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  1. The interaction among plants and their pollinators has been a major factor which enriched floral traits known as pollination syndromes and promoted the diversification of flowering plants. One of the bee-polli...

    Authors: Wuxiu Guo, Xue Zhang, Qincheng Peng, Da Luo, Keyuan Jiao and Shihao Su

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2019 19:495

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  2. Guayule (Parthenium argentatum Gray) is a drought tolerant, rubber producing perennial shrub native to northern Mexico and the US Southwest. Hevea brasiliensis, currently the world’s only source of natural rubber...

    Authors: Andrew D. L. Nelson, Grisel Ponciano, Colleen McMahan, Daniel C. Ilut, N. Ace Pugh, Diaa Eldin Elshikha, Douglas J. Hunsaker and Duke Pauli

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2019 19:494

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  3. Phloem-feeding insects are known to modulate the salicylic acid (SA) signaling pathway in various plant-insect interaction models. Diaphorina citri is a phloem feeding vector of the deadly phytopathogens, Candida...

    Authors: Freddy Ibanez, Joon Hyuk Suh, Yu Wang and Lukasz L. Stelinski

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2019 19:493

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  4. Intergenomic gene transfer (IGT) between nuclear and organellar genomes is a common phenomenon during plant evolution. Gossypium is a useful model to evaluate the genomic consequences of IGT for both diploid and ...

    Authors: Nan Zhao, Corrinne E. Grover, Zhiwen Chen, Jonathan F. Wendel and Jinping Hua

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2019 19:492

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  5. Plant architecture, which is mostly determined by shoot branching, plays an important role in plant growth and development. Thus, it is essential to explore the regulatory molecular mechanism of branching patt...

    Authors: Rui Han, Chenrui Gu, Ranhong Li, Wendi Xu, Shuo Wang, Chaoyi Liu, Chang Qu, Su Chen, Guifeng Liu, Qibin Yu, Jing Jiang and Huiyu Li

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2019 19:491

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  6. The genetic mechanism of aluminum (Al) tolerance in rice is great complicated. Uncovering genetic mechanism of Al tolerance in rice is the premise for Al tolerance improvement. Mining elite genes within rice l...

    Authors: Peng Zhang, Kaizhen Zhong, Zhengzheng Zhong and Hanhua Tong

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2019 19:490

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  7. Grass pea (Lathyrus sativus) is an underutilised crop with high tolerance to drought and flooding stress and potential for maintaining food and nutritional security in the face of climate change. The presence of ...

    Authors: Peter M. F. Emmrich, Martin Rejzek, Lionel Hill, Paul Brett, Anne Edwards, Abhimanyu Sarkar, Rob A. Field, Cathie Martin and Trevor L. Wang

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2019 19:489

    Content type: Methodology article

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  8. Celery is a widely cultivated vegetable abundant in ascorbate (AsA), a natural plant antioxidant capable of scavenging free radicals generated by abiotic stress in plants. Ascorbate peroxidase (APX) is a plant...

    Authors: Jie-Xia Liu, Kai Feng, Ao-Qi Duan, Hui Li, Qing-Qing Yang, Zhi-Sheng Xu and Ai-Sheng Xiong

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2019 19:488

    Content type: Research article

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  9. Hazy weather significantly increase air pollution and affect light intensity which may also affect medicinal plants growth. Syringa oblata Lindl. (S. oblata), an effective anti-biofilm medicinal plants, is also v...

    Authors: Yan-Yan Liu, Xing-Ru Chen, Jin-Peng Wang, Wen-Qiang Cui, Xiao-Xu Xing, Xue-Ying Chen, Wen-Ya Ding, Bello-Onaghise God’spower, Nsabimana Eliphaz, Meng-Qing Sun and Yan-Hua Li

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2019 19:487

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  10. Plant secondary cell wall is a renewable feedstock for biofuels and biomaterials production. Arabidopsis VASCULAR-RELATED NAC DOMAIN (VND) has been demonstrated to be a key transcription factor regulating seconda...

