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  1. Content type: Research article

    Asymmetric somatic hybridization is an efficient crop breeding approach by introducing several exogenous chromatin fragments, which leads to genomic shock and therefore induces genome-wide genetic variation. H...

    Authors: Mengcheng Wang, Yujie Ji, Shiting Feng, Chun Liu, Zhen Xiao, Xiaoping Wang, Yanxia Wang and Guangmin Xia

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2018 18:244

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    WRKY transcription factors, so named because of the WRKYGQK heptapeptide at the N-terminal end, are widely distributed in plants and play an important role in physiological changes and response to biotic and a...

    Authors: Hui Song, Weihong Sun, Guofeng Yang and Juan Sun

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2018 18:243

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    Arachis contains 80 species that carry many beneficial genes that can be utilized in the genetic improvement of peanut (Arachis hypogaea L. 2n = 4x = 40, genome AABB). Chromosome engineering is a powerful techniq...

    Authors: Pei Du, Lina Li, Hua Liu, Liuyang Fu, Li Qin, Zhongxin Zhang, Caihong Cui, Ziqi Sun, Suoyi Han, Jing Xu, Xiaodong Dai, Bingyan Huang, Wenzhao Dong, Fengshou Tang, Lifang Zhuang, Yonghua Han…

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2018 18:240

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    Cytoplasmic male sterility (CMS) in flowering plants is usually caused by incompatibility between mitochondrial and nuclear genomes, and can be restored by nuclear genes known as restorer-of-fertility (Rf). Altho...

    Authors: Bingbing Zhang, Xuexian Zhang, Guoyuan Liu, Liping Guo, Tingxiang Qi, Meng Zhang, Xue Li, Hailin Wang, Huini Tang, Xiuqin Qiao, Wenfeng Pei, Kashif Shahzad, Chaozhu Xing, Jinfa Zhang and Jianyong Wu

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2018 18:242

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    Phosphate (Pi) and Nitrogen (N) are essential macronutrients required for plant growth and development. In Arabidopsis thaliana (Arabidopsis), the transcription factor PHR1 acts as a Pi central regulator. PHL1 is...

    Authors: Yafei Sun, Wenzhen Luo, Ajay Jain, Lu Liu, Hao Ai, Xiuli Liu, Bing Feng, Liang Zhang, Zhantian Zhang, Xu Guohua and Shubin Sun

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2018 18:241

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    Forest species ranges are confined by environmental limitations such as cold stress. The natural range shifts of pine forests due to climate change and proactive-assisted population migration may each be const...

    Authors: Khaled Taïbi, Antonio D. Del Campo, Alberto Vilagrosa, José María Bellés, M.P. López-Gresa, José M. López-Nicolás and José M. Mulet

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2018 18:236

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  7. Content type: Research article

    In plants, the basic helix-loop-helix (bHLH) transcription factors play key roles in diverse biological processes. Genome-wide comprehensive and systematic analyses of bHLH proteins have been well conducted in Ar...

    Authors: Tingting Zhang, Wei Lv, Haisen Zhang, Lin Ma, Pinghua Li, Lei Ge and Gang Li

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2018 18:235

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  8. Content type: Research article

    Among cereals, durum wheat (Triticum turgidum L. subsp. durum) accumulates cadmium (Cd) at higher concentration if grown in Cd-polluted soils. Since cadmium accumulation is a risk for human health, the internatio...

    Authors: Alessio Aprile, Erika Sabella, Marzia Vergine, Alessandra Genga, Maria Siciliano, Eliana Nutricati, Patrizia Rampino, Mariarosaria De Pascali, Andrea Luvisi, Antonio Miceli, Carmine Negro and Luigi De Bellis

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2018 18:238

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  9. Content type: Research article

    Small non-coding RNA (sRNA) short sequences regulate various biological processes in all organisms, including bacteria that are animal or plant pathogens. Virulent or pathogenicity-associated sRNAs have been i...

    Authors: Yiqun Hu, Liyuan Zhang, Xuan Wang, Fengli Sun, Xiangxin Kong, Hansong Dong and Heng Xu

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2018 18:237

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    Plant architecture is a critical factor that affects planting density and, consequently, grain yield in maize. The genes or loci that determine organ size are the key regulators of plant architecture. Thus, un...

