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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. 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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  2. 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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  3. 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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  4. 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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  5. 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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  6. 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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  7. 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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  8. 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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  9. 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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  10. 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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  11. 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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  12. 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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  13. 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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  14. 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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  15. 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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  16. 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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  17. 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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  18. 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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  19. 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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  20. 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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  21. 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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  22. 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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  23. 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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  24. 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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  25. 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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  26. 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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  27. 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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  28. 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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  29. 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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  30. 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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  31. 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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  32. 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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  33. 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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  34. 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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  35. 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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  36. 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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  37. 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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  38. 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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  39. 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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  40. 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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  41. 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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  42. 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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  43. 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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  44. 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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  45. 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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  46. 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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    The Correction to this article has been published in BMC Plant Biology 2020 20:28

  47. 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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  48. 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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  49. 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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