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Plant-abiotic interactions

This section considers studies in the interactions between plants and their physical environment including both beneficial and deleterious interactions.

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  1. The phytohormone ethylene controls many processes in plant development and acts as a key signaling molecule in response to biotic and abiotic stresses: it is rapidly induced by flooding, wounding, drought, and...

    Authors: Niels J. Nieuwenhuizen, Xiuyin Chen, Mickaël Pellan, Lei Zhang, Lindy Guo, William A. Laing, Robert J. Schaffer, Ross G. Atkinson and Andrew C. Allan

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2021 21:411

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  2. Clones provide a sensitive method for evaluating genotypic stability and detecting genotype-environment (G × E) interactions because of non-additive genetic effects among clones and there being no genetic effe...

    Authors: Jian Wu, Qing Zhou, Yaru Sang, Xiangyang Kang and Pingdong Zhang

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2021 21:405

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  3. Mycotoxins are among the environmental stressors whose oxidative action is currently widely studied. The aim of this paper was to investigate the response of seedling leaves to zearalenone (ZEA) applied to the...

    Authors: Sieprawska Apolonia, Łabanowska Maria, Kurdziel Magdalena, Filek Maria, Skórka Magdalena and Barbasz Anna

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2021 21:393

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  4. C. panzhihuaensis is more tolerant to freezing than C. bifida but the mechanisms underlying the different freezing tolerance are unclear. Photosynthesis is one of the most temperature-sensitive processes. Lipids ...

    Authors: Yanling Zheng, Yongqiong Yang, Meng Wang, Shijun Hu, Jianrong Wu and Zhixiang Yu

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2021 21:377

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  5. Cadmium (Cd) is a toxic heavy metal that is harmful to the environment and human health. Cd pollution threatens the cultivation of rice (Oryza sativa L.) in many countries. Improving rice performance under Cd str...

    Authors: Jianping Yu, Chaolei Liu, Hai Lin, Bin Zhang, Xiaoxia Li, Qiaoling Yuan, Tianjiao Liu, Huiying He, Zhaoran Wei, Shilin Ding, Chao Zhang, Hongsheng Gao, Longbiao Guo, Quan Wang, Qian Qian and Lianguang Shang

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2021 21:374

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  6. Priming of seed prior chilling is regarded as one of the methods to promote seeds germination, whole plant growth, and yield components. The application of biostimulants was reported as beneficial for protecti...

    Authors: Raifa A. Hassanein, Omaima S. Hussein, Amal F. Abdelkader, Iman A. Farag, Yousra E. Hassan and Mohamed Ibrahim

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2021 21:361

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  7. Chromium is the most toxic pollutant that negatively affects a plant’s metabolic activities and yield. It reduces plant growth by influencing the antioxidant defence system’s activities. In the present study, ...

    Authors: Praveen Kumar

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2021 21:336

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  8. Phytohormone abscisic acid (ABA) is involved in the regulation of a wide range of biological processes. In Arabidopsis, it has been well-known that SnRK2s are the central components of the ABA signaling pathwa...

    Authors: Tiandan Long, Binjie Xu, Yufeng Hu, Yayun Wang, Changqing Mao, Yongbin Wang, Junjie Zhang, Hanmei Liu, Huanhuan Huang, Yinghong Liu, Guowu Yu, Chunzhao Zhao, Yangping Li and Yubi Huang

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2021 21:309

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  9. Organic mulches are widely used in crop production systems. Due to their benefits in improving soil fertility, retention of soil moisture and weed control. Field experiments were conducted during wheat growing...

    Authors: Muhammad Irshad, Faizan Ullah, Shah Fahad, Sultan Mehmood, Asif Ullah Khan, Martin Brtnicky, Antonin Kintl, Jiri Holatko, Inam Irshad, Mohamed El-Sharnouby, Ayman EL Sabagh, Rahul Datta and Subhan Danish

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2021 21:303

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  10. Raising nitrogen use efficiency of crops by improving root system architecture is highly essential not only to reduce costs of agricultural production but also to mitigate climate change. The physiological mec...

