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Development and cell biology

Section edited by Gregory Gambetta

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

    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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  2. 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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  3. 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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  4. 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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  5. 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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  6. 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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  7. 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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  8. 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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  9. 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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  10. 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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  11. 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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  12. 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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  13. 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

  14. Content type: Research article

    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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  15. 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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  16. 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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  17. 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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  18. 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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  19. Content type: Research article

    The plant-specific TCP transcription factor family, which is involved in the regulation of cell growth and proliferation, performs diverse functions in multiple aspects of plant growth and development. However...

    Authors: Pibiao Shi, Kateta Malangisha Guy, Weifang Wu, Bingsheng Fang, Jinghua Yang, Mingfang Zhang and Zhongyuan Hu

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2016 16:85

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  20. Content type: Research article

    The exon junction complex (EJC), which contains four core components, eukaryotic initiation factor 4AIII (eIF4AIII), MAGO/NASHI (MAGO), Y14/Tsunagi/RNA-binding protein 8A, and Barentsz/Metastatic lymph node 51...

    Authors: Chun-Kai Huang, Yi-Syuan Sie, Yu-Fu Chen, Tian-Sheng Huang and Chung-An Lu

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2016 16:84

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  21. Content type: Research article

    Adventitious roots (AR) develop from tissues other than the primary root, in a process physiologically regulated by phytohormones. Adventitious roots provide structural support and contribute to water and nutr...

    Authors: Cintia L. Ribeiro, Cynthia M. Silva, Derek R. Drost, Evandro Novaes, Carolina R. D. B. Novaes, Christopher Dervinis and Matias Kirst

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2016 16:66

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  22. Content type: Research article

    TIR1-like proteins are F-box auxin receptors. Auxin binding to the F-box receptor proteins promotes the formation of SCFTIR1 ubiquitin ligase complex that targets the auxin repressors, Aux/IAAs, for degradation v...

    Authors: I. El-Sharkawy, S. Sherif, W. El Kayal, B. Jones, Z. Li, A. J. Sullivan and Subramanian Jayasankar

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2016 16:56

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  23. Content type: Research article

    Distinct expression domains of WUSCHEL-RELATED HOMEOBOX (WOX) gene family members are involved in patterning and morphogenesis of the early embryo in Arabidopsis. However, the role of WOX genes in other taxa, inc...

    Authors: Tianqing Zhu, Panagiotis N. Moschou, José M. Alvarez, Joel J. Sohlberg and Sara von Arnold

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2016 16:19

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  24. Content type: Research article

    The plant nuclear pore complex has strongly attracted the attention of the scientific community during the past few years, in particular because of its involvement in hormonal and pathogen/symbiotic signalling...

    Authors: Martin Boeglin, Anja Thoe Fuglsang, Doan-Trung Luu, Hervé Sentenac, Isabelle Gaillard and Isabelle Chérel

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2016 16:2

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  25. Content type: Methodology article

    The in vivo determination of the cell-specific chromosome number provides a valuable tool in several aspects of plant research. However, current techniques to determine the endosystemic ploidy level do not all...

    Authors: Nico De Storme, Burcu Nur Keçeli, Linda Zamariola, Geert Angenon and Danny Geelen

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2016 16:1

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  26. Content type: Research article

    Seeds use environmental cues such as temperature to coordinate the timing of their germination, allowing plants to synchronize their life history with the seasons. Winter chilling is of central importance to a...

    Authors: Yang Liu, Kerstin Müller, Yousry A. El-Kassaby and Allison R. Kermode

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2015 15:292

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  27. Content type: Research article

    Type VI glandular trichomes represent the most abundant trichome type on leaves and stems of tomato plants and significantly contribute to herbivore resistance, particularly in the wild species. Despite this, ...

    Authors: Nick Bergau, Stefan Bennewitz, Frank Syrowatka, Gerd Hause and Alain Tissier

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2015 15:289

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  28. Content type: Research article

    Processes of anterograde and retrograde membrane trafficking play an important role in cellular homeostasis and dynamic rearrangements of the plasma membrane (PM) in all eukaryotes. These processes depend on t...

    Authors: Adriana Jelínková, Karel Müller, Markéta Fílová-Pařezová and Jan Petrášek

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2015 15:272

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  29. Content type: Research article

    DNA replication and transcription are dynamic processes regulating plant development that are dependent on the chromatin accessibility. Proteins belonging to the Agenet/Tudor domain family are known as histone...

    Authors: Juliana Nogueira Brasil, Luiz Mors Cabral, Nubia B. Eloy, Luiza M. F. Primo, Ito Liberato Barroso-Neto, Letícia P. Perdigão Grangeiro, Nathalie Gonzalez, Dirk Inzé, Paulo C. G. Ferreira and Adriana S. Hemerly

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2015 15:270

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  30. Content type: Methodology article

    3D high-resolution X-ray imaging methods have emerged over the last years for visualising the anatomy of tissue samples without substantial sample preparation. Quantitative analysis of cells and intercellular ...

    Authors: Els Herremans, Pieter Verboven, Bert E. Verlinden, Dennis Cantre, Metadel Abera, Martine Wevers and Bart M. Nicolaï

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2015 15:264

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  31. Content type: Research article

    We reported previously that root elongation in Arabidopsis is promoted by exogenous proline, raising the possibility that this amino acid may modulate root growth.

    Authors: Marco Biancucci, Roberto Mattioli, Laila Moubayidin, Sabrina Sabatini, Paolo Costantino and Maurizio Trovato

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2015 15:263

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  32. Content type: Research article

    NAC transcription factors comprise a large plant-specific gene family involved in the regulation of diverse biological processes. Despite the growing number of studies on NAC transcription factors in various s...

