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  1. Elevated temperature as a result of global climate warming, either in form of sudden heatwave (heat shock) or prolonged warming, has profound effects on the growth and development of plants. However, how plant...

    Authors: Li Wang, Kai-Biao Ma, Zhao-Geng Lu, Shi-Xiong Ren, Hui-Ru Jiang, Jia-Wen Cui, Gang Chen, Nian-Jun Teng, Hon-Ming Lam and Biao Jin

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2020 20:86

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  2. Phosphorus (P) deficiency is one of the major constraints limiting plant growth, especially in acid soils. Stylosanthes (stylo) is a pioneer tropical legume with excellent adaptability to low P stress, but its un...

    Authors: Jiajia Luo, Yunxi Liu, Huikai Zhang, Jinpeng Wang, Zhijian Chen, Lijuan Luo, Guodao Liu and Pandao Liu

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2020 20:85

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  3. Membrane lipid composition associates closely with membrane stability and fluidity under water stress. In this study, lipidomic analyses based on electrospray ionization mass spectrometry (ESI-MS/MS) were carr...

    Authors: Yajing Wang, Xinying Zhang, Guirong Huang, Fu Feng, Xiaoying Liu, Rui Guo, Fengxue Gu, Xiuli Zhong and Xurong Mei

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2020 20:84

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  4. Neo-tetraploid rice, which is a new germplasm developed from autotetraploid rice, has a powerful biological and yield potential and could be used for commercial utilization. The length of panicle, as a part of...

    Authors: Mohammed Abdullah Abdulraheem Ghaleb, Cong Li, Muhammad Qasim Shahid, Hang Yu, Junhong Liang, Ruoxin Chen, Jinwen Wu and Xiangdong Liu

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2020 20:83

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  5. Autotetraploid rice is a useful germplasm for polyploid rice breeding. Our previous research showed that non-coding RNAs might be associated with low fertility in autotetraploid rice. However, little informati...

    Authors: Xiang Li, Muhammad Qasim Shahid, Minsi Wen, Shuling Chen, Hang Yu, Yamin Jiao, Zijun Lu, Yajing Li and Xiangdong Liu

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2020 20:82

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  6. Drought stress is a major abiotic factor that affects rapeseed (Brassica napus L.) productivity. Though previous studies indicated that long non-coding RNAs (lncRNAs) play a key role in response to drought stress...

    Authors: Xiaoyu Tan, Su Li, Liyong Hu and Chunlei Zhang

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2020 20:81

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  7. Blueberry (Vaccinium spp.) is a small berry with high economic value. Although cold storage can extend the storage time of blueberry to more than 60 days, it leads to chilling injury (CI) displaying as pedicle pi...

    Authors: Fan Zhang, Shujuan Ji, Baodong Wei, Shunchang Cheng, Yajuan Wang, Jia Hao, Siyao Wang and Qian Zhou

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2020 20:80

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  8. The olive tree is of particular economic interest in the Mediterranean basin. Researchers have conducted several studies on one of the most devastating disorders affecting this tree, the Verticillium wilt, whi...

    Authors: Jose Manuel Martí, Luis F. Arias-Giraldo, Wladimiro Díaz-Villanueva, Vicente Arnau, Antonio Rodríguez-Franco and Carlos P. Garay

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2020 20:79

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  9. The optimized illumination of plants using light-emitting diodes (LEDs) is beneficial to their photosynthetic performance, and in recent years, LEDs have been widely used in horticultural facilities. However, ...

    Authors: Song Gao, Xuena Liu, Ying Liu, Bili Cao, Zijing Chen and Kun Xu

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2020 20:78

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  10. Geophytes possess specialized storage organs - bulbs, tubers, corms or rhizomes, which allow their survival during unfovarable periods and provide energy support for sprouting and sexual and vegetative reprodu...

    Authors: Tomer E. Ben Michael, Adi Faigenboim, Einat Shemesh-Mayer, Itzhak Forer, Chen Gershberg, Hadass Shafran, Haim D. Rabinowitch and Rina Kamenetsky-Goldstein

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2020 20:77

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  11. Rice ratooning has traditionally been an important component of the rice cropping system in China. However, compared with the rice of the first harvest, few studies on factors effecting ratoon rice yield have ...

    Authors: Huibin Xu, Ling Lian, Fuxiang Wang, Jiahuan Jiang, Qiang Lin, Hongguang Xie, Xi Luo, Yongsheng Zhu, Chuanying Zhuo, Jinlan Wang, Huaan Xie, Zhaowei Jiang and Jianfu Zhang

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2020 20:76

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  12. The major fleshy tissues of the apple fruit are spatially separable into cortex and pith. These tissues display differential growth during development. Key features of such differential growth, and sink metabo...

