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  1. Melatonin (MT) is important for plant growth and development; however, it is not known whether MT is involved in apple adventitious root (AR) development. In this study, we treated Malus prunifolia (MP) at four d...

    Authors: Jiangping Mao, Chundong Niu, Ke Li, Shiyue Chen, Muhammad Mobeen Tahir, Mingyu Han and Dong Zhang

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2020 20:536

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  2. Small heat shock proteins (sHSPs) belong to the class of molecular chaperones that respond to biotic and abiotic stresses in plants. A previous study has showed strong induction of the gene GmHsp22.4 in response ...

    Authors: Suellen Mika Hishinuma-Silva, Valéria Stefania Lopes-Caitar, Rafael Bruno Guayato Nomura, Bruna Caroline Sercero, Aline Garcia da Silva, Mayra Costa da Cruz Gallo De Carvalho, Ivani de Oliveira Negrão Lopes, Waldir Pereira Dias and Francismar Corrêa Marcelino-Guimarães

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2020 20:535

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  3. Salinity severely inhibit crop growth, yield, and quality worldwide. Allotetraploid rapeseed (Brassica napus L.), a major glycophyte oil crop, is susceptible to salinity. Understanding the physiological and molec...

    Authors: Ying-na Feng, Jia-qian Cui, Ting Zhou, Ying Liu, Cai-peng Yue, Jin-yong Huang and Ying-peng Hua

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2020 20:534

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  4. The AP2/ERFs belong to a large family of transcription factors in plants. The AP2/ERF gene family has been identified as a key player involved in both biotic and abiotic stress responses in plants, however, no...

    Authors: Dandan Li, Xintong Liu, Lizhe Shu, Hua Zhang, Shiya Zhang, Yin Song and Zhao Zhang

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2020 20:533

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  5. Viruses are infectious pathogens, and plant virus epidemics can have devastating consequences to crop yield and quality. Sugarcane mosaic virus (SCMV, belonging to family Potyviridae) is one of the leading pathog...

    Authors: Sehrish Akbar, Yao Wei, Yuan Yuan, Muhammad Tahir Khan, Lifang Qin, Charles A. Powell, Baoshan Chen and Muqing Zhang

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2020 20:532

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  6. Gnetum is an economically important tropical and subtropical gymnosperm genus with various dietary, industrial and medicinal uses. Many carbohydrates, proteins and fibers accumulate during the ripening of Gnetum ...

    Authors: Nan Deng, Chen Hou, Boxiang He, Fengfeng Ma, Qingan Song, Shengqing Shi, Caixia Liu and Yuxin Tian

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2020 20:531

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  7. Appropriate information about genetic diversity and population structure of germplasm improves the efficiency of plant breeding. The low productivity of Nepali bread wheat (Triticum aestivum L.) is a major concer...

    Authors: Kamal Khadka, Davoud Torkamaneh, Mina Kaviani, Francois Belzile, Manish N. Raizada and Alireza Navabi

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2020 20:530

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  8. Kernel weight and morphology are important traits affecting cereal yields and quality. Dissecting the genetic basis of thousand kernel weight (TKW) and its related traits is an effective method to improve whea...

    Authors: Hong Liu, Xiaotao Zhang, Yunfeng Xu, Feifei Ma, Jinpeng Zhang, Yanwei Cao, Lihui Li and Diaoguo An

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2020 20:529

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  9. The characteristics of elephant grass, especially its stem lignocellulose, are of great significance for its quality as feed or other industrial raw materials. However, the research on lignocellulose biosynthe...

    Authors: Wenqing Zhang, Shengkui Zhang, Xianqin Lu, Can Li, Xingwang Liu, Geyu Dong and Tao Xia

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2020 20:528

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  10. The ratio of CO2 mesophyll conductance (gm) to Ribulose-1, 5-bisphosphate carboxylase/oxygenase (Rubisco) content has been suggested to positively affect photosynthetic nitrogen use efficiency (PNUE). The anatomi...

    Authors: Limin Gao, Zhifeng Lu, Lei Ding, Kailiu Xie, Min Wang, Ning Ling and Shiwei Guo

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2020 20:527

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  11. Ulmus lamellosa (one of the ancient species of Ulmus) is an endemic and endangered plant that has undergone climatic oscillations and geographical changes. The elucidation of its demographic history and genetic d...

    Authors: Huimin Hou, Hang Ye, Zhi Wang, Jiahui Wu, Yue Gao, Wei Han, Dongchen Na, Genlou Sun and Yiling Wang

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2020 20:526

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  12. Common bean (Phaseolus vulgaris L.) is a relevant crop cultivated over the world, largely in water insufficiency vulnerable areas. Since drought is the main environmental factor restraining worldwide crop product...

    Authors: Josefat Gregorio Jorge, Miguel Angel Villalobos-López, Karen Lizeth Chavarría-Alvarado, Selma Ríos-Meléndez, Melina López-Meyer and Analilia Arroyo-Becerra

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2020 20:525

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  13. A structural phenomenon seen in certain lineages of angiosperms that has captivated many scholars including Charles Darwin is the evolution of plant carnivory. Evidently, these structural features collectively...