    Authors: Ma Belén Pascual, Francisco M. Cánovas and Concepción Ávila

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2015 15:254

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  33. Content type: Research article

    Glycogen Synthase Kinase 3/SHAGGY-like kinases (GSKs) are multifunctional non-receptor ser/thr kinases. Plant GSKs are involved in hormonal signaling networks and are required for growth, development, light as...

    Authors: Thomas Bittner, Sabine Nadler, Eija Schulze and Christiane Fischer-Iglesias

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2015 15:247

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  34. Content type: Research article

    Flower development is central to angiosperm reproduction and is regulated by a broad range of endogenous and exogenous stimuli. It has been well documented that ambient temperature plays a key role in controll...

    Authors: Nan Ma, Wen Chen, Tiangang Fan, Yaran Tian, Shuai Zhang, Daxing Zeng and Yonghong Li

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2015 15:237

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  35. Content type: Research article

    SUMOylation is an important post-translational modification of eukaryotic proteins that involves the reversible conjugation of a small ubiquitin-related modifier (SUMO) polypeptide to its specific protein subs...

    Authors: Feng Liu, Xiao Wang, Mengying Su, Mengyuan Yu, Shengchun Zhang, Jianbin Lai, Chengwei Yang and Yaqin Wang

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2015 15:225

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  36. Content type: Research article

    Peroxisomes house critical metabolic reactions. For example, fatty acid β-oxidation enzymes, which are essential during early seedling development, are peroxisomal. Peroxins (PEX proteins) are needed to bring ...

    Authors: Yun-Ting Kao and Bonnie Bartel

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2015 15:224

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  37. Content type: Research article

    Plant cell walls are dynamic structures involved in all aspects of plant growth, environmental interactions and defense responses, and are the most abundant renewable source of carbon-containing polymers on th...

    Authors: Mathilde Seguela-Arnaud, Caroline Smith, Marcos Castellanos Uribe, Sean May, Harry Fischl, Neil McKenzie and Michael W. Bevan

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2015 15:215

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  38. Content type: Methodology

    Cell culture methods allow the detailed observations of individual plant cells and their internal processes. Whereas cultured cells are more amenable to microscopy, they have had limited use when studying the ...

    Authors: CJ Luo, Raymond Wightman, Elliot Meyerowitz and Stoyan K. Smoukov

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2015 15:211

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  39. Content type: research article

    Perception and transduction of temperature changes result in altered growth enabling plants to adapt to increased ambient temperature. While PHYTOCHROME-INTERACTING FACTOR4 (PIF4) has been identified as a majo...

    Authors: Anja Raschke, Carla Ibañez, Kristian Karsten Ullrich, Muhammad Usman Anwer, Sebastian Becker, Annemarie Glöckner, Jana Trenner, Kathrin Denk, Bernhard Saal, Xiaodong Sun, Min Ni, Seth Jon Davis, Carolin Delker and Marcel Quint

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2015 15:197

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  40. Content type: Research article

    The R2R3-MYB genes regulate pigmentation and morphogenesis of flowers, including flower and cell shape, and therefore have importance in the development of new varieties of orchids. However, new variety developme...

    Authors: Su-Ee Lau, Trude Schwarzacher, Rofina Yasmin Othman and Jennifer Ann Harikrishna

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2015 15:194

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  41. Content type: Research article

    Carbon accumulation and remobilization are essential mechanisms in plants to ensure energy transfer between plant tissues with different functions or metabolic needs and to support new generations. Knowledge a...

    Authors: Åsa Grimberg, Anders S. Carlsson, Salla Marttila, Rishikesh Bhalerao and Per Hofvander

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2015 15:192

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  42. Content type: Research article

    Cultivated peanut (Arachis hypogaea. L) is one of the most important oil crops in the world. After flowering, the peanut plant forms aboveground pegs (gynophores) that penetrate the soil, giving rise to undergrou...

    Authors: Chuanzhi Zhao, Shuzhen Zhao, Lei Hou, Han Xia, Jiangshan Wang, Changsheng Li, Aiqin Li, Tingting Li, Xinyou Zhang and Xingjun Wang

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2015 15:188

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  43. Content type: Research article

    Generally, double-flowered varieties are more attractive than single-flowered varieties in ornamental plants. Japanese gentian is one of the most popular floricultural plants in Japan, and it is desirable to b...

    Authors: Takashi Nakatsuka, Misa Saito, Eri Yamada, Kohei Fujita, Noriko Yamagishi, Nobuyuki Yoshikawa and Masahiro Nishihara

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2015 15:182

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  44. Content type: Research article

    In dicot Arabidopsis thaliana embryos two cotyledons develop largely autonomously from the shoot apical meristem (SAM). Recessive mutations in the Arabidopsis receptor-like kinase RPK1 lead to monocotyledonous se...

    Authors: Birgit S. Fiesselmann, Miriam Luichtl, Xiaomeng Yang, Michaela Matthes, Ottilie Peis and Ramon A. Torres-Ruiz

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2015 15:171

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  45. Content type: Research article

    Exocytosis is integral to root growth: trafficking components of systems that control growth (e.g., PIN auxin transport proteins) to the plasma membrane, and secreting materials that expand the cell wall to th...

    Authors: Rex A Cole, Samantha A McInally and John E Fowler

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2014 14:386

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  46. Content type: Research article

    Male sterility is a common phenomenon in flowering plant species, and it has been successfully developed in several crops by taking advantage of heterosis. Using space mutation breeding of upland cotton, a nov...

    Authors: Ji Liu, Chaoyou Pang, Hengling Wei, Meizhen Song, Yanyan Meng, Shuli Fan and Shuxun Yu

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2014 14:390

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