    Authors: Shan Jing and Anish Malladi

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2020 20:75

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  13. Pigeon pea (Cajanus cajan L.) is the sixth major legume crop widely cultivated in the Indian sub-continent, Africa, and South-east Asia. Cytoplasmic male-sterility (CMS) is the incompetence of flowering plants to...

    Authors: Swati Saxena, Sarika Sahu, Tanvi Kaila, Deepti Nigam, Pavan K. Chaduvla, A. R. Rao, Sandhya Sanand, N. K. Singh and Kishor Gaikwad

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2020 20:74

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  14. Root-knot nematodes transform vascular host cells into permanent feeding structures to withdraw nutrients from the host plant. Ecotypes of Arabidopsis thaliana can display large quantitative variation in suscepti...

    Authors: Sonja Warmerdam, Mark G. Sterken, Octavina C. A. Sukarta, Casper C. van Schaik, Marian E. P. Oortwijn, Jose L. Lozano-Torres, Jaap Bakker, Geert Smant and Aska Goverse

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2020 20:73

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  15. The B-BOX (BBX) proteins are the class of zinc-finger transcription factors and can regulate plant growth, development, and endure stress response. In plants, the BBX gene family has been identified in Arabidopsi...

    Authors: Hongru Wei, Peipei Wang, Jianqing Chen, Changjun Li, Yongzhang Wang, Yongbing Yuan, Jinggui Fang and Xiangpeng Leng

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2020 20:72

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  16. Common vetch (Vicia sativa L.) is a forage grain legume of high protein content and high nitrogen fixation, relevant in sustainable agriculture systems. Drought is the main limiting factor of this crop yield. Gen...

    Authors: Lucía De la Rosa, Encarnación Zambrana and Elena Ramirez-Parra

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2020 20:71

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  17. Acetolactate synthase (ALS)-inhibiting herbicides from the chemical families of sulfonylureas and imidazolinones are used worldwide. However, drift or sprayer contamination from some sulfonylurea herbicides ca...

    Authors: Cheng-Yu Yu, Jing-long Lian, Qiong Gong, Li-Suo Ren, Zhen Huang, Ai-Xia Xu and Jun-Gang Dong

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2020 20:69

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  18. Leaf color is a major agronomic trait, which has a strong influence on crop yields. Isolating leaf color mutants can represent valuable materials for research in chlorophyll (Chl) biosynthesis and metabolism r...

    Authors: Kun Zhang, Yu Mu, Weijia Li, Xiaofei Shan, Nan Wang and Hui Feng

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2020 20:68

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  19. Exserohilum turcicum is an important pathogen of both sorghum and maize, causing sorghum leaf blight and northern corn leaf blight. Because the same pathogen can infect and cause major losses for two of the most ...

    Authors: Xiaoyue Zhang, Samuel B. Fernandes, Christopher Kaiser, Pragya Adhikari, Patrick J. Brown, Santiago X. Mideros and Tiffany M. Jamann

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2020 20:67

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  20. Gibberellins (GA3) are the most sprayed growth regulator for table grape production worldwide, increasing berry size of seedless varieties through pericarp cell expansion. However, these treatments also exacerbat...

    Authors: Marco Meneses, Miguel García-Rojas, Claudia Muñoz-Espinoza, Tomás Carrasco-Valenzuela, Bruno Defilippi, Mauricio González-Agüero, Claudio Meneses, Rodrigo Infante and Patricio Hinrichsen

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2020 20:66

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  21. Soybean is native to the temperate zones of East Asia. Poor yields of soybean in West African countries may be partially attributed to inadequate adaptation of soybean to tropical environments. Adaptation will...

    Authors: Carrie Miranda, Andrew Scaboo, Elroy Cober, Nicholas Denwar and Kristin Bilyeu

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2020 20:65

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  22. Gibberellin (GA) and jasmonate (JA) are two essential phytohormones for filament elongation in Arabidopsis. GA and JA trigger degradation of DELLAs and JASMONATE ZIM-domain (JAZ) proteins through SCFSLY1 and SCFC...

    Authors: Huang Huang, Yilong Gong, Bei Liu, Dewei Wu, Min Zhang, Daoxin Xie and Susheng Song

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2020 20:64

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  23. Microbes isolated from hyperaccumulating plants have been reported to be effective in achieving higher phytoextraction efficiency. The plant growth-promoting bacteria (PGPB) SaMR12 from the cadmium (Cd)/zinc h...

