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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. Tillering is an important agronomic trait underlying the yields and reproduction of orchardgrass (Dactylis glomerata), an important perennial forage grass. Although some genes affecting tiller initiation have bee...

    Authors: Xiaoheng Xu, Guangyan Feng, Yueyang Liang, Yang Shuai, Qiuxu Liu, Gang Nie, Zhongfu Yang, Linkai Hang and Xinquan Zhang

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2020 20:369

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  2. Berry size is considered as one of the main selection criteria in table grapes breeding programs, due to the consumer preferences. However, berry size is a complex quantitive trait under polygenic control, and...

    Authors: Claudia Muñoz-Espinoza, Alex Di Genova, Alicia Sánchez, José Correa, Alonso Espinoza, Claudio Meneses, Alejandro Maass, Ariel Orellana and Patricio Hinrichsen

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2020 20:365

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  3. Understanding the genetic diversity in endangered species that occur inforest remnants is necessary to establish efficient strategies for the species conservation, restoration and management. Panax vietnamensis H...

    Authors: Dinh Duy Vu, Syed Noor Muhammad Shah, Mai Phuong Pham, Van Thang Bui, Minh Tam Nguyen and Thi Phuong Trang Nguyen

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2020 20:358

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  4. Molecular breeding has opened new avenues for crop improvement with the potential for faster progress. As oil palm is the major producer of vegetable oil in the world, its improvement, such as developing compa...

    Authors: Zulkifli Yaakub, Katialisa Kamaruddin, Rajinder Singh, Suzana Mustafa, Marhalil Marjuni, Ngoot-Chin Ting, Mohd Din Amiruddin, Low Eng-Ti Leslie, Ooi Leslie Cheng-Li, Kandha Sritharan, Rajanaidu Nookiah, Johannes Jansen and Meilina Ong Abdullah

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2020 20:356

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  5. The objectives of this study were to reveal the anthocyanin biosynthesis metabolic pathway in white and purple flowers of Salvia miltiorrhiza using metabolomics and transcriptomics, to identify different anthocya...

    Authors: Tao Jiang, Meidi Zhang, Chunxiu Wen, Xiaoliang Xie, Wei Tian, Saiqun Wen, Ruike Lu and Lingdi Liu

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2020 20:349

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  6. Drought is projected to become more frequent and severe in a changing climate, which requires deep sowing of crop seeds to reach soil moisture. Coleoptile length is a key agronomic trait in cereal crops such a...

    Authors: Hao Luo, Camilla Beate Hill, Gaofeng Zhou, Xiao-Qi Zhang and Chengdao Li

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2020 20:346

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  7. Calvin cycle plays a crucial role in carbon fixation which provides the precursors of organic macromolecules for plant growth and development. Currently, no gene involved in Calvin cycle has been identified in...

    Authors: Chun Li, Na Li, Rui Huang, Congping Chen, Jia Guo, Xiaorong Yang, Xiangyu Zhang, Changhui Sun, Xiaojian Deng and Pingrong Wang

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2020 20:345

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  8. Transcriptome time series can be used to track the expression of genes during development, allowing the timing, intensity, and dynamics of genetic programmes to be determined. Furthermore, time series analysis...

    Authors: D. Marc Jones, Tjelvar S. G. Olson, Nick Pullen, Rachel Wells, Judith A. Irwin and Richard J. Morris

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2020 20:344

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  9. Maize (Zea mays L.) is one of the main agricultural crops with the largest yield and acreage in the world. However, maize germplasm is very sensitive to low temperatures, mainly during germination, and low temper...

    Authors: Hong Zhang, Jiayue Zhang, Qingyu Xu, Dandan Wang, Hong Di, Jun Huang, Xiuwei Yang, Zhoufei Wang, Lin Zhang, Ling Dong, Zhenhua Wang and Yu Zhou

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2020 20:333

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  10. Heading time is one of the most important agronomic traits in wheat, as it largely affects both adaptation to different agro-ecological conditions and yield potential. Identification of genes underlying the re...

