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Genomics and evolution

Section edited by David Alvarez-Ponce and Z Jeffrey Chen 

This section considers studies in the evolution of plants as well as comparative genomics in relation to plant biology.

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  1. Content type: Research article

    Banana (Musa spp.) is one of the world’s most important fruits and its production is largely limited by diverse stress conditions. SROs (SIMILAR TO RCD-ONE) have important functions in abiotic stress resistance a...

    Authors: Lu Zhang, Dengbo Zhou, Huigang Hu, Weiming Li, Yulin Hu, Jianghui Xie, Shangzhi Huang and Wei Wang

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2019 19:211

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    Rice blast disease is one of the most destructive fungal disease of rice worldwide. The avirulence (AVR) genes of Magnaporthe oryzae are recognized by the cognate resistance (R) genes of rice and trigger race-spe...

    Authors: Jinbin Li, Qun Wang, Chengyun Li, Yunqing Bi, Xue Fu and Raoquan Wang

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2019 19:204

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    The objective of this study was to characterize molecular mechanism of calyx persistence in Korla fragrant pear by transcriptome and small RNA sequencing. Abscission zone tissues of flowers at three stages (th...

    Authors: Li Ma, Li Zhou, Shaowen Quan, Hang Xu, Jieping Yang and Jianxin Niu

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2019 19:192

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  4. Content type: Research article

    BRASSINAZOLE-RESISTANT (BZR) family genes encode plant-specific transcription factors (TFs) that participate in brassinosteroid signal transduction. BZR TFs have vital roles in plant growth, including cell elo...

    Authors: Wei Wang, Ya-Qing Sun, Guo-Long Li and Shao-Ying Zhang

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2019 19:191

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  5. Content type: Research article

    Senescence affects the quality and yield of plants by regulating different traits of plants. A few members of S40 gene family, the barley HvS40 and the Arabidopsis AtS40–3, have been shown to play a role in leaf ...

    Authors: Xiangzi Zheng, Muhammad Jehanzeb, Habiba, Yuanyuan Zhang, Li Li and Ying Miao

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2019 19:174

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  6. Content type: Research article

    Angiosperm sex chromosomes, where present, are generally recently evolved. The key step in initiating the development of sex chromosomes from autosomes is the establishment of a sex-determining locus within a ...

    Authors: S. M. Pilkington, J. Tahir, E. Hilario, S. E. Gardiner, D. Chagné, A. Catanach, J. McCallum, L. Jesson, L. G. Fraser, M. A. McNeilage, C. Deng, R. N. Crowhurst, P. M. Datson and Q. Zhang

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2019 19:172

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  7. Content type: Research article

    Polyploidy has played a major role in angiosperm evolution. Previous studies have examined polyploid phenotypes in comparison to their extant progenitors, but not in context of predicted progenitor phenotypes ...

    Authors: Elizabeth W. McCarthy, Jacob B. Landis, Amelda Kurti, Amber J. Lawhorn, Mark W. Chase, Sandra Knapp, Steven C. Le Comber, Andrew R. Leitch and Amy Litt

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2019 19:162

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  8. Content type: Research article

    Although the genome of Chinese white pear (‘Dangshansuli’) has been released, little is known about the functions, evolutionary history and expression patterns of NAC families in this species to date.

    Authors: Xin Gong, Liangyi Zhao, Xiaofei Song, Zekun Lin, Bingjie Gu, Jinxuan Yan, Shaoling Zhang, Shutian Tao and Xiaosan Huang

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2019 19:161

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  9. Content type: Research article

    Elytrigia lolioides (Kar. et Kir.) Nevski, which is a perennial, cross-pollinating wheatgrass that is distributed in Russia and Kazakhstan, is classified into Elytrigia, Elymus, and Lophopyrum genera by taxonomis...

    Authors: Long Wang, Yuanyuan Jiang, Qinghua Shi, Yi Wang, Lina Sha, Xing Fan, Houyang Kang, Haiqin Zhang, Genlou Sun, Li Zhang and Yonghong Zhou

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2019 19:158

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  10. Content type: Research article

    Powdery mildew (PM) is a widespread fungal disease of plants in temperate climates, causing significant economic losses in agricultural settings. Specific homologs of the MLO gene family are PM susceptibility fac...

    Authors: Giuseppe Andolfo, Paolo Iovieno, Luigi Ricciardi, Concetta Lotti, Edgardo Filippone, Stefano Pavan and Maria Raffaella Ercolano

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2019 19:150

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  11. Content type: Research article

    Miniature inverted-repeat transposable elements (MITEs) and long terminal repeat (LTR) retrotransposons are ubiquitous in plants genomes, and highly important in their evolution and diversity. However, their m...