    Authors: Yongil Yang, Chang Geun Yoo, William Rottmann, Kimberly A. Winkeler, Cassandra M. Collins, Lee E. Gunter, Sara S. Jawdy, Xiaohan Yang, Yunqiao Pu, Arthur J. Ragauskas, Gerald A. Tuskan and Jin-Gui Chen

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2019 19:486

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  11. Indigo alkaloids, such as indigo, indirubin and its derivatives, have been identified as effective antiviral compounds in Baphicacanthus cusia. Evidence suggests that the biosynthesis of indigo alkaloids in plant...

    Authors: Jian Yu, Yihan Zhang, Shuju Ning, Qi Ye, Hexin Tan, Ruibing Chen, Qitao Bu, Rui Zhang, Peimin Gong, Xiaoli Ma, Lei Zhang and Daozhi Wei

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2019 19:485

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  12. Phosphatidyl ethanolamine-binding proteins (PEBPs) are involved in the regulation of plant architecture and flowering time. The functions of PEBP genes have been studied in many plant species. However, little is ...

    Authors: Hanqi Jin, Xuemin Tang, Mengge Xing, Hong Zhu, Jiongming Sui, Chunmei Cai and Shuai Li

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2019 19:484

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  13. Wheat is a momentous crop and feeds billions of people in the world. The improvement of wheat yield is very important to ensure world food security. Normal development of grain is the essential guarantee for w...

    Authors: Chao Fu, Jiuyuan Du, Xiuling Tian, Zhonghu He, Luping Fu, Yue Wang, Dengan Xu, Xiaoting Xu, Xianchun Xia, Yan Zhang and Shuanghe Cao

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2019 19:483

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  14. Starch is the main storage substance in rice caryopsis and its properties will determine the quality of rice. Super rice has been extensively studied due to its high-yield characteristics, but the knowledge of...

    Authors: Xinyu Chen, Mingxin Chen, Guoqiang Lin, Yang Yang, Xurun Yu, Yunfei Wu and Fei Xiong

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2019 19:482

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  15. Linoleic acid is an important polyunsaturated fatty acid, required for all eukaryotes. Microsomal delta-12 (Δ12) oleate desaturase (FAD2) is a key enzyme for linoleic acid biosynthesis. Desert shrub Artemisia sph...

    Authors: Xiumei Miao, Lijing Zhang, Xiaowei Hu, Shuzhen Nan, Xiaolong Chen and Hua Fu

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2019 19:481

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  16. In the late 1920s, A. E. Watkins collected about 7000 landrace cultivars (LCs) of bread wheat (Triticum aestivum L.) from 32 different countries around the world. Among which 826 LCs remain viable and could be a ...

    Authors: Jyotirmoy Halder, Jinfeng Zhang, Shaukat Ali, Jagdeep S. Sidhu, Harsimardeep S. Gill, Shyamal K. Talukder, Jonathan Kleinjan, Brent Turnipseed and Sunish K. Sehgal

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2019 19:480

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  17. Salinity is one of the damaging abiotic stress factor. Proper management techniques have been proposed to considerably lower the intensity of salinity on crop growth and productivity. Therefore experiments wer...

    Authors: Mohammad Abass Ahanger, Cheng Qin, Naheeda Begum, Qi Maodong, Xu Xue Dong, Mohamed El-Esawi, Mohamed A. El-Sheikh, Abdulrahman A. Alatar and Lixin Zhang

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2019 19:479

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  18. Resveratrol is a naturally occurring plant stilbene that exhibits a wide range of valuable biological and pharmacological properties. Although the beneficial effects of trans-resveratrol to human health and pl...

    Authors: Yihe Yu, Dalong Guo, Guirong Li, Yingjun Yang, Guohai Zhang, Shaohua Li and Zhenchang Liang

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2019 19:478

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  19. Limited data are available on the responses of reactive oxygen species (ROS) and methylglyoxal (MG) metabolisms to low pH in roots and leaves. In China, quite a few of Citrus are cultivated in acidic soils (pH < ...

