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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. Identification of loci for agronomic traits and characterization of their genetic architecture are crucial in marker-assisted selection (MAS). Genome-wide association studies (GWAS) have increasingly been used...

    Authors: Yousef Rahimi, Mohammad Reza Bihamta, Alireza Taleei, Hadi Alipour and Pär K. Ingvarsson

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2019 19:541

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  2. The cultivated peanut is an important oil and cash crop grown worldwide. To meet the growing demand for peanut production each year, genetic studies and enhanced selection efficiency are essential, including l...

    Authors: Shengzhong Zhang, Xiaohui Hu, Huarong Miao, Ye Chu, Fenggao Cui, Weiqiang Yang, Chunming Wang, Yi Shen, Tingting Xu, Libo Zhao, Jiancheng Zhang and Jing Chen

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2019 19:537

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  3. Fusarium head blight (FHB) is a major disease of cereal crops, caused by the fungal pathogen Fusarium graminearum and related species. Breeding wheat for FHB resistance contributes to increase yields and grain qu...

    Authors: François Fauteux, Yunli Wang, Hélène Rocheleau, Ziying Liu, Youlian Pan, George Fedak, Curt McCartney and Thérèse Ouellet

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2019 19:536

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  4. Flowering is a key process in the life cycle of plants. The transition from vegetative to reproductive growth is thus under sophisticated regulation by endogenous and environmental signals. The plant-specific ...

    Authors: Xiaoyan Wang, Xintong Xu, Xiaowei Mo, Luyao Zhong, Jiancong Zhang, Beixin Mo and Benke Kuai

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2019 19:534

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  5. The genus Elaeis has two species of economic importance for the oil palm agroindustry: Elaeis oleifera (O), native to the Americas, and Elaeis guineensis (G), native to Africa. This work provides to our knowledge...

    Authors: Jaime A. Osorio-Guarín, Gina A. Garzón-Martínez, Paola Delgadillo-Duran, Silvio Bastidas, Leidy P. Moreno, Felix E. Enciso-Rodríguez, Omar E. Cornejo and Luz Stella Barrero

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2019 19:533

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  6. Plastid-encoded RNA polymerase (PEP) plays an essential role in chloroplast development by governing the expression of genes involved in photosynthesis. At least 12 PEP-associated proteins (PAPs), including FS...

    Authors: Sangyool Lee, Young Hee Joung, Ju-Kon Kim, Yang Do Choi and Geupil Jang

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2019 19:524

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  7. Anther development has been extensively studied at the transcriptional level, but a systematic analysis of full-length transcripts on a genome-wide scale has not yet been published. Here, the Pacific Bioscienc...

    Authors: Chong Tan, Hongxin Liu, Jie Ren, Xueling Ye, Hui Feng and Zhiyong Liu

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2019 19:517

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  8. Soybean is one of the most important crop sources of tocopherols (Toc). However, the content of α-Toc, an isoform with the highest vitamin E activity in humans, is low in most cultivars. With the aim of broade...

    Authors: Cheolwoo Park, Maria Stefanie Dwiyanti, Atsushi J. Nagano, Baohui Liu, Tetsuya Yamada and Jun Abe

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2019 19:510

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  9. Plant height is one of the most important agronomic traits in many crops due to its influence on lodging resistance and yield performance. Although progress has been made in the use of dwarfing genes in crop i...

    Authors: Hongtao Cheng, Fenwei Jin, Qamar U. Zaman, Bingli Ding, Mengyu Hao, Yi Wang, Yi Huang, Rachel Wells, Yun Dong and Qiong Hu

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2019 19:500

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  10. SWEETs (Sugar Will Eventually be Exported transporters) function as sugar efflux transporters that perform diverse physiological functions, including phloem loading, nectar secretion, seed filling, and pathoge...

    Authors: Hanhan Xie, Dan Wang, Yaqi Qin, Anna Ma, Jiaxin Fu, Yonghua Qin, Guibing Hu and Jietang Zhao

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2019 19:499

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  11. Guayule (Parthenium argentatum Gray) is a drought tolerant, rubber producing perennial shrub native to northern Mexico and the US Southwest. Hevea brasiliensis, currently the world’s only source of natural rubber...

