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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. A microgranule fertilizer was designed for localized fertilization of soil with controlled release of nutrients. The microgranule matrix was fortified with proteins, which were obtained from food industry bypr...

    Authors: Maksymilian Olbrycht, Michał Kołodziej, Roman Bochenek, Mateusz Przywara, Maciej Balawejder, Natalia Matłok, Piotr Antos, Wojciech Piątkowski and Dorota Antos

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2020 20:126

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  2. Potato is the third most consumed crop in the world. Breeding for traits such as yield, product quality and pathogen resistance are main priorities. Identifying molecular signatures of these and other importan...

    Authors: Erik Alexandersson, Sandeep Kushwaha, Aastha Subedi, Deborah Weighill, Sharlee Climer, Daniel Jacobson and Erik Andreasson

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2020 20:120

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  3. The low grain water content (GWC) at harvest is a prerequisite to mechanical harvesting in maize, or otherwise would cause massive broken kernels and increase drying costs. The GWC at harvest in turn depends o...

    Authors: Jianju Liu, Hui Yu, Yuanliang Liu, Suining Deng, Qingcai Liu, Baoshen Liu and Mingliang Xu

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2020 20:118

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  4. In recent years, the planting area of sweet corn in China has expanded rapidly. Some new varieties with high yields and good adaptabilities have emerged. However, the improvement of edible quality traits, espe...

    Authors: Xiaming Wu, Bo Wang, Fugui Xie, Liping Zhang, Jie Gong, Wei Zhu, Xiaoqin Li, Faqiang Feng and Jun Huang

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2020 20:117

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  5. The heterotrimeric G protein complex, consisting of Gα, Gβ, and Gγ subunits, are conserved signal transduction mechanism in eukaryotes. Recent molecular researches had demonstrated that G protein signaling par...

    Authors: Yue Cui, Nan Jiang, Zhengjin Xu and Quan Xu

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2020 20:90

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  6. MicroRNAs (miRNAs) play crucial roles in the regulation of plant development and growth, but little information is available concerning their roles during grain development under different nitrogen (N) applica...

    Authors: Gege Hou, Chenyang Du, Honghuan Gao, Sujun Liu, Wan Sun, Hongfang Lu, Juan Kang, Yingxin Xie, Dongyun Ma and Chenyang Wang

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2020 20:87

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  7. Neo-tetraploid rice, which is a new germplasm developed from autotetraploid rice, has a powerful biological and yield potential and could be used for commercial utilization. The length of panicle, as a part of...

    Authors: Mohammed Abdullah Abdulraheem Ghaleb, Cong Li, Muhammad Qasim Shahid, Hang Yu, Junhong Liang, Ruoxin Chen, Jinwen Wu and Xiangdong Liu

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2020 20:83

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  8. Autotetraploid rice is a useful germplasm for polyploid rice breeding. Our previous research showed that non-coding RNAs might be associated with low fertility in autotetraploid rice. However, little informati...

    Authors: Xiang Li, Muhammad Qasim Shahid, Minsi Wen, Shuling Chen, Hang Yu, Yamin Jiao, Zijun Lu, Yajing Li and Xiangdong Liu

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2020 20:82

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  9. Rice ratooning has traditionally been an important component of the rice cropping system in China. However, compared with the rice of the first harvest, few studies on factors effecting ratoon rice yield have ...

    Authors: Huibin Xu, Ling Lian, Fuxiang Wang, Jiahuan Jiang, Qiang Lin, Hongguang Xie, Xi Luo, Yongsheng Zhu, Chuanying Zhuo, Jinlan Wang, Huaan Xie, Zhaowei Jiang and Jianfu Zhang

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2020 20:76

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  10. Acetolactate synthase (ALS)-inhibiting herbicides from the chemical families of sulfonylureas and imidazolinones are used worldwide. However, drift or sprayer contamination from some sulfonylurea herbicides ca...

    Authors: Cheng-Yu Yu, Jing-long Lian, Qiong Gong, Li-Suo Ren, Zhen Huang, Ai-Xia Xu and Jun-Gang Dong

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2020 20:69

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  11. Leaf color is a major agronomic trait, which has a strong influence on crop yields. Isolating leaf color mutants can represent valuable materials for research in chlorophyll (Chl) biosynthesis and metabolism r...

    Authors: Kun Zhang, Yu Mu, Weijia Li, Xiaofei Shan, Nan Wang and Hui Feng

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2020 20:68

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  12. Gibberellins (GA3) are the most sprayed growth regulator for table grape production worldwide, increasing berry size of seedless varieties through pericarp cell expansion. However, these treatments also exacerbat...

