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  1. Content type: Research article

    Phosphorus is often present naturally in the soil as inorganic phosphate, Pi, which bio-availability is limited in many ecosystems due to low soil solubility and mobility. Plants respond to low Pi with a Pi St...

    Authors: Mohamed El-Soda, Charles Neris Moreira, Nakai Goredema-Matongera, Diaan Jamar, Maarten Koornneef and Mark G. M. Aarts

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2019 19:410

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  2. Content type: Research article

    Brassinosteroids (BRs) are a new group of plant hormones and play important roles in plant growth and development. However, little information is available if BRs could regulate spikelet development in rice (Oryz...

    Authors: Weiyang Zhang, Jiayan Sheng, Yunji Xu, Fei Xiong, Yunfei Wu, Weilu Wang, Zhiqin Wang, Jianchang Yang and Jianhua Zhang

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2019 19:409

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  3. Content type: Research article

    Intensity of drought stress and pest attacks is forecasted to increase in the near future posing a serious threat to natural and agricultural ecosystems. Knowledge on potential effects of a combined abiotic-bi...

    Authors: Tadeja Savi, Almudena García González, Jose Carlos Herrera and Astrid Forneck

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2019 19:408

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  4. Content type: Research article

    NAC transcription factors contain five highly conserved subdomains which are required for protein dimerisation and DNA binding. Few residues within these subdomains have been identified as essential for protei...

    Authors: Sophie A. Harrington, Lauren E. Overend, Nicolas Cobo, Philippa Borrill and Cristobal Uauy

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2019 19:407

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  5. Content type: Retraction Note

    The editor has retracted this article [1] because parts of Figs. 1 and 4 were duplicated from a previously published paper by the same authors [2] without appropriate disclosure. None of the authors have respo...

    Authors: Dongmiao Liu, Caixia Han, Xiong Deng, Yue Liu, Nannan Liu and Yueming Yan

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2019 19:406

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    The original article was published in BMC Plant Biology 2019 19:29

  6. Content type: Research article

    Cotton is one of the most important commercial crops as the source of natural fiber, oil and fodder. To protect it from harmful pest populations number of newer transgenic lines have been developed. For quick ...

    Authors: P. K. Smitha, K. Vishnupriyan, Ananya S. Kar, M. Anil Kumar, Christopher Bathula, K. N. Chandrashekara, Sujan K. Dhar and Manjula Das

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2019 19:405

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  7. Content type: Research article

    To limit the impact of the downy mildew disease of grapevine and reduce the need to recur to chemical treatments, an effective strategy might be recovering adaptive resistance traits in both cultivated and wild V...

    Authors: Mario Ciaffi, Anna Rita Paolacci, Marco Paolocci, Enrica Alicandri, Valentina Bigini, Maurizio Badiani and Massimo Muganu

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2019 19:404

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  8. Content type: Research article

    Photosynthetic efficiency might be a key factor determining plant resistance to abiotic stresses. Plants can sense when growing conditions are not favorable and trigger an internal response at an early stage b...

    Authors: Yu-Chang Tsai, Kuan-Chuan Chen, Tung-Shan Cheng, Chuan Lee, Shih-Hung Lin and Chih-Wei Tung

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2019 19:403

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  9. Content type: Research article

    Around the Cretaceous-Paleogene (K-Pg) boundary, an obvious global cooling occurred, which resulted in dramatic changes in terrestrial ecosystems and the evolutionary trends of numerous organisms. However, how...

    Authors: Yi-Ming Cui, Wei Wang, David K. Ferguson, Jian Yang and Yu-Fei Wang

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2019 19:402

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  10. Content type: Research article

    Small RNAs regulate a wide variety of processes in plants, from organ development to both biotic and abiotic stress response. Being master regulators in genetic networks, their biogenesis and action is a funda...

    Authors: Agustín Sabbione, Lucas Daurelio, Abelardo Vegetti, Manuel Talón, Francisco Tadeo and Marcela Dotto

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2019 19:401

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  11. Content type: Research article

    C2H2-zinc finger protein family is commonly found in the plant, and it is known as the key actors in the regulation of transcription and vital component of chromatin structure. A large number of the C2H2-zinc ...

    Authors: Haron Salih, Magwanga Richard Odongo, Wenfang Gong, Shoupu He and Xiongming Du

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2019 19:400

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  12. Content type: Research article

    Stemphylium blight (SB), caused by Stemphylium botryosum, is a devastating disease in lentil production. Although it is known that accessions of Lens ervoides possess superior SB resistance at much higher frequen...

    Authors: Zhe Cao, Li Li, Karan Kapoor and Sabine Banniza

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2019 19:399

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  13. Content type: Research article

    High temperature is one of the major abiotic stresses in tomato and greatly reduces fruit yield and quality. Identifying high-temperature stress-responsive (HSR) genes and breeding heat-tolerant varieties is a...