    Authors: An Long, Wei-Lin Huang, Yi-Ping Qi, Lin-Tong Yang, Ning-Wei Lai, Jiu-Xin Guo and Li-Song Chen

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2019 19:477

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  20. The outer peels of pomegranate (Punica granatum L.) possess two groups of polyphenols that have health beneficial properties: anthocyanins (ATs, which also affect peel color); and hydrolysable tannins (HTs). Thei...

    Authors: Rida Habashi, Yael Hacham, Rohit Dhakarey, Ifat Matityahu, Doron Holland, Li Tian and Rachel Amir

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2019 19:476

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  21. Pyropia haitanensis, distributes in the intertidal zone, can tolerate water losses exceeding 90%. However, the mechanisms enabling P. haitanensis to survive harsh conditions remain uncharacterized. To elucidate t...

    Authors: Jianzhi Shi, Wenlei Wang, Yinghui Lin, Kai Xu, Yan Xu, Dehua Ji, Changsheng Chen and Chaotian Xie

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2019 19:475

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  22. CRISPR/Cas9 gene editing has become a revolutionary technique for crop improvement as it can facilitate fast and efficient genetic changes without the retention of transgene components in the final plant line....

    Authors: Dustin Cram, Manoj Kulkarni, Miles Buchwaldt, Nandhakishore Rajagopalan, Pankaj Bhowmik, Kevin Rozwadowski, Isobel A. P. Parkin, Andrew G. Sharpe and Sateesh Kagale

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2019 19:474

    Content type: Database

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  23. Soil salinization and alkalization are among the major agricultural threats that affect crop productivity worldwide, which are increasing day by day with an alarming rate. In recent years, several halophytes h...

    Authors: Yan Cheng, Pan Yang, Lihua Zhao, S. V. G. N. Priyadarshani, Qiao Zhou, Zeyun Li, Weimin Li, Junjie Xiong, Zhibin Lin, Li Li, Xinyu Huang, Jindian Liu, Mohammad Aslam, Heming Zhao, Gang Li, Jinbiao Ma…

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2019 19:473

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  24. Isocitrate lyase (ICL) is a key enzyme in the glyoxylate cycle. In a previous study in rice, the expression of the ICL-encoding gene (OsICL) was highly induced by salt stress and its expression was enhanced in tr...

    Authors: Worawat Yuenyong, Supaart Sirikantaramas, Li-Jia Qu and Teerapong Buaboocha

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2019 19:472

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  25. Meiosis of newly formed allopolyploids frequently encounter perturbations induced by the merging of divergent and hybridizable genomes. However, to date, the meiotic properties of allopolyploids with dysploid ...

    Authors: Qinzheng Zhao, Yunzhu Wang, Yunfei Bi, Yufei Zhai, Xiaqing Yu, Chunyan Cheng, Panqiao Wang, Ji Li, Qunfeng Lou and Jinfeng Chen

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2019 19:471

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  26. Legitimacy in breeding and commercial crop production depends on optimised protocols to ensure purity of crosses and correct field planting of material. In oil palm, the presence of three fruit forms permits t...

    Authors: Chee-Keng Teh, Heng-Leng Lee, Hafiza Abidin, Ai-Ling Ong, Sean Mayes, Fook-Tim Chew and David Appleton

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2019 19:470

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  27. Soybean (Glycine max (L.)) is one the most important oil-yielding cash crops. However, the soybean production has been seriously restricted by salinization. It is therefore crucial to identify salt tolerance-rela...

    Authors: Tian-Jie Sun, Long Fan, Jun Yang, Ren-Zhi Cao, Chun-Yan Yang, Jie Zhang and Dong-Mei Wang

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2019 19:469

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  28. In higher plants, inflorescence architecture is an important agronomic trait directly determining seed yield. However, little information is available on the regulatory mechanism of inflorescence development i...

    Authors: Mao-Sheng Chen, Mei-Li Zhao, Gui-Juan Wang, Hui-Ying He, Xue Bai, Bang-Zhen Pan, Qian-Tang Fu, Yan-Bin Tao, Ming-Yong Tang, Jorge Martínez-Herrera and Zeng-Fu Xu

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2019 19:468

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  29. Chinese hickory (Carya cathayensis) is a popular nut plant having high economic value. Grafting is applied to accelerate the transition from vegetative phase to reproductive phase. Lysine succinylation occurs fre...

