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Genetics and crop biotechnology

Section edited by Fabrizio Costa (Fondazione Edmund Mach, Italy)

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: Research article

    Wheat is a cool seasoned crop requiring low temperature during grain filling duration and therefore increased temperature causes significant yield reduction. A set of 125 spring wheat genotypes from Internatio...

    Authors: Muhammad Jamil, Aamir Ali, Alvina Gul, Abdul Ghafoor, Abdul Aziz Napar, Amir M. H. Ibrahim, Naima Huma Naveed, Nasim Ahmad Yasin and Abdul Mujeeb-Kazi

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2019 19:149

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  2. Content type: Research article

    Fig fruit are highly perishable at the tree-ripe (TR) stage. Commercial-ripe (CR) fruit, which are harvested before the TR stage for their postharvest transportability and shelf-life advantage, are inferior to...

    Authors: Yuanyuan Cui, Ziran Wang, Shangwu Chen, Alexander Vainstein and Huiqin Ma

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2019 19:146

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    This study aimed to identify the transcription factors of nitrate reductase genes (NIA1 and NIA2) promoters and hypothetical cis-element of NRE2. Based on the constructed cDNA library of Nicotiana tabacum K326, a...

    Authors: Huijuan Yang, Yan Zhou, Yuning Zhang, Jing Wang and Hongzhi Shi

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2019 19:145

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  4. Content type: Research article

    Tomato mutants altered in leaf morphology are usually identified in the greenhouse, which demands considerable time and space and can only be performed in adequate periods. For a faster but equally reliable sc...

    Authors: Marybel Jáquez-Gutiérrez, Alejandro Atarés, Benito Pineda, Pilar Angarita, Carlos Ribelles, Begoña García-Sogo, Jorge Sánchez-López, Carmen Capel, Fernando J. Yuste-Lisbona, Rafael Lozano and Vicente Moreno

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2019 19:141

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  5. Content type: Research article

    Gossypium hirsutum L. is grown worldwide and is the largest source of natural fiber crop. We focus on exploring the favorable alleles (FAs) for upland cotton varieties improvement, and further understanding the h...

    Authors: Panhong Dai, Yuchen Miao, Shoupu He, Zhaoe Pan, Yinhua Jia, Yingfan Cai, Junling Sun, Liru Wang, Baoyin Pang, Mi Wang and Xiongming Du

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2019 19:138

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  6. Content type: Research article

    Barley (Hordeum vulgare L.) is the fourth most important cereal crop worldwide. Barley production is compromised by many abiotic stresses including drought. Wild barley is a valuable source of alleles that can im...

    Authors: Anh-Tung Pham, Andreas Maurer, Klaus Pillen, Chris Brien, Kate Dowling, Bettina Berger, Jason K. Eglinton and Timothy J. March

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2019 19:134

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  7. Content type: Research article

    The plant architecture has significant effects on grain yield of various crops, including soybean (Glycine max), but the knowledge on optimization of plant architecture in order to increase yield potential is sti...

    Authors: Aili Bao, Haifeng Chen, Limiao Chen, Shuilian Chen, Qingnan Hao, Wei Guo, Dezhen Qiu, Zhihui Shan, Zhonglu Yang, Songli Yuan, Chanjuan Zhang, Xiaojuan Zhang, Baohui Liu, Fanjiang Kong, Xia Li, Xinan Zhou…

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2019 19:131

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  8. Content type: Research article

    Maize yield potential is rarely maximized in sub-Saharan Africa (SSA) due to the devastating effects of drought stress and Striga hermonthica parasitism. This study was conducted to determine the gains in grain y...

    Authors: B. Badu-Apraku, A. O. Talabi, M. A. B. Fakorede, Y. Fasanmade, M. Gedil, C. Magorokosho and R. Asiedu

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2019 19:129

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  9. Content type: Research article

    Durum wheat is considered not suitable for making many food products that bread wheat can. This limitation is largely due to: (i) lack of grain-hardness controlling genes (Puroindoline a and b) and consequently e...