    Authors: Junqin Wen, Fangling Jiang, Yiqun Weng, Mintao Sun, Xiaopu Shi, Yanzhao Zhou, Lu Yu and Zhen Wu

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2019 19:398

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  14. Content type: Research article

    Drought stress is a major abiotic stress that causes huge losses in agricultural production. Proso millet (Panicum miliaceum L.) can efficiently adapt to drought stress and provides important information and gene...

    Authors: Yuyu Zhang, Xiaoli Gao, Jing Li, Xiangwei Gong, Pu Yang, Jinfeng Gao, Pengke Wang and Baili Feng

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2019 19:397

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  15. Content type: Research article

    Leaf morphology and spikelet number are two important traits associated with grain yield. To understand how genes coordinating with sink and sources of cereal crops is important for grain yield improvement gui...

    Authors: Ke Chen, Tao Guo, Xin-Min Li, Yi-Bing Yang, Nai-Qian Dong, Chuan-Lin Shi, Wang-Wei Ye, Jun-Xiang Shan and Hong-Xuan Lin

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2019 19:395

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  16. Content type: Research article

    Salinity is a major abiotic stress seriously hindering crop yield. Development and utilization of tolerant varieties is the most economical way to address soil salinity. Upland cotton is a major fiber crop and...

    Authors: Yanchao Yuan, Huixian Xing, Wenguan Zeng, Jialing Xu, Lili Mao, Liyuan Wang, Wei Feng, Jincai Tao, Haoran Wang, Haijun Zhang, Qingkang Wang, Guihua Zhang, Xianliang Song and Xue-Zhen Sun

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2019 19:394

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  17. Content type: Research article

    In higher plants, the FAD2 gene encodes the microsomal oleate Δ12-desaturase, one of the key enzymes essential for the biosynthesis of the polyunsaturated lipids that serve many important functions in plant devel...

    Authors: Feng Liu, Lihong Ma, Youwu Wang, Yanjun Li, Xinyu Zhang, Fei Xue, Xinhui Nie, Qianhao Zhu and Jie Sun

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2019 19:393

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  18. Content type: Research article

    Utilization of heterosis in maize could be critical in maize breeding for boosting grain yield. However, the genetic architecture of heterosis is not fully understood. To dissect the genetic basis of yield-rel...

    Authors: Qiang Yi, Yinghong Liu, Xianbin Hou, Xiangge Zhang, Hui Li, Junjie Zhang, Hanmei Liu, Yufeng Hu, Guowu Yu, Yangping Li, Yongbin Wang and Yubi Huang

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2019 19:392

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  19. Content type: Research article

    Jute (Corchorus spp.) is the most important natural fiber crop after cotton in terms of cultivation area and production. Salt stress greatly restricts plant development and growth. A high-density genetic linkage ...

    Authors: Zemao Yang, Youxin Yang, Zhigang Dai, Dongwei Xie, Qing Tang, Chaohua Cheng, Ying Xu, Chan Liu, Canhui Deng, Jiquan Chen and Jianguang Su

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2019 19:391

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  20. Content type: Research article

    The primary pigments in flowers are anthocyanins, the biosynthesis of which is mainly regulated by R2R3-MYBs. Muscari armeniacum is an ornamental garden plant with deep cobalt blue flowers containing delphinidin-...

    Authors: Kaili Chen, Lingjuan Du, Hongli Liu and Yali Liu

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2019 19:390

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  21. Content type: Research article

    It is critical to study the low nitrogen tolerance in wild soybean with extensive genetic diversity for improving cultivated soybean nitrogen use efficiency. Focusing on plant young and old leaves could provid...

    Authors: Yuan Liu, Mingxia Li, Jingshu Xu, Xueying Liu, Shiyao Wang and Lianxuan Shi

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2019 19:389

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  22. Content type: Research article

    Suaeda salsa L. (S. salsa) is an annual euhalophyte with high salt tolerance and high value as an oil crop, traditional Chinese medicine and vegetable. However, there are few comprehensive studies on the metabolo...

    Authors: Qiang Li and Jie Song

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2019 19:388

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  23. Content type: Research article

    Anthocyanin synthesis is affected by many factors, among which temperature is an important environmental factor. Eggplant is usually exposed to high temperatures during the cultivation season in Shanghai, Chin...

    Authors: Shengmei Zhang, Aidong Zhang, Xuexia Wu, Zongwen Zhu, Zuofen Yang, Yuelin Zhu and Dingshi Zha

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2019 19:387

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  24. Content type: Research article

    Consumers purchase fresh strawberries all year long. Extending the fruiting season for new strawberry cultivars is a common breeding goal. Understanding the inheritance of repeat fruiting is key to improving b...

