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Development and cell biology

Section edited by Kay Schneitz

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. Content type: Research article

    Regulation of lignin biosynthesis is known to occur at the level of transcription factors (TFs), of which R2R3-MYB family members have been proposed to play a central role via the AC cis-elements. Despite the imp...

    Authors: Lin Zheng, Yajuan Chen, Dong Ding, Ying Zhou, Liping Ding, Jianhua Wei and Hongzhi Wang

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2019 19:97

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    Insufficient production of flower buds is an intractable problem in ‘Fuji’ apple orchards. Although cytokinin (CK) promotes flower bud formation in apple trees, little is known about the mechanisms regulating ...

    Authors: Youmei Li, Dong Zhang, Na An, Sheng Fan, Xiya Zuo, Xin Zhang, Lizhi Zhang, Cai Gao, Mingyu Han and Libo Xing

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2019 19:93

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  3. Content type: Research article

    Hydrogen cyanide (HCN) is a small gaseous molecule that is predominantly produced as an equimolar co-product of ethylene (ET) biosynthesis in plants. The function of ET is of great concern and is well studied;...

    Authors: Lulu Yu, Yang Liu and Fei Xu

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2019 19:92

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  4. Content type: Research article

    Previously, we demonstrated that pollen chamber formation (PCF) in G. biloba ovules was a process of programmed cell death (PCD) within the nucellar cells at the micropylar end. However, the signal triggering the...

    Authors: Dahui Li, Di Wu, Shizhou Li, Ning Guo, Junshan Gao, Xu Sun and Yongping Cai

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2019 19:91

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  5. Content type: Research article

    Cytokinin is a negative regulator of root growth, and a reduction of the cytokinin content or signalling causes the formation a larger root system in model plants, improves their growth under drought and nutri...

    Authors: Erika Nehnevajova, Eswarayya Ramireddy, Andrea Stolz, Maria Gerdemann-Knörck, Ondřej Novák, Miroslav Strnad and Thomas Schmülling

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2019 19:83

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  6. Content type: Research article

    Collenchyma cells occur widely in eudicotyledons and provide mechanical support for growing organs. At maturity, the cells are elongated and have thick, non-lignified walls, which in celery contain cellulose a...

    Authors: Da Chen, Laurence D. Melton, Zoran Zujovic and Philip J. Harris

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2019 19:81

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  7. Content type: Research article

    The development and ripening of fresh fruits is an important trait for agricultural production and fundamental research. Almost all plant hormones participate in this process. Strigolactones (SLs) are a new cl...

    Authors: Han Wu, Huihui Li, Hong Chen, Qi Qi, Qiangqiang Ding, Juan Xue, Jing Ding, Xiangning Jiang, Xilin Hou and Yi Li

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2019 19:73

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  8. Content type: Research article

    Long non-coding RNAs (lncRNAs) are transcripts more than 200 bp in length do not encode proteins. Up to the present, it has been reported that lncRNAs play an essential role in developmental processes through ...

    Authors: Xinxin Wu, Ting Shi, Shahid Iqbal, Yong Zhang, Lin Liu and Zhihong Gao

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2019 19:64

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  9. Content type: Research article

    Adventitious root (AR) formation is a complex genetic trait, which is controlled by various endogenous and environmental cues. Auxin is known to play a central role in AR formation; however, the mechanisms und...

    Authors: Han Woo Lee, Chuloh Cho, Shashank K. Pandey, Yoona Park, Min-Jung Kim and Jungmook Kim

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2019 19:46

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  10. Content type: Research article

    De novo DNA methylation triggered by short interfering RNAs is called RNA-directed DNA methylation (RdDM). Transcriptional gene silencing (TGS) through RdDM can be induced using a viral vector. We have previou...

    Authors: Wataru Matsunaga, Hanako Shimura, Senri Shirakawa, Reika Isoda, Tsuyoshi Inukai, Takeshi Matsumura and Chikara Masuta

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2019 19:24

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  11. 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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  12. Content type: Research article

    C-type cytoplasmic male sterility (CMS-C) is one of the three major types of cytoplasmic male sterility (CMS) in maize. Rf4 is a dominant restorer gene for CMS-C and has great value in hybrid maize breeding, but ...

