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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. Content type: Research article

    The ability of severed rootstocks and shoots to re-establish vascular connections is used to generate grafted plants that combine desirable traits from both scions and rootstocks. Clarifying the mechanisms of ...

    Authors: Lulu Xie, Chunjuan Dong and Qingmao Shang

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2019 19:373

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    Correct timing of flowering is critical for plants to produce enough viable offspring. In Arabidopsis thaliana (Arabidopsis), flowering time is regulated by an intricate network of molecular signaling pathways. A...

    Authors: Sarah Schiessl, Natalie Williams, Pascal Specht, Dorothee Staiger and Mikael Johansson

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2019 19:372

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    Propamocarb (PM) is one of the main pesticides used for controlling cucumber downy mildew. However, due to its volatility and internal absorption, PM can easily form pesticide residues on cucumber fruits that ...

    Authors: Fan Zhang, Zhiwei Qin, Xiuyan Zhou, Ming Xin, Shengnan Li and Jie Luan

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2019 19:371

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  4. Content type: Research article

    Cucumis melo is a suitable study material for investigation of fruit ripening owing to its climacteric nature. Long non-coding RNAs have been linked to many important biological processes, such as fruit ripening,...

    Authors: Yunyun Tian, Selinge Bai, Zhenhua Dang, Jinfeng Hao, Jin Zhang and Agula Hasi

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2019 19:369

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  5. Content type: Research article

    Gossypium australe F. Mueller (2n = 2x = 26, G2 genome) possesses valuable characteristics. For example, the delayed gland morphogenesis trait causes cottonseed protein and oil to be edible while retaining resist...

    Authors: Shouli Feng, Min Xu, Fujie Liu, Changjiang Cui and Baoliang Zhou

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2019 19:365

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  6. Content type: Research article

    Heat treatment is widely used to break dormancy for seed germination and phytohormones could be deeply involved. However, effect of heat treatment on phytohormone related genes/proteins/metabolites and possibl...

    Authors: Yong Wang, Yin Min Htwe, Jing Li, Peng Shi, Dapeng Zhang, Zhihao Zhao and Leonard Osayande Ihase

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2019 19:363

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  7. Content type: Research article

    Blackgram [Vigna mungo (L.) Hepper], is an important legume crop of Asia with limited genomic resources. We report a comprehensive set of genic simple sequence repeat (SSR) and single nucleotide polymorphism (SNP...

    Authors: Avi Raizada and J. Souframanien

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2019 19:358

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  8. Content type: Research article

    Survival of plants in response to salinity stress is typically related to Na+ toxicity, but little is known about how heterologous high-affinity potassium transporter (HKT) may help alleviate salt-induced damages...

    Authors: Li Wang, Yuhui Liu, Dan Li, Shoujiang Feng, Jiangwei Yang, Jingjing Zhang, Junlian Zhang, Di Wang and Yantai Gan

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2019 19:357

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  9. Content type: Research article

    To compensate for the lack of information about the molecular mechanism involved in Arundo donax L. response to salt stress, we de novo sequenced, assembled and analyzed the A. donax leaf transcriptome subjected ...

    Authors: Angelo Sicilia, Giorgio Testa, Danilo Fabrizio Santoro, Salvatore Luciano Cosentino and Angela Roberta Lo Piero

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2019 19:355

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  10. Content type: Research article

    Rice plants show yellowing, stunting, withering, reduced tillering and utimately low productivity in susceptible varieties under low temperature stress. Comparative transcriptome analysis was performed to iden...

    Authors: Sharat Kumar Pradhan, Elssa Pandit, Deepak Kumar Nayak, Lambodar Behera and Trilochan Mohapatra

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2019 19:352

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  11. Content type: Research article

    Rubisco activase (RCA) regulates the activity of Rubisco and is a key enzyme of photosynthesis. RCA expression was widely reported to affect plant photosynthesis and crop yield, but the molecular basis of natu...

