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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. In recent years, sugarcane has attracted increasing attention as an energy crop. Wild resources are widely used to improve the narrow genetic base of sugarcane. However, the infertility of F1 hybrids between Sacc...

    Authors: Xueting Li, Fei Huang, Jin Chai, Qiusong Wang, Fan Yu, Yongji Huang, Jiayun Wu, Qinnan Wang, Liangnian Xu, Muqing Zhang and Zuhu Deng

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2021 21:139

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  2. Providing the photosynthesis factory for plants, chloroplasts are critical for crop biomass and economic yield. However, chloroplast development is a complicated process, coordinated by the cross-communication...

    Authors: Shengming Yang, Megan Overlander and Jason Fiedler

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2021 21:134

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  3. During maturation seeds acquire several physiological traits to enable them to survive drying and disseminate the species. Few studies have addressed the regulatory networks controlling acquisition of these tr...

    Authors: Elise Bizouerne, Julia Buitink, Benoît Ly Vu, Joseph Ly Vu, Eddi Esteban, Asher Pasha, Nicholas Provart, Jérôme Verdier and Olivier Leprince

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2021 21:124

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  4. Gossypium hirsutum L. (cotton) is one of the most economically important crops in the world due to its significant source of fiber, feed, foodstuff, oil and biofuel products. However, the utilization of cottonsee...

    Authors: Chaofeng Wu, Hailiang Cheng, Shuyan Li, Dongyun Zuo, Zhongxu Lin, Youping Zhang, Limin Lv, Qiaolian Wang and Guoli Song

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2021 21:102

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  5. Plants have remarkable diversity in petal colour through the biosynthesis and accumulation of various pigments. To better understand the mechanisms regulating petal pigmentation in Lonicera japonica, we used mult...

    Authors: Yan Xia, Weiwei Chen, Weibo Xiang, Dan Wang, Baogui Xue, Xinya Liu, Lehua Xing, Di Wu, Shuming Wang, Qigao Guo and Guolu Liang

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2021 21:98

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  6. Red clover (Trifolium pratense) is globally used as a fodder plant due its high nutritional value and soil improving qualities. In response to mowing, red clover exhibits specific morphological traits to compensa...

    Authors: Denise Brigitte Herbert, Thomas Gross, Oliver Rupp and Annette Becker

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2021 21:95

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  7. Fruit abortion is a major limiting factor for fruit production. In flat peach, fruit abortion is present in the whole tree of some accessions during early fruit development. However, the physiological factors ...

    Authors: Jian Guo, Ke Cao, Jia-Long Yao, Cecilia Deng, Yong Li, Gengrui Zhu, Weichao Fang, Changwen Chen, Xinwei Wang, Jinlong Wu, Wenwu Guo and Lirong Wang

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2021 21:88

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  8. MADS-box transcription factors (TFs) are the key regulators of multiple developmental processes in plants; among them, a chrysanthemum MADS-box TF CmANR1 has been isolated and described as functioning in root dev...

    Authors: Cui-Hui Sun, Jia-Hui Wang, Kai-Di Gu, Peng Zhang, Xin-Yi Zhang, Cheng-Shu Zheng, Da-Gang Hu and Fangfang Ma

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2021 21:79

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  9. ‘Regal Splendour’ (Hosta variety) is famous for its multi-color leaves, which are useful resources for exploring chloroplast development and color changes. The expressions of chlorophyll biosynthesis-related g...

    Authors: Jingying Zhang, Changhai Sui, Huimin Liu, Jinjiao Chen, Zhilin Han, Qian Yan, Shuying Liu and Hongzhang Liu

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2021 21:45

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  10. NAC transcription factors (TFs) are plant-specific proteins encoded by a large gene family. They play important roles in diverse biological processes, such as plant growth and development, leaf senescence, and...

    Authors: Dongfeng Jia, Zhiqiang Jiang, Haihui Fu, Lu Chen, Guanglian Liao, Yanqun He, Chunhui Huang and Xiaobiao Xu

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2021 21:44

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  11. Cauliflower (Brassica oleracea L. var. botrytis) inflorescences are composed mainly of meristematic tissue, which has a high cellular proliferation. This considerable cellular density makes the inflorescence an o...

    Authors: Paula Garcia-Ibañez, Juan Nicolas-Espinosa and Micaela Carvajal

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2021 21:30

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  12. The 29-member Arabidopsis AHL gene family is classified into three main classes based on nucleotide and protein sequence evolutionary differences. These differences include the presence or absence of introns, typ...

    Authors: Reuben Tayengwa, Pushpa Sharma Koirala, Courtney F. Pierce, Breanna E. Werner and Michael M. Neff

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2020 20:559

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  13. 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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  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. 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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  16. 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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  17. 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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  18. 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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  19. 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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  20. 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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  21. 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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  22. 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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  23. 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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  24. 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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  25. 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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  26. 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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  27. 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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  28. 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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  29. 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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  30. 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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  31. 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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  32. 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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  33. 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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  34. 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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  35. 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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  36. 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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  37. 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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  38. 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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  39. 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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  40. 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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  41. 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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  42. 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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  43. 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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  44. 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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  45. 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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  46. 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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  47. 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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  48. 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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  49. 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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