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  1. Content type: Research article

    Sugarcane (Saccharum spp. hybrids) is considered the most globally important sugar-producing crop and raw material for biofuel. Insect attack is a major issue in sugarcane cultivation, resulting in yield losses a...

    Authors: Dinggang Zhou, Xiaolan Liu, Shiwu Gao, Jinlong Guo, Yachun Su, Hui Ling, Chunfeng Wang, Zhu Li, Liping Xu and Youxiong Que

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2018 18:342

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    Amaryllidaceae alkaloids (AAs) are a large group of plant-specialized metabolites displaying an array of biological and pharmacological properties. Previous investigations on AA biosynthesis have revealed that...

    Authors: Aparna Singh, Marie-Ange Massicotte, Ariane Garand, Laurence Tousignant, Vincent Ouellette, Gervais Bérubé and Isabel Desgagné-Penix

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2018 18:338

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    Developing tolerant cultivars by incorporating resistant genes is regarded as a potential strategy for controlling Verticillium wilt that causes severe losses in the yield and fiber quality of cotton.

    Authors: Jun Yang, Yan Zhang, Xingfen Wang, Weiqiao Wang, Zhikun Li, Jinhua Wu, Guoning Wang, Liqiang Wu, Guiyin Zhang and Zhiying Ma

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2018 18:339

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    Exploring the natural occurring genetic variation of the wild barley genepool has become a major target of barley crop breeding programmes aiming to increase crop productivity and sustainability in global clim...

    Authors: Carla De la Fuente Cantó, Joanne Russell, Christine A. Hackett, Allan Booth, Siobhan Dancey, Timothy S. George and Robbie Waugh

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2018 18:340

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    Great advances have been achieved in our understanding of flower development and evolution since the establishment of the ABC model. However, it remains a challenge to define the exact context of organ identit...

    Authors: Jing Liu, Chao-Qun Li, Yang Dong, Xia Yang and Yin-Zheng Wang

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2018 18:341

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    Phytocystatins (PhyCys) act as endogenous regulators of cysteine proteases (CysProt) involved in various physiological processes. Besides, PhyCys are involved in plant reactions to abiotic stresses like drough...

    Authors: Blanca Velasco-Arroyo, Manuel Martinez, Isabel Diaz and Mercedes Diaz-Mendoza

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2018 18:337

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    The auxin response factor (ARF) gene family is involved in plant development and hormone regulation. Although the ARF gene family has been studied in some plant species, its structural features, molecular evoluti...

    Authors: Nannan Liu, Liwei Dong, Xiong Deng, Dongmiao Liu, Yue Liu, Mengfei Li, Yingkao Hu and Yueming Yan

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2018 18:336

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    There are two plant phosphorus (P)-uptake pathways, namely the direct P uptake by roots and the indirect P uptake through arbuscular mycorrhizal fungi (AMF). Maximizing the efficiency of root and AMF processes...

    Authors: Wenxuan Mai, Xiangrong Xue, Gu Feng and Changyan Tian

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2018 18:334

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  9. Content type: Research article

    Among semi-aquatic species of the legume genus Aeschynomene, some have the property of being nodulated by photosynthetic Bradyrhizobium lacking the nodABC genes necessary for the synthesis of Nod factors. Knowled...

    Authors: Laurent Brottier, Clémence Chaintreuil, Paul Simion, Céline Scornavacca, Ronan Rivallan, Pierre Mournet, Lionel Moulin, Gwilym P. Lewis, Joël Fardoux, Spencer C. Brown, Mario Gomez-Pacheco, Mickaël Bourges, Catherine Hervouet, Mathieu Gueye, Robin Duponnois, Heriniaina Ramanankierana…

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2018 18:333

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    CRISPR/Cas9 technology is one of the most powerful and useful tools for genome editing in various living organisms. In higher plants, the system has been widely exploited not only for basic research, such as g...

    Authors: Masahiro Nishihara, Atsumi Higuchi, Aiko Watanabe and Keisuke Tasaki

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2018 18:331

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    In flowering plants, lipid biosynthesis and transport within anthers is essential for male reproductive success. TaMs1, a dominant wheat fertility gene located on chromosome 4BS, has been previously fine mapped a...

    Authors: Allan Kouidri, Ute Baumann, Takashi Okada, Mathieu Baes, Elise J. Tucker and Ryan Whitford

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2018 18:332

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    Calmodulin (CaM) is an important calcium sensor protein that transduces Ca2+ signals in plant stress signaling pathways. A previous study has revealed that transgenic rice over-expressing the calmodulin gene OsCa...

    Authors: Worawat Yuenyong, Aumnart Chinpongpanich, Luca Comai, Supachitra Chadchawan and Teerapong Buaboocha

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2018 18:335

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    Grain weight (GW) is a key component of sunflower yield and quality, but may be limited by maternal tissues. Cell growth is influenced by expansin proteins that loosen the plant cell wall. This study aimed to ...