    Authors: Marco Meneses, Miguel García-Rojas, Claudia Muñoz-Espinoza, Tomás Carrasco-Valenzuela, Bruno Defilippi, Mauricio González-Agüero, Claudio Meneses, Rodrigo Infante and Patricio Hinrichsen

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2020 20:66

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  13. Soybean is native to the temperate zones of East Asia. Poor yields of soybean in West African countries may be partially attributed to inadequate adaptation of soybean to tropical environments. Adaptation will...

    Authors: Carrie Miranda, Andrew Scaboo, Elroy Cober, Nicholas Denwar and Kristin Bilyeu

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2020 20:65

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  14. Cold stress is one of the primary environmental factors that affect plant growth and productivity, especially for crops like Brassica napus that live through cold seasons. Till recently, although a number of gene...

    Authors: Liping Ke, Weixia Lei, Weiguang Yang, Jinyu Wang, Janfang Gao, Jinhua Cheng, Yuqiang Sun, Zhixiong Fan and Dongliang Yu

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2020 20:62

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  15. High yielding rice varieties are usually low in grain iron (Fe) and zinc (Zn) content. These two micronutrients are involved in many enzymatic activities, lack of which cause many disorders in human body. Bio-...

    Authors: S. K. Pradhan, E. Pandit, S. Pawar, R. Naveenkumar, S. R. Barik, S. P. Mohanty, D. K. Nayak, S. K. Ghritlahre, D. Sanjiba Rao, J. N. Reddy and S. S. C. Patnaik

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2020 20:57

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  16. Soybean oil is a major source of edible oil, and the domestication of wild soybean has resulted in significant changes in oil content and composition. Extensive efforts have been made to identify genetic loci ...

    Authors: Yanjie Yao, Qingbo You, Guozhan Duan, Jianjun Ren, Shanshan Chu, Junqing Zhao, Xia Li, Xinan Zhou and Yongqing Jiao

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2020 20:51

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  17. Shoot branching is an important trait of plants that allows them to adapt to environment changes. Strigolactones (SLs) are newly identified plant hormones that inhibit shoot branching in plants. The SL biosynt...

    Authors: Chong Ren, Yuchen Guo, Junhua Kong, Fatma Lecourieux, Zhanwu Dai, Shaohua Li and Zhenchang Liang

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2020 20:47

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  18. Grapevine is a crop of major economic importance, yet little is known about the regulation of shoot development in grapevine or other perennial fruits crops. Here we combine genetic and genomic tools to identi...

    Authors: Sabine Guillaumie, Stéphane Decroocq, Nathalie Ollat, Serge Delrot, Eric Gomès and Sarah J. Cookson

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2020 20:43

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  19. Iron (Fe) is an essential micronutrient for plant growth and development. Iron deficiency chlorosis (IDC), caused by calcareous soils or high soil pH, can limit iron availability, negatively affecting soybean (Gl...

    Authors: Teshale Assefa, Jiaoping Zhang, R. V. Chowda-Reddy, Adrienne N. Moran Lauter, Arti Singh, Jamie A. O’Rourke, Michelle A. Graham and Asheesh K. Singh

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2020 20:42

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  20. Fusarium head blight (FHB), primarily caused by Fusarium graminearum, is a major threat to wheat production and food security worldwide. Breeding stably and durably resistant cultivars is the most effective appro...

    Authors: Wenjing Hu, Derong Gao, Hongya Wu, Jian Liu, Chunmei Zhang, Junchan Wang, Zhengning Jiang, Yeyu Liu, Dongsheng Li, Yong Zhang and Chengbin Lu

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2020 20:29

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  21. Triacylglycerols (TAGs) are the main composition of plant seed oil. Long-chain acyl-coenzyme A synthetases (LACSs) catalyze the synthesis of long-chain acyl-coenzyme A, which is one of the primary substrates f...

    Authors: Li-Na Ding, Shou-Lai Gu, Fu-Ge Zhu, Zhong-Yan Ma, Juan Li, Ming Li, Zheng Wang and Xiao-Li Tan

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2020 20:21

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  22. Triticum aestivum (wheat) is one of the world’s oldest crops and has been used for >8000 years as a food crop in North Africa, West Asia and Europe. Today, wheat is one of the most important sources of grain for ...

