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Biochemistry and physiology

This section considers studies in the biochemistry and physiology of plants including research into photosynthesis and related processes.

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  1. Caucasian clover (Trifolium ambiguum M. Bieb.) is a strongly rhizomatous, low-crowned perennial leguminous and ground-covering grass. The species may be used as an ornamental plant and is resistant to cold, arid ...

    Authors: Xiujie Yin, Kun Yi, Yihang Zhao, Yao Hu, Xu Li, Taotao He, Jiaxue Liu and Guowen Cui

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2020 20:429

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  2. Pyropia yezoensis (Rhodophyta) is widely cultivated in East Asia and plays important economic, ecological and research roles. Although inorganic carbon utilization of P. yezoensis has been investigated from a phy...

    Authors: Baoyu Zhang, Xiujun Xie, Xuehua Liu, Linwen He, Yuanyuan Sun and Guangce Wang

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2020 20:424

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  3. Non-photosynthetic plastids of plants are known to be involved in a range of metabolic and biosynthetic reactions, even if they have been difficult to study due to their small size and lack of color. The morph...

    Authors: Magda Grabsztunowicz, Anne Rokka, Irum Farooq, Eva-Mari Aro and Paula Mulo

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2020 20:413

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  4. Among eukaryotic organisms, alternative splicing is an important process that can generate multiple transcripts from one same precursor messenger RNA, which greatly increase transcriptome and proteome diversit...

    Authors: Kai-Lu Zhang, Zhen Feng, Jing-Fang Yang, Feng Yang, Tian Yuan, Di Zhang, Ge-Fei Hao, Yan-Ming Fang, Jianhua Zhang, Caie Wu, Mo-Xian Chen and Fu-Yuan Zhu

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2020 20:379

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  5. Triterpenoids from birch (Betula platyphylla Suk.) exert antitumor and anti-HIV activities. Due to the complexity of plant secondary metabolic pathways, triterpene compounds in plants is not always determined by ...

    Authors: Jing Yin, Lu Sun, Ying Li, Jialei Xiao, Siyao Wang, Jie Yang, Ziyue Qu and Yaguang Zhan

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2020 20:374

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  6. The glyoxylate reductase (GR) multigene family has been described in various plant species, their isoforms show different biochemical features in plants. However, few studies have addressed the biological role...

    Authors: Zhisheng Zhang, Xiu Liang, Lei Lu, Zheng Xu, Jiayu Huang, Han He and Xinxiang Peng

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2020 20:357

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  7. Safflower (Carthamus tinctorius L.) is an important cash crop, of which the dried tube flower is not only an important raw material for dyes and cosmetics but also an important herb widely used in traditional Chi...

    Authors: Jiang Chen, Jie Wang, Rui Wang, Bin Xian, Chaoxiang Ren, Qianqian Liu, Qinghua Wu and Jin Pei

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2020 20:353

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  8. Early seed germination and a functional root system development during establishment are crucial attributes contributing to nutrient competence under marginal nutrient soil conditions. Chenopodium quinoa Willd (C...

    Authors: Katherine Pinto-Irish, Teodoro Coba de la Peña, Enrique Ostria-Gallardo, Cristian Ibáñez, Vilbett Briones, Alexander Vergara, Rodrigo Alvarez, Catalina Castro, Carolina Sanhueza, Patricio A. Castro and Luisa Bascuñán-Godoy

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2020 20:343

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  9. Long noncoding RNAs (lncRNAs), which are typically > 200 nt in length, are involved in numerous biological processes. Studies on lncRNAs in the cultivated peanut (Arachis hypogaea L.) largely remain unknown.

    Authors: Haiying Tian, Feng Guo, Zhimeng Zhang, Hong Ding, Jingjing Meng, Xinguo Li, Zhenying Peng and Shubo Wan

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2020 20:308

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  10. Cunninghamia lanceolata (C. lanceolata) is the main fast-growing timber species in southern China. As an alternative to conventional lighting systems, LED has been demonstrated to be an artificial flexible lighti...

    Authors: Yuanyuan Xu, Mei Yang, Fei Cheng, Shinan Liu and Yuyao Liang

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2020 20:269

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  11. Soil and water pollution due to nitrate are becoming increasingly serious worldwide. The government also put forward relevant governance policies, and a large number of scholars studied chemical physics and ot...