    Authors: Weiya Li, Zhixing Yang, Jieyuan Yao, Jiansheng Li, Weibin Song and Xiaohong Yang

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2018 18:239

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    Even though bicarbonate alkaline stress is a serious threat to crop growth and yields, it attracts much fewer researches than high salinity stress. The basic leucine zipper (bZIP) transcription factors have be...

    Authors: Shengyang Wu, Pinhui Zhu, Bowei Jia, Junkai Yang, Yang Shen, Xiaoxi Cai, Xiaoli Sun, Yanming Zhu and Mingzhe Sun

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2018 18:234

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    In Arabidopsis, a long day flowering plant, CONSTANS (CO) acts as a transcriptional activator of flowering under long day (LD) condition. In rice, a short day flowering plant, Hd1, the ortholog of CO, plays dual ...

    Authors: Guohui Xiao, Bingjuan Li, Hongjun Chen, Wei Chen, Zhengyi Wang, Bizeng Mao, Renyi Gui and Xiaoqin Guo

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2018 18:232

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    Outbreaks of spruce budworm (SBW, Choristoneura fumiferana Clem.) cause major recurrent damage in boreal conifers such as white spruce (Picea glauca [Moench] Voss) and large losses of forest biomass in North Amer...

    Authors: Mebarek Lamara, Geneviève J. Parent, Isabelle Giguère, Jean Beaulieu, Jean Bousquet and John J. MacKay

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2018 18:231

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  14. Content type: Research

    Tea is the most popular nonalcoholic beverage worldwide for its pleasant characteristics and healthful properties. Catechins, theanine and caffeine are the major natural products in tea buds and leaves that de...

    Authors: Linlin Liu, Yingying Li, Guangbiao She, Xianchen Zhang, Brian Jordan, Qi Chen, Jian Zhao and Xiaochun Wan

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2018 18:233

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  15. Content type: Research article

    Exposing imbibed seeds to high temperatures may lead to either thermo-inhibition of germination or thermo-dormancy responses. In thermo-inhibition, seed germination is inhibited but quickly resumed when temper...

    Authors: Nafiseh Geshnizjani, Farshid Ghaderi-Far, Leo A J Willems, Henk W M Hilhorst and Wilco Ligterink

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2018 18:229

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  16. Content type: Research article

    Water chickweed (Myosoton aquaticum (L.)) is a dicot broadleaf weed that is widespread in winter fields in China, and has evolved serious resistance to acetolactate synthase (ALS) inhibiting herbicides.

    Authors: Weitang Liu, Shuang Bai, Ning Zhao, Sisi Jia, Wei Li, Lele Zhang and Jinxin Wang

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2018 18:225

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  17. Content type: Research article

    Histone deacetylases (HDACs) function as key epigenetic factors in repressing the expression of genes in multiple aspects of plant growth, development and plant response to abiotic or biotic stresses. To date,...

    Authors: Chao Yang, Wenjin Shen, Hongfeng Chen, Liutian Chu, Yingchao Xu, Xiaochen Zhou, Chuanliang Liu, Chunmiao Chen, Jiahui Zeng, Jin Liu, Qianfeng Li, Caiji Gao, Jean-Benoit Charron and Ming Luo

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2018 18:226

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  18. Content type: Research article

    Neem tree serves as a cornucopia for triterpenoids called limonoids that are of profound interest to humans due to their diverse biological activities. However, the biosynthetic pathway that plant employs for ...

    Authors: Thiagarayaselvam Aarthy, Fayaj A. Mulani, Avinash Pandreka, Ashish Kumar, Sharvani S. Nandikol, Saikat Haldar and Hirekodathakallu V. Thulasiram

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2018 18:230

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  19. Content type: Research article

    Vacuolar invertases (VINs) have been reported to regulate plant growth and development and respond to abiotic stresses such as drought and cold. With our best knowledge, the functions of VIN genes little have ...

    Authors: Wenjun Qian, Bin Xiao, Lu Wang, Xinyuan Hao, Chuan Yue, Hongli Cao, Yuchun Wang, Nana Li, Youben Yu, Jianming Zeng, Yajun Yang and Xinchao Wang

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2018 18:228

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  20. Content type: Research article

    Hydrogen gas (H2) is the most abundant element in the universe, and has been reported to act as a novel beneficial gaseous molecule in plant adaptive responses. Radish sprouts are popular because they contain sub...