    Authors: Johanna Lethin, Shahriar S. M. Shakil, Sameer Hassan, Nick Sirijovski, Mats Töpel, Olof Olsson and Henrik Aronsson

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2020 20:18

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  23. NAC (NAM/ATAF/CUC) is one of the largest plant-specific transcription factor (TF) families known to play significant roles in wood formation. Acting as master gene regulators, a few NAC genes can activate seco...

    Authors: Wenjing Yao, Dawei Zhang, Boru Zhou, Jianping Wang, Renhua Li and Tingbo Jiang

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2020 20:12

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  24. Photoperiod and/or thermo-sensitive male sterility is an effective pollination control system in crop two-line hybrid breeding. We previously discovered the spontaneous mutation of a partially male sterile pla...

    Authors: Yanyan Sun, Dongsuo Zhang, Zhenzhen Wang, Yuan Guo, Xiaomin Sun, Wei Li, Wenliang Zhi and Shengwu Hu

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2020 20:8

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  25. Continuous storage root formation and bulking (CSRFAB) in sweetpotato is an important trait from agronomic and biological perspectives. Information about the molecular mechanisms underlying CSRFAB traits is la...

    Authors: Astère Bararyenya, Bode A. Olukolu, Phinehas Tukamuhabwa, Wolfgang J. Grüneberg, Wellington Ekaya, Jan Low, Mildred Ochwo-Ssemakula, Thomas L. Odong, Herbert Talwana, Arfang Badji, Martina Kyalo, Yao Nasser, Dorcus Gemenet, Mercy Kitavi and Robert O. M. Mwanga

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2020 20:3

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  26. Sulfotransferases (SOTs) (EC 2.8.2.-) play a crucial role in the sulphate conjugation reaction involved in plant growth, vigor, stress resistance and pathogen infection. SOTs in Arabidopsis have been carried out ...

    Authors: Liyuan Wang, Xiyan Liu, Xiaoyang Wang, Zhaoe Pan, Xiaoli Geng, Baojun Chen, Baoshen Liu, Xiongming Du and Xianliang Song

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2019 19:595

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  27. Narrow genetic base, complex allo-tetraploid genome and presence of repetitive elements have led the discovery of single nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs) in Brassica juncea (AABB; 2n = 4x = 36) at a slower pace. D...

    Authors: Jebi Sudan, Ravinder Singh, Susheel Sharma, Romesh K. Salgotra, Varun Sharma, Gurvinder Singh, Indu Sharma, Swarkar Sharma, Surinder K. Gupta and Sajad Majeed Zargar

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2019 19:594

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  28. Fusarium head blight (FHB) caused by the fungus Fusarium graminearum Schwabe and stripe rust caused by Puccinia striiformis f. sp. tritici are devastating diseases that affect wheat production worldwide. The use ...

    Authors: Biran Gong, Wei Zhu, Sanyue Li, Yuqi Wang, Lili Xu, Yi Wang, Jian Zeng, Xing Fan, Lina Sha, Haiqin Zhang, Pengfei Qi, Lin Huang, Guoyue Chen, Yonghong Zhou and Houyang Kang

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2019 19:590

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  29. Short internodes contribute to plant dwarfism, which is exceedingly beneficial for crop production. However, the underlying mechanisms of internode elongation are complicated and have been not fully understood.

    Authors: Xiangge Zhang, Xianbin Hou, Yinghong Liu, Lanjie Zheng, Qiang Yi, Haojun Zhang, Xinrong Huang, Junjie Zhang, Yufeng Hu, Guowu Yu, Hanmei Liu, Yangping Li, Huanhuan Huang, Feilong Zhan, Lin Chen, Jihua Tang…

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2019 19:589

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  30. Sesame (Sesamum indicum L., 2n = 2x = 26) is an important oilseed crop with high oil content but small seed size. To reveal the genetic loci of the quantitative seed-related traits, we constructed a high-density ...

    Authors: Hua Du, Haiyang Zhang, Libin Wei, Chun Li, Yinghui Duan and Huili Wang

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2019 19:588

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  31. In soft fruits, the differential expression of many genes during development and ripening is responsible for changing their organoleptic properties. In strawberry fruit, although some genes involved in the met...

    Authors: Laura Medina-Puche, Félix J. Martínez-Rivas, Francisco J. Molina-Hidalgo, José A. Mercado, Enriqueta Moyano, Antonio Rodríguez-Franco, José L. Caballero, Juan Muñoz-Blanco and Rosario Blanco-Portales

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2019 19:586

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  32. Modification of root architecture and improvement of root resistance to stresses can increase crop productivity. Functional analyses of root-specific genes are necessary for root system improvement, and root-s...

