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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

    The artificial enlargement of the planting area and ecological amplitude of ornamentals for horticultural and landscape applications are significant. Herbaceous peony (Paeonia lactiflora Pall.) is a world-famous ...

    Authors: Jiaping Zhang, Danqing Li, Xiaohua Shi, Dong Zhang, Shuai Qiu, Jianfen Wei, Jiao Zhang, Jianghua Zhou, Kaiyuan Zhu and Yiping Xia

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2017 17:262

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    Among wheat gluten proteins, the α-type gliadins are the major responsible for celiac disease, an autoimmune disorder that affects about 1% of the world population. In fact, these proteins contain several toxi...

    Authors: Francesco Camerlengo, Francesco Sestili, Marco Silvestri, Giuseppe Colaprico, Benedetta Margiotta, Roberto Ruggeri, Roberta Lupi, Stefania Masci and Domenico Lafiandra

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2017 17:248

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    During asexual reproduction the embryogenic callus can differentiate into a new plantlet, offering great potential for fostering in vitro culture efficiency in plants. The immature embryos (IMEs) of wheat (Tritic...

    Authors: Zongli Chu, Junying Chen, Junyan Sun, Zhongdong Dong, Xia Yang, Ying Wang, Haixia Xu, Xiaoke Zhang, Feng Chen and Dangqun Cui

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2017 17:244

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  4. 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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  5. Content type: Research article

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

    Kernel hardness, which has great influence on the end-use properties of common wheat, is mainly controlled by Puroindoline genes, Pina and Pinb. Using EcoTILLING platform, we herein investigated the allelic varia...

    Authors: Xiaoling Ma, Muhammad Sajjad, Jing Wang, Wenlong Yang, Jiazhu Sun, Xin Li, Aimin Zhang and Dongcheng Liu

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2017 17:158

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  24. Content type: Research article

    Maturation forms one of the critical seed developmental phases and it is characterized mainly by programmed cell death, dormancy and desiccation, however, the transcriptional programs and regulatory networks u...

    Authors: Yuji Yamasaki, Feng Gao, Mark C. Jordan and Belay T. Ayele

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2017 17:154

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  25. Content type: Research article

    Sesame (Sesamum indicum L.) is one of the world’s most important oil crops. However, it is susceptible to abiotic stresses in general, and to waterlogging and drought stresses in particular. The molecular mechani...

    Authors: Donghua Li, Pan Liu, Jingyin Yu, Linhai Wang, Komivi Dossa, Yanxin Zhang, Rong Zhou, Xin Wei and Xiurong Zhang

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2017 17:152

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  26. Content type: Research article

    Salt stress significantly restricts plant growth and production. Maize is an important food and economic crop but is also a salt sensitive crop. Identification of the genetic architecture controlling salt tole...

    Authors: Meijie Luo, Yanxin Zhao, Ruyang Zhang, Jinfeng Xing, Minxiao Duan, Jingna Li, Naishun Wang, Wenguang Wang, Shasha Zhang, Zhihui Chen, Huasheng Zhang, Zi Shi, Wei Song and Jiuran Zhao

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2017 17:140

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  27. Content type: Research article

    Genetic mapping of phenotypic traits generally focuses on a single time point, but biomass accumulates continuously during plant development. Resolution of the temporal dynamics that affect biomass recently be...

    Authors: Kerstin Neumann, Yusheng Zhao, Jianting Chu, Jens Keilwagen, Jochen C. Reif, Benjamin Kilian and Andreas Graner

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2017 17:137

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  28. Content type: Research article

    The narrow genetic basis of resistance in modern wheat cultivars and the strong selection response of pathogen populations have been responsible for periodic and devastating epidemics of the wheat rust disease...

    Authors: Kebede T. Muleta, Matthew N. Rouse, Sheri Rynearson, Xianming Chen, Bedada G. Buta and Michael O. Pumphrey

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2017 17:134

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  29. Content type: Research article

    Although starch consists of large macromolecules composed of glucose units linked by α-1,4-glycosidic linkages with α-1,6-glycosidic branchpoints, variation in starch structural and functional properties is fo...

