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Genetics and crop biotechnology

Section edited by Yuling Bai 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: Methodology article

    Chemically inducible systems that provide both spatial and temporal control of gene expression are essential tools, with many applications in plant biology, yet they have not been extensively tested in monocot...

    Authors: Daniela Vlad, Basel Abu-Jamous, Peng Wang and Jane A. Langdale

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2019 19:426

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  2. Content type: Research article

    Pine wilt disease (PWD), which is caused by the pine wood nematode (PWN) Bursaphelenchus xylophilus, is currently the greatest threat to pine forests in Europe and East Asian countries including Japan. Constructi...

    Authors: Tomonori Hirao, Koji Matsunaga, Hideki Hirakawa, Kenta Shirasawa, Keiya Isoda, Kentaro Mishima, Miho Tamura and Atsushi Watanabe

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2019 19:424

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  3. Content type: Research article

    Soybean is subjected to genetic manipulation by breeding, mutation, and transgenic approaches to produce value-added quality traits. Among those genetic approaches, mutagenesis through fast neutrons radiation ...

    Authors: Nazrul Islam, Robert M. Stupar, Song Qijian, Devanand L. Luthria, Wesley Garrett, Adrian O. Stec, Jeff Roessler and Savithiry S. Natarajan

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2019 19:420

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  4. Content type: Research article

    Appropriate plant architecture can improve the amount of cotton boll opening and allow increased planting density, thus increasing the level of cotton mechanical harvesting and cotton yields. The internodes of...

    Authors: Feiyan Ju, Shaodong Liu, Siping Zhang, Huijuan Ma, Jing Chen, Changwei Ge, Qian Shen, Xiaomeng Zhang, Xinhua Zhao, Yongjiang Zhang and Chaoyou Pang

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2019 19:415

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  5. Content type: Research article

    NAC transcription factors contain five highly conserved subdomains which are required for protein dimerisation and DNA binding. Few residues within these subdomains have been identified as essential for protei...

    Authors: Sophie A. Harrington, Lauren E. Overend, Nicolas Cobo, Philippa Borrill and Cristobal Uauy

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2019 19:407

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  6. Content type: Research article

    Cotton is one of the most important commercial crops as the source of natural fiber, oil and fodder. To protect it from harmful pest populations number of newer transgenic lines have been developed. For quick ...

    Authors: P. K. Smitha, K. Vishnupriyan, Ananya S. Kar, M. Anil Kumar, Christopher Bathula, K. N. Chandrashekara, Sujan K. Dhar and Manjula Das

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2019 19:405

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  7. Content type: Research article

    C2H2-zinc finger protein family is commonly found in the plant, and it is known as the key actors in the regulation of transcription and vital component of chromatin structure. A large number of the C2H2-zinc ...

    Authors: Haron Salih, Magwanga Richard Odongo, Wenfang Gong, Shoupu He and Xiongming Du

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2019 19:400

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  8. Content type: Research article

    High temperature is one of the major abiotic stresses in tomato and greatly reduces fruit yield and quality. Identifying high-temperature stress-responsive (HSR) genes and breeding heat-tolerant varieties is a...

    Authors: Junqin Wen, Fangling Jiang, Yiqun Weng, Mintao Sun, Xiaopu Shi, Yanzhao Zhou, Lu Yu and Zhen Wu

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2019 19:398

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  9. Content type: Research article

    Drought stress is a major abiotic stress that causes huge losses in agricultural production. Proso millet (Panicum miliaceum L.) can efficiently adapt to drought stress and provides important information and gene...

    Authors: Yuyu Zhang, Xiaoli Gao, Jing Li, Xiangwei Gong, Pu Yang, Jinfeng Gao, Pengke Wang and Baili Feng

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2019 19:397

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  10. Content type: Research article

    Leaf morphology and spikelet number are two important traits associated with grain yield. To understand how genes coordinating with sink and sources of cereal crops is important for grain yield improvement gui...