    Authors: Xiaoyan Zhang, Nana Su, Li Jia, Jiyuan Tian, Han Li, Lisha Huang, Zhenguo Shen and Jin Cui

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2018 18:227

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  21. Content type: Research article

    Meiosis is a specialized cell division critical for gamete production in the sexual reproduction of eukaryotes. It ensures genome integrity and generates genetic variability as well. The Rec8-like cohesin is a...

    Authors: Guojia Ma, Wei Zhang, Liwang Liu, Wun S. Chao, Yong Qiang Gu, Lili Qi, Steven S. Xu and Xiwen Cai

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2018 18:224

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  22. Content type: Research article

    Rubber tree is cultivated in mainly Southeast Asia and is by far the most significant source of natural rubber production worldwide. However, the genetic architecture underlying the primary agronomic traits of...

    Authors: João Ricardo Bachega Feijó Rosa, Camila Campos Mantello, Dominique Garcia, Lívia Moura de Souza, Carla Cristina da Silva, Rodrigo Gazaffi, Cícero Casimiro da Silva, Guilherme Toledo-Silva, Philippe Cubry, Antonio Augusto Franco Garcia, Anete Pereira de Souza and Vincent Le Guen

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2018 18:223

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  23. Content type: Research article

    Branch canker caused by Macrophoma theicola is a major stem disease of tea plants (Camellia spp.). In tea plantations, this disease causes crop loss and it is one of the major limiting factor for yield stagnation...

    Authors: Mareeswaran Jeyaraman and Premkumar Samuel Asir Robert

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2018 18:222

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  24. Content type: Research article

    The performance and survival of deciduous trees depends on their innate ability to anticipate seasonal change. A key event is the timely production of short photoperiod-induced terminal and axillary buds that ...

    Authors: Päivi L. H. Rinne, Laju K. Paul and Christiaan van der Schoot

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2018 18:220

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  25. Content type: Research article

    PLATZ proteins are a novel class of plant-specific zinc-dependent DNA-binding proteins that are classified as transcription factors (TFs). However, their common biochemical features and functions are poorly un...

    Authors: Jiechen Wang, Chen Ji, Qi Li, Yong Zhou and Yongrui Wu

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2018 18:221

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    Zinc-finger transcription factors play central roles in plant growth, development and abiotic stress responses. PLATZ encodes a class of plant-specific zinc-finger transcription factor. However, biological fun...

    Authors: Shicai Zhang, Rui Yang, Yanqing Huo, Shasha Liu, Guodong Yang, Jinguang Huang, Chengchao Zheng and Changai Wu

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2018 18:218

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  27. Content type: Research article

    Most plant viruses depend on vector insects for transmission. Upon viral infection, virus-derived small interfering RNAs (vsiRNAs) can target both viral and host transcripts. Rice stripe virus (RSV) is a persiste...

    Authors: Meiling Yang, Zhongtian Xu, Wan Zhao, Qing Liu, Qiong Li, Lu Lu, Renyi Liu, Xiaoming Zhang and Feng Cui

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2018 18:219

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  28. Content type: Research article

    Post-translational modification of receptor proteins is involved in activation and de-activation of signalling systems in plants. Both ubiquitination and deubiquitination have been implicated in plant interact...

    Authors: Daniela Tsikou, Estrella E. Ramirez, Ioanna S. Psarrakou, Jaslyn E. Wong, Dorthe B. Jensen, Erika Isono, Simona Radutoiu and Kalliope K. Papadopoulou

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2018 18:217

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  29. Content type: Research article

    NAC proteins contribute to diverse plant developmental processes as well as tolerances to biotic and abiotic stresses. The pear genome had been decoded and provided the basis for the genome-wide analysis to fi...

    Authors: Mudassar Ahmad, Xinhui Yan, Jianzhao Li, Qinsong Yang, Wajeeha Jamil, Yuanwen Teng and Songling Bai

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2018 18:214

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  30. Content type: Research article

    Commercially available poinsettia (Euphorbia pulcherrima) varieties prevalently accumulate cyanidin derivatives and show intense red coloration. Orange-red bract color is less common. We investigated four cultiva...