    Authors: Francisca M. Castillo, Javier Canales, Alejandro Claude and Daniel F. Calderini

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2018 18:327

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    CC-type glutaredoxins (GRXs) are plant-specific glutaredoxin, play regulatory roles in response of biotic and abiotic stress. However, it is not clear whether the CC-type GRXs are involve in drought response i...

    Authors: Meng-Bin Ruan, Yi-Ling Yang, Kai-Mian Li, Xin Guo, Bin Wang, Xiao-Ling Yu and Ming Peng

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2018 18:329

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    Melon shows a broad diversity in fruit morphology and quality, which is still underexploited in breeding programs. The knowledge of the genetic basis of fruit quality traits is important for identifying new al...

    Authors: L. Pereira, V. Ruggieri, S. Pérez, K. G. Alexiou, M. Fernández, T. Jahrmann, M. Pujol and J. Garcia-Mas

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2018 18:324

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    Observations of precocious (early bearing) genotypes of walnut (Juglans regia L.) under natural conditions encouraged us to study the origin and genetic control of these fascinating traits.

    Authors: Lingna Chen, Runquan Dong, Qingguo Ma, Yu Zhang, Shizhong Xu, Delu Ning, Qin Chen and Dong Pei

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2018 18:323

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  17. Content type: Research article

    Nitrogen (N) is a macronutrient that is essential for optimal plant growth and seed yield. Allotetraploid rapeseed (AnAnCnCn, 2n = 4x = 38) has a higher requirement for N fertilizers whereas exhibiting a lower N ...

    Authors: Zhen-hua Zhang, Ting Zhou, Qiong Liao, Jun-yue Yao, Gui-hong Liang, Hai-xing Song, Chun-yun Guan and Ying-peng Hua

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2018 18:322

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    Soybean is a paleopolyploid that has undergone two whole genome duplication events. Gene duplication is a type of genomic change that can lead to novel functions of pre-existing genes. Chalcone synthase (CHS) ...

    Authors: Arun Kumaran Anguraj Vadivel, Kevin Krysiak, Gang Tian and Sangeeta Dhaubhadel

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2018 18:325

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    The glycogen synthase kinase 3/shaggy kinase (GSK3) is a serine/threonine kinase with important roles in animals. Although GSK3 genes have been studied for more than 30 years, plant GSK genes have been studied on...

    Authors: Lingling Wang, Zhaoen Yang, Bin Zhang, Daoqian Yu, Ji Liu, Qian Gong, Ghulam Qanmber, Yi Li, Lili Lu, Yongjun Lin, Zuoren Yang and Fuguang Li

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2018 18:330

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    Phosphorus (Pi) deficiency induces root morphological remodeling in plants. The primary root length of rice increased under Pi deficiency stress; however, the underlying mechanism is not well understood. In th...

    Authors: Yan Ding, Zegang Wang, Menglian Ren, Ping Zhang, Zhongnan Li, Sheng Chen, Cailin Ge and Yulong Wang

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2018 18:326

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    Rapeseed (Brassica napus L.) and soybean (Glycine max L.) seeds are rich in both protein and oil, which are major sources of biofuels and nutrition. Although the difference in seed oil content between soybean (~ ...

    Authors: Zhibin Zhang, Jim M. Dunwell and Yuan-Ming Zhang

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2018 18:328

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    Abiotic stress severely influences plant growth and development. MYB transcription factors (TFs), which compose one of the largest TF families, play an important role in abiotic stress responses.

    Authors: Yong-Tao Du, Meng-Jie Zhao, Chang-Tao Wang, Yuan Gao, Yan-Xia Wang, Yong-Wei Liu, Ming Chen, Jun Chen, Yong-Bin Zhou, Zhao-Shi Xu and You-Zhi Ma

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2018 18:320

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  23. Content type: Research article

    Betanins have become excellent replacers for artificial red-purple food colourants. Red beet (Beta vulgaris L. spp. vulgaris) known as beetroot, is a rich source of betalains, which major forms are betanin (red t...

    Authors: Gregorio Barba-Espin, Stephan Glied-Olsen, Tsaneta Dzhanfezova, Bjarne Joernsgaard, Henrik Lütken and Renate Müller

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2018 18:316

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  24. Content type: Research article

    Comparative analyses of chloroplast and mitochondrial genomes have shown that organelle genomes in bryophytes evolve slowly. However, in contrast to seed plants, the organellar genomes are yet poorly explored ...

    Authors: Kamil Myszczyński, Piotr Górski, Monika Ślipiko and Jakub Sawicki

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2018 18:321

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  25. Content type: Research article

    High-molecular-weight glutenin subunits (HMW-GS) play important roles in the elasticity of dough made from wheat. The HMW-GS null line is useful for studying the contribution of HMW-GS to the end-use quality o...