    Authors: Yu Zhang, Yong Zhou, Qian Sun, Dexiang Deng, Huanhuan Liu, Saihua Chen and Zhitong Yin

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2019 19:351

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  12. Content type: Research article

    The pentatricopeptide repeat (PPR) gene family, which contains multiple 35-amino acid repeats, constitutes one of the largest gene families in plants. PPR proteins function in organelles to target specific tra...

    Authors: Peng He, Shuyin Wu, Yanli Jiang, Lihua Zhang, Meiju Tang, Guanghui Xiao and Jianing Yu

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2019 19:350

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  13. Content type: Research article

    AFP is a negative regulator of ABA signaling that promotes ABI5 protein degradation and weakens regulation of ABA signaling by targeting upstream genes of ABI5, and TaABI5 gene was seed-specific, and accumulated ...

    Authors: Yumei Feng, Meng Liu, Zeng Wang, Xianlin Zhao, Bing Han, Yanping Xing, Maoyan Wang and Yan Yang

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2019 19:349

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  14. Content type: Research article

    Resistance to pre-harvest sprouting (PHS) is one of the major objectives in wheat breeding programs. However, the complex quantitative nature of this trait presents challenges when breeding for PHS resistance....

    Authors: Xingyi Wang, Hui Liu, Guannan Liu, Md Sultan Mia, Kadambot H. M. Siddique and Guijun Yan

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2019 19:348

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  15. Content type: Research article

    The safety assessment and control of stacked transgenic crops is increasingly important due to continuous crop development and is urgently needed in China. The genetic stability of foreign genes and unintended...

    Authors: Xujing Wang, Xin Zhang, Jiangtao Yang, Xiaojing Liu, Yaya Song and Zhixing Wang

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2019 19:346

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  16. Content type: Research article

    GRAS are plant-specific transcription factors that play important roles in plant growth and development. Although the GRAS gene family has been studied in many plants, there has been little research on the GRAS g...

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

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2019 19:342

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  17. Content type: Research article

    Circular RNAs (circRNAs) are known to play an important role in the regulation of gene expression in eukaryotes. Photo-thermosensitive genic male sterile (PTGMS) is a very important germplasm resource in two-l...

    Authors: Ying Wang, Zeyang Xiong, Qian Li, Yueyang Sun, Jing Jin, Hao Chen, Yu Zou, Xingguo Huang and Yi Ding

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2019 19:340

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  18. Content type: Research article

    Cymbidium goeringii belongs to the Orchidaceae, which is one of the most abundant angiosperm families. Cymbidium goeringii consist with high economic value and characteristics include fragrance and multiple flowe...

    Authors: Mummadireddy Ramya, Pue Hee Park, Yu-Chen Chuang, Oh Keun Kwon, Hye Ryun An, Pil Man Park, Yun Su Baek, Byoung-Chorl Kang, Wen-Chieh Tsai and Hong-Hwa Chen

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2019 19:337

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  19. Content type: Research article

    Wheat grains contain gluten proteins, which harbour immunogenic epitopes that trigger Coeliac disease in 1–2% of the human population. Wheat varieties or accessions containing only safe gluten have not been id...

    Authors: Aurélie Jouanin, Jan G. Schaart, Lesley A. Boyd, James Cockram, Fiona J. Leigh, Ruth Bates, Emma J. Wallington, Richard G. F. Visser and Marinus J. M. Smulders

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2019 19:333

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  20. Content type: Research article

    Good establishment is important for rapid leaf area development in wheat crops. Poor establishment results in fewer, later-emerging plants, reduced leaf area and tiller number. In addition, poorly established ...

    Authors: William D. Bovill, Jessica Hyles, Alexander B. Zwart, Brett A. Ford, Geetha Perera, Tanya Phongkham, Brenton J. Brooks, Gregory J. Rebetzke, Matthew J. Hayden, James R. Hunt and Wolfgang Spielmeyer

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2019 19:332

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  21. Content type: Research article

    To efficiently protect and exploit germplasm resources for marker development and breeding purposes, we must accurately depict the features of the tea populations. This study focuses on the Camellia sinensis (C. ...