    Authors: Huwei Yuan, Juanjuan Chen, Ying Yang, Chenjia Shen, Dongbin Xu, Junfeng Wang, Daoliang Yan, Yi He and Bingsong Zheng

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2019 19:467

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  30. Sesame (Sesame indicum L.) is well-known as a versatile industrial crop having various usages and contains 50–55% oil, 20% protein, 14–20% carbohydrate and 2–3% fiber. Several environmental factors are known to a...

    Authors: Asia Nosheen, Asghari Bano, Rabia Naz, Humaira Yasmin, Ishtiaq Hussain, Faizan Ullah, Rumana Keyani, Muhammad Nadeem Hassan and Ayesha T. Tahir

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2019 19:466

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  31. Fruit coloration is one of the main quality parameters of Citrus fruit primarily determined by genetic factors. The fruit of ordinary sweet orange (Citrus sinensis) displays a pleasant orange tint due to accumula...

    Authors: María J. Rodrigo, Joanna Lado, Enriqueta Alós, Berta Alquézar, Orly Dery, Joseph Hirschberg and Lorenzo Zacarías

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2019 19:465

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  32. PDX1.2 has recently been shown to be a regulator of vitamin B6 biosynthesis in plants and is implicated in biotic and abiotic stress resistance. PDX1.2 expression is strongly and rapidly induced by heat stress. I...

    Authors: Elisa Dell’Aglio, Ivan Dalvit, Sylvain Loubéry and Teresa B. Fitzpatrick

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2019 19:464

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  33. Flesh color is one of the most important traits for the commercial value of peach fruit. To unravel the underlying regulatory network in Prunus mira, we performed an integrated analysis of the transcriptome and m...

    Authors: Hong Ying, Jian Shi, Shanshan Zhang, Gesang Pingcuo, Shuo Wang, Fan Zhao, Yongning Cui and Xiuli Zeng

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2019 19:463

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  34. Transposable elements (TEs) comprise over 80% of the wheat genome and usually possess unique features for specific super-families and families. However, the role of TEs in wheat evolution and reshaping the whe...

    Authors: Katherine Domb, Danielle Keidar-Friedman and Khalil Kashkush

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2019 19:461

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  35. Blueberry is of high economic value. Most blueberry varieties selected for the fresh market have an appealing light blue coating or “bloom” on the fruit due to the presence of a visible heavy epicuticular wax ...

    Authors: Xinpeng Qi, Elizabeth L. Ogden, Jose V. Die, Mark K. Ehlenfeldt, James J. Polashock, Omar Darwish, Nadim Alkharouf and L. Jeannine Rowland

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2019 19:460

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  36. Long non-coding (lnc) RNAs are a class of functional RNA molecules greater than 200 nucleotides in length, and lncRNAs play important roles in various biological regulatory processes and response to the biotic...

    Authors: Xiaopei Zhang, Jie Dong, Fenni Deng, Wei Wang, Yingying Cheng, Lirong Song, Mengjiao Hu, Jian Shen, Qingjiang Xu and Fafu Shen

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2019 19:459

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  37. White root rot (WRR) disease caused by Rosellinia necatrix is one of the most important threats affecting avocado orchards in temperate regions. The eradication of WRR is a difficult task and environmentally frie...

    Authors: E. Martínez-Ferri, G. Moreno-Ortega, N. van den Berg and C. Pliego

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2019 19:458

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  38. Herbicide tolerance is an important trait that allows effective weed management in wheat crops in dryland farming. Genetic knowledge of metribuzin tolerance in wheat is needed to develop new cultivars for the ...

    Authors: Roopali Bhoite, Ping Si, Hui Liu, Ling Xu, Kadambot H. M. Siddique and Guijun Yan

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2019 19:457

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  39. Phytyl residues are the common side chains of chlorophyll (Chl) and tocopherols. Geranylgeranyl reductase (GGR), which is encoded by CHLP gene, is responsible for phytyl biosynthesis. The light-harvesting like pr...

