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Genetics and crop biotechnology

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. Maize is a major crop plant, grown for human and animal nutrition, as well as a renewable resource for bioenergy. When looking at the problems of limited fossil fuels, the growth of the world’s population or t...

    Authors: Christian Colmsee, Martin Mascher, Tobias Czauderna, Anja Hartmann, Urte Schlüter, Nina Zellerhoff, Jessica Schmitz, Andrea Bräutigam, Thea R Pick, Philipp Alter, Manfred Gahrtz, Sandra Witt, Alisdair R Fernie, Frederik Börnke, Holger Fahnenstich, Marcel Bucher…

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2012 12:245

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  2. Low-molecular-weight glutenin subunits (LMW-GS) strongly influence the bread-making quality of bread wheat. These proteins are encoded by a multi-gene family located at the Glu-A3, Glu-B3 and Glu-D3 loci on the s...

    Authors: Xiaofei Zhang, Hui Jin, Yan Zhang, Dongcheng Liu, Genying Li, Xianchun Xia, Zhonghu He and Aimin Zhang

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2012 12:243

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  3. Rapeseed (Brassica napus L.) has spring and winter genotypes adapted to different growing seasons. Winter genotypes do not flower before the onset of winter, thus leading to a longer vegetative growth period that...

    Authors: Jinna Hou, Yan Long, Harsh Raman, Xiaoxiao Zou, Jing Wang, Shutao Dai, Qinqin Xiao, Cong Li, Longjiang Fan, Bin Liu and Jinling Meng

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2012 12:238

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  4. Date palm (Phoenix dactylifera L.) is an important tree in the Middle East and North Africa due to the nutritional value of its fruit. Molecular Breeding would accelerate genetic improvement of fruit tree through...

    Authors: Yongli Zhao, Roxanne Williams, C S Prakash and Guohao He

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2012 12:237

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  5. Starch is stored in higher plants as granules composed of semi-crystalline amylopectin and amorphous amylose. Starch granules provide energy for the plant during dark periods and for germination of seeds and t...

    Authors: Massimiliano Carciofi, Andreas Blennow, Susanne L Jensen, Shahnoor S Shaik, Anette Henriksen, Alain Buléon, Preben B Holm and Kim H Hebelstrup

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2012 12:223

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  6. Brachypodium distachyon L. is a newly emerging model plant system for temperate cereal crop species. However, its grain protein compositions are still not clear. In the current study, we carried out a detailed pr...

    Authors: Shunli Wang, Ke Wang, Guanxing Chen, Dongwen Lv, Xiaofeng Han, Zitong Yu, Xiaohui Li, Xingguo Ye, SLK Hsam, Wujun Ma, Rudi Appels and Yueming Yan

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2012 12:221

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  7. CKX genes encode cytokinin dehydrogenase enzymes (CKX), which metabolize cytokinins in plants and influence developmental processes. The genes are expressed in different tissues and organs during development; how...

    Authors: Wojciech Zalewski, Wacław Orczyk, Sebastian Gasparis and Anna Nadolska-Orczyk

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2012 12:206

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  8. Triticum monococcum L., an A genome diploid einkorn wheat, was the first domesticated crop. As a diploid, it is attractive genetic model for the study of gene structure and function of wheat-specific traits. Dipl...

    Authors: Nidhi Rawat, Sunish K Sehgal, Anupama Joshi, Nolan Rothe, Duane L Wilson, Nathan McGraw, Praveen V Vadlani, Wanlong Li and Bikram S Gill

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2012 12:205

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  9. Tocopherols, which are vitamin E compounds, play an important role in maintaining human health. Compared with other staple foods, maize grains contain high level of tocopherols.

    Authors: Xu Shutu, Zhang Dalong, Cai Ye, Zhou Yi, Trushar Shah, Farhan Ali, Li Qing, Li Zhigang, Wang Weidong, Li Jiansheng, Yang Xiaohong and Yan Jianbing

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2012 12:201

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  10. The wild barley Hordeum chilense fulfills some requirements for being a useful tool to investigate the endosperm yellow pigment content (YPC) in the Triticeae including its diploid constitution, the availability ...

    Authors: Cristina Rodríguez-Suárez and Sergio G Atienza

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2012 12:200

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  11. Studies reported unintended pleiotropic effects for a number of pesticidal proteins ectopically expressed in transgenic crops, but the nature and significance of such effects in planta remain poorly understood. H...

    Authors: Aurélie Munger, Karine Coenen, Line Cantin, Charles Goulet, Louis-Philippe Vaillancourt, Marie-Claire Goulet, Russell Tweddell, Frank Sainsbury and Dominique Michaud

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2012 12:198

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  12. Cereal storage proteins represent one of the most important sources of protein for food and feed and they are coded by multigene families. The expression of the storage protein genes exhibits a temporal fluctu...