    Authors: Yan Liu, Muhammad Tahir ul Qamar, Jia-Wu Feng, Yuduan Ding, Shuo Wang, Guizhi Wu, Lingjun Ke, Qiang Xu and Ling-Ling Chen

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2019 19:140

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  12. Content type: Research article

    Sweetpotato (Ipomoea batatas (L.) Lam.) is the seventh most important crop in the world and is mainly cultivated for its underground storage root (SR). The genetic studies of this species have been hindered by a ...

    Authors: Ming Li, Songtao Yang, Wei Xu, Zhigang Pu, Junyan Feng, Zhangying Wang, Cong Zhang, Meifang Peng, Chunguang Du, Feng Lin, Changhe Wei, Shuai Qiao, Hongda Zou, Lei Zhang, Yan Li, Huan Yang…

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2019 19:119

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  13. Content type: Research article

    Polyploidization is a common event in the evolutionary history of angiosperms, and there will be some changes in the genomes of plants other than a simple genomic doubling after polyploidization. Allotetraploid B...

    Authors: Mengdi Li, Ruihua Wang, Ziwei Liang, Xiaoming Wu and Jianbo Wang

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2019 19:110

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  14. Content type: Research article

    Adventitious roots (ARs) are roots that are generated from nonrooting tissues. ARs are usually produced both during normal development and in response to stress conditions, such as flooding, nutrient deprivati...

    Authors: Yan Zhang, Zheng’ang Xiao, Chang Zhan, Meifeng Liu, Wenxiu Xia and Nian Wang

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2019 19:99

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  15. Content type: Research article

    Brassinosteroids (BRs) play a crucial role in plant vegetative growth and reproductive development. The transcription factors BZR1 and BES1/BZR2 are well characterized as downstream regulators of the BR signal...

    Authors: Li Song, Wei Chen, Biao Wang, Qiu-Ming Yao, Babu Valliyodan, Ming-Yi Bai, Ming-Zhe Zhao, Heng Ye, Zhi-Yong Wang and Henry T. Nguyen

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2019 19:86

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  16. Content type: Research article

    There exist differences in morphological traits and phytochemical compositions between field- and mountain-cultivated Panax ginseng (FCG and MCG), which might be attributed to variations of terpenoids metabolism ...

    Authors: Hang Fan, Ke Li, Fan Yao, Liwei Sun and Yujun Liu

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2019 19:82

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  17. Content type: Research article

    Clementine mandarin (Citrus clementina Hort. ex Tan.) is one of the most famous and widely grown citrus cultivars worldwide. Variations in relation to the composition and distribution of repetitive DNA sequences ...

    Authors: Honghong Deng, Suqiong Xiang, Qigao Guo, Weiwei Jin, Zexi Cai and Guolu Liang

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2019 19:77

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  18. Content type: Research article

    Plant photosynthesis can be improved by elevated CO2 concentration (eCO2). In vitro growth under CO2 enriched environment can lead to greater biomass accumulation than the conventional in micropropagation. Howeve...

    Authors: Xin Zhao, Wen-Fang Li, Ying Wang, Zong-Huan Ma, Shi-Jin Yang, Qi Zhou, Juan Mao and Bai-Hong Chen

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2019 19:42

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  19. Content type: Research article

    Chloroplasts are one of the most indispensable organelles that make life forms on the earth possible by their capacity to photosynthesize. These organelles possess a circular genome with a number of coding gen...

    Authors: Tapan Kumar Mohanta, Abdul Latif Khan, Abeer Hashem, Elsayed Fathi Abd_ Allah, Dhananjay Yadav and Ahmed Al-Harrasi

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2019 19:39

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  20. Content type: Research article

    Taxol is an efficient anticancer drug; however, the accumulation of taxoids can vary hugely among Taxus species. The mechanism underlying differential accumulation of taxoids is largely unknown. Thus, comparative...

    Authors: Ting Zhou, Xiujun Luo, Chunna Yu, Chengchao Zhang, Lei Zhang, Yao-bin Song, Ming Dong and Chenjia Shen

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2019 19:33

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  21. Content type: Research article

    The flowering transition which is controlled by a complex and intricate gene regulatory network plays an important role in the reproduction for offspring of plants. It is a challenge to identify the critical t...

    Authors: Fuping Zhang, Xiaoping Liu, Aidi Zhang, Zhonglin Jiang, Luonan Chen and Xiujun Zhang

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2019 19:11

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  22. Content type: Research article

    Magna Graecia is the ancient name for the modern geopolitical region of South Italy extensively populated by Greek colonizers, shown by archeological and historical evidence to be the oldest wine growing region o...

    Authors: Gabriella De Lorenzis, Francesco Mercati, Carlo Bergamini, Maria Francesca Cardone, Antonio Lupini, Antonio Mauceri, Angelo Raffaele Caputo, Loredana Abbate, Maria Gabriella Barbagallo, Donato Antonacci, Francesco Sunseri and Lucio Brancadoro

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2019 19:7

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  23. Content type: Research article

    Ubiquitous CCCH nucleic acid-binding motif is found in a wide-variety of organisms. CCCH genes are involved in plant developmental processes and biotic and abiotic stress responses. Brassica rapa is a vital econo...