    Authors: Qiong Wang, Yin Li, Fusheng Sun, Xiaoyan Li, Pandi Wang, Junli Chang, Yuesheng Wang, Guangxiao Yang and Guangyuan He

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2019 19:126

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  10. Content type: Research article

    Maize is a crop in high demand for food purposes and consumers worldwide are increasingly concerned with food quality. However, breeding for improved quality is a complex task and therefore developing tools to...

    Authors: Mara Lisa Alves, Bruna Carbas, Daniel Gaspar, Manuel Paulo, Cláudia Brites, Pedro Mendes-Moreira, Carla Moita Brites, Marcos Malosetti, Fred van Eeuwijk and Maria Carlota Vaz Patto

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2019 19:123

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  11. Content type: Research article

    Polyunsaturated fatty acids such as linoleic acid (LA) and α-linolenic acid (ALA) are abundant in vegetable oils and are important for human health. In the body, LA and ALA are respectively converted to the om...

    Authors: Kyeong-Ryeol Lee, Kyung-Hwan Kim, Jung Bong Kim, Seung-Bum Hong, Inhwa Jeon, Hyun Uk Kim, Myung Hee Lee and Jae Kwang Kim

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2019 19:120

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  12. Content type: Research article

    Premature senescence can reduce the yield and quality of crops. WRKY transcription factors (TFs) play important roles during leaf senescence, but little is known about their ageing mechanisms in cotton.

    Authors: Lijiao Gu, Lingling Dou, Yaning Guo, Hantao Wang, Libei Li, Congcong Wang, Liang Ma, Hengling Wei and Shuxun Yu

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2019 19:116

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  13. Content type: Research article

    In winter barley plants, vernalization and photoperiod cues have to be integrated to promote flowering. Plant development and expression of different flowering promoter (HvVRN1, HvCO2, PPD-H1, HvFT1, HvFT3) and r...

    Authors: Arantxa Monteagudo, Ernesto Igartua, Bruno Contreras-Moreira, M. Pilar Gracia, Javier Ramos, Ildikó Karsai and Ana M. Casas

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2019 19:113

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  14. Content type: Research article

    Two-line hybrid rice with high yield potential is increasingly popular and the photo- and temperature-sensitive male sterile line is one of the basic components for two-line hybrid rice breeding. The developme...

    Authors: Hirendra Nath Barman, Zhonghua Sheng, Sajid Fiaz, Min Zhong, Yawen Wu, Yicong Cai, Wei Wang, Guiai Jiao, Shaoqing Tang, Xiangjin Wei and Peisong Hu

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2019 19:109

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  15. Content type: Research article

    MADS-box genes play important roles in vegetative growth and reproductive development and are essential for the correct development of plants (particularly inflorescences, flowers, and fruits). However, this g...

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

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2019 19:106

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  16. Content type: Research article

    Only a small percentage of the genome sequence is involved in regulation of gene expression, but to biochemically identify this portion is expensive and laborious. In species like maize, with diverse intergeni...

    Authors: María Katherine Mejía-Guerra and Edward S. Buckler

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2019 19:103

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  17. Content type: Research article

    Valencene is a major sesquiterpene in citrus oil and biosynthesized by valencene synthase (Cstps1; EC: from the 15-carbon substrate farnesyl diphosphate. It is abundant in juice of some mandarins (e.g.

    Authors: Qibin Yu, Ming Huang, Hongge Jia, Yuan Yu, Anne Plotto, Elizabeth A. Baldwin, Jinhe Bai, Nian Wang and Frederick G. Gmitter Jr

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2019 19:101

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  18. Content type: Research article

    MicroRNA (miRNA) are key players in regulating expression of target genes at post-transcriptional level. A number of miRNAs are implicated in modulating tolerance to various abiotic stresses. Waterlogging is a...