    Authors: Jeremy Dkhar, Yogendra Kumar Bhaskar, Andrew Lynn and Ashwani Pareek

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2020 20:524

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  14. Hybridization and polyploidization are powerful evolutionary factors that are associated with manifold developmental changes in plants such as irregular progression of meiosis and sporogenesis. The emergence o...

    Authors: Birthe H. Barke, Kevin Karbstein, Mareike Daubert and Elvira Hörandl

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2020 20:523

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  15. The Lycoris genus includes many ornamentally and medicinally important species. Polyploidization and hybridization are considered modes of speciation in this genus, implying great genetic diversity. However, the ...

    Authors: Yumei Jiang, Sheng Xu, Rong Wang, Jiayu Zhou, Jian Dou, Qian Yin and Ren Wang

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2020 20:522

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  16. Pinus massoniana Lamb. is an important afforestation tree species with high economic, ecological and medicinal values. Aluminum (Al) toxicity driven by soil acidification causes dieback of P. massoniana plantatio...

    Authors: Haiyan Liu, Houying Chen, Guijie Ding, Kuaifen Li and Qifei Ren

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2020 20:521

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  17. Identification of genetic diversity in heat tolerance and associated traits is of great importance for improving heat tolerance in cool-season grass species. The objectives of this study were to determine gene...

    Authors: Jing Zhang, Hui Li, Yiwei Jiang, Huibin Li, Zhipeng Zhang, Zhipeng Xu, Bin Xu and Bingru Huang

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2020 20:520

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  18. The genus Ligusticum consists of approximately 60 species distributed in the Northern Hemisphere. It is one of the most taxonomically difficult taxa within Apiaceae, largely due to the varied morphological charac...

    Authors: Ting Ren, Zi-Xuan Li, Deng-Feng Xie, Ling-Jian Gui, Chang Peng, Jun Wen and Xing-Jin He

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2020 20:519

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  19. Wild species of cotton are excellent resistance to abiotic stress. Diploid D-genome cotton showed abundant phenotypic diversity and was the putative donor species of allotetraploid cotton which produce the lar...

    Authors: Yanchao Xu, Richard Odongo Magwanga, Dingsha Jin, Xiaoyan Cai, Yuqing Hou, Zheng Juyun, Stephen Gaya Agong, Kunbo Wang, Fang Liu and Zhongli Zhou

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2020 20:518

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  20. Plant papain-like cysteine proteases (PLCPs) are a large class of proteolytic enzymes and play important roles in root nodule symbiosis (RNS), while the whole-genome studies of PLCP family genes in legume are qui...

    Authors: Songli Yuan, Danxia Ke, Rong Li, Xiangyong Li, Lei Wang, Haifeng Chen, Chanjuan Zhang, Yi Huang, Limiao Chen, Qingnan Hao, Hongli Yang, Dong Cao, Shuilian Chen, Wei Guo, Zhihui Shan, Zhonglu Yang…

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2020 20:517

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  21. Crown gall disease, caused by the pathogenic bacterium Agrobacterium tumefaciens, is responsible for extensive economic losses in orchards. Cherry rootstock ‘CDR-1’ (Prunus mahaleb) shows high resistance but the ...

    Authors: Chenglin Liang, Tian Wan, Rendun Wu, Mei Zhao, Yue Zhao and Yuliang Cai

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2020 20:516

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  22. Stalk fracture caused by strong wind can severely reduce yields in maize. Stalks with higher stiffness and flexibility will exhibit stronger lodging resistance. However, stalk flexibility is rarely studied in ...

    Authors: Xiaqing Wang, Zi Shi, Ruyang Zhang, Xuan Sun, Jidong Wang, Shuai Wang, Ying Zhang, Yanxin Zhao, Aiguo Su, Chunhui Li, Ronghuan Wang, Yunxia Zhang, Shuaishuai Wang, Yuandong Wang, Wei Song and Jiuran Zhao

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2020 20:515

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  23. As global warming becomes increasingly severe, it is urgent that we enhance the heat tolerance of crops. We previously reported that Arabidopsis thaliana PHOSPHOINOSITIDE-SPECIFIC PHOSPHOLIPASE C9 (AtPLC9) promot...

    Authors: Yuliang Liu, Xinye Liu, Xue Wang, Kang Gao, Weiwei Qi, Huimin Ren, Haorui Hu, Daye Sun, Jiaoteng Bai and Shuzhi Zheng

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2020 20:514

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  24. Soybean (Glycine max) is a major protein crop, because soybean protein has an amino acid score comparable to that of beef and egg white. However, many allergens have been identified among soybean proteins. A decr...

    Authors: Shota Sugano, Aya Hirose, Yuhei Kanazashi, Kohei Adachi, Miki Hibara, Takeshi Itoh, Masafumi Mikami, Masaki Endo, Sakiko Hirose, Nobuyuki Maruyama, Jun Abe and Tetsuya Yamada

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2020 20:513

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  25. An amendment to this paper has been published and can be accessed via the original article.

