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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

    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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    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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  3. 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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  4. 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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  5. 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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  6. 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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  7. 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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  8. 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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  9. 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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  10. 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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  11. 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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  12. 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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  13. 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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  14. 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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  15. 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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  16. 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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  17. 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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  18. 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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  19. 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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  20. 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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  21. 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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  22. 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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  23. 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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  24. 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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  25. Content type: Research article

    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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  26. 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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  27. 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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  28. 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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  29. 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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  30. 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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  31. 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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  32. 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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  33. 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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  34. 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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  35. 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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  36. 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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  37. 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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  38. 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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  39. 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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  40. 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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  41. 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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  42. 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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  43. 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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  44. 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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  45. 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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  46. 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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