    Authors: Yabing Hou, Fangling Jiang, Xiaolan Zheng and Zhen Wu

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2019 19:100

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  19. Content type: Research article

    Dry pea production has increased substantially in North America over the last few decades. With this expansion, significant yield losses have been attributed to an escalation in Fusarium root rots in pea field...

    Authors: Clarice J. Coyne, Lyndon D. Porter, Gilles Boutet, Yu Ma, Rebecca J. McGee, Angélique Lesné, Alain Baranger and Marie-Laure Pilet-Nayel

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2019 19:98

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  20. Content type: Research article

    Seeds of domesticated barley are grouped into two distinct types, which differ in morphology. Caryopses covered by adaxial (palea) and abaxial (lemma) hulls that tightly adhere to the pericarp at maturity give ri...

    Authors: Celestine Wabila, Kerstin Neumann, Benjamin Kilian, Volodymyr Radchuk and Andreas Graner

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2019 19:95

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  21. Content type: Research article

    AP2/ERF transcription factors perform indispensable functions in various biological processes, such as plant growth, development, biotic and abiotic stresses responses. The AP2/ERF transcription factor family has...

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

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2019 19:84

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  22. Content type: Research article

    Continuous cropping stress involves such factors as biological barriers, allelopathic autotoxicity, deterioration of soil physicochemical properties, and soil fertility imbalance and is regarded as a kind of c...

    Authors: Xilong Liang, Xue Hou, Jianying Li, Yiqiang Han, Yuxian Zhang, Naijie Feng, Jidao Du, Wenhui Zhang, Dianfeng Zheng and Shumei Fang

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2019 19:79

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  23. Content type: Research article

    MiRNAs have emerged as key regulators of stress response in plants, suggesting their potential as candidates for knock-in/out to improve stress tolerance in agricultural crops. Although diverse assays have bee...

    Authors: Alejandro Sanz-Carbonell, María Carmen Marques, Antonio Bustamante, Mario A. Fares, Guillermo Rodrigo and Gustavo Gomez

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2019 19:78

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  24. Content type: Research article

    Zucchini fruit set can be limited due to unfavourable environmental conditions in off-seasons crops that caused ineffective pollination/fertilization. Parthenocarpy, the natural or artificial fruit development...

    Authors: Teresa Pomares-Viciana, Mercedes Del Río-Celestino, Belén Román, Jose Die, Belén Pico and Pedro Gómez

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2019 19:61

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  25. Content type: Research article

    Harvest time is a relevant economic trait in citrus, and selection of cultivars with different fruit maturity periods has a remarkable impact in the market share. Generation of early- and late-maturing cultiva...

    Authors: Javier Terol, M. José Nueda, Daniel Ventimilla, Francisco Tadeo and Manuel Talon

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2019 19:47

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  26. Content type: Research article

    Maize stover is an important source of crop residues and a promising sustainable energy source in the United States. Stalk is the main component of stover, representing about half of stover dry weight. Charact...

    Authors: Mona Mazaheri, Marlies Heckwolf, Brieanne Vaillancourt, Joseph L. Gage, Brett Burdo, Sven Heckwolf, Kerrie Barry, Anna Lipzen, Camila Bastos Ribeiro, Thomas J. Y. Kono, Heidi F. Kaeppler, Edgar P. Spalding, Candice N. Hirsch, C. Robin Buell, Natalia de Leon and Shawn M. Kaeppler

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2019 19:45

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  27. Content type: Research article

    Schima superba (Theaceae) is a popular woody tree in China. The obscure chromosomal characters of this species are a limitation in the development of high-density genetic linkage maps, which are valuable resource...

    Authors: Rui Zhang, Hanbo Yang, Zhichun Zhou, Bin Shen, Jijun Xiao and Bangshun Wang

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2019 19:41

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  28. Content type: Research article

    NPR1, nonexpressor of pathogenesis-related gene 1, is a master regulator involved in plant defense response to pathogens, and its regulatory mechanism in the defense pathway has been relatively clear. However, in...

