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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. Utilization of heterosis has greatly improved the productivity of many crops worldwide. Understanding the potential molecular mechanism about how hybridization produces superior yield in upland cotton is criti...

    Authors: Kashif Shahzad, Xuexian Zhang, Liping Guo, Tingxiang Qi, Lisheng Bao, Meng Zhang, Bingbing Zhang, Hailin Wang, Huini Tang, Xiuqin Qiao, Juanjuan Feng, Jianyong Wu and Chaozhu Xing

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2020 20:239

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  2. Cereal grains, including wheat (Triticum aestivum L.), are major sources of food and feed, with wheat being dominant in temperate zones. These end uses exploit the storage reserves in the starchy endosperm of the...

    Authors: Åsa Grimberg, Mark Wilkinson, Per Snell, Rebecca P. De Vos, Irene González-Thuillier, Ahmed Tawfike, Jane L. Ward, Anders S. Carlsson, Peter Shewry and Per Hofvander

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2020 20:235

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  3. Tobacco seed oil could be used as an appropriate feedstock for biodiesel production. However, the high linoleic acid content of tobacco seed oil makes it susceptible to oxidation. Altering the fatty acid profi...

    Authors: Yinshuai Tian, Kai Chen, Xiao Li, Yunpu Zheng and Fang Chen

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2020 20:233

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  4. Global warming will expand the range of new and invasive pathogens in orchards, and subsequently increase the risk of disease epidemics and economic losses. The development of new resistant plant varieties can...

    Authors: Tomoko Endo, Hiroshi Fujii, Mitsuo Omura and Takehiko Shimada

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2020 20:224

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  5. Arabinogalactan-proteins (AGPs) are one of the most complex protein families in the plant kingdom and are present in the cell walls of all land plants. AGPs are implicated in diverse biological processes such ...

    Authors: Yuan Zhang, Michael A. Held and Allan M. Showalter

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2020 20:221

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  6. Phased small interfering RNA (phasiRNA) is primarily derived from the 22-nt miRNA targeting loci. GhMYB2, a gene with potential roles in cotton fiber cell fate determination, is a target gene of miR828 and miR858...

    Authors: Ting Zhao, Xiaoyuan Tao, Menglin Li, Mengtao Gao, Jiedan Chen, Na Zhou, Gaofu Mei, Lei Fang, Linyun Ding, Baoliang Zhou, Tianzhen Zhang and Xueying Guan

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2020 20:219

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  7. The tree peony (Paeonia suffruticosa Andr.) cultivar ‘Er Qiao’ is appreciated for its unstable variegated flower coloration, with cyanic and acyanic flowers appearing on different branches of the same plant and o...

    Authors: Yanzhao Zhang, Yanwei Cheng, Shuzhen Xu, Huiping Ma, Jianming Han and Yan Zhang

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2020 20:211

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  8. Agrobacterium rhizogenes-mediated (ARM) transformation is a highly efficient technique for generating composite plants composed of transgenic roots and wild-type shoot, providing a powerful tool for studying root...

    Authors: Ying-lun Fan, Xing-hui Zhang, Li-jing Zhong, Xiu-yuan Wang, Liang-shen Jin and Shan-hua Lyu

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2020 20:208

    Content type: Methodology article

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  9. Striga hermonthica (Benth.) parasitism militates against increased maize production and productivity in savannas of sub-Saharan Africa (SSA). Identification of Striga resistance genes is important in developing g...

    Authors: Samuel Adeyemi Adewale, Baffour Badu-Apraku, Richard Olutayo Akinwale, Agre Angelot Paterne, Melaku Gedil and Ana Luísa Garcia-Oliveira

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2020 20:203

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  10. Maize is one of the most important staple crops and is widely grown throughout the world. Stalk lodging can cause enormous yield losses in maize production. However, rind penetrometer resistance (RPR), which i...

    Authors: Xiaogang Liu, Xiaojiao Hu, Kun Li, Zhifang Liu, Yujin Wu, Hongwu Wang and Changling Huang

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2020 20:196

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  11. Colletotrichum species are the causal agents of anthracnose, a major disease affecting the yield and quality of pepper (Capsicum spp.). Colletotrichum scovillei is widespread in China, has strong pathogenicity an...