    Authors: Derong Lin, Yichen Huang, Jingjing Zhao, Zhijun Wu, Shuliang Liu, Wen Qin, Dingtao Wu, Hong Chen and Qing Zhang

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2020 20:267

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  12. The grain yield of cereals is determined by the synergistic interaction between source activity and sink capacity. However, source-sink interactions are far from being fully understood. Therefore, a field expe...

    Authors: Xuemei Lv, Yan Zhang, Yunxiu Zhang, Shoujin Fan and Lingan Kong

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2020 20:257

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  13. Limonoids are major bioactive compounds that are produced by the triterpenoid metabolic pathway. The detailed biochemical process of limonoid biosynthesis and the mechanism of its molecular regulation remain e...

    Authors: Pan Zhang, Xiaofeng Liu, Xin Yu, Fusheng Wang, Junhong Long, Wanxia Shen, Dong Jiang and Xiaochun Zhao

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2020 20:254

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    The Correction to this article has been published in BMC Plant Biology 2020 20:316

  14. Tuber color is an important trait for Helianthus tuberosus L. (Jerusalem artichoke). Usually, purple tubers with high anthocyanin content are more nutritious than white tuber. But, the molecular mechanism underly...

    Authors: Jieming Gao, Xuemei Sun, Yuan Zong, Shipeng Yang, Lihui Wang and Baolong Liu

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2020 20:247

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  15. Tea plant (Camellia sinensis) is one of the most popular non-alcoholic beverages worldwide. In tea, lateral roots (LRs) are the main organ responsible for the absorption of moisture and mineral nutrients from the...

    Authors: Shunkai Hu, Mi Zhang, Yiqing Yang, Wei Xuan, Zhongwei Zou, Emmanuel Arkorful, Yi Chen, Qingping Ma, Anburaj Jeyaraj, Xuan Chen and Xinghui Li

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2020 20:232

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  16. In this study, response surface methodology (RSM) and artificial neural network (ANN) was used to construct the predicted models of linear, quadratic and interactive effects of two independent variables viz. s...

    Authors: Prabhjot Kaur, R. C. Gupta, Abhijit Dey, Tabarak Malik and Devendra Kumar Pandey

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2020 20:225

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  17. Phalaenopsis represents an important cash crop worldwide. Abundant flower colors observed in Phalaenopsis orchids range from red-purple, purple, purple-violet, violet, and violet-blue. However, violet-blue orchid...

    Authors: Che-Yu Liang, Krishna Preethi Rengasamy, Li-Min Huang, Chia-Chi Hsu, Mei-Fen Jeng, Wen-Huei Chen and Hong-Hwa Chen

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2020 20:212

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  18. Sugar content is an important determinant of fruit sweetness, but details on the complex molecular mechanism underlying fruit sugar accumulation remain scarce. Here, we report the role of sucrose transporter (...

    Authors: Qian Peng, Yaming Cai, Enhui Lai, Masayoshi Nakamura, Liao Liao, Beibei Zheng, Collins Ogutu, Sylvia Cherono and Yuepeng Han

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2020 20:191

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  19. Anthocyanins contribute to coloration and antioxidation effects in different plant tissues. MYB transcription factors have been demonstrated to be a key regulator for anthocyanin synthesis in many plants. Howe...

    Authors: Yuting Qi, Caihong Gu, Xingjun Wang, Shiqing Gao, Changsheng Li, Chuanzhi Zhao, Chuanshun Li, Changle Ma and Quan Zhang

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2020 20:186

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  20. Lycoris species have great ornamental and medicinal values; however, their low regeneration efficiency seriously restricts their commercial production. Understanding the mechanism of bulblet propagation in this g...

    Authors: Junxu Xu, Qingzhu Li, Liuyan Yang, Xin Li, Zhen Wang and Yongchun Zhang

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2020 20:180

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  21. Overuse of nitrogen fertilizers is often a major practice to ensure sufficient nitrogen demand of high–yielding rice, leading to persistent NH4+ excess in the plant. However, this excessive portion of nitrogen nu...

    Authors: Shunying Yang, Dongli Hao, Man Jin, Yi Li, Zengtai Liu, Yanan Huang, Tianxiang Chen and Yanhua Su

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2020 20:143

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  22. Genes associated with arsenite uptake and transport in rice plants (i.e., OsLsi1, OsLsi2, OsLsi3, OsLsi6 and OsABCC1) have been identified to date. However, their expression over time during the whole growth peri...