    Authors: Rui Li, Chunxue Liu, Ruirui Zhao, Liu Wang, Lin Chen, Wenqing Yu, Shujuan Zhang, Jiping Sheng and Lin Shen

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2019 19:38

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  29. Content type: Research article

    Diseases caused by Pseudomonas syringae (Ps) are recognized as the most damaging factors in fruit trees with a significant economic and sanitary impact on crops. Among them, bacterial canker of apricot is exceedi...

    Authors: Mariem Omrani, Morgane Roth, Guillaume Roch, Alain Blanc, Cindy E. Morris and Jean-Marc Audergon

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2019 19:31

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  30. Content type: Research article

    Rapeseed (Brassica napus, B. napus) is an important oil seed crop in the world. Previous studies showed that seed germination vigor might be correlated with seed oil content in B. napus, but the regulation mechan...

    Authors: Jianwei Gu, Dalin Hou, Yonghong Li, Hongbo Chao, Kai Zhang, Hao Wang, Jun Xiang, Nadia Raboanatahiry, Baoshan Wang and Maoteng Li

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2019 19:21

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  31. Content type: Research article

    Leaf mold, one of the major diseases of tomato caused by Cladosporium fulvum (C. fulvum), can dramatically reduce the yield and cause multimillion dollar losses annually worldwide. Mapping the resistance genes (R

    Authors: Guan Liu, Tingting Zhao, Xiaoqing You, Jingbin Jiang, Jingfu Li and Xiangyang Xu

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2019 19:15

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  32. Content type: Research article

    Lychnis kiusiana Makino is an endangered perennial herb native to wetland areas in Korea and Japan. Despite its conservational and evolutionary significance, population genetic resources are lacking for this spec...

    Authors: Seongjun Park, Sungwon Son, Myungju Shin, Noriyuki Fujii, Takuji Hoshino and SeonJoo Park

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2019 19:14

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  33. Content type: Research article

    Plasmodiophora brassicae is a soil-borne plant pathogen that causes clubroot disease, which results in crop yield loss in cultivated Brassica species. Here, we investigated whether a quantitative trait locus (QTL...

    Authors: Rawnak Laila, Jong-In Park, Arif Hasan Khan Robin, Sathishkumar Natarajan, Harshavardhanan Vijayakumar, Kenta Shirasawa, Sachiko Isobe, Hoy-Taek Kim and Ill-Sup Nou

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2019 19:13

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  34. Content type: Research article

    Nitrogen (N) is a major input cost in rice production, in addition to causing severe pollution to agricultural and ecological environments. Root dry weight has been considered the most important component rela...

    Authors: Galal Bakr Anis, Yingxin Zhang, Anowerul Islam, Yue Zhang, Yongrun Cao, Weixun Wu, Liyong Cao and Shihua Cheng

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2019 19:12

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  35. Content type: Review

    The extensive adaptability of polyploidy wheat is attributed to its complex genome, and accurately controlling heading stage is a prime target in wheat breeding process. Wheat heading stage is an essential gro...

    Authors: Chaonan Shi, Lei Zhao, Xiangfen Zhang, Guoguo Lv, Yubo Pan and Feng Chen

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2019 19:6

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  36. Content type: Research article

    Wheat breeding over the last 100 years has increased productivity by adapting genotypes to local conditions, but the genomic changes and selection signals that caused phenotypic change during breeding are esse...

    Authors: Junjie Zhao, Zhiwei Wang, Hongxia Liu, Jing Zhao, Tian Li, Jian Hou, Xueyong Zhang and Chenyang Hao

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2019 19:5

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  37. Content type: Research article

    Head formation of broccoli (Brassica oleracea var. italica) is greatly reduced under high temperature (22 °C and 27 °C). Broccoli inbred lines that are capable of producing heads at high temperatures in summer ar...