    Authors: Lei Feng, Wanli Xu, Guangmu Tang, Meiying Gu and Zengchao Geng

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2021 21:269

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  11. Brassinosteroid-insensitive 1 suppressor 1 (BRS1) is a serine carboxypeptidase that mediates brassinosteroid signaling and participates in multiple developmental processes in Arabidopsis. However, little is kn...

    Authors: Dongzhi Zhang, Yuqian Zhao, Junzhe Wang, Peng Zhao and Shengbao Xu

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2021 21:268

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  12. Nitrogen (N) and phosphorus (P) are macronutrients essential for crop growth and productivity. In cultivated fields, N and P levels are rarely sufficient, contributing to the gap between realized and potential...

    Authors: J. Vladimir Torres-Rodríguez, M. Nancy Salazar-Vidal, Ricardo A. Chávez Montes, Julio A. Massange-Sánchez, C. Stewart Gillmor and Ruairidh J. H. Sawers

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2021 21:259

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  13. Water supply limits agricultural productivity of many crops including lettuce. Identifying cultivars within crop species that can maintain productivity with reduced water supply is a significant challenge, but...

    Authors: Annabelle Damerum, Hazel K. Smith, GJJ Clarkson, Maria José Truco, Richard W. Michelmore and Gail Taylor

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2021 21:237

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  14. Lodging is one of the important factors causing maize yield. Plant height is an important factor in determining plant architecture in maize (Zea mays L.), which is closely related to lodging resistance under high...

    Authors: Zhaobin Ren, Xing Wang, Qun Tao, Qing Guo, Yuyi Zhou, Fei Yi, Guanmin Huang, Yanxia Li, Mingcai Zhang, Zhaohu Li and Liusheng Duan

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2021 21:202

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  15. The mixing of Eucalyptus with N2-fixing trees species (NFTs) is a frequently successful and sustainable cropping practice. In this study, we evaluated nitrogen (N) transfer and conducted a proteomic analysis of t...

    Authors: Xianyu Yao, Liangning Liao, Yongzhen Huang, Ge Fan, Mei Yang and Shaoming Ye

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2021 21:201

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  16. Low temperature severely depresses the uptake, translocation from the root to the shoot, and metabolism of nitrate and ammonium in thermophilic plants such as cucumber (Cucumis sativus). Plant growth is inhibited...

    Authors: Yumei Liu, Longqiang Bai, Mintao Sun, Jun Wang, Shuzhen Li, Li Miao, Yan Yan, Chaoxing He, Xianchang Yu and Yansu Li

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2021 21:189

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  17. Salinity is a major threat to the agriculture industry due to the negative impact of salinity stress on crop productivity. In the present study, we isolated rhizobacteria and evaluated their capacities to prom...

    Authors: Muhammad Aaqil Khan, Atlaw Anbelu Sahile, Rahmatullah Jan, Sajjad Asaf, Muhammad Hamayun, Muhammad Imran, Arjun Adhikari, Sang-Mo Kang, Kyung-Min Kim and In-Jung Lee

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2021 21:176

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  18. Despite its good salt-tolerance level, key genes and pathways involved with temporal salt response of common bermudagrass (Cynodon dactylon (L.) Pers.) have not been explored. Therefore, in this study, to underst...

    Authors: An Shao, Wei Wang, Shugao Fan, Xiao Xu, Yanling Yin, Amombo Erick, Xiaoning Li, Guangyang Wang, Hongli Wang and Jinmin Fu

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2021 21:175

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  19. Pepper is one of the most cultivated crops worldwide, but is sensitive to salinity. This sensitivity is dependent on varieties and our knowledge about how they can face such stress is limited, mainly according...

