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BMC Plant Biology

Genetics and crop biotechnology

Section edited by Elizabeth Jean Finnegan and Fabrizio Costa

This section considers studies in advances in crop biotechnology as well as the inheritance and variation and all other aspects of genetics in relation to plant biology.

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  1. Content type: Research article

    The cuticle covers the surface of the polysaccharide cell wall of leaf epidermal cells and forms an essential diffusion barrier between the plant and the environment. The cuticle is composed of cutin and wax. ...

    Authors: Guaiqiang Chai, Chunlian Li, Feng Xu, Yang Li, Xue Shi, Yong Wang and Zhonghua Wang

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2018 18:41

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    Yield improvement is an ever-important objective of wheat breeding. Studying and understanding the phenotypes and genotypes of yield-related traits has potential for genetic improvement of crops.

    Authors: Jie Guo, Weiping Shi, Zheng Zhang, Jingye Cheng, Daizhen Sun, Jin Yu, Xinlei Li, Pingyi Guo and Chenyang Hao

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2018 18:38

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  3. Content type: Research article

    Cowpea (Vigna unguiculata) is an important source of protein supply for animal and human nutrition. The major storage globulins VICILIN and LEGUMIN (LEG) are synthesized from several genes including LEGA, LEGB, L...

    Authors: Julia Weiss, Marta I. Terry, Marina Martos-Fuentes, Lisa Letourneux, Victoria Ruiz-Hernández, Juan A. Fernández and Marcos Egea-Cortines

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2018 18:33

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  4. Content type: Research article

    Allelic variation at the FRIGIDA (FRI) locus is a major contributor to natural variation of flowering time and vernalization requirement in Arabidopsis thaliana. Dominant FRI inhibits flowering by activating the ...

    Authors: Licong Yi, Chunhong Chen, Shuai Yin, Haitao Li, Zhaohong Li, Bo Wang, Graham J. King, Jing Wang and Kede Liu

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2018 18:32

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  5. Content type: Research article

    Plants and insects have coexisted for million years and evolved a set of interactions which affect both organisms at different levels. Plants have developed various morphological and biochemical adaptations to...

    Authors: Rim Hamza, Meritxell Pérez-Hedo, Alberto Urbaneja, José L. Rambla, Antonio Granell, Kamel Gaddour, José P. Beltrán and Luis A. Cañas

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2018 18:24

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  6. Content type: Research article

    Plant Architecture Related Traits (PATs) are of great importance for maize breeding, and mainly controlled by minor effect quantitative trait loci (QTLs). However, cloning or even fine-mapping of minor effect ...

    Authors: Baobao Wang, Han Liu, Zhipeng Liu, Xiaomei Dong, Jinjie Guo, Wei Li, Jing Chen, Chi Gao, Yanbin Zhu, Xinmei Zheng, Zongliang Chen, Jian Chen, Weibin Song, Andrew Hauck and Jinsheng Lai

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2018 18:17

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  7. Content type: Research article

    Availability of well characterized maize regulatory elements for gene expression in a variety of tissues and developmental stages provides effective alternatives for single and multigene transgenic concepts. W...

    Authors: Delkin O. Gonzalez, Jeff B. Church, Andrew Robinson, James P. Connell, Megan Sopko, Boyd Rowland, Kristina Woodall, Cory M. Larsen and John P. Davies

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2018 18:14

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  8. Content type: Research article

    Breeding rubber tree seedling with growth heterosis is vital for natural rubber production. It is the prerequisites for effectively utilizing growth heterosis to elucidate its molecular mechanisms, but the mol...

    Authors: Hong Yang, Xuncheng Wang, Yongxuan Wei, Zhi Deng, Hui Liu, Jiangshu Chen, Longjun Dai, Zhihui Xia, Guangming He and Dejun Li

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2018 18:10

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  9. Content type: Research article

    Sorghum (Sorghum bicolor L.) is used as a raw material for biofuels because it accumulates sugars at high levels in the stem. Lodging of sorghum occurs when the soil is wet and very high winds blow across the fie...

    Authors: Hiroshi Mizuno, Shigemitsu Kasuga and Hiroyuki Kawahigashi

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2018 18:2

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  10. Content type: Research article

    Tomato gray leaf spot disease caused by Stemphylium lycopersici (S. lycopersici) is considered one of the major diseases of cultivated tomatoes. The only S. lycopersici resistance gene, Sm, was derived from the w...