    Authors: K. S. Lewers, P. Castro, J. F. Hancock, C. K. Weebadde, J. V. Die and L. J. Rowland

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2019 19:386

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  25. Content type: Correction

    Following publication of the original article [1], the author reported that the two curves in the sub-diagram WSR4 in Fig. 2a should be the other way round.

    Authors: Timo Engelsdorf, Lars Kjaer, Nora Gigli-Bisceglia, Lauri Vaahtera, Stefan Bauer, Eva Miedes, Alexandra Wormit, Lucinda James, Issariya Chairam, Antonio Molina and Thorsten Hamann

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2019 19:385

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    The original article was published in BMC Plant Biology 2019 19:320

  26. Content type: Research article

    Plant immune responses can be induced by plant growth-promoting rhizobacteria (PGPRs), but the exact compounds that induce resistance are poorly understood. Here, we identified the novel natural elicitor 3,4-d...

    Authors: Niu Liu, Xiao Luo, Yongqing Tian, Duo Lai, Longlai Zhang, Fei Lin and Hanhong Xu

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2019 19:384

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  27. Content type: Research article

    Organic acid secretion is a widespread physiological response of plants to alkalinity. However, the characteristics and underlying mechanism of the alkali-induced secretion of organic acids are poorly understood.

    Authors: Guangqing Xiang, Wanyun Ma, Shiwei Gao, Zhongxin Jin, Qianyu Yue and Yuxin Yao

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2019 19:383

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  28. Content type: Research article

    Grafting is the common propagation method for avocado and primarily benefits orchard production by reducing the time to tree productivity. It also allows use of scions and rootstocks specifically selected for ...

    Authors: Muhammad Umair Ahsan, Alice Hayward, Mobashwer Alam, Jayeni Hiti Bandaralage, Bruce Topp, Christine Anne Beveridge and Neena Mitter

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2019 19:382

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  29. Content type: Research article

    Trehalose-6-phosphate phosphatases (TPPs), which are encoded by members of the TPP gene family, can improve the drought tolerance of plants. However, the molecular mechanisms underlying the dynamic regulation of

    Authors: Qingfang Lin, Jiao Yang, Qiongli Wang, Hong Zhu, Zhiyong Chen, Yihang Dao and Kai Wang

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2019 19:381

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  30. Content type: Research article

    After uptake from soil into the root tissue, distribution and allocation of nitrate throughout the whole plant body, is a critical step of nitrogen use efficiency (NUE) and for modulation of plant growth in re...

    Authors: Stefano Sol, Vladimir Totev Valkov, Alessandra Rogato, Mélanie Noguero, Laura Gargiulo, Giacomo Mele, Benoit Lacombe and Maurizio Chiurazzi

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2019 19:380

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  31. Content type: Research article

    Metabolic pathways are interconnected and yet relatively independent. Genes involved in metabolic modules are required for the modules to run. Study of the relationships between genes and metabolic modules imp...

    Authors: Xiancai Li, Nana Liu, Yun Sun, Ping Wang, Xiaoyang Ge, Yakun Pei, Di Liu, Xiaowen Ma, Fuguang Li and Yuxia Hou

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2019 19:379

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  32. Content type: Research article

    Male sterility has tremendous scientific and economic importance in hybrid seed production. Identification and characterization of a stable male sterility gene will be highly beneficial for making hybrid seed ...

    Authors: Sandi Win Thu, Krishan Mohan Rai, Devinder Sandhu, Alex Rajangam, Vimal Kumar Balasubramanian, Reid G. Palmer and Venugopal Mendu

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2019 19:378

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  33. Content type: Research article

    Co-occurrence of cold and drought stress can alter the response of plants at morphological, physiological and molecular levels, which finally affect crop production, more than individual stress. Understanding ...

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

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2019 19:377

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  34. Content type: Research article

    As a traditional Chinese herb, safflower (Carthamus tinctorius L.) is valued for its florets to prevent cardiovascular and cerebrovascular diseases. Basing on previous chemical analysis, the main active compounds...

    Authors: Dandan Guo, Yue Gao, Fei Liu, Beixuan He, Xinlei Jia, Fanwang Meng, Hai Zhang and Meili Guo

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2019 19:376

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  35. Content type: Correction

    Following publication of the original article [1], the author reported a processing error in Figure 5. This has been corrected in the original article.

    Authors: Patrik Inderbitzin, Marilena Christopoulou, Dean Lavelle, Sebastian Reyes-Chin-Wo, Richard W. Michelmore, Krishna V. Subbarao and Ivan Simko

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2019 19:374

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    The original article was published in BMC Plant Biology 2019 19:305

  36. Content type: Research article

    The ability of severed rootstocks and shoots to re-establish vascular connections is used to generate grafted plants that combine desirable traits from both scions and rootstocks. Clarifying the mechanisms of ...