    Authors: Yongming Liu, Gui Wei, Yuanyan Xia, Xiaowei Liu, Jin Tang, Yanli Lu, Hai Lan, Suzhi Zhang, Chuan Li and Moju Cao

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2018 18:190

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  13. Content type: Research article

    Pollen development is a strictly controlled post-meiotic process during which microspores differentiate into microgametophytes and profound structural and functional changes occur in organelles. Annexin 5 is a...

    Authors: Malgorzata Lichocka, Wojciech Rymaszewski, Karolina Morgiewicz, Izabela Barymow-Filoniuk, Aleksander Chlebowski, Miroslaw Sobczak, Marcus A. Samuel, Elmon Schmelzer, Magdalena Krzymowska and Jacek Hennig

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2018 18:183

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  14. Content type: Research article

    Adventitious roots (ARs) are often necessary for plant survival, and essential for successful micropropagation. In Arabidopsis thaliana dark-grown seedlings AR-formation occurs from the hypocotyl and is enhanced ...

    Authors: Laura Fattorini, Bettina Hause, Laurent Gutierrez, Angela Veloccia, Federica Della Rovere, Diego Piacentini, Giuseppina Falasca and Maria Maddalena Altamura

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2018 18:182

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  15. Content type: Research article

    Phytochromes are dimeric proteins with critical roles in perceiving day length and the environmental signals that trigger flowering. Night break (NB) and the red to far-red light ratio (R:FR) have been used ex...

    Authors: Kai Cao, Fei Yan, Dawei Xu, Kaiqi Ai, Jie Yu, Encai Bao and Zhirong Zou

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2018 18:158

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  16. Content type: Research article

    Flowers open at sunrise and close at sunset, establishing a circadian floral movement rhythm to facilitate pollination as part of reproduction. By the coordination of endogenous factors and environmental stimu...

    Authors: Meiyu Ke, Zhen Gao, Jianqing Chen, Yuting Qiu, Liangsheng Zhang and Xu Chen

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2018 18:143

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  17. Content type: Research article

    Pongamia (Millettia pinnata syn. Pongamia pinnata), an oilseed legume species, is emerging as potential feedstock for sustainable biodiesel production. Breeding Pongamia for favorable traits in commercial applica...

    Authors: Jianzi Huang, Xuehong Hao, Ye Jin, Xiaohuan Guo, Qing Shao, Kavitha S. Kumar, Yogesh K. Ahlawat, David E. Harry, Chandrashekhar P. Joshi and Yizhi Zheng

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2018 18:140

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  18. Content type: Methodology article

    Quantitative measurement of actual auxin levels in plant tissue is complimentary to molecular methods measuring the expression of auxin related genes. Current analytical methods to quantify auxin have pushed t...

    Authors: Luz G. Muñoz-Sanhueza, YeonKyeong Lee, Molly Tillmann, Jerry D. Cohen and Anne Kathrine Hvoslef-Eide

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2018 18:133

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  19. Content type: Research article

    Lycopene is an important carotenoid pigment in red fruits and vegetables, especially in tomato. Although lycopene biosynthesis and catabolism have been found to be regulated by multiple factors including phyto...

    Authors: Yong Zhang, Zhengguo Li, Yun Tu, Wenjing Cheng and Yingwu Yang

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2018 18:107

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  20. Content type: Research article

    In mammals, nucleostemin (NS), a nucleolar GTPase, is involved in stem cell proliferation, embryogenesis and ribosome biogenesis. Arabidopsis NUCLEOSTEMIN-LIKE 1 (NSN1) has previously been shown to be essential f...

    Authors: Zhen Wang, Xiaomin Wang, Bo Xie, Zonglie Hong and Qingchuan Yang

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2018 18:99

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  21. Content type: Research article

    Trichome formation in Arabidopsis is regulated by a MBW complex formed by MYB, bHLH and WD40 transcriptional factors, which can activate GLABRA2 (GL2) and the R3 MYB transcription factor genes. GL2 promotes trich...

    Authors: Na Zhang, Li Yang, Sha Luo, Xutong Wang, Wei Wang, Yuxin Cheng, Hainan Tian, Kaijie Zheng, Ling Cai and Shucai Wang

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2018 18:63

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  22. Content type: Methodology article

    The assembly of protein complexes and compositional lipid patterning act together to endow cells with the plasticity required to maintain compositional heterogeneity with respect to individual proteins. Hence,...

