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Development and cell biology

This section considers studies in the development and developmental processes of plants and all aspects of the biology of plant cells.

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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. 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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  3. 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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  4. 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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  5. 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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  6. 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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  7. Bud dormancy is a sophisticated strategy which plants evolve to survive in tough environments. Endodormancy is a key obstacle for anti-season culture of tree peony, and sufficient chilling exposure is an effec...

    Authors: Tao Zhang, Yanchao Yuan, Yu Zhan, Xinzhe Cao, Chunying Liu, Yuxi Zhang and Shupeng Gai

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2020 20:484

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  8. The same species of plant can exhibit very diverse sizes and shapes of organs that are genetically determined. Characterising genetic variation underlying this morphological diversity is an important objective...

    Authors: Charlotte N. Miller, Jack Dumenil, Fu Hao Lu, Caroline Smith, Neil McKenzie, Volodymyr Chapman, Joshua Ball, Mathew Box and Michael Bevan

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2020 20:482

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  9. In plants, each ribosomal protein (RP) is encoded by a small gene family but it is largely unknown whether the family members are functionally diversified. There are two RPL23a paralogous genes (RPL23aA and RPL23...

    Authors: Wei Xiong, Xiangze Chen, Chengxin Zhu, Jiancong Zhang, Ting Lan, Lin Liu, Beixin Mo and Xuemei Chen

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2020 20:463

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  10. To explore the molecular regulatory mechanisms of early stem and leaf development, proteomic analysis was performed on leaves and stems of F genotype alfalfa, with thin stems and small leaves, and M genotype a...

    Authors: Hao Sun, Jie Yu, Fan Zhang, Junmei Kang, Mingna Li, Zhen Wang, Wenwen Liu, Jiaju Zhang, Qingchuan Yang and Ruicai Long

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2020 20:447

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  11. Grapevine (Vitis vinifera L.), which has important nutritional values and health benefits, is one of the most economically important fruit crops cultivated worldwide. Several studies showed a large number of micr...

    Authors: Xin Sun, Mengqi Wang, Xiangpeng Leng, Kekun Zhang, Gengsen Liu and Jinggui Fang

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2020 20:409

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  12. Ginkgo biloba, a typical dioecious plant, is a traditional medicinal plant widely planted. However, it has a long juvenile period, which severely affected the breeding and cultivation of superior ginkgo varieties...

    Authors: Xiao-Meng Liu, Shui-Yuan Cheng, Jia-Bao Ye, Ze-Xiong Chen, Yong-Ling Liao, Wei-Wei Zhang, Soo-Un Kim and Feng Xu

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2020 20:387

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  13. Cattail (Typha domingensis Pers.) is a perennial emergent plant which is used in Green Floating Filters (GFFs), one of the most innovative systems of wastewater treatment to bioremediate eutrophic waters and prod...

    Authors: Fanny Mabel Carhuancho León, Pedro Luis Aguado Cortijo, María del Carmen Morató Izquierdo and María Teresa Castellanos Moncho

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2020 20:377

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  14. Taproot is the main edible organ and ultimately determines radish yield and quality. However, the precise molecular mechanism underlying taproot thickening awaits further investigation in radish. Here, RNA-seq...

    Authors: Yang Xie, Jiali Ying, Liang Xu, Yan Wang, Junhui Dong, Yinglong Chen, Mingjia Tang, Cui Li, Everlyne M’mbone Muleke and Liwang Liu

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2020 20:373

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  15. The blue pigmentation of Japanese gentian flowers is due to a polyacylated anthocyanin, gentiodelphin, and all associated biosynthesis genes and several regulatory genes have been cloned and characterized. How...

    Authors: Keisuke Tasaki, Momo Yoshida, Minori Nakajima, Atsumi Higuchi, Aiko Watanabe and Masahiro Nishihara

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2020 20:370

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  16. Lonicera japonica Thunb. (L. japonica) has the functions of clearing away heat and detoxifying, broad-spectrum antibacterial and anti-virus, etc. More than 70% of anti-inflammatory and cold Chinese patent medicin...

