

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2020 20:462

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