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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. Sweetpotato (Ipomoea batatas L.) is one of the seven major food crops grown worldwide. Cold stress often can cause protein expression pattern and substance contents variations for tuberous roots of sweetpotato du...

    Authors: Peng Cui, Yongxin Li, Chenke Cui, Yanrong Huo, Guoquan Lu and Huqing Yang

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2020 20:435

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  2. Application of exogenous glycine betaine (GB) and exogenous salicylic acid (SA) mitigates the adverse effects of salinity. Foliar spraying with exogenous GB or SA alleviates salt stress in plants by increasing...

    Authors: Abdoul Kader Mounkaila Hamani, Guangshuai Wang, Mukesh Kumar Soothar, Xiaojun Shen, Yang Gao, Rangjian Qiu and Faisal Mehmood

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2020 20:434

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  3. In acidic soils, aluminum (Al) competing with Zn results in Zn deficiency in plants. Zn is essential for auxin biosynthesis. Zn-mediated alleviation of Al toxicity has been rarely studied, the mechanism of Zn ...

    Authors: Liantai Su, Jianping Xie, Wuwu Wen, Jiaojiao Li, Peng Zhou and Yuan An

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2020 20:433

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  4. Panama disease (Fusarium wilt disease) caused by Fusarium oxysporum f. sp. cubense race 4 (FOC) severely threatens banana (Musa spp.) production worldwide. Intercropping of banana with Allium plants has shown a p...

    Authors: Zhenfang Li, Tong Wang, Chenling He, Kelin Cheng, Rensen Zeng and Yuanyuan Song

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2020 20:432

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  5. High-temperature stress (HTS) is one of the main environmental stresses that limit plant growth and crop production in agricultural systems. Maca (Lepidium meyenii) is an important high-altitude herbaceous plant ...

    Authors: Zhan Qi Wang, Qi Ming Zhao, Xueting Zhong, Li Xiao, Li Xuan Ma, Chou Fei Wu, Zhongshan Zhang, Li Qin Zhang, Yang Tian and Wei Fan

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2020 20:431

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  6. Bread wheat is one of the most important crops for the human diet, but the increasing soil salinization is causing yield reductions worldwide. Improving salt stress tolerance in wheat requires the elucidation ...

    Authors: Diana Duarte-Delgado, Said Dadshani, Heiko Schoof, Benedict C. Oyiga, Michael Schneider, Boby Mathew, Jens Léon and Agim Ballvora

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2020 20:428

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  7. Salt stress is one of the most damaging abiotic stresses in production of Upland cotton (Gossypium hirsutum). Upland cotton is defined as a medium salt-tolerant crop. Salinity hinders root development, shoots gro...

    Authors: Ying Su, Anhui Guo, Yi Huang, Yumei Wang and Jinping Hua

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2020 20:421

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  8. To improve our understanding about the physiological mechanism of grain yield reduction at anthesis, three spring wheat genotypes [L1 (advanced line), L2 (Vorobey) and L3 (Punjab-11)] having contrasting yield pot...

    Authors: Sajid Shokat, Dominik K. Großkinsky, Thomas Roitsch and Fulai Liu

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2020 20:400

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  9. Tomatoes (Lycopersicon esculentum Mill) are key foods, and their molecular biology and evolution have been well described. Tomato plants originated in the tropics and, thus, are cold sensitive.

    Authors: Xinyong Guo, Juju Li, Li Zhang, Zhanwen Zhang, Ping He, Wenwen Wang, Mei Wang, Aiying Wang and Jianbo Zhu

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2020 20:394

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  10. Salt and drought are the main abiotic stresses that restrict the yield of crops. Peroxidases (PRXs) are involved in various abiotic stress responses. Furthermore, only few wheat PRXs have been characterized in...

    Authors: Peisen Su, Jun Yan, Wen Li, Liang Wang, Jinxiao Zhao, Xin Ma, Anfei Li, Hongwei Wang and Lingrang Kong

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2020 20:392

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  11. Bud dormancy is a strategic mechanism plants developed as an adaptation to unfavorable environments. The grapevine (Vitis vinifera) is one of the most ancient fruit vine species and vines are planted all over the...

    Authors: Lingfei Shangguan, Mengxia Chen, Xiang Fang, Zhenqiang Xie, Peijie Gong, Yuxiang Huang, Zicheng Wang and Jinggui Fang

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2020 20:390

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  12. Phosphorus (P) -rich soils develop in phosphorite residing areas while P-deficient soils are ubiquitous in subtropical regions. Little has been reported that how metabolites participate in the seed development...