    Authors: Agnieszka Kaczmarczyk, Steve Bowra, Zoltan Elek and Eva Vincze

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2012 12:184

    Content type: Methodology article

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  13. Plant defensins represent a major innate immune protein superfamily that displays strong inhibitory effects on filamentous fungi. The total number of plant defensins in a conifer species is unknown since there...

    Authors: Pere Picart, Anna Maria Pirttilä, Dora Raventos, Hans-Henrik Kristensen and Hans-Georg Sahl

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2012 12:180

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  14. While the genetic transformation of the major cereal crops has become relatively routine, to date only a few reports were published on transgenic triticale, and robust data on T-DNA integration and segregation...

    Authors: Goetz Hensel, Sylwia Oleszczuk, Diaa Eldin S Daghma, Janusz Zimny, Michael Melzer and Jochen Kumlehn

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2012 12:171

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  15. Amaranthus cruentus and A. hypochondriacus are crop plants grown for grain production in subtropical countries. Recently, the generation of large-scale transcriptomic data opened the possibility to study represen...

    Authors: Paula Andrea Castrillón-Arbeláez, Norma Martínez-Gallardo, Hamlet Avilés Arnaut, Axel Tiessen and John Paul Délano-Frier

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2012 12:163

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  16. Pelargonium is one of the most popular garden plants in the world. Moreover, it has a considerable economic importance in the ornamental plant market. Conventional cross-breeding strategies have generated a ra...

    Authors: Begoña García-Sogo, Benito Pineda, Edelín Roque, Teresa Antón, Alejandro Atarés, Marisé Borja, José Pío Beltrán, Vicente Moreno and Luis Antonio Cañas

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2012 12:156

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  17. Cell separation that occurs during fleshy fruit abscission and dry fruit dehiscence facilitates seed dispersal, the final stage of plant reproductive development. While our understanding of the evolutionary co...

    Authors: Peerapat Roongsattham, Fabienne Morcillo, Chatchawan Jantasuriyarat, Maxime Pizot, Steven Moussu, Dasuni Jayaweera, Myriam Collin, Zinnia H Gonzalez-Carranza, Philippe Amblard, James W Tregear, Somvong Tragoonrung, Jean-Luc Verdeil and Timothy J Tranbarger

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2012 12:150

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  18. MicroRNAs (miRNAs) have recently emerged as important gene regulators in plants. MiRNAs and their targets have been extensively studied in Arabidopsis and rice. However, relatively little is known about the chara...

    Authors: Hong Zhu, Rui Xia, Bingyu Zhao, Yong-qiang An, Chris D Dardick, Ann M Callahan and Zongrang Liu

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2012 12:149

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  19. Proanthocyanidins (PAs), or condensed tannins, are flavonoid polymers, widespread throughout the plant kingdom, which provide protection against herbivores while conferring organoleptic and nutritive values to...

    Authors: Yung-Fen Huang, Agnès Doligez, Alexandre Fournier-Level, Loïc Le Cunff, Yves Bertrand, Aurélie Canaguier, Cécile Morel, Valérie Miralles, Frédéric Veran, Jean-Marc Souquet, Véronique Cheynier, Nancy Terrier and Patrice This

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2012 12:30

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  20. MicroRNAs (miRNAs) and short interfering RNAs (siRNAs) are two major classes of small RNAs. They play important regulatory roles in plants and animals by regulating transcription, stability and/or translation ...

    Authors: She Tang, Yu Wang, Zefeng Li, Yijie Gui, Bingguang Xiao, Jiahua Xie, Qian-Hao Zhu and Longjiang Fan

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2012 12:28

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  21. Genetic studies in allopolyploid plants are challenging because of the presence of similar sub-genomes, which leads to multiple alleles and complex segregation ratios. In this study, we describe a novel method...

    Authors: Thijs van Dijk, Yolanda Noordijk, Tiphaine Dubos, Marco CAM Bink, Bert J Meulenbroek, Richard GF Visser and Eric van de Weg

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2012 12:25

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  22. Plants adopt different reproductive strategies as an adaptation to growth in a range of climates. In Arabidopsis thaliana FRIGIDA (FRI) confers a vernalization requirement and thus winter annual habit by increasi...

    Authors: Judith A Irwin, Clare Lister, Eleni Soumpourou, Yanwen Zhang, Elaine C Howell, Graham Teakle and Caroline Dean

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2012 12:21

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  23. Fruit ripening is a complicated development process affected by a variety of external and internal cues. It is well established that calcium treatment delays fruit ripening and senescence. However, the underly...