    Authors: Ke Chen, Tao Guo, Xin-Min Li, Yi-Bing Yang, Nai-Qian Dong, Chuan-Lin Shi, Wang-Wei Ye, Jun-Xiang Shan and Hong-Xuan Lin

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2019 19:395

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  11. Content type: Research article

    Salinity is a major abiotic stress seriously hindering crop yield. Development and utilization of tolerant varieties is the most economical way to address soil salinity. Upland cotton is a major fiber crop and...

    Authors: Yanchao Yuan, Huixian Xing, Wenguan Zeng, Jialing Xu, Lili Mao, Liyuan Wang, Wei Feng, Jincai Tao, Haoran Wang, Haijun Zhang, Qingkang Wang, Guihua Zhang, Xianliang Song and Xue-Zhen Sun

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2019 19:394

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  12. Content type: Research article

    In higher plants, the FAD2 gene encodes the microsomal oleate Δ12-desaturase, one of the key enzymes essential for the biosynthesis of the polyunsaturated lipids that serve many important functions in plant devel...

    Authors: Feng Liu, Lihong Ma, Youwu Wang, Yanjun Li, Xinyu Zhang, Fei Xue, Xinhui Nie, Qianhao Zhu and Jie Sun

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2019 19:393

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  13. Content type: Research article

    Utilization of heterosis in maize could be critical in maize breeding for boosting grain yield. However, the genetic architecture of heterosis is not fully understood. To dissect the genetic basis of yield-rel...

    Authors: Qiang Yi, Yinghong Liu, Xianbin Hou, Xiangge Zhang, Hui Li, Junjie Zhang, Hanmei Liu, Yufeng Hu, Guowu Yu, Yangping Li, Yongbin Wang and Yubi Huang

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2019 19:392

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  14. Content type: Research article

    Jute (Corchorus spp.) is the most important natural fiber crop after cotton in terms of cultivation area and production. Salt stress greatly restricts plant development and growth. A high-density genetic linkage ...

    Authors: Zemao Yang, Youxin Yang, Zhigang Dai, Dongwei Xie, Qing Tang, Chaohua Cheng, Ying Xu, Chan Liu, Canhui Deng, Jiquan Chen and Jianguang Su

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2019 19:391

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  15. Content type: Research article

    The primary pigments in flowers are anthocyanins, the biosynthesis of which is mainly regulated by R2R3-MYBs. Muscari armeniacum is an ornamental garden plant with deep cobalt blue flowers containing delphinidin-...

    Authors: Kaili Chen, Lingjuan Du, Hongli Liu and Yali Liu

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2019 19:390

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  16. Content type: Research article

    Consumers purchase fresh strawberries all year long. Extending the fruiting season for new strawberry cultivars is a common breeding goal. Understanding the inheritance of repeat fruiting is key to improving b...

    Authors: K. S. Lewers, P. Castro, J. F. Hancock, C. K. Weebadde, J. V. Die and L. J. Rowland

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2019 19:386

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  17. Content type: Research article

    Metabolic pathways are interconnected and yet relatively independent. Genes involved in metabolic modules are required for the modules to run. Study of the relationships between genes and metabolic modules imp...

    Authors: Xiancai Li, Nana Liu, Yun Sun, Ping Wang, Xiaoyang Ge, Yakun Pei, Di Liu, Xiaowen Ma, Fuguang Li and Yuxia Hou

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2019 19:379

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  18. Content type: Research article

    Male sterility has tremendous scientific and economic importance in hybrid seed production. Identification and characterization of a stable male sterility gene will be highly beneficial for making hybrid seed ...

    Authors: Sandi Win Thu, Krishan Mohan Rai, Devinder Sandhu, Alex Rajangam, Vimal Kumar Balasubramanian, Reid G. Palmer and Venugopal Mendu

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2019 19:378

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  19. Content type: Research article

    The ability of severed rootstocks and shoots to re-establish vascular connections is used to generate grafted plants that combine desirable traits from both scions and rootstocks. Clarifying the mechanisms of ...

    Authors: Lulu Xie, Chunjuan Dong and Qingmao Shang

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2019 19:373

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  20. Content type: Research article

    Correct timing of flowering is critical for plants to produce enough viable offspring. In Arabidopsis thaliana (Arabidopsis), flowering time is regulated by an intricate network of molecular signaling pathways. A...