    Authors: Lidia López-Serrano, Ángeles Calatayud, Salvador López-Galarza, Ramón Serrano and Eduardo Bueso

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2021 21:169

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  20. Low temperature (LT) is one of the main limiting factors that affect growth and development in grape. Increasing soluble sugar and scavenging reactive oxygen species (ROS) play critical roles in grapevine resi...

    Authors: Guoping Liang, Honghong He, Guojie Nai, Lidan Feng, Yanmei Li, Qi Zhou, Zonghuan Ma, Yuan Yue, Baihong Chen and Juan Mao

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2021 21:156

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  21. Mechanical damage is an unavoidable threat to the growth and survival of plants. Although a wound to senescing (lower) leaves improves plant vitality, a wound to younger (upper) leaves often causes damage to o...

    Authors: Qi Chen, Xueyan Lu, Xiaorui Guo, Mingyuan Xu and Zhonghua Tang

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2021 21:154

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  22. Virola surinamensis is a forest species widely distributed in the estuaries of the Amazon. These ecosystems are susceptible to contamination by Cadmium (Cd), indicating that the plant has strategies for toleratin...

    Authors: W. V. Andrade Júnior, C. F. Oliveira Neto, B. G. Santos Filho, E. D. Cruz, C. B. Amarante, A. V. C. Barbosa, G. A. S. Nogueira, V. R. Nascimento, D. J. P. Sousa and J. S. S. Teixeira

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2021 21:151

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    The Correction to this article has been published in BMC Plant Biology 2021 21:168

  23. The main objectives of this study were to find the possible structural association between the activity of enzymatic antioxidants and the grain yield of triticale plants as well as identifying the genotypic va...

    Authors: Armin Saed-Moucheshi, Fatemeh Sohrabi, Elham Fasihfar, Fatemeh Baniasadi, Mehrnaz Riasat and Ali Akbar Mozafari

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2021 21:148

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  24. Climate change is predicted to lead to changes in the amount and distribution of precipitation during the growing seasonal. This “repackaging” of rainfall could be particularly important for grassland producti...

    Authors: Jinwei Zhang, Xiangjin Shen, Bifan Mu, Yujie Shi, Yuheng Yang, Xuefeng Wu, Chunsheng Mu and Junfeng Wang

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2021 21:147

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  25. Environmental stresses including abiotic stresses and biotic stresses limit yield of plants. Stress-tolerant breeding is an efficient way to improve plant yield under stress conditions. Genome editing by CRISP...

    Authors: Siyu Chen, Na Zhang, Ganghua Zhou, Saddam Hussain, Sajjad Ahmed, Hainan Tian and Shucai Wang

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2021 21:137

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  26. Weather change in high-altitude areas subjects mature tobacco (Nicotiana tabacum L.) to cold stress, which damages tobacco leaf yield and quality. A brupt diurnal temperature differences (the daily temperature dr...

    Authors: Yan Li, Ke Ren, Mengyang Hu, Xian He, Kaiyuan Gu, Binbin Hu, Jiaen Su, Yan Jin, Wenyou Gao, Daosheng Yang, Folin Li and Congming Zou

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2021 21:131

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  27. The CIPKs are a group of plant-specific Ser/Thr protein kinases acting in response to calcium signaling, which plays an important role in the physiological and developmental adaptation of plants to adverse enviro...

    Authors: Lu Lu, Xinying Chen, Pengkai Wang, Ye Lu, Jingbo Zhang, Xiuyan Yang, Tielong Cheng, Jisen Shi and Jinhui Chen

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2021 21:123

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  28. Rheum tanguticum (Rh. tanguticum) is an important traditional Chinese medicine plant, “Dahuang”, which contains productive metabolites and occupies wide habitats on the Qinghai-Tibet plateau. Plants occupying wid...

    Authors: Feng Xiong, Xiuqing Nie, Lucun Yang, Lingling Wang, Jingjing Li and Guoying Zhou

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2021 21:119

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  29. Over the life cycle of perennial trees, the dormant state enables the avoidance of abiotic stress conditions. The growth cycle can be partitioned into induction, maintenance and release and is controlled by co...