    Authors: Daria Nitarska, Carmen Stefanini, Christian Haselmair-Gosch, Silvija Miosic, Benjamin Walliser, Maja Mikulic-Petkovsek, Ionela Regos, Ana Slatnar, Thomas Debener, Diro Terefe-Ayana, Vinicius Vilperte, Johannes Hadersdorfer, Karl Stich and Heidi Halbwirth

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2018 18:216

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  31. Content type: Research article

    The res (restored cell structure by salinity) mutant, recently identified as the first tomato mutant accumulating jasmonate in roots under non-stressful conditions, exhibits a remarkable growth inhibition and mor...

    Authors: Irene Albaladejo, Isabel Egea, Belen Morales, Francisco B. Flores, Carmen Capel, Rafael Lozano and Maria C. Bolarin

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2018 18:213

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  32. Content type: Research article

    Multidrug and toxic compound extrusion (MATE) transporters, which exist widely in plants, function as crucial regulators in plant resistance to aluminum (Al) toxicity by inducing citrate efflux. However, the f...

    Authors: Qibin Ma, Rong Yi, Lu Li, Zhongyi Liang, Tingting Zeng, Yu Zhang, He Huang, Xiao Zhang, Xiangli Yin, Zhandong Cai, Yinghui Mu, Yanbo Cheng, Qiaoying Zeng, Xiuping Li and Hai Nian

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2018 18:212

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  33. Content type: Research article

    ETHYLENE RESPONSE FACTOR (ERF) 8 is a member of one of the largest transcription factor families in plants, the APETALA2/ETHYLENE RESPONSIVE FACTOR (AP2/ERF) superfamily. Members of this superfamily have been ...

    Authors: Feng Yi Cao, Thomas A. DeFalco, Wolfgang Moeder, Bo Li, Yunchen Gong, Xiao-Min Liu, Masatoshi Taniguchi, Shelley Lumba, Shigeo Toh, Libo Shan, Brian Ellis, Darrell Desveaux and Keiko Yoshioka

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2018 18:211

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  34. Content type: Research article

    Fruits of persimmon plants are traditional healthy food in China, Korea and Japan. However, due to the shortage of morphological and DNA markers, the development of persimmon industry has been heavily inhibited.

    Authors: Wenqing Li, Yanlei Liu, Yong Yang, Xiaoman Xie, Yizeng Lu, Zhirong Yang, Xiaobai Jin, Wenpan Dong and Zhili Suo

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2018 18:210

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  35. Content type: Research article

    Male sterility (MS) is an effective tool for hybrid production. Although MS has been widely reported in other plants, such as Arabidopsis and rice, the molecular mechanism of MS in eggplant is largely unknown....

    Authors: Yan Yang, Shengyou Bao, Xiaohui Zhou, Jun Liu and Yong Zhuang

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2018 18:209

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  36. Content type: Research article

    Tetrastigma hemsleyanum is of great medicinal importance and used as a model system to address the evolutionary history of warm-temperate evergreen (WTE) forest biomes in East Asia over Neogene time scales. Howev...

    Authors: Yihan Wang, Weimei Jiang, Wenqing Ye, Chengxin Fu, Matthew A Gitzendanner, Pamela S Soltis, Douglas E Soltis and Yingxiong Qiu

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2018 18:208

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  37. Content type: Research article

    Asexual seed formation (apomixis) has been observed in diverse plant families but is rare in crop plants. The generation of apomictic crops would revolutionize agriculture, as clonal seed production provides a...

    Authors: Sophia Bräuning, Andrew Catanach, Janice M. Lord, Ross Bicknell and Richard C. Macknight

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2018 18:206

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  38. Content type: Research article

    Osmotic stress is a major abiotic stress limiting crop production by affecting plant growth and development. Although previous reports discovered that methane (CH4) has a beneficial effect on osmotic stress, the ...

    Authors: Yihua Zhang, Jiuchang Su, Dan Cheng, Ren Wang, Yudong Mei, Huali Hu, Wenbiao Shen and Yaowen Zhang

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2018 18:207

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  39. Content type: Research article

    The emerging roles of rhizobacteria in improving plant nutrition and stress protection have great potential for sustainable use in saline soils. We evaluated the function of the salt-tolerant strain Azotobacter c...