    Authors: Sarah Schiessl, Natalie Williams, Pascal Specht, Dorothee Staiger and Mikael Johansson

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2019 19:372

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  21. Content type: Research article

    Propamocarb (PM) is one of the main pesticides used for controlling cucumber downy mildew. However, due to its volatility and internal absorption, PM can easily form pesticide residues on cucumber fruits that ...

    Authors: Fan Zhang, Zhiwei Qin, Xiuyan Zhou, Ming Xin, Shengnan Li and Jie Luan

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2019 19:371

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  22. Content type: Research article

    Cucumis melo is a suitable study material for investigation of fruit ripening owing to its climacteric nature. Long non-coding RNAs have been linked to many important biological processes, such as fruit ripening,...

    Authors: Yunyun Tian, Selinge Bai, Zhenhua Dang, Jinfeng Hao, Jin Zhang and Agula Hasi

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2019 19:369

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  23. Content type: Research article

    Gossypium australe F. Mueller (2n = 2x = 26, G2 genome) possesses valuable characteristics. For example, the delayed gland morphogenesis trait causes cottonseed protein and oil to be edible while retaining resist...

    Authors: Shouli Feng, Min Xu, Fujie Liu, Changjiang Cui and Baoliang Zhou

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2019 19:365

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  24. Content type: Research article

    Heat treatment is widely used to break dormancy for seed germination and phytohormones could be deeply involved. However, effect of heat treatment on phytohormone related genes/proteins/metabolites and possibl...

    Authors: Yong Wang, Yin Min Htwe, Jing Li, Peng Shi, Dapeng Zhang, Zhihao Zhao and Leonard Osayande Ihase

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2019 19:363

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  25. Content type: Research article

    Blackgram [Vigna mungo (L.) Hepper], is an important legume crop of Asia with limited genomic resources. We report a comprehensive set of genic simple sequence repeat (SSR) and single nucleotide polymorphism (SNP...

    Authors: Avi Raizada and J. Souframanien

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2019 19:358

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  26. Content type: Research article

    Survival of plants in response to salinity stress is typically related to Na+ toxicity, but little is known about how heterologous high-affinity potassium transporter (HKT) may help alleviate salt-induced damages...

    Authors: Li Wang, Yuhui Liu, Dan Li, Shoujiang Feng, Jiangwei Yang, Jingjing Zhang, Junlian Zhang, Di Wang and Yantai Gan

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2019 19:357

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  27. Content type: Research article

    To compensate for the lack of information about the molecular mechanism involved in Arundo donax L. response to salt stress, we de novo sequenced, assembled and analyzed the A. donax leaf transcriptome subjected ...

    Authors: Angelo Sicilia, Giorgio Testa, Danilo Fabrizio Santoro, Salvatore Luciano Cosentino and Angela Roberta Lo Piero

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2019 19:355

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  28. Content type: Research article

    Rice plants show yellowing, stunting, withering, reduced tillering and utimately low productivity in susceptible varieties under low temperature stress. Comparative transcriptome analysis was performed to iden...

    Authors: Sharat Kumar Pradhan, Elssa Pandit, Deepak Kumar Nayak, Lambodar Behera and Trilochan Mohapatra

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2019 19:352

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  29. Content type: Research article

    Rubisco activase (RCA) regulates the activity of Rubisco and is a key enzyme of photosynthesis. RCA expression was widely reported to affect plant photosynthesis and crop yield, but the molecular basis of natu...

    Authors: Yu Zhang, Yong Zhou, Qian Sun, Dexiang Deng, Huanhuan Liu, Saihua Chen and Zhitong Yin

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2019 19:351

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  30. Content type: Research article

    The pentatricopeptide repeat (PPR) gene family, which contains multiple 35-amino acid repeats, constitutes one of the largest gene families in plants. PPR proteins function in organelles to target specific tra...

    Authors: Peng He, Shuyin Wu, Yanli Jiang, Lihua Zhang, Meiju Tang, Guanghui Xiao and Jianing Yu

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2019 19:350

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  31. Content type: Research article

    AFP is a negative regulator of ABA signaling that promotes ABI5 protein degradation and weakens regulation of ABA signaling by targeting upstream genes of ABI5, and TaABI5 gene was seed-specific, and accumulated ...