    Authors: Huanhuan Yang, Tingting Zhao, Jingbin Jiang, Songbo Wang, Aoxue Wang, Jingfu Li and Xiangyang Xu

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2017 17:266

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  11. Content type: Research article

    Arabidopsis has 5 paralogs of the S-adenosylmethionine decarboxylase (SAMDC) gene. Neither their specific role in development nor the role of positive/purifying selection in genetic divergence of this gene family...

    Authors: Rajtilak Majumdar, Lin Shao, Swathi A. Turlapati and Subhash C. Minocha

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2017 17:264

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  12. Content type: Research article

    The artificial enlargement of the planting area and ecological amplitude of ornamentals for horticultural and landscape applications are significant. Herbaceous peony (Paeonia lactiflora Pall.) is a world-famous ...

    Authors: Jiaping Zhang, Danqing Li, Xiaohua Shi, Dong Zhang, Shuai Qiu, Jianfen Wei, Jiao Zhang, Jianghua Zhou, Kaiyuan Zhu and Yiping Xia

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2017 17:262

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  13. Content type: Research article

    Among wheat gluten proteins, the α-type gliadins are the major responsible for celiac disease, an autoimmune disorder that affects about 1% of the world population. In fact, these proteins contain several toxi...

    Authors: Francesco Camerlengo, Francesco Sestili, Marco Silvestri, Giuseppe Colaprico, Benedetta Margiotta, Roberto Ruggeri, Roberta Lupi, Stefania Masci and Domenico Lafiandra

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2017 17:248

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  14. Content type: Research article

    During asexual reproduction the embryogenic callus can differentiate into a new plantlet, offering great potential for fostering in vitro culture efficiency in plants. The immature embryos (IMEs) of wheat (Tritic...

    Authors: Zongli Chu, Junying Chen, Junyan Sun, Zhongdong Dong, Xia Yang, Ying Wang, Haixia Xu, Xiaoke Zhang, Feng Chen and Dangqun Cui

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2017 17:244

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  15. Content type: Research article

    Dihydroflavonol 4-reductase (DFR) is the key enzyme committed to anthocyanin and proanthocyanidin biosynthesis in the flavonoid biosynthetic pathway. DFR proteins can catalyse mainly the three substrates (dihy...

    Authors: Kenjiro Katsu, Rintaro Suzuki, Wataru Tsuchiya, Noritoshi Inagaki, Toshimasa Yamazaki, Tomomi Hisano, Yasuo Yasui, Toshiyuki Komori, Motoyuki Koshio, Seiji Kubota, Amanda R. Walker, Kiyoshi Furukawa and Katsuhiro Matsui

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2017 17:239

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  16. Content type: Research article

    Banded leaf and sheath blight (BLSB), caused by the necrotrophic fungus Rhizoctonia solani, is a highly devastating disease in most maize and rice growing areas of the world. However, the molecular mechanisms of ...

    Authors: Fangfang Yang, Xinhua Ding, Jing Chen, Yanting Shen, Lingguang Kong, Ning Li and Zhaohui Chu

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2017 17:233

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  17. Content type: Research article

    Somatic embryogenesis is the preferred method for cell to plant regeneration in Vitis vinifera L. However, low frequencies of plant embryo conversion are commonly found. In a previous work we obtained from cut-se...

    Authors: Tània San Pedro, Najet Gammoudi, Rosa Peiró, Antonio Olmos and Carmina Gisbert

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2017 17:226

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  18. Content type: Research article

    MicroRNA (miRNA) plays an important role in plant development regulation. Hickory is an economically important plant in which the amount of flowering determines its production.

    Authors: Zhi-chao Sun, Liang-sheng Zhang and Zheng-jia Wang

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2017 17:228

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  19. Content type: Research article

    The aerial parts of most land plants are covered with cuticular wax which is important for plants to avoid harmful factors. There is still no cloning study about wax synthesis gene of the alcohol-forming pathw...

    Authors: Dongming Liu, Jun Tang, Zezhou Liu, Xin Dong, Mu Zhuang, Yangyong Zhang, Honghao Lv, Peitian Sun, Yumei Liu, Zhansheng Li, Zhibiao Ye, Zhiyuan Fang and Limei Yang

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2017 17:223

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