    Authors: Ákos Boldizsár, Alexandra Soltész, Karen Tanino, Balázs Kalapos, Zsuzsa Marozsán-Tóth, István Monostori, Petre Dobrev, Radomira Vankova and Gábor Galiba

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2021 21:111

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  30. The Late Embryogenesis-Abundant (LEA) gene families, which play significant roles in regulation of tolerance to abiotic stresses, widely exist in higher plants. Poplar is a tree species that has important ecol...

    Authors: Zihan Cheng, Xuemei Zhang, Wenjing Yao, Kai Zhao, Lin Liu, Gaofeng Fan, Boru Zhou and Tingbo Jiang

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2021 21:110

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  31. Banana is a tropical fruit with a high economic impact worldwide. Cold stress greatly affects the development and production of banana.

    Authors: Jie Gao, Tongxin Dou, Weidi He, Ou Sheng, Fangcheng Bi, Guiming Deng, Huijun Gao, Tao Dong, Chunyu Li, Sheng Zhang, Ganjun Yi, Chunhua Hu and Qiaosong Yang

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2021 21:97

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  32. Cinnamyl alcohol dehydrogenase (CAD) is an important enzyme functions at the last step in lignin monomer synthesis pathway. Our previous work found that drought induced the expressions of CmCAD genes and promoted...

    Authors: Wei Liu, Yun Jiang, Yazhong Jin, Chenghui Wang, Juan Yang and Hongyan Qi

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2021 21:83

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  33. As important forest tree species, biological stress and soil salinization are important factors that restrict the growth of Populus × euramericana. WRKYs are important transcription factors in plants that can reg...

    Authors: Xiaoyue Yu, Yu Pan, Yan Dong, Bin Lu, Chao Zhang, Minsheng Yang and Lihui Zuo

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2021 21:80

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  34. Saussurea involucrata survives in extreme arctic conditions and is very cold-resistant. This species grows in rocky, mountainous areas with elevations of 2400–4100 m, which are snow-covered year-round and are sub...

    Authors: Jianqiang Mu, Yajuan Fu, Bucang Liu, Yao Zhang, Aiying Wang, Yuxia Li and Jianbo Zhu

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2021 21:75

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  35. Carpet grass [Axonopus compressus (L.)] is an important warm-season perennial grass around the world and is known for its adaptability to varied environmental conditions. However, Carpet grass lacks enough data i...

    Authors: Mohsin Nawaz, Liao Li, Farrukh Azeem, Samina Shabbir, Ali Zohaib, Umair Ashraf, Hubiao Yang and Zhiyong Wang

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2021 21:71

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  36. The peanut is one of the most important oil crops worldwide. Qualities and yields of peanut can be dramatically diminished by abiotic stresses particularly by drought. Therefore, it would be beneficial to gain...

    Authors: Chunji Jiang, Xinlin Li, Jixiang Zou, Jingyao Ren, Chunyi Jin, He Zhang, Haiqiu Yu and Hua Jin

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2021 21:64

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  37. Strawberry (Fragaria × ananassa Duch.) is an important fruit crop worldwide. It was particularly sensitive to drought stress because of their fibrous and shallow root systems. Mutant rty of Arabidopsis thaliana R...

    Authors: Maofu Li, Yuan Yang, Ali Raza, Shanshan Yin, Hua Wang, Yuntao Zhang, Jing Dong, Guixia Wang, Chuanfei Zhong, Hong Zhang, Jiashen Liu and Wanmei Jin

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2021 21:57

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  38. Soil salinity is a critical threat to global agriculture. In plants, the accumulation of xanthine activates xanthine dehydrogenase (XDH), which catalyses the oxidation/conversion of xanthine to uric acid to re...