    Authors: Yumei Feng, Meng Liu, Zeng Wang, Xianlin Zhao, Bing Han, Yanping Xing, Maoyan Wang and Yan Yang

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2019 19:349

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  32. Content type: Research article

    Resistance to pre-harvest sprouting (PHS) is one of the major objectives in wheat breeding programs. However, the complex quantitative nature of this trait presents challenges when breeding for PHS resistance....

    Authors: Xingyi Wang, Hui Liu, Guannan Liu, Md Sultan Mia, Kadambot H. M. Siddique and Guijun Yan

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2019 19:348

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  33. Content type: Research article

    The safety assessment and control of stacked transgenic crops is increasingly important due to continuous crop development and is urgently needed in China. The genetic stability of foreign genes and unintended...

    Authors: Xujing Wang, Xin Zhang, Jiangtao Yang, Xiaojing Liu, Yaya Song and Zhixing Wang

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2019 19:346

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  34. Content type: Research article

    GRAS are plant-specific transcription factors that play important roles in plant growth and development. Although the GRAS gene family has been studied in many plants, there has been little research on the GRAS g...

    Authors: Moyang Liu, Li Huang, Zhaotang Ma, Wenjun Sun, Qi Wu, Zizhong Tang, Tongliang Bu, Chenglei Li and Hui Chen

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2019 19:342

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  35. Content type: Research article

    Circular RNAs (circRNAs) are known to play an important role in the regulation of gene expression in eukaryotes. Photo-thermosensitive genic male sterile (PTGMS) is a very important germplasm resource in two-l...

    Authors: Ying Wang, Zeyang Xiong, Qian Li, Yueyang Sun, Jing Jin, Hao Chen, Yu Zou, Xingguo Huang and Yi Ding

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2019 19:340

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  36. Content type: Research article

    Cymbidium goeringii belongs to the Orchidaceae, which is one of the most abundant angiosperm families. Cymbidium goeringii consist with high economic value and characteristics include fragrance and multiple flowe...

    Authors: Mummadireddy Ramya, Pue Hee Park, Yu-Chen Chuang, Oh Keun Kwon, Hye Ryun An, Pil Man Park, Yun Su Baek, Byoung-Chorl Kang, Wen-Chieh Tsai and Hong-Hwa Chen

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2019 19:337

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  37. Content type: Research article

    Wheat grains contain gluten proteins, which harbour immunogenic epitopes that trigger Coeliac disease in 1–2% of the human population. Wheat varieties or accessions containing only safe gluten have not been id...

    Authors: Aurélie Jouanin, Jan G. Schaart, Lesley A. Boyd, James Cockram, Fiona J. Leigh, Ruth Bates, Emma J. Wallington, Richard G. F. Visser and Marinus J. M. Smulders

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2019 19:333

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  38. Content type: Research article

    Good establishment is important for rapid leaf area development in wheat crops. Poor establishment results in fewer, later-emerging plants, reduced leaf area and tiller number. In addition, poorly established ...

    Authors: William D. Bovill, Jessica Hyles, Alexander B. Zwart, Brett A. Ford, Geetha Perera, Tanya Phongkham, Brenton J. Brooks, Gregory J. Rebetzke, Matthew J. Hayden, James R. Hunt and Wolfgang Spielmeyer

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2019 19:332

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  39. Content type: Research article

    To efficiently protect and exploit germplasm resources for marker development and breeding purposes, we must accurately depict the features of the tea populations. This study focuses on the Camellia sinensis (C. ...

    Authors: Suzhen Niu, Qinfei Song, Hisashi Koiwa, Dahe Qiao, Degang Zhao, Zhengwu Chen, Xia Liu and Xiaopeng Wen

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2019 19:328

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  40. Content type: Research article

    Diethyl aminoethyl hexanoate (DA-6), a plant growth regulator, has many beneficial effects on agricultural production. DA-6 has been applied to many plant species, but the molecular mechanism by which spraying...

