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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

    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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    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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  3. 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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    Observations of precocious (early bearing) genotypes of walnut (Juglans regia L.) under natural conditions encouraged us to study the origin and genetic control of these fascinating traits.

    Authors: Lingna Chen, Runquan Dong, Qingguo Ma, Yu Zhang, Shizhong Xu, Delu Ning, Qin Chen and Dong Pei

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2018 18:323

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  5. Content type: Research article

    Polyploidy, or whole-genome duplication (WGD) promotes genetic diversification in plants. However, whether WGD is accompanied by epigenetic regulation especially DNA methylation remains yet elusive. Methylatio...

    Authors: Hongyu Zhang, Asif Ali, Feixue Hou, Tingkai Wu, Daiming Guo, Xiufeng Zeng, Fangfang Wang, Huixia Zhao, Xiaoqiong Chen, Peizhou Xu and Xianjun Wu

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2018 18:314

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  6. Content type: Research article

    Oil from seeds of the tung tree (Vernicia fordii) has unique drying properties that are industrially important. We found that the extended oil accumulation period was related to the high seed oil content at matur...

    Authors: Lingling Zhang, Pan Wu, Wenying Lu and Shiyou Lü

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2018 18:248

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  7. Content type: Research article

    Gene activity is largely controlled by transcriptional regulation through the action of transcription factors and other regulators. QsMYB1 is a member of the R2R3-MYB transcription factor family related to sec...

    Authors: Tiago Capote, Pedro Barbosa, Ana Usié, António Marcos Ramos, Vera Inácio, Ricardo Ordás, Sónia Gonçalves and Leonor Morais-Cecílio

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2018 18:198

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  8. Content type: Research article

    Boron (B) deficiency is an agricultural problem that causes significant losses of crop yield in many areas of the world. However, systematic analysis of BOR family genes for B transport in rapeseed is still la...

    Authors: Haifei Chen, Quan Zhang, Mingliang He, Sheliang Wang, Lei Shi and Fangsen Xu

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2018 18:193

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  9. Content type: Research article

    Citrus flavonoids are considered as the important secondary metabolites because of their biological and pharmacological activities. Chalcone synthase (CHS) is a key enzyme that catalyses the first committed st...

    Authors: Zhibin Wang, Qibin Yu, Wanxia Shen, Choaa A. El Mohtar, Xiaochun Zhao and Fredrick G. Gmitter Jr

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2018 18:189

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  10. Content type: Research article

    Weed management is critical to global crop production and is complicated by rapidly evolving herbicide resistance in weeds. New sources of herbicide resistance are needed for crop plants so that applied herbic...

    Authors: Gregory N. Thyssen, Marina Naoumkina, Jack C. McCarty, Johnie N. Jenkins, Christopher Florane, Ping Li and David D. Fang

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2018 18:186

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  11. Content type: Research article

    Genomic analysis technologies can promote efficient fruit tree breeding. Genotyping by sequencing (GBS) enables generating efficient data for high-quality genetic map construction and QTL analysis in a relativ...

    Authors: Gilad Gabay, Yardena Dahan, Yacov Izhaki, Adi Faigenboim, Giora Ben-Ari, Yonatan Elkind and Moshe A. Flaishman

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2018 18:175

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  12. Content type: Research article

    Precision plant genome engineering holds much promise for targeted improvement of crop traits via unprecedented single-base level control over the genetic material. Strigolactones (SLs) are a key determinant o...

    Authors: Haroon Butt, Muhammad Jamil, Jian You Wang, Salim Al-Babili and Magdy Mahfouz

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2018 18:174

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  13. Content type: Research article

    The objective of this research was to map quantitative trait loci (QTLs) of multiple traits of breeding importance in pea (Pisum sativum L.). Three recombinant inbred line (RIL) populations, PR-02 (Orb x CDC Stri...

    Authors: Krishna K. Gali, Yong Liu, Anoop Sindhu, Marwan Diapari, Arun S. K. Shunmugam, Gene Arganosa, Ketema Daba, Carolyn Caron, Reddy V. B. Lachagari, Bunyamin Tar’an and Thomas D. Warkentin

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2018 18:172

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  14. Content type: Research article

    Aflatoxin contamination in peanut seeds is still a serious problem for the industry and human health. No stable aflatoxin resistant cultivars have yet been produced, and given the narrow genetic background of ...

    Authors: Renee S. Arias, Victor S. Sobolev, Alicia N. Massa, Valerie A. Orner, Travis E. Walk, Linda L. Ballard, Sheron A. Simpson, Naveen Puppala, Brian E. Scheffler, Francisco de Blas and Guillermo J. Seijo

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2018 18:170

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  15. Content type: Research article

    Root systems play important roles in crop growth and stress responses. Although genetic mechanism of root traits in maize (Zea mays L.) has been investigated in different mapping populations, root traits have rar...