    Authors: Chunmei Li, Xin Liu, Jihong Pan, Jia Guo, Qian Wang, Congping Chen, Na Li, Kuan Zhang, Bin Yang, Changhui Sun, Xiaojian Deng and Pingrong Wang

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2019 19:456

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  40. The formation of natural colored fibers mainly results from the accumulation of different anthocyanidins and their derivatives in the fibers of Gossypium hirsutum L. Chalcone synthase (CHS) is the first committed...

    Authors: Jianfang Gao, Li Shen, Jingli Yuan, Hongli Zheng, Quansheng Su, Weiguang Yang, Liqing Zhang, Vitalis Ekene Nnaemeka, Jie Sun, Liping Ke and Yuqiang Sun

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2019 19:455

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  41. Salicylic acid (SA) is a significant signaling molecule that induces rice resistance against pathogen invasion. Protein phosphorylation carries out an important regulatory function in plant defense responses, ...

    Authors: Ranran Sun, Shiwen Qin, Tong Zhang, Zhenzhong Wang, Huaping Li, Yunfeng Li and Yanfang Nie

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2019 19:454

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  42. In the original publication of this article [1], the author pointed out there is an error in Figs. 4 and 5.

    Authors: Ali Anwar, Yansu Li, Chaoxing He and Xianchang Yu

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2019 19:453

    Content type: Correction

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    The original article was published in BMC Plant Biology 2019 19:225

  43. In the article [1], in ‘Methods’ section and ‘G x E and heritability’ subsection, there is an error in the formula of heritability (H2).

    Authors: Laxman Adhikari, Shiva Om Makaju and Ali M. Missaoui

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2019 19:452

    Content type: Correction

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    The original article was published in BMC Plant Biology 2019 19:359

  44. Taproot thickening is a complex biological process that is dependent on the coordinated expression of genes controlled by both environmental and developmental factors. Panax notoginseng is an important Chinese me...

    Authors: Xue-Jiao Li, Jian-Li Yang, Bing Hao, Ying-Chun Lu, Zhi-Long Qian, Ying Li, Shuang Ye, Jun-Rong Tang, Mo Chen, Guang-Qiang Long, Yan Zhao, Guang-Hui Zhang, Jun-Wen Chen, Wei Fan and Sheng-Chao Yang

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2019 19:451

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  45. Secondary metabolites play an important role in the plant defensive response. They are produced as a defence mechanism against biotic stress by providing plants with antimicrobial and antioxidant weapons. In h...

    Authors: Laura Campos, María Pilar López-Gresa, Diana Fuertes, José María Bellés, Ismael Rodrigo and Purificación Lisón

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2019 19:450

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  46. The identification and characterisation of quantitative trait loci (QTL) is an important step towards identifying functional sequences underpinning important crop traits and for developing accurate markers for...

    Authors: Usana Nantawan, Chutchamas Kanchana-udomkan, Ido Bar and Rebecca Ford

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2019 19:449

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  47. Organelle genome studies of Fabaceae, an economically and ecologically important plant family, have been biased towards the plastid genome (plastome). Thus far, less than 15 mitochondrial genome (mitogenome) s...

    Authors: In-Su Choi, Erika N. Schwarz, Tracey A. Ruhlman, Mohammad A. Khiyami, Jamal S. M. Sabir, Nahid H. Hajarah, Mernan J. Sabir, Samar O. Rabah and Robert K. Jansen

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2019 19:448

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  48. The plant-specific homeodomain-leucine zipper class IV (HD-ZIP IV) gene family has been involved in the regulation of epidermal development.

    Authors: Hongying Zhang, Xudong Ma, Wenjiao Li, Dexin Niu, Zhaojun Wang, Xiaoxiao Yan, Xinling Yang, Yongfeng Yang and Hong Cui

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2019 19:444

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  49. Flavonoids have essential roles in flower pigmentation, fibre development and disease resistance in cotton. Previous studies show that accumulation of naringenin in developing cotton fibres significantly affec...

    Authors: Anam Qadir Khan, Zhonghua Li, Muhammad Mahmood Ahmed, Pengcheng Wang, Xianlong Zhang and Lili Tu

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2019 19:443

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