    Authors: Yingjun Zhang, Mengyun Hu, Qian Liu, Lijing Sun, Xiyong Chen, Liangjie Lv, Yuping Liu, Xu Jia and Hui Li

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2018 18:319

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  26. Content type: Research article

    The anther cuticle, which is primarily composed of lipid polymers, is crucial for pollen development and plays important roles in sexual reproduction in higher plants. However, the mechanism underlying the bio...

    Authors: Lei Zhang, Hongbing Luo, Yue Zhao, Xiaoyang Chen, Yumin Huang, Shuangshuang Yan, Suxing Li, Meishan Liu, Wei Huang, Xiaolan Zhang and Weiwei Jin

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2018 18:318

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  27. Content type: Research article

    Hybridization of species with porous genomes can eventually lead to introgression via repeated backcrossing. The potential for introgression between species is reflected by the extent of segregation distortion...

    Authors: Susanne Gramlich, Natascha Dorothea Wagner and Elvira Hörandl

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2018 18:317

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    Cold stress is one of the most severe abiotic stresses affecting the banana production. Although some miRNAs have been identified, little is known about the role of miRNAs in response to cold stress in banana,...

    Authors: Weihua Liu, Chunzhen Cheng, Fanglan Chen, Shanshan Ni, Yuling Lin and Zhongxiong Lai

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2018 18:308

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  29. Content type: Research article

    Polyploidy, or whole-genome duplication (WGD) promotes genetic diversification in plants. However, whether WGD is accompanied by epigenetic regulation especially DNA methylation remains yet elusive. Methylatio...

    Authors: Hongyu Zhang, Asif Ali, Feixue Hou, Tingkai Wu, Daiming Guo, Xiufeng Zeng, Fangfang Wang, Huixia Zhao, Xiaoqiong Chen, Peizhou Xu and Xianjun Wu

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2018 18:314

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  30. Content type: Research article

    In vivo haploid induction (HI) based on Stock6-derived inducer lines has been the most prevalent means of producing haploids. Nevertheless, the biological mechanism of HI is not fully understood, the twin-embryo ...

    Authors: Liwei Liu, Wei Li, Chenxu Liu, Baojian Chen, Xiaolong Tian, Chen Chen, Jinlong Li and Shaojiang Chen

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2018 18:313

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    Productivity of important crop rice is greatly affected by salinity. The plant hormone jasmonate plays a vital role in salt stress adaptation, but also evokes detrimental side effects if not timely shut down a...

    Authors: Preshobha K. Peethambaran, René Glenz, Sabrina Höninger, S. M. Shahinul Islam, Sabine Hummel, Klaus Harter, Üner Kolukisaoglu, Donaldo Meynard, Emmanuel Guiderdoni, Peter Nick and Michael Riemann

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2018 18:311

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  32. Content type: Research article

    Photosynthesis is able to convert solar energy into chemical energy in the form of biomass, but the efficiency of photosynthetic solar energy conversion is low. Chlorophyll fluorescence measurements are rapid,...

    Authors: Matthew Herritt, Arun Prabhu Dhanapal, Larry C. Purcell and Felix B. Fritschi

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2018 18:312

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    Foxtail millet (Setaria italica L. P. Beauv) has been considered as a tractable model crop in recent years due to its short growing cycle, lower amount of repetitive DNA, inbreeding nature, small diploid genome, ...

    Authors: Jiaowen Pan, Zhen Li, Qingguo Wang, Anna K. Garrell, Min Liu, Yanan Guan, Wenqing Zhou and Wei Liu

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2018 18:315

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  34. Content type: Research article

    Common rust, caused by Puccinia sorghi, is an important foliar disease of maize that has been associated with up to 50% grain yield loss. Development of resistant maize germplasm is the ideal strategy to combat P...

    Authors: Hongjian Zheng, Jiafa Chen, Chunhua Mu, Dan Makumbi, Yunbi Xu and George Mahuku

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2018 18:310

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    Fluorescence in situ hybridization (FISH) is an efficient cytogenetic technology to study chromosome structure. Transposable element (TE) is an important component in eukaryotic genomes and can provide insights i...

    Authors: Hejun Lu, Xinglei Cui, Zhen Liu, Yuling Liu, Xingxing Wang, Zhongli Zhou, Xiaoyan Cai, Zhenmei Zhang, Xinlei Guo, Jinping Hua, Zhiying Ma, Xiyin Wang, Jinfa Zhang, Hong Zhang, Fang Liu and Kunbo Wang

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2018 18:307

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    The investigation of the genetic basis of local adaptation in non-model species is an interesting focus of evolutionary biologists and molecular ecologists. Identifying these adaptive genetic variabilities on ...