    Authors: Chuanli Ju, Wei Zhang, Ya Liu, Yufeng Gao, Xiaofan Wang, Jianbing Yan, Xiaohong Yang and Jiansheng Li

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2018 18:171

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  16. Content type: Research article

    Sesamia nonagrioides Lefebvere (Mediterranean corn borer, MCB) is the main pest of maize in the Mediterranean area. QTL for MCB stalk tunneling and grain yield under high MCB infestation had been located at bin 8...

    Authors: José Cruz Jiménez-Galindo, Rosa Ana Malvar, Ana Butrón, Marlon Caicedo and Bernardo Ordás

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2018 18:169

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  17. Content type: Research article

    Curds are the main edible organs, which exhibit remarkable yield heterosis in F1 hybrid broccoli. However, the molecular basis underlying heterosis in broccoli remains elusive.

    Authors: Hui Li, Jiye Yuan, Mei Wu, Zhanpin Han, Lihong Li, Hanmin Jiang, Yinglan Jia, Xue Han, Min Liu, Deling Sun, Chengbin Chen, Wenqin Song and Chunguo Wang

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2018 18:168

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  18. Content type: Research article

    Ripening of fleshy fruits has been classically defined as climacteric or non-climacteric. Both types of ripening are controlled by plant hormones, notably by ethylene in climacteric ripening and by abscisic ac...

    Authors: Bing-Zhu Hou, Chun-Li Li, Ying-Yan Han and Yuan-Yue Shen

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2018 18:162

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  19. Content type: Research article

    NADPH oxidase (Nox) is a critical enzyme involved in the generation of apoplastic superoxide (O2 ), a type of reactive oxygen species (ROS) and hence regulate a wide range of biological functions in many organis...

    Authors: Gurpreet Kaur and Pratap Kumar Pati

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2018 18:161

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  20. Content type: Research article

    Flax is an important field crop that can be used for either oilseed or fiber production. Plant height and technical length are important characters for flax. For linseed flax, plants usually have a short techn...

    Authors: Jianping Zhang, Yan Long, Liming Wang, Zhao Dang, Tianbao Zhang, Xiaxia Song, Zhanhai Dang and Xinwu Pei

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2018 18:160

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  21. Content type: Research article

    Under cultivation, many outcrossing fruit tree species have switched from sexual reproduction to vegetative propagation. Traditional production systems have persisted, where cultivar propagation is based on a ...

    Authors: Bariaa Hamadeh, Lamis Chalak, Geo Coppens d’Eeckenbrugge, Laure Benoit and Hélène I. Joly

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2018 18:155

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  22. Content type: Research article

    Flowering time is a key trait for regional adaption and seed production in rice (Oryza sativa L.). Forward and reverse genetic studies have characterized a number of flowering-time genes. However, co-expression a...

    Authors: Liping Zeng, Xue Liu, Zhuangzhi Zhou, Dayong Li, Xianfeng Zhao, Lihuang Zhu, Yingfeng Luo and Songnian Hu

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2018 18:157

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  23. Content type: Research article

    Water permeability governed by seed coat is a major facet of seed crops, especially soybean, whose seeds lack physiological dormancy and experience rapid deterioration in seed viability under prolonged storage...

    Authors: G. Ramakrishna, Parampreet Kaur, Deepti Nigam, Pavan K. Chaduvula, Sangita Yadav, Akshay Talukdar, Nagendra Kumar Singh and Kishor Gaikwad

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2018 18:141

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  24. Content type: Methodology article

    The relatively low efficiency of biolistic transformation and subsequent integration of multiple copies of the introduced gene/s significantly complicate the genetic modification of wheat (Triticum aestivum) and ...

    Authors: Ainur Ismagul, Nannan Yang, Elina Maltseva, Gulnur Iskakova, Inna Mazonka, Yuri Skiba, Huihui Bi, Serik Eliby, Satyvaldy Jatayev, Yuri Shavrukov, Nikolai Borisjuk and Peter Langridge

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2018 18:135

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  25. Content type: Research article

    Plastome mutants are ideal resources for elucidating the functions of plastid genes. Numerous studies have been conducted for the function of plastid genes in barley and tobacco; however, related information i...

    Authors: Xiaoyan Tang, Yiheng Wang, Yun Zhang, Shengnan Huang, Zhiyong Liu, Danli Fei and Hui Feng

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2018 18:130

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  26. Content type: Research article

    The phenomenon of heterosis is critical to plant breeding and agricultural productivity. Heterosis occurs when F1 hybrid offspring display quantitative improvements in traits to levels that do not occur in the...