    Authors: Yuting Li, Hongchun Xiong, Huijun Guo, Chunyun Zhou, Yongdun Xie, Linshu Zhao, Jiayu Gu, Shirong Zhao, Yuping Ding and Luxiang Liu

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2020 20:331

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  11. Phosphorus deficiency is a major limiting factors for affecting crop production globally. To understand the genetic variation of phosphorus-deficiency-tolerance, a total of 15 seedling traits were evaluated am...

    Authors: Yu Lin, Guangdeng Chen, Haiyan Hu, Xilan Yang, Zhengli Zhang, Xiaojun Jiang, Fangkun Wu, Haoran Shi, Qing Wang, Kunyu Zhou, Caixia Li, Jian Ma, Youliang Zheng, Yuming Wei and Yaxi Liu

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2020 20:330

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  12. Sclerotinia sclerotiorum is a necrotrophic fungus that causes Sclerotinia head rot (SHR) in sunflower, with epidemics leading to severe yield losses. In this work, we present an association mapping (AM) approach ...

    Authors: C. V. Filippi, J. E. Zubrzycki, J. A. Di Rienzo, F. J. Quiroz, A. F. Puebla, D. Alvarez, C. A. Maringolo, A. R. Escande, H. E. Hopp, R. A. Heinz, N. B. Paniego and V. V. Lia

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2020 20:322

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  13. The genetics of resistance to loose smut of wheat (Triticum aestivum L.) caused by the fungus Ustilago tritici (Pers.) Rostr. is not well understood. This study examines loose smut resistance in Sonop (TD-14), a ...

    Authors: Dinushika Thambugala, Jim G. Menzies, Ron E. Knox, Heather L. Campbell and Curt A. McCartney

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2020 20:314

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  14. Male sterility is an efficient trait for hybrid seed production and germplasm innovation. Until now, most studies on male sterility were on cytoplasmic and recessive genic sterility, with few on dominant genic...

    Authors: Xin-Qi Cheng, Xin-Yu Zhang, Fei Xue, Shou-Hong Zhu, Yan-Jun Li, Qian-Hao Zhu, Feng Liu and Jie Sun

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2020 20:312

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  15. Aquatic Euryale ferox Salisb. is an economically important crop in China and India. Unfortunately, low yield limitations seriously hinder market growth. Unveiling the control of seed size is of remarkable importa...

    Authors: Zhiheng Huang, Ke Bao, Zonghui Jing, Qian Wang, Huifang Duan, Yaying Zhu, Sen Zhang and Qinan Wu

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2020 20:311

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  16. Gibberellin (GA) is one of the most essential phytohormones that modulate plant growth and development. Jute (Corchorus sp.) is the second most important source of bast fiber. Our result has shown that exogenous ...

    Authors: Ummay Honi, Md. Ruhul Amin, Shah Md Tamim Kabir, Kazi Khayrul Bashar, Md. Moniruzzaman, Rownak Jahan, Sharmin Jahan, Md. Samiul Haque and Shahidul Islam

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2020 20:306

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  17. Berry color is an important trait in grapes and is mainly determined by the anthocyanin content and composition. To further explore the coloring mechanism of grape berries, the F1 population of Vitis vinifera ‘Re...

    Authors: Lei Sun, Shenchang Li, Jianfu Jiang, Xiaoping Tang, Xiucai Fan, Ying Zhang, Jihong Liu and Chonghuai Liu

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2020 20:302

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  18. Sweet potato (Ipomoea batatas (L.) Lam.) is a highly heterozygous autohexaploid crop with high yield and high anthocyanin content. Purple sweet potato is the main source of anthocyanins, and the mechanism of anth...

    Authors: Zhen Qin, Fuyun Hou, Aixian Li, Shuxu Dong, Chengxing Huang, Qingmei Wang and Liming Zhang

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2020 20:299

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  19. Photoperiod signals provide important cues by which plants regulate their growth and development in response to predictable seasonal changes. Phytochromes, a family of red and far-red light receptors, play cri...

    Authors: Nestor Kippes, Carl VanGessel, James Hamilton, Ani Akpinar, Hikmet Budak, Jorge Dubcovsky and Stephen Pearce

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2020 20:297

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  20. Starch is synthesized during daylight for temporary storage in leaves and then degraded during the subsequent night to support plant growth and development. Impairment of starch degradation leads to stunted gr...