    Authors: Jia-Xin Li, Xiu-Hong Zhu, Yong Li, Ying Liu, Zhi-Hao Qian, Xue-Xia Zhang, Yue Sun and Liu-Yang Ji

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2018 18:306

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  37. Content type: Research article

    The PII proteins constitute a large superfamily, present in all domains of life. Until now, PII proteins research in Chloroplastida (green algae and land plants) has mainly focused on post-translation regulati...

    Authors: Zhanneta Zalutskaya, Lidiya Kochemasova and Elena Ermilova

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2018 18:305

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    Basic helix-loop-helix/helix-loop-helix (bHLH/HLH) transcription factors play important roles in plant development. Many reports have suggested that bHLH/HLH proteins participate in brassinosteroid (BR) hormon...

    Authors: Rui Lu, Jiao Zhang, Dong Liu, Ying-Li Wei, Yao Wang and Xue-Bao Li

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2018 18:304

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  39. Content type: Research article

    Oleaginous microalgae are promising sources of energy-rich triacylglycerols (TAGs) for direct use for food, feed and industrial applications. Lobosphaera incisa is a fresh water unicellular alga, which in respons...

    Authors: Krzysztof Zienkiewicz, Urs Benning, Heike Siegler and Ivo Feussner

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2018 18:298

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    Neocinnamomum caudatum (Nees) Merr., a biodiesel tree species in the subtropical areas of South China, India and Burma, is distinctive from other species in Lauraceae family and its seed oil is rich in linoleic a...

    Authors: Yi Gan, Yu Song, Yadong Chen, Hongbo Liu, Dongdong Yang, Qianyu Xu and Zhifu Zheng

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2018 18:303

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    Red clover (Trifolium pratense L.) is an important cool-season legume plant, which is the most widely planted forage legume after alfalfa. Although a draft genome sequence was published already, the sequences and...

    Authors: Yuehui Chao, Jianbo Yuan, Sifeng Li, Siqiao Jia, Liebao Han and Lixin Xu

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2018 18:300

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    Recently, the CRISPR/Cas9 system has been widely used to precisely edit plant genomes. Due to the difficulty in Agrobacterium-mediated genetic transformation of wheat, the reported applications in CRISPR/Cas9 sys...

    Authors: Shujuan Zhang, Rongzhi Zhang, Guoqi Song, Jie Gao, Wei Li, Xiaodong Han, Mingli Chen, Yulian Li and Genying Li

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2018 18:302

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  43. Content type: Research article

    Dehydrins play positive roles in regulating plant abiotic stress responses. The objective of this study was to characterize two dehydrin genes, CdDHN4-L and CdDHN4-S, generated by alternative splicing of CdDHN4 i...

    Authors: Aimin Lv, Liantai Su, Xingchen Liu, Qiang Xing, Bingru Huang, Yuan An and Peng Zhou

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2018 18:299

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    Homologous transformation sterility-1 (HTS-1) is a novel wheat mutant that exhibits pistillody, the transformation of stamens into pistils or pistil-like structures. More extreme phenotypes of this mutation ca...

    Authors: Qian Yang, Zaijun Yang, Haifeng Tang, Yan Yu, Zhenyong Chen, Shuhong Wei, Qinxu Sun and Zhengsong Peng

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2018 18:301

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    Drought stress has a negative effect on both seed yield and seed quality in Brassica napus (oilseed rape, canola). Here we show that while drought impairs the maternal plant performance, it also increases the vig...

    Authors: Sarah V. Hatzig, Jan-Niklas Nuppenau, Rod J. Snowdon and Sarah V. Schießl

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2018 18:297

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  46. Content type: Research article

    Plant cell walls are mainly composed of polysaccharides such as cellulose and callose. Callose exists at a very low level in the cell wall; however, it plays critical roles at different stages of plant develop...

    Authors: Behnaz Saatian, Ryan S. Austin, Gang Tian, Chen Chen, Vi Nguyen, Susanne E. Kohalmi, Danny Geelen and Yuhai Cui

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2018 18:295

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    Leaf shape can affect plantlet development and seed yield in sesame. The morphological, histological and genetic analyses of a sesame mutant cl1 (cl) with curly leaf and indehiscent capsule traits were performed ...

    Authors: Haiyang Zhang, Hongmei Miao, Libin Wei, Chun Li, Yinghui Duan, Fangfang Xu, Wenwen Qu, Ruihong Zhao, Ming Ju and Shuxian Chang

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2018 18:296

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    The subject of this research was to investigate the level of expression of genes encoding protein disulfide isomerase (PDI) in cultivars and lines of wheat with different baking value of flour. PDI plays a key...

    Authors: Katarzyna Demska, Ewa Filip and Lidia Skuza

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2018 18:294

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