    Authors: Lulu Xie, Chunjuan Dong and Qingmao Shang

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2019 19:373

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  37. Content type: Research article

    Correct timing of flowering is critical for plants to produce enough viable offspring. In Arabidopsis thaliana (Arabidopsis), flowering time is regulated by an intricate network of molecular signaling pathways. A...

    Authors: Sarah Schiessl, Natalie Williams, Pascal Specht, Dorothee Staiger and Mikael Johansson

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2019 19:372

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  38. Content type: Research article

    Propamocarb (PM) is one of the main pesticides used for controlling cucumber downy mildew. However, due to its volatility and internal absorption, PM can easily form pesticide residues on cucumber fruits that ...

    Authors: Fan Zhang, Zhiwei Qin, Xiuyan Zhou, Ming Xin, Shengnan Li and Jie Luan

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2019 19:371

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  39. Content type: Research article

    Accumulating evidences show that SPLs are crucial regulators of plant abiotic stress tolerance and the highly conserved module miR156/SPL appears to balance plant growth and stress responses. The halophyte Tamari...

    Authors: Jianwen Wang, Youju Ye, Meng Xu, Liguo Feng and Li-an Xu

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2019 19:370

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  40. Content type: Research article

    Cucumis melo is a suitable study material for investigation of fruit ripening owing to its climacteric nature. Long non-coding RNAs have been linked to many important biological processes, such as fruit ripening,...

    Authors: Yunyun Tian, Selinge Bai, Zhenhua Dang, Jinfeng Hao, Jin Zhang and Agula Hasi

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2019 19:369

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  41. Content type: Research article

    We previously reported the involvement of nitric oxide (NO) and cyclic nucleotide-gated ion channel 6 (CNGC6) in the responses of plants to heat shock (HS) exposure. To elucidate their relationship with heat t...

    Authors: Xuan Peng, Xiaona Zhang, Bing Li and Liqun Zhao

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2019 19:368

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  42. Content type: Research article

    Adaptation to abiotic stresses is crucial for the survival of perennial plants in a natural environment. However, very little is known about the underlying mechanisms. Here, we adopted a liquid culture system ...

    Authors: Jin-Gui Liu, Xiao Han, Tong Yang, Wen-Hui Cui, Ai-Min Wu, Chun-Xiang Fu, Bai-Chen Wang and Li-Jun Liu

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2019 19:367

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  43. Content type: Research article

    Drought stress is one of the major abiotic stresses that affects plant growth and productivity. The GAPCp genes play important roles in drought stress tolerance in multiple species. The aim of this experiment was...

    Authors: Lin Zhang, Zhiqiang Song, Fangfang Li, Xixi Li, Haikun Ji and Shushen Yang

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2019 19:366

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  44. Content type: Research article

    Gossypium australe F. Mueller (2n = 2x = 26, G2 genome) possesses valuable characteristics. For example, the delayed gland morphogenesis trait causes cottonseed protein and oil to be edible while retaining resist...

    Authors: Shouli Feng, Min Xu, Fujie Liu, Changjiang Cui and Baoliang Zhou

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2019 19:365

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  45. Content type: Research article

    Poly (ADP-ribosyl) ation (PARylation) is an important posttranslational modification that regulates DNA repair, gene transcription, stress responses and developmental processes in multicellular organisms. Poly...

    Authors: Zongying Gu, Weiyang Pan, Wei Chen, Qichao Lian, Qiao Wu, Zeyu Lv, Xuan Cheng and Xiaochun Ge

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2019 19:364

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  46. Content type: Research article

    Heat treatment is widely used to break dormancy for seed germination and phytohormones could be deeply involved. However, effect of heat treatment on phytohormone related genes/proteins/metabolites and possibl...

    Authors: Yong Wang, Yin Min Htwe, Jing Li, Peng Shi, Dapeng Zhang, Zhihao Zhao and Leonard Osayande Ihase

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2019 19:363

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  47. Content type: Research article

    The MYB transcription factor family is one of the largest transcriptional factor families in plants and plays a multifaceted role in plant growth and development. However, MYB transcription factors involved in...

    Authors: Ya-Li Zhang, Chun-Ling Zhang, Gui-Luan Wang, Yong-Xu Wang, Chen-Hui Qi, Qiang Zhao, Chun-Xiang You, Yuan-Yuan Li and Yu-Jin Hao

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2019 19:362

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  48. Content type: Research article

    Tilletia horrida is a basidiomycete fungus that causes rice kernel smut, one of the most important rice diseases in hybrid rice growing areas worldwide. However, little is known about its mechanisms of pathogenic...

    Authors: Aijun Wang, Linxiu Pan, Xianyu Niu, Xinyue Shu, Xiaoqun Yi, Naoki Yamamoto, Shuangcheng Li, Qiming Deng, Jun Zhu, Yueyang Liang, Lingxia Wang, Ping Li and Aiping Zheng

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2019 19:360

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