    Authors: Long Xiao, Shanshan Jiang, Penghui Huang, Fulu Chen, Xu Wang, Zhiyuan Cheng, Yuchen Miao, Liangyu Liu, Iain Searle, Chunyan Liu, Xiao-Xia Wu, Yong-Fu Fu, Qingshan Chen and Xiao-Mei Zhang

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2020 20:292

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  21. Nicotine is a stimulant and potent parasympathomimetic alkaloid that accounts for 96–98% of alkaloid content. A reduction in the amount of nicotine in cigarettes to achieve a non-addictive level is necessary. ...

    Authors: Mengjuan Ren, Mengyue Zhang, Huijuan Yang and Hongzhi Shi

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2020 20:285

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  22. MicroRNAs (miRNAs) are short non-coding RNAs that can influence gene expression via diverse mechanisms. Tomato is a fruit widely consumed for its flavor, culinary attributes, and high nutritional quality. Toma...

    Authors: Mi-Young Chung, Ujjal Kumar Nath, Julia Vrebalov, Nigel Gapper, Je Min Lee, Do-Jin Lee, Chang Kil Kim and James Giovannoni

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2020 20:283

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  23. The combination of mulch with N fertilizer application is a common agronomic technique used in the production of rainfed maize (Zea mays L.) to achieve higher yields under conditions of optimum planting density a...

    Authors: Xiukang Wang, Ge Wang, Neil C. Turner, Yingying Xing, Meitian Li and Tao Guo

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2020 20:282

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  24. To gain a better understanding of anthocyanin biosynthesis in mulberry fruit, we analyzed the transcriptome of the mulberry varieties Da 10 (Morus atropurpurea Roxb., black fruit) and Baisang (Morus alba L., whit...

    Authors: Gaiqun Huang, Yichun Zeng, Ling Wei, Yongquan Yao, Jie Dai, Gang Liu and Zhongzheng Gui

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2020 20:279

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  25. Human demand for wheat will continue to increase together with the continuous global population growth. Agronomic traits in wheat are susceptible to environmental conditions. Therefore, in breeding practice, p...

    Authors: Weiguo Chen, Daizhen Sun, Runzhi Li, Shuguang Wang, Yugang Shi, Wenjun Zhang and Ruilian Jing

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2020 20:275

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  26. Anthocyanins, which have important biological functions and have a beneficial effect on human health, notably account for pigmentation in purple-fleshed sweet potato tuberous roots. Individual regulatory facto...

    Authors: Zeng-Zheng Wei, Kang-Di Hu, Dong-Lan Zhao, Jun Tang, Zhong-Qin Huang, Peng Jin, Yan-Hong Li, Zhuo Han, Lan-Ying Hu, Gai-Fang Yao and Hua Zhang

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2020 20:258

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  27. Recombinant carbohydrases genes are used to produce transgenic woody plants with improved phenotypic traits. However, cultivation of such plants in open field is challenging due to a number of problems. Theref...

    Authors: Elena O. Vidyagina, Natalia M. Subbotina, Vladimir A. Belyi, Vadim G. Lebedev, Konstantin V. Krutovsky and Konstantin A. Shestibratov

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2020 20:251

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  28. Allelic variation underlying the quantitative traits in plants is caused by the extremely complex regulation process. Tree peony originated in China is a peculiar ornamental, medicinal and oil woody plant. Paeoni...

    Authors: Na Liu and Fangyun Cheng

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2020 20:245

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  29. Two-line hybrid wheat system using thermo-photo sensitive genic male sterility (TPSGMS) is currently the most promising approach for wheat heterosis utilization in China. However, during past 20 years only few...

    Authors: Hongsheng Li, Shaoxiang Li, Sedhom Abdelkhalik, Armaghan Shahzad, Jian Gu, Zhonghui Yang, Mingliang Ding, Kun Liu, Hong Zhao and Mujun Yang

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2020 20:246

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  30. 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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  31. 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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  32. 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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  33. 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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  34. 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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  35. 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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  36. 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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  37. 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

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  38. 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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  39. 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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  40. 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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  41. 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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  42. 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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  43. 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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  44. 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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  45. 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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  46. 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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