    Authors: Margaret A. Carpenter, Martin Shaw, Rebecca D. Cooper, Tonya J. Frew, Ruth C. Butler, Sarah R. Murray, Leire Moya, Clarice J. Coyne and Gail M. Timmerman-Vaughan

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2017 17:132

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  30. Content type: Research article

    TIR1-like proteins act as auxin receptors and play essential roles in auxin-mediated plant development processes. The number of auxin receptor family members varies among species. While the functions of auxin ...

    Authors: Jian Xu, Ji Li, Li Cui, Ting Zhang, Zhe Wu, Pin-Yu Zhu, Yong-Jiao Meng, Kai-Jing Zhang, Xia-Qing Yu, Qun-Feng Lou and Jin-Feng Chen

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2017 17:130

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  31. Content type: Research article

    Waterlogging is a serious abiotic stress to plant growth because it results in the decline in the supplement of oxygen to submerged tissues. Although cucumber (Cucumis sativus L.) is sensitive to waterlogging, it...

    Authors: Xuewen Xu, Minyang Chen, Jing Ji, Qiang Xu, Xiaohua Qi and Xuehao Chen

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2017 17:129

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  32. Content type: Research article

    Grain protein concentration (GPC) is a major determinant of quality in barley (Hordeum vulgare L.). Breeding barley cultivars with high GPC has practical value for feed and food properties. The aim of the present...

    Authors: Chaofeng Fan, Huijie Zhai, Huifang Wang, Yafei Yue, Minghu Zhang, Jinghui Li, Shaozhe Wen, Ganggang Guo, Yawen Zeng, Zhongfu Ni and Mingshan You

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2017 17:122

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  33. Content type: Research article

    Quantitative trait loci (QTLs) detected in one mapping population may not be detected in other mapping populations at all the time. Therefore, before being used for marker assisted breeding, QTLs need to be va...

    Authors: Malleswari Gelli, Anji Reddy Konda, Kan Liu, Chi Zhang, Thomas E. Clemente, David R. Holding and Ismail M. Dweikat

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2017 17:123

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  34. Content type: Methodology article

    Cytosine methylation in plant genomes is important for the regulation of gene transcription and transposon activity. Genome-wide methylomes are studied upon mutation of the DNA methyltransferases, adaptation t...

    Authors: Martin Schmidt, Michiel Van Bel, Magdalena Woloszynska, Bram Slabbinck, Cindy Martens, Marc De Block, Frederik Coppens and Mieke Van Lijsebettens

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2017 17:115

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  35. Content type: Research article

    Wild diploid wheat, Triticum urartu (T. urartu) is the progenitor of bread wheat, and understanding its genetic diversity and genome function will provide considerable reference for dissecting genomic information...

    Authors: Xin Wang, Guangbin Luo, Wenlong Yang, Yiwen Li, Jiazhu Sun, Kehui Zhan, Dongcheng Liu and Aimin Zhang

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2017 17:112

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  36. Content type: Research article

    Frost is one of the main abiotic stresses limiting plant distribution and crop production. To cope with the stress, plants evolved adaptations known as cold acclimation or chilling tolerance to maximize frost ...

    Authors: Abel Barrios, Constantino Caminero, Pedro García, Nicolas Krezdorn, Klaus Hoffmeier, Peter Winter and Marcelino Pérez de la Vega

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2017 17:111

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  37. Content type: Research article

    Constitutive expression of the CBF/DREB1 for increasing freezing tolerance in woody plants is often associated with other phenotypic changes including dwarf plant and delayed flowering. These phenotypic change...

    Authors: Guo-qing Song and Xuan Gao

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2017 17:106

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  38. Content type: Research article

    Maize (Zea mays) is an important model crop for transgenic studies. However, genetic transformation of maize requires embryonic calli derived from immature embryo, and the impact of utilizing tissue culture metho...

    Authors: Hongjun Liu, Langlang Ma, Xuerong Yang, Lin Zhang, Xing Zeng, Shupeng Xie, Huanwei Peng, Shibin Gao, Haijian Lin, Guangtang Pan, Yongrui Wu and Yaou Shen

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2017 17:105

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  39. Content type: Research article

    Alfalfa (Medicago sativa) is one of the most important legume forage species in China and many other countries of the world. It provides a quality source of proteins and minerals to animals. Genetic underpinnings...