    Authors: Tong Chen, Dongchao Ji and Shiping Tian

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2018 18:43

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  23. Content type: Research article

    Carrot which contains lots of nutrients has a large demand around the world. The soluble sugar content in fleshy root of carrot directly influences its taste and quality. Sucrose, as an important member of sol...

    Authors: Yan-Jun Liu, Guang-Long Wang, Jing Ma, Zhi-Sheng Xu, Feng Wang and Ai-Sheng Xiong

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2018 18:8

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  24. Content type: Research article

    At ripeness, the outer husk of “covered” barley grains firmly adheres to the underlying caryopsis. A cuticular cementing layer on the caryopsis is required for husk adhesion, however the quality of adhesion va...

    Authors: M. Brennan, T. Shepherd, S. Mitchell, C. F. E. Topp and S. P. Hoad

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2017 17:169

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  25. Content type: Research article

    Both hydrogen sulfide (H2S) and hydrogen peroxide (H2O2) are separately regarded as a highly reactive molecule involved in root morphogenesis. In this report, corresponding causal link governing lateral root form...

    Authors: Yudong Mei, Haotian Chen, Wenbiao Shen, Wei Shen and Liqin Huang

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2017 17:162

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  26. Content type: Research article

    Small RNA and degradome sequencing have identified a large number of miRNA-target pairs in plant seeds. However, detailed spatial and temporal studies of miRNA-mediated regulation, which can reflect links betw...

    Authors: Bin Bai, Bo Shi, Ning Hou, Yanli Cao, Yijun Meng, Hongwu Bian, Muyuan Zhu and Ning Han

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2017 17:150

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  27. Content type: Research article

    Indole-3-acetic acid (IAA), and its precursor indole-3-butyric acid (IBA), control adventitious root (AR) formation in planta. Adventitious roots are also crucial for propagation via cuttings. However, IBA role(s...

    Authors: L. Fattorini, A. Veloccia, F. Della Rovere, S. D’Angeli, G. Falasca and M. M. Altamura

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2017 17:121

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  28. Content type: Research article

    Large-panicle rice varieties often fail to achieve their yield potential due to poor grain filling of late-flowering inferior spikelets (IS). The physiological and molecular mechanisms of poor IS grain filling...

    Authors: Cuicui You, Lin Chen, Haibing He, Liquan Wu, Shaohua Wang, Yanfeng Ding and Chuanxi Ma

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2017 17:100

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  29. Content type: Research article

    Cotton fibre quality traits such as fibre length, strength, and degree of maturation are determined by genotype and environment during the sequential phases of cotton fibre development (cell elongation, transi...

    Authors: Mercedes C. Hernandez-Gomez, Jean-Luc Runavot, Frank Meulewaeter and J. Paul Knox

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2017 17:69

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  30. Content type: Research article

    Methylation of proteins at arginine residues, catalysed by members of the protein arginine methyltransferase (PRMT) family, is crucial for the regulation of gene transcription and for protein function in eukar...

    Authors: Krista L. Plett, Anita E. Raposo, Stephen Bullivant, Ian C. Anderson, Sabine C. Piller and Jonathan M. Plett

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2017 17:62

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  31. Content type: Research article

    Taihangia rupestris, an andromonoecious plant species, bears both male and hermaphroditic flowers within the same individual. However, the establishment and development of male and her...

    Authors: Weiguo Li, Lihui Zhang, Zhan Ding, Guodong Wang, Yandi Zhang, Hongmei Gong, Tianjun Chang and Yanwen Zhang

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2017 17:54

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  32. Content type: Research article

    Variation in DNA methylation across distinct genetic populations, or in response to specific biotic or abiotic stimuli, has typically been studied in leaf DNA from pooled individuals using either reduced repre...

    Authors: Massimiliano Lauria, Rodrigo Antonio Echegoyen-Nava, Dalia Rodríguez-Ríos, Silvio Zaina and Gertrud Lund

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2017 17:52

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  33. Content type: Research article

    The adventitious roots (AR) of plants share the same function as primary and lateral roots (LR), although their development is mainly an adaptive reaction to stress conditions. Regeneration of grafted plants i...