    Authors: Dandan Pan, Jicai Yi, Fangbai Li, Xiaomin Li, Chuanping Liu, Weijian Wu and Tingting Tao

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2020 20:133

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  23. Leaves of the medicinal plant Ampelopsis grossedentata, which is commonly known as vine tea, are used widely in the traditional Chinese beverage in southwest China. The leaves contain a large amount of dihydromyr...

    Authors: Xiaohua Li, Minhui Cao, Weibo Ma, Caihua Jia, Jinghuan Li, Mingxing Zhang, Changchun Liu, Zhenzhen Cao, Mohammad Omar Faruque and Xuebo Hu

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2020 20:131

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  24. Pear is one of the most important fruit crops worldwide. Anthocyanins and procyanidins (PAs) are important secondary metabolites that affect the appearance and nutritive quality of pear. However, few studies h...

    Authors: Zhen Zhang, Changping Tian, Ya Zhang, Chenzhiyu Li, Xi Li, Qiang Yu, Shuo Wang, Xinyu Wang, Xuesen Chen and Shouqian Feng

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2020 20:129

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  25. Panax notoginseng is a medicinally important Chinese herb with a long history of cultivation and clinical application. The planting area is mainly distributed in Wenshan Prefecture, where the quality and safety o...

    Authors: Guan-Hua Cao, Ze-Dong Li, Xi-Fu Wang, Xue Zhang, Rong-Hua Zhao, Wen Gu, Di Chen, Jie Yu and Sen He

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2020 20:124

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  26. Styrax tonkinensis (Pierre) Craib ex Hartwich has great potential as a woody biodiesel species having seed kernels with high oil content, excellent fatty acid composition and good fuel properties. However, no tra...

    Authors: Qikui Wu, Yuanyuan Cao, Chen Chen, Zhenzhou Gao, Fangyuan Yu and Robert D. Guy

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2020 20:121

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  27. Developing fruit is considered as an excellent model to study the complex network of metabolites which are altered rapidly during development.

    Authors: Manish Kumar Patel, Avinash Mishra, Santlal Jaiswar and Bhavanath Jha

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2020 20:116

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  28. To understand the gene expression networks controlling flower color formation in alfalfa, flowers anthocyanins were identified using two materials with contrasting flower colors, namely Defu and Zhongtian No. ...

    Authors: Hui-Rong Duan, Li-Rong Wang, Guang-Xin Cui, Xue-Hui Zhou, Xiao-Rong Duan and Hong-Shan Yang

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2020 20:110

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  29. Loss of vigor caused by seed aging adversely affects agricultural production under natural conditions. However, priming is an economical and effective method for improving the vigor of aged seeds. The objectiv...

    Authors: Fangshan Xia, Hang Cheng, Lingling Chen, Huisen Zhu, Peisheng Mao and Mingya Wang

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2020 20:104

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  30. Aroma is an important organoleptic quality for fruit and has a large influence on consumer preference. Kiwifruit esters undergo rapid and substantial changes contributing to the flavor during fruit ripening. P...

    Authors: Aidi Zhang, Qiuyun Zhang, Jianzhao Li, Hansheng Gong, Xinguang Fan, Yanqing Yang, Xiaofen Liu and Xueren Yin

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2020 20:103

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  31. Brassinolide (BR), as a new type of plant hormones, is involved in the processes of plant growth and stress response. Previous studies have reported the roles of BR in regulating plant developmental processes ...

    Authors: Yutong Li, Yue Wu, Weibiao Liao, Linli Hu, Mohammed Mujitaba Dawuda, Xin Jin, Zhongqi Tang, Jianjun Yang and Jihua Yu

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2020 20:102

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  32. Studies have indicated that graphene oxide (GO) could regulated Brassica napus L. root growth via abscisic acid (ABA) and indole-3-acetic acid (IAA). To study the mechanism and interaction between GO and IAA furt...

    Authors: Lingli Xie, Fan Chen, Hewei Du, Xuekun Zhang, Xingang Wang, Guoxin Yao and Benbo Xu

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2020 20:101

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  33. Eremophila R.Br. (Scrophulariaceae) is a diverse genus of plants with species distributed across semi-arid and arid Australia. It is an ecologically important genus that also holds cultural significance for many ...

    Authors: Oliver Gericke, Nikolaj Lervad Hansen, Gustav Blichfeldt Pedersen, Louise Kjaerulff, Dan Luo, Dan Staerk, Birger Lindberg Møller, Irini Pateraki and Allison Maree Heskes

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2020 20:91

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  34. Gossypol is a specific secondary metabolite in Gossypium species. It not only plays a critical role in development and self-protection of cotton plants, but also can be used as important anti-cancer and male cont...

