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Genetics and crop biotechnology

Section edited by Elizabeth Jean Finnegan 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

    Dihydroflavonol 4-reductase (DFR) is the key enzyme committed to anthocyanin and proanthocyanidin biosynthesis in the flavonoid biosynthetic pathway. DFR proteins can catalyse mainly the three substrates (dihy...

    Authors: Kenjiro Katsu, Rintaro Suzuki, Wataru Tsuchiya, Noritoshi Inagaki, Toshimasa Yamazaki, Tomomi Hisano, Yasuo Yasui, Toshiyuki Komori, Motoyuki Koshio, Seiji Kubota, Amanda R. Walker, Kiyoshi Furukawa and Katsuhiro Matsui

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2017 17:239

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    Banded leaf and sheath blight (BLSB), caused by the necrotrophic fungus Rhizoctonia solani, is a highly devastating disease in most maize and rice growing areas of the world. However, the molecular mechanisms of ...

    Authors: Fangfang Yang, Xinhua Ding, Jing Chen, Yanting Shen, Lingguang Kong, Ning Li and Zhaohui Chu

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2017 17:233

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  3. Content type: Research article

    Somatic embryogenesis is the preferred method for cell to plant regeneration in Vitis vinifera L. However, low frequencies of plant embryo conversion are commonly found. In a previous work we obtained from cut-se...

    Authors: Tània San Pedro, Najet Gammoudi, Rosa Peiró, Antonio Olmos and Carmina Gisbert

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2017 17:226

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  4. Content type: Research article

    MicroRNA (miRNA) plays an important role in plant development regulation. Hickory is an economically important plant in which the amount of flowering determines its production.

    Authors: Zhi-chao Sun, Liang-sheng Zhang and Zheng-jia Wang

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2017 17:228

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  5. Content type: Research article

    The aerial parts of most land plants are covered with cuticular wax which is important for plants to avoid harmful factors. There is still no cloning study about wax synthesis gene of the alcohol-forming pathw...

    Authors: Dongming Liu, Jun Tang, Zezhou Liu, Xin Dong, Mu Zhuang, Yangyong Zhang, Honghao Lv, Peitian Sun, Yumei Liu, Zhansheng Li, Zhibiao Ye, Zhiyuan Fang and Limei Yang

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2017 17:223

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  6. Content type: Research article

    Oil palm is the most productive oil crop and the efficiency of pollination has a direct impact on the yield of oil. Pollination by wind can occur but maximal pollination is mediated by the weevil E. kamerunicus. ...

    Authors: Ran Li, Vaishnavi Amarr Reddy, Jingjing Jin, Chakaravarthy Rajan, Qian Wang, Genhua Yue, Chin Huat Lim, Nam-Hai Chua, Jian Ye and Rajani Sarojam

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2017 17:219

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  7. Content type: Research article

    Black point is a serious threat to wheat production and can be managed by host resistance. Marker-assisted selection (MAS) has the potential to accelerate genetic improvement of black point resistance in wheat...

    Authors: Jindong Liu, Zhonghu He, Awais Rasheed, Weie Wen, Jun Yan, Pingzhi Zhang, Yingxiu Wan, Yong Zhang, Chaojie Xie and Xianchun Xia

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2017 17:220

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  8. Content type: Research article

    Advances in forward and reverse genetic techniques have enabled the discovery and identification of several plant defence genes based on quantifiable disease phenotypes in mutant populations. Existing models f...

    Authors: Rosita E. Yocgo, Ephifania Geza, Emile R. Chimusa and Gaston K. Mazandu

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2017 17:218

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  9. Content type: Research article

    Vernalization and the transition from vegetative to reproductive growth involve multiple pathways, vital for controlling floral organ formation and flowering time. However, little transcription information is ...

    Authors: Guangyan Feng, Linkai Huang, Ji Li, Jianping Wang, Lei Xu, Ling Pan, Xinxin Zhao, Xia Wang, Ting Huang and Xinquan Zhang

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2017 17:216

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  10. Content type: Research article

    microRNAs (miRNAs) are important regulators in plant growth and development. miR159 is a conserved miRNA among different plant species and has various functions in plants. Studies on miR159 are mostly done on ...