    Authors: Suzhen Niu, Qinfei Song, Hisashi Koiwa, Dahe Qiao, Degang Zhao, Zhengwu Chen, Xia Liu and Xiaopeng Wen

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2019 19:328

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  22. Content type: Research article

    Diethyl aminoethyl hexanoate (DA-6), a plant growth regulator, has many beneficial effects on agricultural production. DA-6 has been applied to many plant species, but the molecular mechanism by which spraying...

    Authors: Daxing Wen, Yan Li, Lifeng He and Chunqing Zhang

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2019 19:327

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  23. Content type: Research article

    Leaf shape development research is important because leaf shapes such as moderate curling can help to improve light energy utilization efficiency. Leaf growth and development includes initiation of the leaf pr...

    Authors: Mao Yang, Chengwei Huang, Mingming Wang, Hao Fan, Shubei Wan, Yangming Wang, Jianbo He and Rongzhan Guan

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2019 19:324

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  24. Content type: Research article

    Single Nucleotide Polymorphism (SNP) array and re-sequencing technologies have different properties (e.g. calling rate, minor allele frequency profile) and drawbacks (e.g. ascertainment bias). This lead us to ...

    Authors: Sandra S. Negro, Emilie J. Millet, Delphine Madur, Cyril Bauland, Valérie Combes, Claude Welcker, François Tardieu, Alain Charcosset and Stéphane D. Nicolas

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2019 19:318

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  25. Content type: Research article

    Anthocyanins, which are colored pigments, have long been used as food and pharmaceutical ingredients due to their potential health benefits, but the intermediate signals through which environmental or developm...

    Authors: Gen Li, Jianhua Zhao, Beibei Qin, Yue Yin, Wei An, Zixin Mu and Youlong Cao

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2019 19:317

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  26. Content type: Research article

    Essential oils (EOs) of Lavandula angustifolia, mainly consist of monoterpenoids and sesquiterpenoids, are of great commercial value. The multi-flower spiciform thyrse of lavender not only determines the output o...

    Authors: Hui Li, Jingrui Li, Yanmei Dong, Haiping Hao, Zhengyi Ling, Hongtong Bai, Huafang Wang, Hongxia Cui and Lei Shi

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2019 19:313

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  27. Content type: Research article

    CRISPR/Cas9 gene editing is now revolutionizing the ability to effectively modify plant genomes in the absence of efficient homologous recombination mechanisms that exist in other organisms. However, soybean i...

    Authors: Phat T. Do, Cuong X. Nguyen, Hien T. Bui, Ly T. N. Tran, Gary Stacey, Jason D. Gillman, Zhanyuan J. Zhang and Minviluz G. Stacey

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2019 19:311

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  28. Content type: Research article

    Ethylene promotes fruit ripening whereas 1-methylcyclopropene (1-MCP), a non-toxic antagonist of ethylene, delays fruit ripening via the inhibition of ethylene receptor. However, unsuitable 1-MCP treatment can...

    Authors: Xiaoyang Zhu, Lanlan Ye, Xiaochun Ding, Qiyang Gao, Shuangling Xiao, Qinqin Tan, Jiling Huang, Weixin Chen and Xueping Li

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2019 19:309

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  29. Content type: Research article

    Verticillium wilt caused by the fungus Verticillium dahliae race 1 is among the top disease concerns for lettuce in the Salinas and Pajaro Valleys of coastal central California. Resistance of lettuce against V. d...

    Authors: Patrik Inderbitzin, Marilena Christopoulou, Dean Lavelle, Sebastian Reyes-Chin-Wo, Richard W. Michelmore, Krishna V. Subbarao and Ivan Simko

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2019 19:305

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  30. Content type: Research article

    Rapeseed is the third largest oil seed crop in the world. The seeds of this plant store lipids in oil bodies, and oleosin is the most important structural protein in oil bodies. However, the function of oleosi...

    Authors: Kang Chen, Yongtai Yin, Si Liu, Zhenyi Guo, Kai Zhang, Yu Liang, Lina Zhang, Weiguo Zhao, Hongbo Chao and Maoteng Li

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2019 19:294

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  31. Content type: Research article

    The oilseed Camelina sativa is grown for a range of applications, including for biofuel, biolubricants, and as a source of omega-3 fatty acids for the aquaculture feed industry. The seed meal co-product is used a...