    Authors: Brendan F. Hallahan, Eva Fernandez-Tendero, Antoine Fort, Peter Ryder, Gilles Dupouy, Marc Deletre, Edna Curley, Galina Brychkova, Britta Schulz and Charles Spillane

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2018 18:120

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  27. Content type: Research article

    Rosa hybrida is a valuable ornamental, food and medicinal crop worldwide, but with relatively limited molecular marker resources, especially for flower-specific markers. In this study, we performed genomic and fl...

    Authors: Weicong Qi, Xi Chen, Peihong Fang, Shaochuan Shi, Jingjing Li, Xintong Liu, Xiaoqian Cao, Na Zhao, Huiyuan Hao, Yajie Li, Yujie Han and Zhao Zhang

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2018 18:119

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  28. Content type: Research article

    Notopterygium incisum is an important Chinese medicinal plant. Its mature seeds have underdeveloped embryos and are physiological dormant. We found the seeds with full developed embryos can germinate after treate...

    Authors: Li Aihua, Jiang Shunyuan, Yang Guang, Li Ying, Guo Na, Chen Tong, Kang Liping and Huang Luqi

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2018 18:116

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  29. Content type: Research Article

    Phosphorus (P) is an essential macronutrient for plant growth, and is required in large quantities by elite varieties of crops to maintain yields. Approximately 70% of global cultivated land suffers from P def...

    Authors: Matthew J. Milner, Rhian M. Howells, Melanie Craze, Sarah Bowden, Neil Graham and Emma J. Wallington

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2018 18:115

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  30. Content type: Research article

    Rice is highly sensitive to temperature fluctuations. Recently, the frequent occurrence of high temperature stress has heavily influenced rice production. Proper heading date in specific environmental conditio...

    Authors: Jun-Yu Chen, Hong-Wei Zhang, Hua-Li Zhang, Jie-Zheng Ying, Liang-Yong Ma and Jie-Yun Zhuang

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2018 18:112

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  31. Content type: Research article

    The chromosome-specific probe is a fundamental tool of chromosome painting and has been commonly applied in mammalian species. The technology, however, has not been widely applied in plants due to a lack of me...

    Authors: Lili Hou, Meng Xu, Tao Zhang, Zhihao Xu, Weiyun Wang, Jianxiang Zhang, Meimei Yu, Wen Ji, Cenwen Zhu, Zhiyun Gong, Minghong Gu, Jiming Jiang and Hengxiu Yu

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2018 18:110

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  32. Content type: Research article

    Barley (Hordeum vulgare) is an important crop cultivated across the world. Drought is a major abiotic factor compromising barley yield worldwide, therefore in modern spring barley cultivars superior seed and malt...

    Authors: Andriy Kochevenko, Yong Jiang, Christiane Seiler, Korana Surdonja, Sonja Kollers, Jochen Christoph Reif, Viktor Korzun and Andreas Graner

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2018 18:106

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  33. Content type: Research article

    Long Noncoding-RNAs (LncRNAs) are known to be involved in some biological processes, but their roles in plant-virus interactions remain largely unexplored. While circular RNAs (circRNAs) have been studied in a...

    Authors: Jinyan Wang, Yuwen Yang, Lamei Jin, Xitie Ling, Tingli Liu, Tianzi Chen, Yinghua Ji, Wengui Yu and Baolong Zhang

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2018 18:104

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  34. Content type: Research article

    Gibberellin (GA) treatments can induce parthenocarpy in the main crop of San Pedro-type figs, the native non-parthenocarpic fruit, however, the underlying mechanism is still largely unclear.

    Authors: Lijuan Chai, Peng Chai, Shangwu Chen, Moshe A. Flaishman and Huiqin Ma

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2018 18:100

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  35. Content type: Research article

    Sapium sebiferum, whose seeds contain high level of fatty acids, has been considered as one of the most important oil plants. However, the high male to female flower ratio limited the seed yield improvement and i...

    Authors: Jun Ni, Faheem Afzal Shah, Wenbo Liu, Qiaojian Wang, Dongdong Wang, Weiwei Zhao, Weili Lu, Shengwei Huang, Songling Fu and Lifang Wu

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2018 18:96

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  36. Content type: Research article

    Texture is one of the most important fruit quality attributes. In peach, stony hard (SH) is a recessive monogenic trait (hd/hd) that confers exceptionally prolonged firm flesh to fully ripe fruit. Previous studie...

    Authors: Marco Cirilli, Daniela Giovannini, Angelo Ciacciulli, Remo Chiozzotto, Stefano Gattolin, Laura Rossini, Alessandro Liverani and Daniele Bassi

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2018 18:88

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  37. Content type: Research article

    Water-soluble anthocyanin pigments are important ingredients in health-improving supplements and valuable for the food industry. Although great attention has been paid to the breeding and production of crops c...