    Authors: Tianbao Yang, Hui Peng, Bruce D Whitaker and William S Conway

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2012 12:19

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  24. Plants respond to external stimuli through fine regulation of gene expression partially ensured by small RNAs. Of these, microRNAs (miRNAs) play a crucial role. They negatively regulate gene expression by targ...

    Authors: Virginie Gébelin, Xavier Argout, Worrawat Engchuan, Bertrand Pitollat, Cuifang Duan, Pascal Montoro and Julie Leclercq

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2012 12:18

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  25. With the completion of genome sequences belonging to some of the major crop plants, new challenges arise to utilize this data for crop improvement and increased food security. The field of genetical genomics h...

    Authors: Bjorn Kloosterman, AM Anithakumari, Pierre-Yves Chibon, Marian Oortwijn, Gerard C van der Linden, Richard GF Visser and Christian WB Bachem

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2012 12:17

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  26. Genome-wide association studies (GWAS) based on linkage disequilibrium (LD) provide a promising tool for the detection and fine mapping of quantitative trait loci (QTL) underlying complex agronomic traits. In ...

    Authors: Raj K Pasam, Rajiv Sharma, Marcos Malosetti, Fred A van Eeuwijk, Grit Haseneyer, Benjamin Kilian and Andreas Graner

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2012 12:16

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  27. Next generation sequencing (NGS) technologies are providing new ways to accelerate fine-mapping and gene isolation in many species. To date, the majority of these efforts have focused on diploid organisms with...

    Authors: Martin Trick, Nikolai Maria Adamski, Sarah G Mugford, Cong-Cong Jiang, Melanie Febrer and Cristobal Uauy

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2012 12:14

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  28. The polyphenolic products of the phenylpropanoid pathway, including proanthocyanidins, anthocyanins and flavonols, possess antioxidant properties that may provide health benefits. To investigate the genetic ar...

    Authors: David Chagné, Célia Krieger, Maysoon Rassam, Mike Sullivan, Jenny Fraser, Christelle André, Massimo Pindo, Michela Troggio, Susan E Gardiner, Rebecca A Henry, Andrew C Allan, Tony K McGhie and William A Laing

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2012 12:12

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  29. Cultivated peanut (Arachis hypogaea L.) is an important crop worldwide, valued for its edible oil and digestible protein. It has a very narrow genetic base that may well derive from a relatively recent single pol...

    Authors: Hui Wang, R Varma Penmetsa, Mei Yuan, Limin Gong, Yongli Zhao, Baozhu Guo, Andrew D Farmer, Benjamin D Rosen, Jinliang Gao, Sachiko Isobe, David J Bertioli, Rajeev K Varshney, Douglas R Cook and Guohao He

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2012 12:10

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  30. The oil palm (Elaeis guineensis Jacq.) is a perennial monocotyledonous tropical crop species that is now the world's number one source of edible vegetable oil, and the richest dietary source of provitamin A. Whil...

    Authors: Timothy John Tranbarger, Wanwisa Kluabmongkol, Duangjai Sangsrakru, Fabienne Morcillo, W James Tregear, Somvong Tragoonrung and Norbert Billotte

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2012 12:1

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  31. Association studies are of great interest to identify genes explaining trait variation since they deal with more than just a few alleles like classical QTL analyses. They are usually performed using collection...

    Authors: Jérôme Auzanneau, Christian Huyghe, Abraham J Escobar-Gutiérrez, Bernadette Julier, François Gastal and Philippe Barre

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2011 11:183

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  32. Plant color variation is due not only to the global pigment concentration but also to the proportion of different types of pigment. Variation in the color spectrum may arise from secondary modifications, such ...

    Authors: Alexandre Fournier-Level, Philippe Hugueney, Clotilde Verriès, Patrice This and Agnès Ageorges

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2011 11:179

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  33. Accumulated evidence suggest that specific patterns of histone posttranslational modifications (PTMs) and their crosstalks may determine transcriptional outcomes. However, the regulatory mechanisms of these "h...

    Authors: Tao Wu, Er-Xu Pi, Sau-Na Tsai, Hon-Ming Lam, Sai-Ming Sun, Yiu Wa Kwan and Sai-Ming Ngai

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2011 11:178

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  34. Chloroplasts are the green plastids where photosynthesis takes place. The biogenesis of chloroplasts requires the coordinate expression of both nuclear and chloroplast genes and is regulated by developmental a...

    Authors: Xiangjun Zhou, Zhangjun Fei, Theodore W Thannhauser and Li Li

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2011 11:169

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  35. We previously demonstrated that the Arabidopsis thaliana AtMYB60 protein is an R2R3MYB transcription factor required for stomatal opening. AtMYB60 is specifically expressed in guard cells and down-regulated at th...