    Authors: Jianjun Li, Chenglin Ye and Cuifang Chang

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2020 20:341

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  17. Sweet osmanthus (Osmanthus fragrans Lour.) is one of the top ten traditional ornamental flowers in China. The flowering time of once-flowering cultivars in O. fragrans is greatly affected by the relatively low te...

    Authors: Jianxin Fu, Chao Zhang, Yucheng Liu, Tianhong Pang, Bin Dong, Xiaoyue Gao, Yimin Zhu and Hongbo Zhao

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2020 20:337

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  18. Flowering time is an important trait for productivity in legumes, which include many food and fodder plants. Medicago truncatula (Medicago) is a model temperate legume used to study flowering time pathways. Like

    Authors: Mauren Jaudal, Jiangqi Wen, Kirankumar S. Mysore and Joanna Putterill

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2020 20:329

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  19. The Arabidopsis CONSTITUTIVE EXPRESSER of PATHOGENESIS-RELATED GENES 5 (CPR5) has recently been shown to play a role in gating as part of the nuclear pore complex (NPC). Mutations in CPR5 cause multiple defects, ...

    Authors: Muhammad B. Faisal, Tsanko S. Gechev, Bernd Mueller-Roeber and Paul P. Dijkwel

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2020 20:295

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  20. As the main form of photoassimilates transported from vegetative tissues to the reproductive organs, sucrose and its degradation products are crucial for cell fate determination and development of maize kernel...

    Authors: Ke Zhang, Li Guo, Wen Cheng, Baiyu Liu, Wendi Li, Fei Wang, Changzheng Xu, Xiangyu Zhao, Zhaohua Ding, Kewei Zhang and Kunpeng Li

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2020 20:264

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  21. Heterosis is biologically important but the molecular basis of the phenomenon is poorly understood. We characterized intergeneric hybrids between B. rapa cv. Chiifu and R. sativus cv. WK10039 as an extreme exampl...

    Authors: Gibum Yi, Hosub Shin, Hye Rang Park, Jeong Eun Park, Jong Hwa Ahn, Sooyeon Lim, Jeong Gu Lee, Eun Jin Lee and Jin Hoe Huh

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2020 20:252

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  22. Expansins (EXPs) facilitate non-enzymatic cell wall loosening during several phases of plant growth and development including fruit growth, internode expansion, pollen tube growth, leaf and root development, a...

    Authors: Andrés Mayorga-Gómez and Savithri U. Nambeesan

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2020 20:241

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  23. Melatonin can regulate plant growth, development and biotic responses by causing global changes in gene expression; however, the melatonin-induced changes in gene expression via the modification of DNA methyla...

    Authors: Shiwei Gao, Wanyun Ma, Xinning Lyu, Xiaolei Cao and Yuxin Yao

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2020 20:231

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  24. The axillary bud is an important index of cotton plant-type traits, and the molecular mechanism of axillary bud development in upland cotton has not yet been reported. We obtained a mutant (designated mZ571) w...

    Authors: Jianbin Shi, Ning Wang, Hong Zhou, Qinghua Xu and Gentu Yan

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2020 20:228

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  25. The interactions between Growth-regulating factors (GRFs) and GRF-Interacting Factors (GIFs) have been well demonstrated but it remains unclear whether different combinations of GRF and GIF play distinctive ro...

    Authors: Yuzhu Lu, Yunlong Meng, Jia Zeng, Ying Luo, Zhen Feng, Liying Bian and Suyun Gao

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2020 20:200

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  26. N is an important macronutrient required for plant development and significantly influences axillary bud outgrowth, which affects tillering and grain yield of rice. However, how different N concentrations affe...

    Authors: Rongna Wang, Junjie Qian, Zhongming Fang and Jihua Tang

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2020 20:197

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  27. Long noncoding RNAs (lncRNAs) have several known functions involving various biological regulatory processes in plant. However, the possible roles of lncRNAs during peanut seed development have not been fully ...

    Authors: Xingli Ma, Xingguo Zhang, Sy Mamadou Traore, Zeyu Xin, Longlong Ning, Ke Li, Kunkun Zhao, Zhongfeng Li, Guohao He and Dongmei Yin

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2020 20:192

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  28. Propagation of cuttings is frequently used in various plant species, including blueberry, which shows special root characteristics that may hinder adventitious root (AR) formation. AR formation is influenced b...