    Authors: Hayoung Song, Hankuil Yi, Myungjin Lee, Ching-Tack Han, Jeongyeo Lee, HyeRan Kim, Jong-In Park, Ill-Sup Nou, Sun-Ju Kim and Yoonkang Hur

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2018 18:82

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  38. Content type: Research article

    The basil (Ocimum spp.) genus maintains a rich diversity of phenotypes and aromatic volatiles through natural and artificial outcrossing. Characterization of population structure and genetic diversity among a rep...

    Authors: Robert M. Pyne, Josh A. Honig, Jennifer Vaiciunas, Christian A. Wyenandt and James E. Simon

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2018 18:69

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  39. Content type: Research article

    The content of grain protein (GPC) in cereals is an important part of total protein in human food. Exploring and utilizing new GPC genes is one of the most effective approaches for wheat quality breeding.

    Authors: Xiufeng Jin, Bo Feng, Zhibin Xu, Xiaoli Fan, Jing liu, Qin Liu, Ping Zhu and Tao Wang

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2018 18:71

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  40. Content type: Research article

    Intracellular Na+ (K+)/H+ antiporters (NHXs) have pivotal functions in regulating plant growth, development, and resistance to a range of stresses. To gain insight into the molecular events underlying their actio...

    Authors: Yanhua Huang, Xin Cui, Huifang Cen, Kehua Wang and Yunwei Zhang

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2018 18:57

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  41. Content type: Research article

    Pyrrolizidine alkaloids (PAs) are a class of secondary metabolites that function as feeding deterrents in a range of different plant species. In perennial ryegrass (Lolium perenne L.) the only PAs that have been ...

    Authors: Geoffrey P. Gill, Catherine J. Bryant, Mikhail Fokin, Jan Huege, Karl Fraser, Chris Jones, Mingshu Cao and Marty J. Faville

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2018 18:56

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  42. Content type: Research article

    The fatty acid composition of B. napus’ seeds determines the oil’s nutritional and industrial values, and affects seed germination. Many studies have reported correlations among C16:0, C18:0, C18:1, C18:2 and C18...

    Authors: Feng Chen, Wei Zhang, Kunjiang Yu, Lijie Sun, Jianqin Gao, Xiaoying Zhou, Qi Peng, Sanxiong Fu, Maolong Hu, Weihua Long, Huiming Pu, Song Chen, Xiaodong Wang and Jiefu Zhang

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2018 18:49

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  43. Content type: Research article

    As a unique biological phenomenon, heterosis has been concerned with the superior performance of the heterosis than either parents. Despite several F1 hybrids, containing supernal nicotine content, had been di...

    Authors: Maozhu Tian, Qiong Nie, Zhenhua Li, Jie Zhang, Yiling Liu, Yao Long, Zhiwei Wang, Guoqing Wang and Renxiang Liu

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2018 18:48

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  44. Content type: Research article

    The cuticle covers the surface of the polysaccharide cell wall of leaf epidermal cells and forms an essential diffusion barrier between the plant and the environment. The cuticle is composed of cutin and wax. ...

    Authors: Guaiqiang Chai, Chunlian Li, Feng Xu, Yang Li, Xue Shi, Yong Wang and Zhonghua Wang

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2018 18:41

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  45. Content type: Research article

    Yield improvement is an ever-important objective of wheat breeding. Studying and understanding the phenotypes and genotypes of yield-related traits has potential for genetic improvement of crops.

    Authors: Jie Guo, Weiping Shi, Zheng Zhang, Jingye Cheng, Daizhen Sun, Jin Yu, Xinlei Li, Pingyi Guo and Chenyang Hao

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2018 18:38

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  46. Content type: Research article

    Cowpea (Vigna unguiculata) is an important source of protein supply for animal and human nutrition. The major storage globulins VICILIN and LEGUMIN (LEG) are synthesized from several genes including LEGA, LEGB, L...

    Authors: Julia Weiss, Marta I. Terry, Marina Martos-Fuentes, Lisa Letourneux, Victoria Ruiz-Hernández, Juan A. Fernández and Marcos Egea-Cortines

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2018 18:33

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  47. Content type: Research article

    Allelic variation at the FRIGIDA (FRI) locus is a major contributor to natural variation of flowering time and vernalization requirement in Arabidopsis thaliana. Dominant FRI inhibits flowering by activating the ...

    Authors: Licong Yi, Chunhong Chen, Shuai Yin, Haitao Li, Zhaohong Li, Bo Wang, Graham J. King, Jing Wang and Kede Liu

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2018 18:32

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