    Authors: Eleonora Cominelli, Massimo Galbiati, Alessandra Albertini, Fabio Fornara, Lucio Conti, George Coupland and Chiara Tonelli

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2011 11:162

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  36. Heavy-ion mutagenesis is recognised as a powerful technology to generate new mutants, especially in higher plants. Heavy-ion beams show high linear energy transfer (LET) and thus more effectively induce DNA do...

    Authors: Yusuke Kazama, Tomonari Hirano, Hiroyuki Saito, Yang Liu, Sumie Ohbu, Yoriko Hayashi and Tomoko Abe

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2011 11:161

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  37. Manipulation of the amylose-amylopectin ratio in cereal starch has been identified as a major target for the production of starches with novel functional properties. In wheat, silencing of starch branching enz...

    Authors: Ermelinda Botticella, Francesco Sestili, Antonio Hernandez-Lopez, Andrew Phillips and Domenico Lafiandra

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2011 11:156

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  38. Although modern soybean cultivars feature yellow seed coats, with the only color variation found at the hila, the ancestral condition is black seed coats. Both seed coat and hila coloration are due to the pres...

    Authors: Jason D Gillman, Ashley Tetlow, Jeong-Deong Lee, J Grover Shannon and Kristin Bilyeu

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2011 11:155

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  39. Rapid and consistent genotyping is an important requirement for cultivar identification in many crop species. Among them grapevine cultivars have been the subject of multiple studies given the large number of ...

    Authors: José A Cabezas, Javier Ibáñez, Diego Lijavetzky, Dolores Vélez, Gema Bravo, Virginia Rodríguez, Iván Carreño, Angelica M Jermakow, Juan Carreño, Leonor Ruiz-García, Mark R Thomas and José M Martinez-Zapater

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2011 11:153

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  40. Improvement of α-tocopherol content is an important breeding aim to increase the nutritional value of crops. Several efforts have been conducted to improve the α-tocopherol content in soybean [Glycine max (L.) Me...

    Authors: Maria S Dwiyanti, Tetsuya Yamada, Masako Sato, Jun Abe and Keisuke Kitamura

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2011 11:152

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  41. Genetic mapping has proven to be powerful for studying the genetic architecture of complex traits by characterizing a network of the underlying interacting quantitative trait loci (QTLs). Current statistical m...

    Authors: Chunfa Tong, Bo Zhang, Zhong Wang, Meng Xu, Xiaoming Pang, Jingna Si, Minren Huang and Rongling Wu

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2011 11:148

    Content type: Methodology article

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  42. Deep-level second generation sequencing (2GS) technologies are now being applied to non-model species as a viable and favourable alternative to Sanger sequencing. Large-scale SNP discovery was undertaken in bl...

    Authors: Joanne R Russell, Micha Bayer, Clare Booth, Linda Cardle, Christine A Hackett, Pete E Hedley, Linzi Jorgensen, Jenny A Morris and Rex M Brennan

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2011 11:147

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  43. Low regeneration ability limits biotechnological breeding approaches. The influence of genotype in the regeneration response is high in both tomato and other important crops. Despite the various studies that h...

    Authors: Carlos Trujillo-Moya, Carmina Gisbert, Santiago Vilanova and Fernando Nuez

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2011 11:140

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  44. Currently there exists a limited availability of genetic marker resources in sweetpotato (Ipomoea batatas), which is hindering genetic research in this species. It is necessary to develop more molecular markers f...

    Authors: Zhangying Wang, Jun Li, Zhongxia Luo, Lifei Huang, Xinliang Chen, Boping Fang, Yujun Li, Jingyi Chen and Xiongjian Zhang

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2011 11:139

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  45. The major fatty acids in seed oil of jatropha, a biofuel crop, are palmitic acid (C16:0), stearic acid (C18:0), oleic acid (C18:1) and linoleic acid (C18:2). High oleic acid and total oil content are desirable...

    Authors: Peng Liu, Chun Ming Wang, Lei Li, Fei Sun, Peng Liu and Gen Hua Yue

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2011 11:132

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  46. Cowpea (Vigna unguiculata) is an important crop in arid and semi-arid regions and is a good model for studying drought tolerance. MicroRNAs (miRNAs) are known to play critical roles in plant stress responses, but...

    Authors: Blanca E Barrera-Figueroa, Lei Gao, Ndeye N Diop, Zhigang Wu, Jeffrey D Ehlers, Philip A Roberts, Timothy J Close, Jian-Kang Zhu and Renyi Liu

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2011 11:127

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