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

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2020 20:512

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    The original article was published in BMC Plant Biology 2020 20:478

  26. Paeonia decomposita, endemic to China, has important ornamental, medicinal, and economic value and is regarded as an endangered plant. The genetic diversity and population structure have seldom been described. A ...

    Authors: Shi-Quan Wang

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2020 20:510

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  27. Growth-regulating factors (GRFs) are plant-specific transcription factors that control organ size. Nineteen GRF genes were identified in the Populus trichocarpa genome and one was reported to control leaf size ma...

    Authors: Jinnan Wang, Houjun Zhou, Yanqiu Zhao, Pengbo Sun, Fang Tang, Xueqin Song and Meng-Zhu Lu

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2020 20:509

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  28. Cunninghamia lanceolata (Chinese fir), a member of the conifer family Cupressaceae, is one of the most popular cultivated trees for wood production in China. Continuous research is being performed to improve C. l...

    Authors: Dandan Wang, Zhaodong Hao, Xiaofei Long, Zhanjun Wang, Xueyan Zheng, Daiquan Ye, Ye Peng, Weihuang Wu, Xiangyang Hu, Guibin Wang, Renhua Zheng, Jisen Shi and Jinhui Chen

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2020 20:508

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  29. Serotonin, originally identified as a neurotransmitter in mammals, functions as an antioxidant to scavenge cellular ROS in plants. In rice, the conversion of tryptamine to serotonin is catalyzed by SL (sekiguc...

    Authors: Dagang Tian, Fang Yang, Yuqing Niu, Yan Lin, Zaijie Chen, Gang Li, Qiong Luo, Feng Wang and Mo Wang

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2020 20:507

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  30. Chitosan (CTS), a natural polysaccharide, exhibits multiple functions of stress adaptation regulation in plants. However, effects and mechanism of CTS on alleviating salt stress damage are still not fully unde...

    Authors: Wan Geng, Zhou Li, Muhammad Jawad Hassan and Yan Peng

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2020 20:506

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  31. Tartary buckwheat has gained popularity in the food marketplace due to its abundant nutrients and high bioactive flavonoid content. However, its difficult dehulling process has severely restricted its food pro...

    Authors: Hong-You Li, Chao-Xin Wu, Qiu-Yu Lv, Tao-Xiong Shi, Qi-Jiao Chen and Qing-Fu Chen

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2020 20:505

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  32. In the agricultural areas of Qinghai-Tibet Plateau, temperature varies widely from day to night during the growing season, which makes the extreme temperature become one of the limiting factors of crop yield. ...

    Authors: Xin Yin, Yunqiang Yang, Yanqiu Lv, Yan Li, Danni Yang, Yanling Yue and Yongping Yang

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2020 20:504

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  33. Cytoplasmic male sterility (CMS) is a widely used trait for hybrid seed production in many crops. Sugar beet CMS is associated with a unique mitochondrial protein named preSATP6 that forms a 250-kDa complex. Rest...

    Authors: Takumi Arakawa, Muneyuki Matsunaga, Katsunori Matsui, Kanna Itoh, Yosuke Kuroda, Hiroaki Matsuhira, Kazuyoshi Kitazaki and Tomohiko Kubo

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2020 20:503

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  34. A significant mechanism of salt-tolerance in rice is the ability to remove Na+ and Cl in the leaf sheath, which limits the entry of these toxic ions into the leaf blade. The leaf sheath removes Na+ mainly in the...

    Authors: Sarin Neang, Itsuki Goto, Nicola Stephanie Skoulding, Joyce A. Cartagena, Mana Kano-Nakata, Akira Yamauchi and Shiro Mitsuya

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2020 20:502

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  35. Nitrogen (N) deficiency is a major constraint for plant production in many areas. Developing the new crop genotypes with high productivity under N deficiency is an important approach to maintain agricultural p...

    Authors: Xiaoxiao Liu, Shiwen Wang, Xiping Deng, Zhiyong Zhang and Lina Yin

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2020 20:501

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  36. Plants are known to emit diverse volatile organic compounds (VOCs), which may function as signaling substances in plant communication with other organisms. Thuja occidentalis, which is widely cultivated throughou...

    Authors: Liping Bai, Wenjia Wang, Juan Hua, Zhifu Guo and Shihong Luo

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2020 20:500

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  37. Cuticular wax plays important role in protecting plants from drought stress. In Arabidopsis WRI4 improves drought tolerance by regulating the biosynthesis of fatty acids and cuticular wax. Cyperus esculentus (yel...

    Authors: Chao Cheng, Shutong Hu, Yun Han, Di Xia, Bang-Lian Huang, Wenhua Wu, Jamshaid Hussain, Xuekun Zhang and Bangquan Huang

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2020 20:498

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  38. 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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  39. 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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  40. 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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  41. 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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  42. 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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  43. 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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  44. 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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  45. 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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  46. 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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  47. 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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  48. 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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