    Authors: Qiong Wang, Chaofeng Ge, Shun’an Xu, Yingjie Wu, Zulfiqar Ali Sahito, Luyao Ma, Fengshan Pan, Qiyao Zhou, Lukuan Huang, Ying Feng and Xiaoe Yang

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2020 20:63

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  24. Cold stress is one of the primary environmental factors that affect plant growth and productivity, especially for crops like Brassica napus that live through cold seasons. Till recently, although a number of gene...

    Authors: Liping Ke, Weixia Lei, Weiguang Yang, Jinyu Wang, Janfang Gao, Jinhua Cheng, Yuqiang Sun, Zhixiong Fan and Dongliang Yu

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2020 20:62

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  25. Shade stress, a universal abiotic stress, suppresses plant growth and production seriously. However, little is known regarding the protein regulatory networks under shade stress. To better characterize the pro...

    Authors: Jia Gao, Zheng Liu, Bin Zhao, Peng Liu and Ji-Wang Zhang

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2020 20:60

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  26. Basal leaf removal is widely practiced to increase grape cluster sunlight exposure that controls berry rot and improves quality. Studies on its influence on volatile compounds in grape berries have been perfor...

    Authors: Lei He, Xiao-Qing Xu, Yu Wang, Wei-Kai Chen, Run-Ze Sun, Guo Cheng, Bin Liu, Wu Chen, Chang-Qing Duan, Jun Wang and Qiu-Hong Pan

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2020 20:59

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  27. Hydrogen gas (H2) is hypothesised to play a role in plants that are coping with stresses by regulating signal transduction and gene expression. Although the beneficial role of H2 in plant tolerance to cadmium (Cd...

    Authors: Weiti Cui, Ping Yao, Jincheng Pan, Chen Dai, Hong Cao, Zhiyu Chen, Shiting Zhang, Sheng Xu and Wenbiao Shen

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2020 20:58

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  28. High yielding rice varieties are usually low in grain iron (Fe) and zinc (Zn) content. These two micronutrients are involved in many enzymatic activities, lack of which cause many disorders in human body. Bio-...

    Authors: S. K. Pradhan, E. Pandit, S. Pawar, R. Naveenkumar, S. R. Barik, S. P. Mohanty, D. K. Nayak, S. K. Ghritlahre, D. Sanjiba Rao, J. N. Reddy and S. S. C. Patnaik

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2020 20:57

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  29. Filmy-ferns (Hymenophyllaceae) are poikilohydric, homoiochlorophyllous desiccation-tolerant (DT) epiphytes. They can colonize lower and upper canopy environments of humid forest. Filmy-ferns desiccate rapidly ...

    Authors: Enrique Ostria-Gallardo, Giovanni Larama, Graciela Berríos, Ana Fallard, Ana Gutiérrez-Moraga, Ingo Ensminger and León A. Bravo

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2020 20:56

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  30. Grapevine is an economically important crop for which yield and berry quality is strongly affected by climate change. Large variations in drought tolerance exist across Vitis species. Some of these species are us...

    Authors: Noé Cochetel, Ryan Ghan, Haley S. Toups, Asfaw Degu, Richard L. Tillett, Karen A. Schlauch and Grant R. Cramer

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2020 20:55

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  31. Floral transition initiates reproductive development of plants and occurs in response to environmental and endogenous signals. In Arabidopsis thaliana, this process is accelerated by several environmental cues, i...

    Authors: Fernando Andrés, Atsuko Kinoshita, Naveen Kalluri, Virginia Fernández, Vítor S. Falavigna, Tiago M. D. Cruz, Seonghoe Jang, Yasutaka Chiba, Mitsunori Seo, Tabea Mettler-Altmann, Bruno Huettel and George Coupland

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2020 20:53

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  32. Carrot (Daucus carota subsp. carota L.) is an important root crop with an available high-quality genome. The carrot genome is thought to have undergone recursive paleo-polyploidization, but the extent, occurrence...

    Authors: Jinpeng Wang, Jigao Yu, Yuxian Li, Chendan Wei, He Guo, Ying Liu, Jin Zhang, Xiuqing Li and Xiyin Wang

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2020 20:52

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  33. Soybean oil is a major source of edible oil, and the domestication of wild soybean has resulted in significant changes in oil content and composition. Extensive efforts have been made to identify genetic loci ...

    Authors: Yanjie Yao, Qingbo You, Guozhan Duan, Jianjun Ren, Shanshan Chu, Junqing Zhao, Xia Li, Xinan Zhou and Yongqing Jiao

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2020 20:51

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  34. Many studies in Arabidopsis and rice have demonstrated that HD-Zip transcription factors play important roles in plant development and responses to abiotic stresses. Although common wheat (Triticum aestivum L.) i...