    Authors: Ye Li, Xiaoqing Liu, Rumei Chen, Jian Tian, Yunliu Fan and Xiaojin Zhou

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2019 19:584

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  33. Although it is known that resistant rootstocks facilitate management of fire blight disease, incited by Erwinia amylovora, the role of rootstock root traits in providing systemic defense against E. amylovora is u...

    Authors: Jugpreet Singh, Jack Fabrizio, Elsa Desnoues, Julliany Pereira Silva, Wolfgang Busch and Awais Khan

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2019 19:579

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  34. The widely cultivated pepper (Capsicum spp.) is one of the most diverse vegetables; however, little research has focused on characterizing the genetic diversity and relatedness of commercial varieties grown in Ch...

    Authors: Heshan Du, Jingjing Yang, Bin Chen, Xiaofen Zhang, Jian Zhang, Kun Yang, Sansheng Geng and Changlong Wen

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2019 19:578

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  35. Mepiquat chloride (MC), a plant growth regulator, enhances root growth by promoting lateral root formation in cotton. However, the underlying molecular mechanisms of this phenomenon is still unknown.

    Authors: Qian Wu, Mingwei Du, Jie Wu, Ning Wang, Baomin Wang, Fangjun Li, Xiaoli Tian and Zhaohu Li

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2019 19:573

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  36. Oilseed rape is an excellent candidate for phytoremediation of cadmium (Cd) contaminated soils given its advantages of high biomass, fast growth, moderate metal accumulation, ease of harvesting, and metal tole...

    Authors: Ying Fu, Annaliese S. Mason, Yaofeng Zhang, Baogang Lin, Meili Xiao, Donghui Fu and Huasheng Yu

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2019 19:570

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  37. Seed germination is essential to crop growth and development, and ultimately affects its harvest. It is difficult to breed soybeans low in phytic acid with a higher seed field emergence. Although additional ma...

    Authors: Xiaomin Yu, Hangxia Jin, Xujun Fu, Qinghua Yang and Fengjie Yuan

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2019 19:569

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  38. Melatonin (N-acetyl-5-methoxytryptamine) in plants, regulates shoot and root growth and alleviates environmental stresses. Melatonin and the phyto-hormone auxin are tryptophan-derived compounds. However, it large...

    Authors: Sajal F. Zia, Oliver Berkowitz, Frank Bedon, James Whelan, Ashley E. Franks and Kim M. Plummer

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2019 19:567

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  39. Soybean (Glycine max) is an economically important oil and protein crop. Plant height is a key trait that significantly impacts the yield of soybean; however, research on the molecular mechanisms associated with ...

    Authors: Qun Cheng, Lidong Dong, Tong Su, Tingyu Li, Zhuoran Gan, Haiyang Nan, Sijia Lu, Chao Fang, Lingping Kong, Haiyang Li, Zhihong Hou, Kun Kou, Yang Tang, Xiaoya Lin, Xiaohui Zhao, Liyu Chen…

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2019 19:562

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  40. Increasing wheat (Triticum aestivum L.) production is required to feed a growing human population. In order to accomplish this task a deeper understanding of the genetic structure of cultivated wheats and the det...

    Authors: Silvana Marisol Luján Basile, Ignacio Abel Ramírez, Juan Manuel Crescente, Maria Belén Conde, Melina Demichelis, Pablo Abbate, William John Rogers, Ana Clara Pontaroli, Marcelo Helguera and Leonardo Sebastián Vanzetti

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2019 19:553

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  41. Elephant grass [Cenchrus purpureus (Schumach.) Morrone] is used for bioenergy and animal feed. In order to identify candidate genes that could be exploited for marker-assisted selection in elephant grass, this st...

    Authors: João Romero do Amaral Santos de Carvalho Rocha, Tiago de Souza Marçal, Felipe Vicentino Salvador, Adriel Carlos da Silva, Pedro Crescencio Souza Carneiro, Marcos Deon Vilela de Resende, Jailton da Costa Carneiro, Ana Luisa Sousa Azevedo, Jorge Fernando Pereira and Juarez Campolina Machado

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2019 19:548

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  42. As one of the main crops in the world, sterility of rice (Oryza sativa L.) significantly affects the production and leads to yield decrease. Our previous research showed that OsPUB73, which encodes U-box domain-c...

    Authors: Lin Chen, Ruilian Deng, Guoqiang Liu, Jing Jin, Jinwen Wu and Xiangdong Liu

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2019 19:546

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  43. 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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  44. 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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  45. 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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  46. 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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  47. 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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  48. 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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  49. 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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