    Authors: Wendy J. Lyzenga, Myrtle Harrington, Diana Bekkaoui, Merek Wigness, Dwayne D. Hegedus and Kevin L. Rozwadowski

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2019 19:292

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  32. Content type: Research article

    Sand oat (Avena strigosa Schreb.), one of the four cultivated species of the genus Avena, could be considered as another alternative crop. In gene banks 865 germplasm samples of this species have been preserved t...

    Authors: Wiesław Podyma, Paulina Bolc, Joanna Nocen, Marta Puchta, Sylwia Wlodarczyk, Boguslaw Lapinski and Maja Boczkowska

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2019 19:291

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  33. Content type: Research article

    Sugarcane is a major crop producing about 80% of sugar globally. Increasing sugar content is a top priority for sugarcane breeding programs worldwide, however, the progress is extremely slow. Owing to its comm...

    Authors: Zhongliang Chen, Cuixian Qin, Miao Wang, Fen Liao, Qing Liao, Xihui Liu, Yangrui Li, Prakash Lakshmanan, Minghua Long and Dongliang Huang

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2019 19:285

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  34. Content type: Research article

    Amylose content (AC) is a critical factor for the quality of rice. It is determined by the biosynthesis gene Waxy (Wx) and a variety of quantitative trait loci (QTLs). Although many QTLs have been reported to aff...

    Authors: Hua Zhang, Lihui Zhou, Heng Xu, Liangchao Wang, Huijie Liu, Changquan Zhang, Qianfeng Li, Minghong Gu, Cailin Wang, Qiaoquan Liu and Ying Zhu

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2019 19:275

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  35. Content type: Research article

    miRNAs are major regulators of gene expression and have proven their role in understanding the genetic regulation of biosynthetic pathways. Stevioside and rebaudioside-A, the two most abundant and sweetest com...

    Authors: Monica Saifi, Sneha Yogindran, Nazima Nasrullah, Umara Nissar, Irum Gul and M. Z. Abdin

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2019 19:274

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  36. Content type: Research article

    Heterosis is the superior performance of F1 hybrids relative to their parental lines for a wide range of traits. In this study, expression profiling and heterosis associated genes were analyzed by RNA sequencing ...

    Authors: Yang Zhao, Fangxiu Hu, Xingen Zhang, Qiye Wei, Jinlei Dong, Chen Bo, Beijiu Cheng and Qing Ma

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2019 19:273

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  37. Content type: Research article

    Pogostemon cablin (Blanco) Benth. (Patchouli) is an important aromatic and medicinal plant and widely used in traditional Chinese medicine as well as in the perfume industry. Patchoulol is the primary bioactive c...

    Authors: Xiuzhen Chen, Junren Li, Xiaobing Wang, Liting Zhong, Yun Tang, Xuanxuan Zhou, Yanting Liu, Ruoting Zhan, Hai Zheng, Weiwen Chen and Likai Chen

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2019 19:266

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  38. Content type: Research article

    Chloroplast biogenesis, a complex process in higher plants, is the key to photoautotrophic growth in plants. White virescent (wv) mutants have been used to unfold the molecular mechanisms underlying the regulatio...

    Authors: Shenghua Gao, Wenjing Gao, Xiaoli Liao, Cheng Xiong, Gang Yu, Qihong Yang, Changxian Yang and Zhibiao Ye

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2019 19:265

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  39. Content type: Research article

    Cultivated rice (Oryza sativa L.) is one of the staple food for over half of the world’s population. Thus, improvement of cultivated rice is important for the development of the world. It has been shown that abun...

    Authors: Peng Zhang, Kaizhen Zhong, Zhengzheng Zhong and Hanhua Tong

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2019 19:259

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  40. Content type: Research article

    As an elite japonica rice variety, Kongyu-131 has been cultivated for over 20 years in the third accumulated temperature zone of Heilongjiang Province, China. However, the cultivated area of Kongyu-131 has decrea...