    Authors: Boyi Pi, Xinghui He, Ying Ruan, Jyan-Chyun Jang and Yong Huang

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2018 18:373

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  24. Content type: Research article

    Roses are important plants for human beings with pivotal economical and biological traits like continuous flowering, flower architecture, color and scent. Due to frequent hybridization and high genome heterozy...

    Authors: Shubin Li, Micai Zhong, Xue Dong, Xiaodong Jiang, Yuxing Xu, Yibo Sun, Fang Cheng, De-zhu Li, Kaixue Tang, Siqing Wang, Silan Dai and Jin-Yong Hu

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2018 18:371

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  25. Content type: Research article

    Floral organs are specified by MADS-domain transcription factors that act in a combinatorial manner, as summarized in the (A)BCE model. However, this evolutionarily conserved model is in contrast to a remarkab...

    Authors: Suzanne de Bruijn, Tao Zhao, Jose M. Muiño, Eric M. Schranz, Gerco C. Angenent and Kerstin Kaufmann

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2018 18:368

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  26. Content type: Research article

    Yams (Dioscorea spp.) are economically important food for millions of people in the humid and sub-humid tropics. Dioscorea dumetorum (Kunth) is the most nutritious among the eight-yam species, commonly grown and ...

    Authors: Christian Siadjeu, Eike Mayland-Quellhorst and Dirk C. Albach

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2018 18:359

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  27. Content type: Research article

    St. Augustinegrass [Stenotaphrum secundatum (Walt.) Kuntze] is a warm-season, perennial turfgrass species well adapted for home lawns and commercial landscapes with economic and ecological value. However, a lack ...

    Authors: Xingwang Yu, Jennifer A. Kimball and Susana R. Milla-Lewis

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2018 18:346

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  28. Content type: Research article

    Great advances have been achieved in our understanding of flower development and evolution since the establishment of the ABC model. However, it remains a challenge to define the exact context of organ identit...

    Authors: Jing Liu, Chao-Qun Li, Yang Dong, Xia Yang and Yin-Zheng Wang

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2018 18:341

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  29. Content type: Research article

    The auxin response factor (ARF) gene family is involved in plant development and hormone regulation. Although the ARF gene family has been studied in some plant species, its structural features, molecular evoluti...

    Authors: Nannan Liu, Liwei Dong, Xiong Deng, Dongmiao Liu, Yue Liu, Mengfei Li, Yingkao Hu and Yueming Yan

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2018 18:336

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  30. Content type: Research article

    Soybean is a paleopolyploid that has undergone two whole genome duplication events. Gene duplication is a type of genomic change that can lead to novel functions of pre-existing genes. Chalcone synthase (CHS) ...

    Authors: Arun Kumaran Anguraj Vadivel, Kevin Krysiak, Gang Tian and Sangeeta Dhaubhadel

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2018 18:325

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  31. Content type: Research article

    Comparative analyses of chloroplast and mitochondrial genomes have shown that organelle genomes in bryophytes evolve slowly. However, in contrast to seed plants, the organellar genomes are yet poorly explored ...

    Authors: Kamil Myszczyński, Piotr Górski, Monika Ślipiko and Jakub Sawicki

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2018 18:321

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  32. Content type: Research article

    Hybridization of species with porous genomes can eventually lead to introgression via repeated backcrossing. The potential for introgression between species is reflected by the extent of segregation distortion...

    Authors: Susanne Gramlich, Natascha Dorothea Wagner and Elvira Hörandl

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2018 18:317

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  33. Content type: Research article

    Fruits of persimmon plants are traditional healthy food in China, Korea and Japan. However, due to the shortage of morphological and DNA markers, the development of persimmon industry has been heavily inhibited.

    Authors: Wenqing Li, Yanlei Liu, Yong Yang, Xiaoman Xie, Yizeng Lu, Zhirong Yang, Xiaobai Jin, Wenpan Dong and Zhili Suo

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2018 18:210

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  34. Content type: Database

    The genome-wide expression profile of genes in different tissues/cell types and developmental stages is a vital component of many functional genomic studies. Transcriptome data obtained by RNA-sequencing (RNA-...

    Authors: Andrew J. Robinson, Muluneh Tamiru, Rachel Salby, Clayton Bolitho, Andrew Williams, Simon Huggard, Eva Fisch, Kathryn Unsworth, James Whelan and Mathew G. Lewsey

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2018 18:200

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  35. Content type: Research article

    Crassulacean acid metabolism (CAM) plants use water 20–80% more efficiently by shifting stomata opening and primary CO2 uptake and fixation to the nighttime. Protein kinases (PKs) play pivotal roles in this biolo...