    Authors: Haishan An, Jiaying Zhang, Fangjie Xu, Shuang Jiang and Xueying Zhang

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2020 20:182

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  29. Chloroplasts are essential organelles of plant cells for not only being the energy factory but also making plant cells adaptable to different environmental stimuli. The nuclear genome encodes most of the chlor...

    Authors: Rui-Min Zhu, Sen Chai, Zhuang-Zhuang Zhang, Chang-Le Ma, Yan Zhang and Sha Li

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2020 20:172

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  30. The steroidal hormones brassinosteroids (BRs) play important roles in plant growth and development. The pathway and genes involved in BR biosynthesis have been identified primarily in model plants like Arabidopsi...

    Authors: Xiaodong Zheng, Yuxiong Xiao, Yike Tian, Shaolan Yang and Caihong Wang

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2020 20:109

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  31. Pear fruit exhibit a single sigmoid pattern during development, while peach and strawberry fruits exhibit a double sigmoid pattern. However, little is known about the differences between these two patterns.

    Authors: Mao-Song Pei, Su-Hao Cao, Lei Wu, Guo-Ming Wang, Zhi-Hua Xie, Chao Gu and Shao-Ling Zhang

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2020 20:108

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  32. Shoot orientation is important for plant architecture formation, and zigzag-shaped shoots are a special trait found in many plants. Zigzag-shaped shoots have been selected and thoroughly studied in Arabidopsis; h...

    Authors: Hongli Cao, Feiquan Wang, Hongzheng Lin, Yijun Ye, Yucheng Zheng, Jiamin Li, Zhilong Hao, Naixing Ye and Chuan Yue

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2020 20:98

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  33. Small ROP (also called RAC) GTPases are key factors in polar cell development and in interaction with the environment. ROP-Interactive Partner (RIP) proteins are predicted scaffold or ROP-effector proteins, wh...

    Authors: Caroline Hoefle, Christopher McCollum and Ralph Hückelhoven

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2020 20:94

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  34. 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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  35. IDA (INFLORESCENCE DEFICIENT IN ABSCISSION)-like signaling peptides and the associated HAE (HAESA)-like family of receptor kinases were originally reported in the model plant Arabidopsis thaliana (Arabidopsis) to...

    Authors: Daniel Ventimilla, Concha Domingo, Daniel González-Ibeas, Manuel Talon and Francisco R. Tadeo

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2020 20:34

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  36. Daylilies are a lucrative crop used for its floral beauty, medicinal proprieties, landscaping, fire prevention, nutritional value, and research. Despite the importance, daylilies remain extremely challenging f...

    Authors: Kanyand Matand, Meordrick Shoemake and Chenxin Li

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2020 20:31

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  37. Maize bsd2 (bundle sheath defective2) is a classical C4 mutant with defective C4 photosynthesis, accompanied with reduced accumulation of Rubisco (ribulose bisphosphate carboxylase oxygenase) and aberrant mature ...

    Authors: Heying Li, Mei Bai, Xingshan Jiang, Rongxin Shen, Huina Wang, Haiyang Wang and Hong Wu

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2020 20:17

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  38. Efficient organogenesis induction in eggplant (Solanum melongena L.) is required for multiple in vitro culture applications. In this work, we aimed at developing a universal protocol for efficient in vitro regene...

    Authors: Edgar García-Fortea, Agustín Lluch-Ruiz, Benito José Pineda-Chaza, Ana García-Pérez, Juan Pablo Bracho-Gil, Mariola Plazas, Pietro Gramazio, Santiago Vilanova, Vicente Moreno and Jaime Prohens

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2020 20:6

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  39. The tricarboxylic acid (TCA) cycle is crucial for cellular energy metabolism and carbon skeleton supply. However, the detailed functions of the maize TCA cycle genes remain unclear.

    Authors: Yongming Liu, Jingtao Qu, Ling Zhang, Xiangyu Xu, Gui Wei, Zhuofan Zhao, Maozhi Ren and Moju Cao

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2019 19:592

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  40. Legumes can utilize atmospheric nitrogen by hosting nitrogen-fixing bacteria in special lateral root organs, called nodules. Legume nodules have a unique ontology, despite similarities in the gene networks con...