    Authors: Katarzyna Sala, Katarzyna Malarz, Peter W. Barlow and Ewa U. Kurczyńska

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2017 17:25

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  34. Content type: Research article

    microRNAs (miRNAs) have been involved in regulation of diverse spectrum of plant development processes in many species. In cotton, few miRNAs have been well characterised in floral organ development. Floral or...

    Authors: Nian Liu, Lili Tu, Lichen Wang, Haiyan Hu, Jiao Xu and Xianlong Zhang

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2017 17:7

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  35. Content type: Research article

    Characterization of the expression and function of genes regulating embryo development in conifers is interesting from an evolutionary point of view. However, our knowledge about the regulation of embryo devel...

    Authors: Irene Merino, Malin Abrahamsson, Lieven Sterck, Blanca Craven-Bartle, Francisco Canovas and Sara von Arnold

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2016 16:255

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  36. Content type: Research article

    Adventitious root (AR) formation in axillary shoot tip cuttings is a crucial physiological process for ornamental propagation that is utilised in global production chains for young plants. In this process, the...

    Authors: Siegfried Zerche, Klaus-Thomas Haensch, Uwe Druege and Mohammad-Reza Hajirezaei

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2016 16:219

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  37. Content type: Research article

    Compression wood (CW) forms on the underside of tilted stems of coniferous gymnosperms and opposite wood (OW) on the upperside. The tracheid walls of these wood types differ structurally and chemically. Althou...

    Authors: Miao Zhang, Ramesh R. Chavan, Bronwen G. Smith, Brian H. McArdle and Philip J. Harris

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2016 16:194

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  38. Content type: Research article

    In eukaryotes, classical protein disulfide isomerases (PDIs) facilitate the oxidative folding of nascent secretory proteins in the endoplasmic reticulum by catalyzing the formation, breakage, and rearrangement...

    Authors: Christen Y. L. Yuen, Roger Shek, Byung-Ho Kang, Kristie Matsumoto, Eun Ju Cho and David A. Christopher

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2016 16:181

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  39. Content type: Research article

    Guard cells (GCs) are specialised cells within the plant epidermis which form stomatal pores, through which gas exchange can occur. The GCs derive through a specialised lineage of cell divisions which is speci...

    Authors: Giulia Castorina, Samantha Fox, Chiara Tonelli, Massimo Galbiati and Lucio Conti

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2016 16:172

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    The Erratum to this article has been published in BMC Plant Biology 2017 17:27

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    Adventitious root development is a complex process regulated through a variety of signaling molecules. Hydrogen gas (H2) and nitric oxide (NO), two new signaling molecules are both involved in plant development a...

    Authors: Yongchao Zhu, Weibiao Liao, Lijuan Niu, Meng Wang and Zhanjun Ma

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2016 16:146

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  41. Content type: Research article

    The INNER NO OUTER (INO) gene is expressed in the outermost cell layer of the outer integument of bitegmic ovules and is essential for this organ’s growth. The role and cross-species functional conservation of IN...

    Authors: Debra J. Skinner, Ryan H. Brown, Robert K. Kuzoff and Charles S. Gasser

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2016 16:143

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  42. Content type: Research article

    Plant TRANSPARENT TESTA GLABRA (TTG) proteins regulate various developmental activities via the auxin signaling pathway. Recently, we elucidated the developmental role of tobacco (Nicotiana tabacum L.) NtTTG2 in ...

    Authors: Jun Ge, Baoyan Li, Dan Shen, Junyi Xie, Juying Long and Hansong Dong

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2016 16:126

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  43. Content type: Research article

    The phytohormone ethylene plays a central role in development and senescence of climacteric flowers. In ornamental plant production, ethylene sensitive plants are usually protected against negative effects of ...

    Authors: Line Jensen, Josefine Nymark Hegelund, Andreas Olsen, Henrik Lütken and Renate Müller

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2016 16:117

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  44. Content type: Research article

    Plants constantly monitor changes in photoperiod or day length to trigger the flowering cycle at the most appropriate time of the year. It is well established that photoperiodic flowering is intimately associa...

    Authors: Mi-Jeong Park, Young-Ju Kwon, Kyung-Eun Gil and Chung-Mo Park

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2016 16:114

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