    Authors: Yafan Zhao, Huili Wen, Sachin Teotia, Yanxiu Du, Jing Zhang, Junzhou Li, Hongzheng Sun, Guiliang Tang, Ting Peng and Quanzhi Zhao

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2017 17:215

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  11. Content type: Research article

    Selecting for low concentration of Na+ in the shoot provides one approach for tackling salinity stress that adversely affects crop production. Novel alleles for Na+ exclusion can be identified and then introduced...

    Authors: Nawar Jalal Shamaya, Yuri Shavrukov, Peter Langridge, Stuart John Roy and Mark Tester

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2017 17:209

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  12. Content type: Research article

    Understanding how landscape factors, including suites of geographic and environmental variables, and both historical and contemporary ecological and evolutionary processes shape the distribution of genetic div...

    Authors: Bo Xu, Guoli Sun, Xuemin Wang, Jingwei Lu, Ian J. Wang and Zan Wang

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2017 17:200

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  13. Content type: Editorial

    The inclusive threshold policy for publication in BMC journals including BMC Plant Biology means that editorial decisions are largely based on the soundness of the research presented rather than the novelty or...

    Authors: Fabrizio Costa, Grant Cramer and E. Jean Finnegan

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2017 17:196

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  14. Content type: Research article

    Barley (Hordeum vulgare L.) is a major cereal crop, which is cultivated under variable environmental conditions and abiotic stresses in marginal areas around the globe. In this study, we evaluated 150 Jordanian l...

    Authors: A. M. Al-Abdallat, A. Karadsheh, N. I. Hadadd, M. W. Akash, S. Ceccarelli, M. Baum, M. Hasan, A. Jighly and J. M. Abu Elenein

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2017 17:191

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  15. Content type: Research article

    Species in the Solanaceae family are known for producing plethora of specialized metabolites. In addition to biosynthesis pathways, a full comprehension of secondary metabolism must also take into account the ...

    Authors: Adolfo Luís dos Santos, Samuel Chaves-Silva, Lina Yang, Lucas Gontijo Silva Maia, Antonio Chalfun-Júnior, Senjuti Sinharoy, Jian Zhao and Vagner Augusto Benedito

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2017 17:185

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  16. Content type: Research article

    The ratio of sugars to organic acids, two of the major metabolites in fleshy fruits, has been considered the most important contributor to fruit sweetness. Although accumulation of sugars and acids have been e...

    Authors: Liang Qiao, Minghao Cao, Jian Zheng, Yihong Zhao and Zhi-Liang Zheng

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2017 17:186

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  17. Content type: Research article

    Dof (DNA binding with one finger) proteins, a class of plant-specific transcription factors which contain a conserved C2-C2-type zinc finger domain, are involved in many fundamental processes. In the Arabidops...

    Authors: Qi Wu, Xue Liu, Dedong Yin, Hua Yuan, Qi Xie, Xianfeng Zhao, Xiaobing Li, Lihuang Zhu, Shigui Li and Dayong Li

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2017 17:166

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  18. Content type: Research

    Dissecting the genetic basis and regulatory mechanisms for the biosynthesis and accumulation of nutrients in maize could lead to the improved nutritional quality of this crop. Gene expression is regulated at t...

    Authors: Xiuqin Xu, Min Wang, Lianbo Li, Ronghui Che, Peng Li, Laming Pei and Hui Li

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2017 17:163

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  19. Content type: Research article

    The Flo2 gene is a member of a conserved gene family in plants. This gene has been found to be related to thousand grain weight (TGW) in rice. Its orthologs in hexaploid wheat were cloned, and the haplotype varia...

    Authors: Muhammad Sajjad, Xiaoling Ma, Sultan Habibullah Khan, Muhammad Shoaib, Yanhong Song, Wenlong Yang, Aimin Zhang and Dongcheng Liu

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2017 17:164

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