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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

    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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  2. 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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  3. 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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  4. 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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  5. 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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  6. 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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  7. 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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  8. 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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  9. 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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  10. 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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  11. 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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  12. 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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  13. 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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  14. 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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  15. 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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  16. 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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  17. 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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  18. 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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  19. 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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