    Authors: Tingting Sun, Tingting Pei, Lulu Yang, Zhijun Zhang, Mingjun Li, Yuerong Liu, Fengwang Ma and Changhai Liu

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2021 21:52

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  39. Despite significant limitations of growth medium reuse, a large amount of organic substrate is reused in soilless cultivation of horticultural crops in China. Arbuscular mycorrhizal fungi (AMF) can promote nut...

    Authors: Yu Wang, Wenze Zhang, Weikang Liu, Golam Jalal Ahammed, Wenxu Wen, Shirong Guo, Sheng Shu and Jin Sun

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2021 21:48

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  40. Quinoa (Chenopodium quinoa Willd.) is an ancient grain crop that is tolerant to abiotic stress and has favorable nutritional properties. Downy mildew is the main disease of quinoa and is caused by infections of t...

    Authors: Carla Colque-Little, Miguel Correa Abondano, Ole Søgaard Lund, Daniel Buchvaldt Amby, Hans-Peter Piepho, Christian Andreasen, Sandra Schmöckel and Karl Schmid

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2021 21:41

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  41. Chickpea (Cicer arietinum L.) is the second most widely grown pulse and drought (limiting water) is one of the major constraints leading to about 40–50% yield losses annually. Dehydration responsive element bindi...

    Authors: Alok Das, Partha Sarathi Basu, Manoj Kumar, Jamal Ansari, Alok Shukla, Shallu Thakur, Parul Singh, Subhojit Datta, Sushil Kumar Chaturvedi, M S Sheshshayee, Kailash Chandra Bansal and Narendra Pratap Singh

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2021 21:39

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  42. Soil salinization is a major threat to wheat production. It is essential to understand the genetic basis of salt tolerance for breeding and selecting new salt-tolerant cultivars that have the potential to incr...

    Authors: Pan Hu, Qi Zheng, Qiaoling Luo, Wan Teng, Hongwei Li, Bin Li and Zhensheng Li

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2021 21:27

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  43. Cucumber (Cucumis sativus L.) is a widely planted vegetable crop that suffers from various pathogen infections. Powdery mildew (PM) is typical disease caused by Sphaerotheca fuliginea infection and destroys the p...

    Authors: Peng Zhang, Yuqiang Zhu and Shengjun Zhou

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2021 21:24

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    The Correction to this article has been published in BMC Plant Biology 2021 21:91

  44. Eucalyptus is the main plantation wood species, mostly grown in aluminized acid soils. To understand the response of Eucalyptus clones to aluminum (Al) toxicity, the Al-tolerant Eucalyptus grandis × E. urophylla ...

    Authors: Wannian Li, Patrick M. Finnegan, Qin Dai, Dongqiang Guo and Mei Yang

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2021 21:14

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  45. The sequencing and annotations of cotton genomes provide powerful theoretical support to unravel more physiological and functional information. Plant homeodomain (PHD) protein family has been reported to be in...

    Authors: Huanhuan Wu, Lei Zheng, Ghulam Qanmber, Mengzhen Guo, Zhi Wang and Zuoren Yang

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2021 21:13

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  46. The NAC (NAM, ATAF1/ATAF2, and CUC2) transcription factors belong to a large family of plant-specific transcription factors in monocot and dicot species. These transcription factors regulate the expression of ...

    Authors: Jing Ma, Li-yue Wang, Jia-xi Dai, Ying Wang and Duo Lin

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2021 21:11

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  47. Low temperature is a major abiotic stress that seriously limits mangrove productivity and distribution. Kandelia obovata is the most cold-resistance specie in mangrove plants, but little is known about the molecu...

    Authors: Jiao Fei, You-shao Wang, Hao Cheng, Yu-bin Su, Yongjia Zhong and Lei Zheng

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2021 21:10

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  48. Giant Juncao is often used as feed for livestock because of its huge biomass. However, drought stress reduces forage production by affecting the normal growth and development of plants. Therefore, investigatin...

    Authors: Jing Zhou, Siqi Chen, Wenjiao Shi, Rakefet David-Schwartz, Sutao Li, Fulin Yang and Zhanxi Lin

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2021 21:2

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