    Authors: Kaikai Zhu, Hui Liu, Xinlu Chen, Qunkang Cheng and Zong-Ming (Max) Cheng

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2018 18:199

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  36. Content type: Research article

    Leaf epicuticular wax is an important functional trait for physiological regulation and pathogen defense. This study tests how selective pressure may have forced the trait of leaf abaxial epicuticular wax crys...

    Authors: Chih-Kai Yang, Bing-Hong Huang, Shao-Wei Ho, Meng-Yuan Huang, Jenn-Che Wang, Jian Gao and Pei-Chun Liao

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2018 18:196

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  37. Content type: Research article

    Species delimitation is a challenging but essential task in conservation biology. Morphologically similar species are sometimes difficult to recognize even after examination by experienced taxonomists. With th...

    Authors: Wei Wu, Wei-Lun Ng, Jun-Xin Yang, Wei-Ming Li and Xue-Jun Ge

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2018 18:194

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  38. Content type: Research article

    As one of the largest subfamilies of the receptor-like protein kinases (RLKs) in plants, Leucine Rich Repeats-RLKs (LRR-RLKs) are involved in many critical biological processes including growth, development an...

    Authors: Ning Yuan, Krishan Mohan Rai, Vimal Kumar Balasubramanian, Santosh Kumar Upadhyay, Hong Luo and Venugopal Mendu

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2018 18:185

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  39. Content type: Research article

    Sweetpotato (Ipomoea batatas (L.) Lam.) is one of the most important crops from the family of Convolvulaceae. It is widely reported that cultivated sweetpotato was originated from Ipomoea trifida. However, diploi...

    Authors: J. Y. Feng, M. Li, S. Zhao, C. Zhang, S. T. Yang, S. Qiao, W. F. Tan, H. J. Qu, D. Y. Wang and Z. G. Pu

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2018 18:181

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  40. Content type: Research article

    Nectar gain and loss are important flower transitions observed in angiosperms, and are particularly common in orchids. To understand such transitions, the availability of detailed anatomical data and species-l...

    Authors: Poliana Cardoso-Gustavson, Mariana Naomi Saka, Edlley Max Pessoa, Clarisse Palma-Silva and Fabio Pinheiro

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2018 18:179

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  41. Content type: Research article

    MADS-box genes encode a large family of transcription factors that play significant roles in plant growth and development. Bamboo is an important non-timber forest product worldwide, but previous studies on th...

    Authors: Yuting Zhang, Dingqin Tang, Xinchun Lin, Mingquan Ding and Zaikang Tong

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2018 18:176

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  42. Content type: Research article

    Histone methylation and acetylation regulate biological processes in plants through various histone modifications (HMs) gene families. However, knowledge of HMs genes is limited in horticultural deciduous trees, ...

    Authors: Sheng Fan, Jue Wang, Chao Lei, Cai Gao, Yang Yang, Youmei Li, Na An, Dong Zhang and Mingyu Han

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2018 18:173

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  43. Content type: Research article

    Wood basic density (WBD), the biomass of plant cell walls per unit volume, is an important trait for elite tree selection in kraft pulp production. Here, we investigated the correlation between WBD and wood vo...

    Authors: Katsuhiko Nakahama, Nobuaki Urata, Tomotaka Shinya, Kazunori Hayashi, Kazuya Nanto, Antonio C. Rosa and Akiyoshi Kawaoka

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2018 18:156

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  44. Content type: Research article

    The grass family (Poaceae), ca. 12,075 species, is a focal point of many recent studies that aim to use complete plastomes to reveal and strengthen relationships within the family. The use of Next Generation S...

    Authors: Sean V. Burke, Mark C. Ungerer and Melvin R. Duvall

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2018 18:152

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  45. Content type: Research article

    Switchgrass breeders need to improve the rates of genetic gain in many bioenergy-related traits in order to create improved cultivars that are higher yielding and have optimal biomass composition. One way to a...

    Authors: Jason D. Fiedler, Christina Lanzatella, Serge J. Edmé, Nathan A. Palmer, Gautam Sarath, Rob Mitchell and Christian M. Tobias

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2018 18:142

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  46. Content type: Research article

    The mountainous region between the Caucasus and China is considered to be the center of domestication for grapevine. Despite the importance of Central Asia in the history of grape growing, information about th...

    Authors: Summaira Riaz, Gabriella De Lorenzis, Dianne Velasco, Anne Koehmstedt, David Maghradze, Zviad Bobokashvili, Mirza Musayev, Goran Zdunic, Valerie Laucou, M. Andrew Walker, Osvaldo Failla, John E. Preece, Mallikarjuna Aradhya and Rosa Arroyo-Garcia

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2018 18:137

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