    Authors: Andrew D. L. Nelson, Grisel Ponciano, Colleen McMahan, Daniel C. Ilut, N. Ace Pugh, Diaa Eldin Elshikha, Douglas J. Hunsaker and Duke Pauli

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2019 19:494

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  12. Plant architecture, which is mostly determined by shoot branching, plays an important role in plant growth and development. Thus, it is essential to explore the regulatory molecular mechanism of branching patt...

    Authors: Rui Han, Chenrui Gu, Ranhong Li, Wendi Xu, Shuo Wang, Chaoyi Liu, Chang Qu, Su Chen, Guifeng Liu, Qibin Yu, Jing Jiang and Huiyu Li

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2019 19:491

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  13. The genetic mechanism of aluminum (Al) tolerance in rice is great complicated. Uncovering genetic mechanism of Al tolerance in rice is the premise for Al tolerance improvement. Mining elite genes within rice l...

    Authors: Peng Zhang, Kaizhen Zhong, Zhengzheng Zhong and Hanhua Tong

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2019 19:490

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  14. Plant secondary cell wall is a renewable feedstock for biofuels and biomaterials production. Arabidopsis VASCULAR-RELATED NAC DOMAIN (VND) has been demonstrated to be a key transcription factor regulating seconda...

    Authors: Yongil Yang, Chang Geun Yoo, William Rottmann, Kimberly A. Winkeler, Cassandra M. Collins, Lee E. Gunter, Sara S. Jawdy, Xiaohan Yang, Yunqiao Pu, Arthur J. Ragauskas, Gerald A. Tuskan and Jin-Gui Chen

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2019 19:486

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  15. Wheat is a momentous crop and feeds billions of people in the world. The improvement of wheat yield is very important to ensure world food security. Normal development of grain is the essential guarantee for w...

    Authors: Chao Fu, Jiuyuan Du, Xiuling Tian, Zhonghu He, Luping Fu, Yue Wang, Dengan Xu, Xiaoting Xu, Xianchun Xia, Yan Zhang and Shuanghe Cao

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2019 19:483

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  16. In the late 1920s, A. E. Watkins collected about 7000 landrace cultivars (LCs) of bread wheat (Triticum aestivum L.) from 32 different countries around the world. Among which 826 LCs remain viable and could be a ...

    Authors: Jyotirmoy Halder, Jinfeng Zhang, Shaukat Ali, Jagdeep S. Sidhu, Harsimardeep S. Gill, Shyamal K. Talukder, Jonathan Kleinjan, Brent Turnipseed and Sunish K. Sehgal

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2019 19:480

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  17. CRISPR/Cas9 gene editing has become a revolutionary technique for crop improvement as it can facilitate fast and efficient genetic changes without the retention of transgene components in the final plant line....

    Authors: Dustin Cram, Manoj Kulkarni, Miles Buchwaldt, Nandhakishore Rajagopalan, Pankaj Bhowmik, Kevin Rozwadowski, Isobel A. P. Parkin, Andrew G. Sharpe and Sateesh Kagale

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2019 19:474

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  18. Legitimacy in breeding and commercial crop production depends on optimised protocols to ensure purity of crosses and correct field planting of material. In oil palm, the presence of three fruit forms permits t...

    Authors: Chee-Keng Teh, Heng-Leng Lee, Hafiza Abidin, Ai-Ling Ong, Sean Mayes, Fook-Tim Chew and David Appleton

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2019 19:470

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  19. Sesame (Sesame indicum L.) is well-known as a versatile industrial crop having various usages and contains 50–55% oil, 20% protein, 14–20% carbohydrate and 2–3% fiber. Several environmental factors are known to a...

    Authors: Asia Nosheen, Asghari Bano, Rabia Naz, Humaira Yasmin, Ishtiaq Hussain, Faizan Ullah, Rumana Keyani, Muhammad Nadeem Hassan and Ayesha T. Tahir

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2019 19:466

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  20. Long non-coding (lnc) RNAs are a class of functional RNA molecules greater than 200 nucleotides in length, and lncRNAs play important roles in various biological regulatory processes and response to the biotic...

    Authors: Xiaopei Zhang, Jie Dong, Fenni Deng, Wei Wang, Yingying Cheng, Lirong Song, Mengjiao Hu, Jian Shen, Qingjiang Xu and Fafu Shen

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2019 19:459

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  21. Herbicide tolerance is an important trait that allows effective weed management in wheat crops in dryland farming. Genetic knowledge of metribuzin tolerance in wheat is needed to develop new cultivars for the ...