    Authors: Shumin Li, Nan Chen, Fangfang Li, Fangming Mei, Zhongxue Wang, Xinxiu Cheng, Zhensheng Kang and Hude Mao

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2020 20:50

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  35. Biotrophic fungi make intimate contact with host cells to access nutrients. Sugar is considered as the main carbon sources absorbed from host cells by pathogens. Partition, exchanges and competition for sugar ...

    Authors: Baoyu Huai, Qian Yang, Xiaobo Wei, Qinglin Pan, Zhensheng Kang and Jie Liu

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2020 20:49

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  36. Shoot branching is an important trait of plants that allows them to adapt to environment changes. Strigolactones (SLs) are newly identified plant hormones that inhibit shoot branching in plants. The SL biosynt...

    Authors: Chong Ren, Yuchen Guo, Junhua Kong, Fatma Lecourieux, Zhanwu Dai, Shaohua Li and Zhenchang Liang

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2020 20:47

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  37. Cassava is highly tolerant to stressful conditions, especially drought stress conditions; however, the mechanisms underlying this tolerance are poorly understood. The GRAS gene family is a large family of tran...

    Authors: Zhongying Shan, Xinglu Luo, Meiyan Wu, Limei Wei, Zhupeng Fan and Yanmei Zhu

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2020 20:46

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  38. Wheat grain avenin-like proteins (ALPs) belong to a recently discovered class of wheat grain storage protein. ALPs in wheat grains not only have beneficial effects on dough quality but also display antifungal ...

    Authors: Yujuan Zhang, Xin Hu, Angela Juhasz, Shahidul Islam, Zitong Yu, Yun Zhao, Gang Li, Wenli Ding and Wujun Ma

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2020 20:45

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  39. Exogenous 6-benzyladenine (6-BA) could improve leaf defense system activity. In order to better understand the regulation mechanism of exogenous 6-benzyladenine (6-BA) on waterlogged summer maize, three treatm...

    Authors: Juan Hu, Baizhao Ren, Shuting Dong, Peng Liu, Bin Zhao and Jiwang Zhang

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2020 20:44

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  40. Grapevine is a crop of major economic importance, yet little is known about the regulation of shoot development in grapevine or other perennial fruits crops. Here we combine genetic and genomic tools to identi...

    Authors: Sabine Guillaumie, Stéphane Decroocq, Nathalie Ollat, Serge Delrot, Eric Gomès and Sarah J. Cookson

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2020 20:43

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  41. Iron (Fe) is an essential micronutrient for plant growth and development. Iron deficiency chlorosis (IDC), caused by calcareous soils or high soil pH, can limit iron availability, negatively affecting soybean (Gl...

    Authors: Teshale Assefa, Jiaoping Zhang, R. V. Chowda-Reddy, Adrienne N. Moran Lauter, Arti Singh, Jamie A. O’Rourke, Michelle A. Graham and Asheesh K. Singh

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2020 20:42

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  42. Grape berry ripening is influenced by climate, the main component of the “terroir” of a place. Light and temperature are major factors in the vineyard that affect berry development and fruit metabolite composi...

    Authors: Grant R. Cramer, Noé Cochetel, Ryan Ghan, Agnès Destrac-Irvine and Serge Delrot

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2020 20:41

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  43. Dendrobium catenatum, as a precious Chinese herbal medicine, is an epiphytic orchid plant, which grows on the trunks and cliffs and often faces up to diverse environmental stresses. SET DOMAIN GROUP (SDG) protein...

    Authors: Dong-Hong Chen, Han-Lin Qiu, Yong Huang, Lei Zhang and Jin-Ping Si

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2020 20:40

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  44. Plants have been used as an important source of indispensable bioactive compounds in various cosmetics, foods, and medicines. However, the subsequent functional annotation of these compounds seems arduous beca...

    Authors: Sunmin Lee, Dong-Gu Oh, Digar Singh, Jong Seok Lee, Sarah Lee and Choong Hwan Lee

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2020 20:39

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  45. Many Gram-negative bacteria use N-acyl-homoserine lactones (AHLs) to communicate each other and to coordinate their collective behaviors. Recently, accumulating evidence shows that host plants are able to sense a...

    Authors: Fang Liu, Qian Zhao, Zhenhua Jia, Cong Song, Yali Huang, Hong Ma and Shuishan Song

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2020 20:38

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  46. Root-to-shoot translocation of zinc (Zn) and cadmium (Cd) depends on the concentrations of both metals in the medium. A previous study on tobacco (Nicotiana tabacum) pointed to the contribution of NtZIP1, NtZIP2,...

    Authors: Małgorzata Palusińska, Anna Barabasz, Katarzyna Kozak, Anna Papierniak, Karolina Maślińska and Danuta Maria Antosiewicz

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2020 20:37

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