    Authors: Michael James Van Oosten, Emilio Di Stasio, Valerio Cirillo, Silvia Silletti, Valeria Ventorino, Olimpia Pepe, Giampaolo Raimondi and Albino Maggio

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2018 18:205

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  40. Content type: Research article

    The sucrose non-fermenting-1-related protein kinase 2 family (SnRK2s) unifies different abiotic stress signals in plants. To date, the functions of two rice SnRK2s, osmotic stress/ABA-activated protein kinase ...

    Authors: Dengji Lou, Houping Wang and Diqiu Yu

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2018 18:203

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  41. Content type: Research article

    ALOG (Arabidopsis LSH1 and Oryza G1) family with a conserved domain widely exists in plants. A handful of ALOG members have been functionally characterized, suggesting their roles as key developmental regulators....

    Authors: Wei Xiao, Ziqing Ye, Xinran Yao, Liang He, Yawen Lei, Da Luo and Shihao Su

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2018 18:204

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  42. Content type: Research article

    Adventitious root formation is an essential physiological process for successful propagation of cuttings in various plant species. Because coniferous species are highly heterozygous, propagation of cuttings is...

    Authors: Yuki Fukuda, Tomonori Hirao, Kentaro Mishima, Mineko Ohira, Yuichiro Hiraoka, Makoto Takahashi and Atsushi Watanabe

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2018 18:201

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  43. Content type: Research article

    Brassica napus (B. napus) encompasses diverse transcription factors (TFs), but thorough identification and characterization of TF families, as well as their transcriptional responsiveness to multifarious stresses...

    Authors: Pei Wang, Cuiling Yang, Hao Chen, Longhai Luo, Qiuli Leng, Shicong Li, Zujing Han, Xinchun Li, Chunpeng Song, Xiao Zhang and Daojie Wang

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2018 18:202

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  44. Content type: Database

    The genome-wide expression profile of genes in different tissues/cell types and developmental stages is a vital component of many functional genomic studies. Transcriptome data obtained by RNA-sequencing (RNA-...

    Authors: Andrew J. Robinson, Muluneh Tamiru, Rachel Salby, Clayton Bolitho, Andrew Williams, Simon Huggard, Eva Fisch, Kathryn Unsworth, James Whelan and Mathew G. Lewsey

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2018 18:200

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  45. Content type: Research article

    Crassulacean acid metabolism (CAM) plants use water 20–80% more efficiently by shifting stomata opening and primary CO2 uptake and fixation to the nighttime. Protein kinases (PKs) play pivotal roles in this biolo...

    Authors: Kaikai Zhu, Hui Liu, Xinlu Chen, Qunkang Cheng and Zong-Ming (Max) Cheng

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2018 18:199

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  46. Content type: Research article

    Leaf epicuticular wax is an important functional trait for physiological regulation and pathogen defense. This study tests how selective pressure may have forced the trait of leaf abaxial epicuticular wax crys...

    Authors: Chih-Kai Yang, Bing-Hong Huang, Shao-Wei Ho, Meng-Yuan Huang, Jenn-Che Wang, Jian Gao and Pei-Chun Liao

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2018 18:196

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  47. Content type: Research article

    Gene activity is largely controlled by transcriptional regulation through the action of transcription factors and other regulators. QsMYB1 is a member of the R2R3-MYB transcription factor family related to sec...

    Authors: Tiago Capote, Pedro Barbosa, Ana Usié, António Marcos Ramos, Vera Inácio, Ricardo Ordás, Sónia Gonçalves and Leonor Morais-Cecílio

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2018 18:198

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  48. Content type: Research article

    Plants of the genus Taxus have attracted much attention owing to the natural product taxol, a successful anti-cancer drug. T. fuana and T. yunnanensis are two endangered Taxus species mainly distributed in the Hi...

    Authors: Chunna Yu, Xiujun Luo, Xiaori Zhan, Juan Hao, Lei Zhang, Yao-Bin L Song, Chenjia Shen and Ming Dong

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2018 18:197

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  49. Content type: Research article

    Soil salinity and/or alkalinity impose a major constraint over crop yield and quality. An understanding of the molecular basis of the plant response to these stresses could inform the breeding of more tolerant...

    Authors: Huanan Han, Qi Wang, Lin Wei, Yu Liang, Jiulan Dai, Guangmin Xia and Shuwei Liu

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2018 18:195

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