    Authors: Tianlun Zhao, Qianwen Xie, Cong Li, Cheng Li, Lei Mei, John Z. Yu, Jinhong Chen and Shuijin Zhu

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2020 20:88

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  35. 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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  36. 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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  37. 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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  38. 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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  39. The receptor-like kinase FEROINA (FER) plays a crucial role in controlling plant vegetative growth partially by sensing the rapid alkalinization factor (RALF) peptide. However, the role of RALF1-FER in the veg...

    Authors: Long Wang, Tao Yang, Qinlu Lin, Bingqian Wang, Xu Li, Sheng Luan and Feng Yu

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2020 20:26

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  40. It is now well documented that moonlight affects the life cycle of invertebrates, birds, reptiles, and mammals. The lunisolar tide is also well-known to alter plant growth and development. However, although pl...

    Authors: J-C. Breitler, D. Djerrab, S. Leran, L. Toniutti, C. Guittin, D. Severac, M. Pratlong, A. Dereeper, H. Etienne and B. Bertrand

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2020 20:24

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  41. Alfalfa is a high-quality forage cultivated widely in northern China. Recently, the failure of alfalfa plants to survive the winter has caused substantial economic losses. Water management has attracted consid...

    Authors: Hongyu Xu, Zhenyi Li, Zongyong Tong, Feng He and Xianglin Li

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2020 20:15

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  42. Previous reports have mainly focused on the volatiles in citrus fruits, and there have been few reports about the volatiles in citrus leaves and flowers. However, citrus leaves and flowers are also rich in vol...

    Authors: Haipeng Zhang, Mengjun Chen, Huan Wen, Zhenhua Wang, Jiajing Chen, Liu Fang, Hongyan Zhang, Zongzhou Xie, Dong Jiang, Yunjiang Cheng and Juan Xu

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2020 20:7

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  43. Citrus fruits are consumed freshly or as juice to directly provide various dietary flavonoids to humans. Diverse metabolites are present among Citrus genera, and many flavonoids biosynthetic genes were induced...

    Authors: Muhammad Junaid Rao, Yuantao Xu, Yue Huang, Xiaomei Tang, Xiuxin Deng and Qiang Xu

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2019 19:603

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  44. Grafting with rootstocks is essential for the culture of many perennial fruit crops and is increasing being used in the production of annual fruits and vegetables. Our previous work based on microarrays showed...

    Authors: Duyên Prodhomme, Josep Valls Fonayet, Cyril Hévin, Céline Franc, Ghislaine Hilbert, Gilles de Revel, Tristan Richard, Nathalie Ollat and Sarah Jane Cookson

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2019 19:599

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  45. Sucrose (Suc), as the precursor molecule for rubber biosynthesis in Hevea brasiliensis, is transported via phloem-mediated long-distance transport from leaves to laticifers in trunk bark, where latex (cytoplasm o...

    Authors: Xiangyu Long, Heping Li, Jianghua Yang, Lusheng Xin, Yongjun Fang, Bin He, Debao Huang and Chaorong Tang

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2019 19:591

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  46. Polygalacturonase (PG), as an important hydrolase participating in the degradation of pectin, plays an important role in softening process of fruit. However, information on PG gene family in pear genome and the s...

    Authors: Suling Zhang, Min Ma, Huping Zhang, Shaoling Zhang, Ming Qian, Zhen Zhang, Weiqi Luo, Jinbu Fan, Zhiqiang Liu and Libin Wang

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2019 19:587

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  47. Chimeras synthesized artificially by grafting are crucial to the breeding of perennial woody plants. ‘Hongrou Huyou’ (Citrus changshan-huyou + Citrus unshiu) is a new graft chimera originating from the junction w...

    Authors: Min Zhang, Luyang Jing, Qun Wu, Kaijie Zhu, Fuzhi Ke, Jianguo Xu, Siqing Zhao, Gang Wang and Chi Zhang

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2019 19:582

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  48. Seed dormancy is a prevailing condition in which seeds are unable to germinate, even under favorable environmental conditions. Harvested Brassica oleracea (Chinese cabbage) seeds are dormant and normally germinat...

    Authors: Abdul Sami, Muhammad Waheed Riaz, Xiangyu Zhou, Zonghe Zhu and Kejin Zhou

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2019 19:577

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