    Authors: Roopali Bhoite, Ping Si, Hui Liu, Ling Xu, Kadambot H. M. Siddique and Guijun Yan

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2019 19:457

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  22. Phytyl residues are the common side chains of chlorophyll (Chl) and tocopherols. Geranylgeranyl reductase (GGR), which is encoded by CHLP gene, is responsible for phytyl biosynthesis. The light-harvesting like pr...

    Authors: Chunmei Li, Xin Liu, Jihong Pan, Jia Guo, Qian Wang, Congping Chen, Na Li, Kuan Zhang, Bin Yang, Changhui Sun, Xiaojian Deng and Pingrong Wang

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2019 19:456

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  23. The formation of natural colored fibers mainly results from the accumulation of different anthocyanidins and their derivatives in the fibers of Gossypium hirsutum L. Chalcone synthase (CHS) is the first committed...

    Authors: Jianfang Gao, Li Shen, Jingli Yuan, Hongli Zheng, Quansheng Su, Weiguang Yang, Liqing Zhang, Vitalis Ekene Nnaemeka, Jie Sun, Liping Ke and Yuqiang Sun

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2019 19:455

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  24. The identification and characterisation of quantitative trait loci (QTL) is an important step towards identifying functional sequences underpinning important crop traits and for developing accurate markers for...

    Authors: Usana Nantawan, Chutchamas Kanchana-udomkan, Ido Bar and Rebecca Ford

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2019 19:449

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  25. Leaf senescence is a complex process, controlled by multiple genetic and environmental variables. In sunflower, leaf senescence is triggered abruptly following anthesis thereby limiting the capacity of plants ...

    Authors: Sebastián Moschen, Johanna Marino, Salvador Nicosia, Janet Higgins, Saleh Alseekh, Francisco Astigueta, Sofia Bengoa Luoni, Máximo Rivarola, Alisdair R. Fernie, Nicolas Blanchet, Nicolas B. Langlade, Norma Paniego, Paula Fernández and Ruth A. Heinz

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2019 19:446

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  26. In plants, host factors encoded by susceptibility (S) genes are indispensable for viral infection. Resistance is achieved through the impairment or the absence of those susceptibility factors. Many S genes have b...

    Authors: Julia Rubio, Evelyn Sánchez, David Tricon, Christian Montes, Jean-Philippe Eyquard, Aurélie Chague, Carlos Aguirre, Humberto Prieto and Véronique Decroocq

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2019 19:440

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  27. Trifolium ambiguum occurs as a 2x, 4x, 6x polyploid series in W Asia. The 6x form is the most agronomically desirable, having strong rhizomatous spread and drought tolerance. These traits would be potentially ver...

    Authors: Warren M. Williams, Isabelle M. Verry, Helal A. Ansari, S. Wajid Hussain, Ihsan Ullah and Nicholas W. Ellison

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2019 19:438

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  28. Stevia rebaudiana (Asteraceae), native from Paraguay, accumulates steviol glycosides (SGs) into its leaves. These compounds exhibit acaloric intense sweet taste which answers to consumer demands for reducing dail...

    Authors: Patrick Cosson, Cécile Hastoy, Luis Ernesto Errazzu, Carlos Jorge Budeguer, Philippe Boutié, Dominique Rolin and Valérie Schurdi-Levraud

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2019 19:436

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  29. Simple non-isoprenoid hydrocarbons accumulate in discrete regions of the biosphere, including within bacteria and algae as a carbon and/or energy store, and the cuticles of plants and insects, where they may p...

    Authors: Tesia Dennison, Wenmin Qin, Derek M. Loneman, Samson G. F. Condon, Nick Lauter, Basil J. Nikolau and Marna D. Yandeau-Nelson

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2019 19:430

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  30. 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

    Content type: Methodology article

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  31. 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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  32. 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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  33. 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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  34. 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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  35. 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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  36. 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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  37. 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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  38. 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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  39. 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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  40. 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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  41. 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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  42. 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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  43. 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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  44. 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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  45. 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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  46. 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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  47. 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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  48. 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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  49. 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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