    Authors: Yuanyuan Zhao, Yiwei Liu, Zhenghai Zhang, Yacong Cao, Hailong Yu, Wenwen Ma, Baoxi Zhang, Risheng Wang, Jie Gao and Lihao Wang

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2020 20:189

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  12. Ornithine aminotransferase (OAT, EC:2.6.1.13), alternatively known as ornithine delta aminotransferase (δOAT), is a pyridoxal phosphate (PLP)-dependent enzyme involved in the conversion of ornithine into gluta...

    Authors: Alia Anwar, Maoyun She, Ke Wang and Xingguo Ye

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2020 20:187

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  13. CRISPR/Cas has recently become a widely used genome editing tool in various organisms, including plants. Applying CRISPR/Cas often requires delivering multiple expression units into plant and hence there is a ...

    Authors: Florian Hahn, Andrey Korolev, Laura Sanjurjo Loures and Vladimir Nekrasov

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2020 20:179

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  14. Curd architecture is one of the most important characters determining the curd morphology of cauliflower. However, the genetic mechanism dissection of this complex trait at molecular level is lacking. Genes/QT...

    Authors: Zhen-Qing Zhao, Xiao-Guang Sheng, Hui-Fang Yu, Jian-Sheng Wang, Yu-Sen Shen and Hong-Hui Gu

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2020 20:177

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  15. Deoxyxylulose 5-phosphate synthase (DXS) and deoxyxylulose 5-phosphate reductoisomerase (DXR) are the enzymes that catalyze the first two enzyme steps of the methylerythritol 4-phosphate (MEP) pathway to suppl...

    Authors: MK You, YJ Lee, JK Kim, SA Baek, YA Jeon, SH Lim and SH Ha

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2020 20:167

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  16. The granule-bound starch synthase I (GBSSI) enzyme is responsible for the synthesis of amylose, and therefore, its absence results in individuals with a waxy starch phenotype in various amylaceous crops. The v...

    Authors: Cátia Dias do Carmo, Massaine Bandeira e Sousa, Priscila Patrícia dos Santos Silva, Gilmara Alvarenga Fachardo Oliveira, Hernán Ceballos and Eder Jorge de Oliveira

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2020 20:164

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  17. Psathyrostachys huashanica Keng (2n = 2x = 14, NsNs) carries many outstanding agronomic traits, therefore is a valuable resource for wheat genetic improvement. Wheat–P. huashanica translocation lines are importan...

    Authors: Jiachuang Li, Li Zhao, Xueni Cheng, Guihua Bai, Mao Li, Jun Wu, Qunhui Yang, Xinhong Chen, Zujun Yang and Jixin Zhao

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2020 20:163

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  18. Coat color determines both appearance and nutrient quality of peanut. White seed coat in peanut can enhance the processing efficiency and quality of peanut oil. An integrative analysis of transcriptomes, metab...

    Authors: Liyun Wan, Yong Lei, Liying Yan, Yue Liu, Manish K. Pandey, Xia Wan, Rajeev K. Varshney, Jiahai Fang and Boshou Liao

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2020 20:161

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  19. Reducing the dependence of crop production on chemical fertilizer with its associated costs, carbon footprint and other environmental problems is a challenge for agriculture. New solutions are required to solv...

    Authors: Zhiwei Chen, Qi Jiang, Panpan Jiang, Wan Zhang, Jianhua Huang, Chenghong Liu, Nigel G. Halford and Ruiju Lu

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2020 20:142

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  20. Introgression of chromatin from Secale species into common wheat has for decades been a successful strategy for controlling the wheat diseases. The wild Secale species, Secale africanum Stapf., is a valuable sour...

    Authors: Guangrong Li, Lingrong Tang, Yan Yin, Ahui Zhang, Zhihui Yu, Ennian Yang, Zongxiang Tang, Shulan Fu and Zujun Yang

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2020 20:134

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  21. 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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  22. 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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  23. 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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  24. 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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  25. 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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  26. 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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  27. 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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  28. 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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  29. 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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  30. 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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  31. 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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  32. 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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  33. 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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  34. 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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  35. 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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  36. 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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  37. 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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  38. 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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  39. 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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  40. 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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  41. 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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  42. 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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  43. 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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  44. 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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  45. 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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  46. 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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  47. 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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  48. 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

    Content type: Research article

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