    Authors: Defeng Shen, Olga Kulikova, Kerstin Guhl, Henk Franssen, Wouter Kohlen, Ton Bisseling and René Geurts

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2019 19:571

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  41. Pinellia ternata is native to China and has been used as a traditional herb due to its antiemetic, antitussive, analgesic, and anxiolytic effects. When exposed to strong light intensity and high temperature durin...

    Authors: Tao Xue, Han Zhang, Yuanyuan Zhang, Shuqin Wei, Qiujie Chao, Yanfang Zhu, Jingtong Teng, Aimin Zhang, Wei Sheng, Yongbo Duan and Jianping Xue

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2019 19:565

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  42. Nectar is a major floral attractant and reward for insects that ensures pollination. Liriodendron, a genus of the Magnoliaceae family, includes only two relict species, L. chinense and L. tulipifera, which are co...

    Authors: Huanhuan Liu, Jikai Ma and Huogen Li

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2019 19:531

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  43. Axillary buds allow the production of either vegetative or reproductive shoots, which display a plastic developmental potential of the plant to suit the prevailing environmental changes. Strawberry represents ...

    Authors: Yuting Qiu, Si Cong Guan, Chenjin Wen, Peng Li, Zhen Gao and Xu Chen

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2019 19:528

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  44. The homeobox transcription factor has a diversity of functions during plant growth and development process. Previous transcriptome analyses of seed development in grape hybrids suggested that specific homeodom...

    Authors: Yunduan Li, Songlin Zhang, Ruzhuang Dong, Li Wang, Jin Yao, Steve van Nocker and Xiping Wang

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2019 19:523

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  45. Ramet propagation in strawberry (Fragaria × ananassa) is the most effective way in production. However, the lack of systematically phenotypic observations and high-throughput methods limits our ability to analyze...

    Authors: Ling Guan, Mizhen Zhao, Yaming Qian, Hongmei Yu, Jin Xia and Ejiao Wu

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2019 19:505

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  46. The interaction among plants and their pollinators has been a major factor which enriched floral traits known as pollination syndromes and promoted the diversification of flowering plants. One of the bee-polli...

    Authors: Wuxiu Guo, Xue Zhang, Qincheng Peng, Da Luo, Keyuan Jiao and Shihao Su

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2019 19:495

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  47. Soil salinization and alkalization are among the major agricultural threats that affect crop productivity worldwide, which are increasing day by day with an alarming rate. In recent years, several halophytes h...

    Authors: Yan Cheng, Pan Yang, Lihua Zhao, S. V. G. N. Priyadarshani, Qiao Zhou, Zeyun Li, Weimin Li, Junjie Xiong, Zhibin Lin, Li Li, Xinyu Huang, Jindian Liu, Mohammad Aslam, Heming Zhao, Gang Li, Jinbiao Ma…

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2019 19:473

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  48. Flesh color is one of the most important traits for the commercial value of peach fruit. To unravel the underlying regulatory network in Prunus mira, we performed an integrated analysis of the transcriptome and m...

    Authors: Hong Ying, Jian Shi, Shanshan Zhang, Gesang Pingcuo, Shuo Wang, Fan Zhao, Yongning Cui and Xiuli Zeng

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2019 19:463

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  49. Taproot thickening is a complex biological process that is dependent on the coordinated expression of genes controlled by both environmental and developmental factors. Panax notoginseng is an important Chinese me...

    Authors: Xue-Jiao Li, Jian-Li Yang, Bing Hao, Ying-Chun Lu, Zhi-Long Qian, Ying Li, Shuang Ye, Jun-Rong Tang, Mo Chen, Guang-Qiang Long, Yan Zhao, Guang-Hui Zhang, Jun-Wen Chen, Wei Fan and Sheng-Chao Yang

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2019 19:451

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  50. Flavonoids have essential roles in flower pigmentation, fibre development and disease resistance in cotton. Previous studies show that accumulation of naringenin in developing cotton fibres significantly affec...

    Authors: Anam Qadir Khan, Zhonghua Li, Muhammad Mahmood Ahmed, Pengcheng Wang, Xianlong Zhang and Lili Tu

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2019 19:443

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