    Authors: Chung-Wen Lin, Shih-Feng Fu, Yu-Ju Liu, Chi-Chien Chen, Ching-Han Chang, Yau-Wen Yang and Hao-Jen Huang

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2019 19:3

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  38. Content type: Research article

    Stevia rebaudiana produces sweet-tasting steviol glycosides (SGs) in its leaves which can be used as natural sweeteners. Metabolic engineering of Stevia would offer an alternative approach to conventional breedin...

    Authors: Junshi Zheng, Yan Zhuang, Hui-Zhu Mao and In-Cheol Jang

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2019 19:1

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  39. Content type: Research article

    Increasing the productivity of rapeseed as one of the widely cultivated oil crops in the world is of upmost importance. As flowering time and plant architecture play a key role in the regulation of rapeseed yi...

    Authors: Smit Shah, Nirosha L. Karunarathna, Christian Jung and Nazgol Emrani

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2018 18:380

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  40. Content type: Research article

    Protein kinases play a key role in plant cell homeostasis and the activation of defense mechanisms. Partial resistance to fungi in plants is interesting because of its durability. However, the variable number ...

    Authors: Yolanda Loarce, Pilar Dongil, Araceli Fominaya, Juan M. González and Esther Ferrer

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2018 18:376

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  41. Content type: Research article

    The precise identification of Winterness/Springness (growth habit) for bread wheat, which is determined by genes involved in vernalization and photoperiod, will contribute to the effective utilization of bread...

    Authors: Shulin Chen, Junsen Wang, Genwang Deng, Long Chen, Xiyong Cheng, Haixia Xu and Kehui Zhan

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2018 18:374

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  42. Content type: Research article

    The pentatricopeptide repeat (PPR) gene family is one of the largest gene families in land plants (450 PPR genes in Arabidopsis, 477 PPR genes in rice and 486 PPR genes in foxtail millet) and is important for pla...

    Authors: Lin Chen, Yong-xiang Li, Chunhui Li, Yunsu Shi, Yanchun Song, Dengfeng Zhang, Yu Li and Tianyu Wang

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2018 18:366

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  43. Content type: Research article

    Grape phylloxera (Daktulosphaira vitifoliae Fitch) is a major insect pest that negatively impacts commercial grapevine performance worldwide. Consequently, the use of phylloxera resistant rootstocks is an essenti...

    Authors: Harley M. Smith, Catherine W. Clarke, Brady P. Smith, Bernadette M. Carmody, Mark R. Thomas, Peter R. Clingeleffer and Kevin S. Powell

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2018 18:360

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  44. Content type: Research article

    Understanding the mechanisms involved in climacteric fruit ripening is key to improve fruit harvest quality and postharvest performance. Kiwifruit (Actinidia deliciosa cv. ‘Hayward’) ripening involves a series of...

    Authors: Ioannis S. Minas, Georgia Tanou, Afroditi Krokida, Evangelos Karagiannis, Maya Belghazi, Miltiadis Vasilakakis, Kalliope K. Papadopoulou and Athanassios Molassiotis

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2018 18:358

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  45. Content type: Research article

    Panicle architecture is one of the main important agronomical traits that determine branch number and grain number in rice. Although a large number of genes involved in panicle development have been identified...

    Authors: Yan Li, Xuemei Li, Debao Fu and Changyin Wu

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2018 18:348

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  46. Content type: Research article

    High-saturate molecular linkage maps are an important tool in studies on plant molecular biology and assisted breeding. Development of a large set of single nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs) via next-generation ...

    Authors: Junchi Zhu, Yinshan Guo, Kai Su, Zhendong Liu, Zhihua Ren, Kun Li and Xiuwu Guo

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2018 18:347

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  47. Content type: Research article

    Ramie (Boehmeria nivea L.) is one of the most important natural fiber crops and an important forage grass in south China. Ramet number, which is a quantitative trait controlled by multigenes, is one of the most i...

    Authors: Kunmei Chen, Mingbao Luan, Heping Xiong, Ping Chen, Jikang Chen, Gang Gao, Kunyong Huang, Aiguo Zhu and Chunming Yu

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2018 18:345

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