    Authors: Congjun Jia, Xinming Wu, Min Chen, Yunqi Wang, Xiqiang Liu, Pan Gong, Qingfang Xu, Xuemin Wang, Hongwen Gao and Zan Wang

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2017 17:97

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  40. Content type: Research article

    Cucumber downy mildew, caused by P. cubensis, is an important leaf disease that can severely affect cucumber production. In recent years, cucumber target spot, caused by C. cassiicola, has been reported in both A...

    Authors: Dong Liu, Ming Xin, Xiuyan Zhou, Chunhua Wang, Yanju Zhang and Zhiwei Qin

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2017 17:96

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  41. Content type: Research article

    Wine grapes are important economically in many countries around the world. Defining the optimum time for grape harvest is a major challenge to the grower and winemaker. Berry skins are an important source of f...

    Authors: Ryan Ghan, Juli Petereit, Richard L. Tillett, Karen A. Schlauch, David Toubiana, Aaron Fait and Grant R. Cramer

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2017 17:94

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  42. Content type: Research article

    Oil palm (Elaeis guineensis, Jacq.) is the most important source of edible oil. The improvement of oil yield is currently slow in conventional breeding programs due to long generation intervals. Marker-assisted s...

    Authors: Bin Bai, Le Wang, May Lee, Yingjun Zhang, Rahmadsyah, Yuzer Alfiko, Bao Qing Ye, Zi Yi Wan, Chin Huat Lim, Antonius Suwanto, Nam-Hai Chua and Gen Hua Yue

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2017 17:93

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  43. Content type: Research article

    Achieving appropriate maturity in a target environment is essential to maximizing crop yield potential. In soybean [Glycine max (L.) Merr.], the time to maturity is largely dependent on developmental response to ...

    Authors: Tiffany Langewisch, Julian Lenis, Guo-Liang Jiang, Dechun Wang, Vince Pantalone and Kristin Bilyeu

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2017 17:91

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  44. Content type: Research article

    Latex from the dandelion species Taraxacum brevicorniculatum contains many high-value isoprenoid end products, e.g. triterpenes and polyisoprenes such as natural rubber. The isopentenyl pyrophosphate units requir...

    Authors: Katharina M. Pütter, Nicole van Deenen, Kristina Unland, Dirk Prüfer and Christian Schulze Gronover

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2017 17:88

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  45. Content type: Research article

    Apricot (Prunus armeniaca L.) exhibits a gametophytic self-incompatibility (GSI) system and it is mostly considered as a self-incompatible species though numerous self-compatible exceptions occur. These are mainl...

    Authors: Juan Vicente Muñoz-Sanz, Elena Zuriaga, Inmaculada López, María L. Badenes and Carlos Romero

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2017 17:82

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  46. Content type: Research article

    BP178 peptide is a synthetic BP100-magainin derivative possessing strong inhibitory activity against plant pathogenic bacteria, offering a great potential for future applications in plant protection and other ...

    Authors: Laura Montesinos, Mireia Bundó, Esther Badosa, Blanca San Segundo, María Coca and Emilio Montesinos

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2017 17:63

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  47. Content type: Research article

    Oil in the form of triacylglycerols (TAGs) is quantitatively the most important storage form of energy for eukaryotic cells. Diacylglycerol acyltransferase (DGAT) is considered the rate-limiting enzyme for TAG...

    Authors: Xuejie Guo, Chengming Fan, Yuhong Chen, Jingqiao Wang, Weibo Yin, Richard R. C. Wang and Zanmin Hu

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2017 17:48

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  48. Content type: Research article

    Cotton germplasm resources contain beneficial alleles that can be exploited to develop germplasm adapted to emerging environmental and climate conditions. Accessions and lines have traditionally been character...

    Authors: Lori L. Hinze, Amanda M. Hulse-Kemp, Iain W. Wilson, Qian-Hao Zhu, Danny J. Llewellyn, Jen M. Taylor, Andrew Spriggs, David D. Fang, Mauricio Ulloa, John J. Burke, Marc Giband, Jean-Marc Lacape, Allen Van Deynze, Joshua A. Udall, Jodi A. Scheffler, Steve Hague…

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2017 17:37

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