    Authors: Daxing Wen, Yan Li, Lifeng He and Chunqing Zhang

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2019 19:327

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  41. Content type: Research article

    Leaf shape development research is important because leaf shapes such as moderate curling can help to improve light energy utilization efficiency. Leaf growth and development includes initiation of the leaf pr...

    Authors: Mao Yang, Chengwei Huang, Mingming Wang, Hao Fan, Shubei Wan, Yangming Wang, Jianbo He and Rongzhan Guan

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2019 19:324

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  42. Content type: Research article

    Single Nucleotide Polymorphism (SNP) array and re-sequencing technologies have different properties (e.g. calling rate, minor allele frequency profile) and drawbacks (e.g. ascertainment bias). This lead us to ...

    Authors: Sandra S. Negro, Emilie J. Millet, Delphine Madur, Cyril Bauland, Valérie Combes, Claude Welcker, François Tardieu, Alain Charcosset and Stéphane D. Nicolas

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2019 19:318

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  43. Content type: Research article

    Anthocyanins, which are colored pigments, have long been used as food and pharmaceutical ingredients due to their potential health benefits, but the intermediate signals through which environmental or developm...

    Authors: Gen Li, Jianhua Zhao, Beibei Qin, Yue Yin, Wei An, Zixin Mu and Youlong Cao

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2019 19:317

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  44. Content type: Research article

    Essential oils (EOs) of Lavandula angustifolia, mainly consist of monoterpenoids and sesquiterpenoids, are of great commercial value. The multi-flower spiciform thyrse of lavender not only determines the output o...

    Authors: Hui Li, Jingrui Li, Yanmei Dong, Haiping Hao, Zhengyi Ling, Hongtong Bai, Huafang Wang, Hongxia Cui and Lei Shi

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2019 19:313

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  45. Content type: Research article

    CRISPR/Cas9 gene editing is now revolutionizing the ability to effectively modify plant genomes in the absence of efficient homologous recombination mechanisms that exist in other organisms. However, soybean i...

    Authors: Phat T. Do, Cuong X. Nguyen, Hien T. Bui, Ly T. N. Tran, Gary Stacey, Jason D. Gillman, Zhanyuan J. Zhang and Minviluz G. Stacey

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2019 19:311

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  46. Content type: Research article

    Ethylene promotes fruit ripening whereas 1-methylcyclopropene (1-MCP), a non-toxic antagonist of ethylene, delays fruit ripening via the inhibition of ethylene receptor. However, unsuitable 1-MCP treatment can...

    Authors: Xiaoyang Zhu, Lanlan Ye, Xiaochun Ding, Qiyang Gao, Shuangling Xiao, Qinqin Tan, Jiling Huang, Weixin Chen and Xueping Li

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2019 19:309

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  47. Content type: Research article

    Verticillium wilt caused by the fungus Verticillium dahliae race 1 is among the top disease concerns for lettuce in the Salinas and Pajaro Valleys of coastal central California. Resistance of lettuce against V. d...

    Authors: Patrik Inderbitzin, Marilena Christopoulou, Dean Lavelle, Sebastian Reyes-Chin-Wo, Richard W. Michelmore, Krishna V. Subbarao and Ivan Simko

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2019 19:305

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    The Correction to this article has been published in BMC Plant Biology 2019 19:374

  48. Content type: Research article

    Rapeseed is the third largest oil seed crop in the world. The seeds of this plant store lipids in oil bodies, and oleosin is the most important structural protein in oil bodies. However, the function of oleosi...

    Authors: Kang Chen, Yongtai Yin, Si Liu, Zhenyi Guo, Kai Zhang, Yu Liang, Lina Zhang, Weiguo Zhao, Hongbo Chao and Maoteng Li

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2019 19:294

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  49. Content type: Research article

    The oilseed Camelina sativa is grown for a range of applications, including for biofuel, biolubricants, and as a source of omega-3 fatty acids for the aquaculture feed industry. The seed meal co-product is used a...

    Authors: Wendy J. Lyzenga, Myrtle Harrington, Diana Bekkaoui, Merek Wigness, Dwayne D. Hegedus and Kevin L. Rozwadowski

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2019 19:292

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