    Authors: Xiaomin Feng, Kangxue Lin, Wenqi Zhang, Jianzong Nan, Xiaohui Zhang, Chen Wang, Rongsheng Wang, Guoqiang Jiang, Qingbo Yuan and Shaoyang Lin

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2019 19:249

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  41. Content type: Methodology article

    Rapid-cycling Brassica rapa (RCBr), also known as Wisconsin Fast Plants, are small robust plants with a short lifecycle that are widely used in biology teaching. RCBr have been used for decades but there are no p...

    Authors: Die Hu, Andrew F. Bent, Xilin Hou and Ying Li

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2019 19:246

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  42. Content type: Research article

    Green flesh color, resulting from the accumulation of chlorophyll, is one of the most important commercial traits for the fruits. The genetic network regulating green flesh formation has been studied in tomato...

    Authors: Kailiang Bo, Shuang Wei, Weiping Wang, Han Miao, Shaoyun Dong, Shengping Zhang and Xingfang Gu

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2019 19:243

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  43. Content type: Research article

    Red maple (Acer rubrum L.) is one of the most common and widespread trees with colorful leaves. We found a mutant with red, yellow, and green leaf phenotypes in different branches, which provided ideal materials ...

    Authors: Zhu Chen, Xiaoyu Lu, Yun Xuan, Fei Tang, Jingjing Wang, Dan Shi, Songling Fu and Jie Ren

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2019 19:240

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  44. Content type: Research article

    YABBY genes play important roles in the growth and polar establishment of lateral organs such as leaves and floral organs in angiosperms. However, the functions of YABBY homologous genes are largely unknown in so...

    Authors: Hui Yang, Guixia Shi, Xiao Li, Dezhou Hu, Yanmei Cui, Jinfeng Hou, Deyue Yu and Fang Huang

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2019 19:234

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  45. Content type: Research article

    The close planting of dwarfing self-rooted rootstocks is currently a widely used method for apple production; however, self-rooted rootstocks are weak with shallow roots and poor grounding. Therefore, understa...

    Authors: Zenghui Wang, Jialin Li, Yunfei Mao, Manman Zhang, Rong Wang, Yanli Hu, Zhiquan Mao and Xiang Shen

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2019 19:229

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  46. Content type: Research article

    Some broccoli (Brassica oleracea L. italic) accessions have purple sepals and cold weather would deepen the purple color, while the sepals of other broccoli lines are always green even in cold winter. The related...

    Authors: Huifang Yu, Jiansheng Wang, Xiaoguang Sheng, Zhenqing Zhao, Yusen Shen, Ferdinando Branca and Honghui Gu

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2019 19:228

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  47. Content type: Research article

    Clubroot, caused by Plasmodiophora brassicae Woronin, is a very important disease of Brassica species. Management of clubroot relies heavily on genetic resistance. In a cross of Brassica nigra lines PI 219576 (hi...

    Authors: Adrian Chang, Mebarek Lamara, Yangdou Wei, Hao Hu, Isobel A. P. Parkin, Bruce D. Gossen, Gary Peng and Fengqun Yu

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2019 19:224

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  48. Content type: Research article

    Adaptation to drought-prone environments requires robust root architecture. Genotypes with a more vigorous root system have the potential to better adapt to soils with limited moisture content. However, root a...

    Authors: Adel H. Abdel-Ghani, Rajiv Sharma, Celestine Wabila, Sidram Dhanagond, Saed J. Owais, Mahmud A. Duwayri, Saddam A. Al-Dalain, Christian Klukas, Dijun Chen, Thomas Lübberstedt, Nicolaus von Wirén, Andreas Graner, Benjamin Kilian and Kerstin Neumann

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2019 19:216

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  49. Content type: Research article

    Taxus cuspidata is well known worldwide for its ability to produce Taxol, one of the top-selling natural anticancer drugs. However, current Taxol production cannot match the increasing needs of the market, and no...

    Authors: Xuejun Kuang, Sijie Sun, Jianhe Wei, Ying Li and Chao Sun

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2019 19:210

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