    Authors: Jun Yuan, Ningxiao Sun, Hongmei Du, Shan Yin, Hongzhang Kang, Muhammad Umair and Chunjiang Liu

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2020 20:389

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  13. Hydrogen sulphide (H2S) is involved in regulating physiological processes in plants. We investigated how H2S ameliorates iron (Fe) deficiency in soybean (Glycine max L.) seedlings. Multidisciplinary approaches in...

    Authors: Juan Chen, Ni-Na Zhang, Qing Pan, Xue-Yuan Lin, Zhouping Shangguan, Jian-Hua Zhang and Ge-Hong Wei

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2020 20:383

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  14. Low temperature is a limiting factor of rice productivity and geographical distribution. Wild rice (Oryza rufipogon Griff.) is an important germplasm resource for rice improvement. It has superior tolerance to ma...

    Authors: Yinghua Pan, Haifu Liang, Lijun Gao, Gaoxing Dai, Weiwei Chen, Xinghai Yang, Dongjin Qing, Ju Gao, Hao Wu, Juan Huang, Weiyong Zhou, Chengcui Huang, Yuntao Liang and Guofu Deng

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2020 20:371

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  15. Phosphorus (P) deficiency limits crop production worldwide. Crops differ in their ability to acquire and utilise the P available. The aim of this study was to determine root traits (root exudates, root system ...

    Authors: Paula Pongrac, Hiram Castillo-Michel, Juan Reyes-Herrera, Robert D. Hancock, Sina Fischer, Mitja Kelemen, Jacqueline A. Thompson, Gladys Wright, Matevž Likar, Martin R. Broadley, Primož Vavpetič, Primož Pelicon and Philip J. White

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2020 20:368

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  16. Grafting is widely used in horticulture and rootstocks are known to modify scion growth and adaptation to soil conditions. However, the role of scion genotype in regulating rootstock development and functionin...

    Authors: Antoine T. Gautier, Noé Cochetel, Isabelle Merlin, Cyril Hevin, Virginie Lauvergeat, Philippe Vivin, Alain Mollier, Nathalie Ollat and Sarah J. Cookson

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2020 20:367

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  17. As a cool-season grass species, tall fescue (Festuca arundinacea) is challenged by increasing temperatures. Heat acclimation or activation of leaf senescence, are two main strategies when tall fescue is exposed t...

    Authors: Yiguang Qian, Liwen Cao, Qiang Zhang, Maurice Amee, Ke Chen and Liang Chen

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2020 20:366

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  18. Heat shock transcription factors (Hsfs) are present in majority of plants and play central roles in thermotolerance, transgenerational thermomemory, and many other stress responses. Our previous paper identified ...

    Authors: Xiu-lin Guo, Sai-nan Yuan, Hua-ning Zhang, Yuan-yuan Zhang, Yu-jie Zhang, Gui-yan Wang, Ya-qing Li and Guo-liang Li

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2020 20:364

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  19. Low temperature limits the growth and development and geographical distribution of plants. Poa pratensis is a cool-season turfgrass mainly grown in urban areas. However, low winter temperature or cold events in s...

    Authors: Wenke Dong, Xiang Ma, Hanyu Jiang, Chunxu Zhao and Huiling Ma

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2020 20:362

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  20. Peroxiredoxins (Prxs) are a large family of antioxidant enzymes that respond to biotic and abiotic stress by decomposing reactive oxygen species (ROS). In this study, the stress tolerance function of the Th2CysPr...

    Authors: Yuanyuan Wang, Zhongyuan Liu, Peilong Wang, Bo Jiang, Xiaojin Lei, Jing Wu, Wenfang Dong and Caiqiu Gao

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2020 20:360

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    The Correction to this article has been published in BMC Plant Biology 2020 20:382

  21. The non-structural carbohydrates (NSCs), carbon (C), nitrogen (N), and phosphorus (P) are important energy source or nutrients for all plant growth and metabolism. To persist in shaded understory, saplings hav...

    Authors: Qingqing Liu, Zhijun Huang, Zhengning Wang, Yanfang Chen, Zhumei Wen, Bo Liu and Mulualem Tigabu

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2020 20:354

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  22. Although the effect of cold stratification on seed dormancy release has been extensively studied for many species, knowledge of the role of stratifying temperature, soil moisture content and duration of strati...

    Authors: Da Li Chen, Xin Ping Luo, Zhen Yuan, Meng Jie Bai and Xiao Wen Hu

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2020 20:352

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  23. Soil salinity restricts plant growth and productivity. 2-(3,4-dichlorophenoxy) triethylamine (DCPTA) can alleviate salinity stress in plants. However, the mechanism of DCPTA-mediated salinity tolerance has not...

    Authors: Lijie Li, Wanrong Gu, Liguo Zhang, Congfeng Li, Xichang Chen, Chunrong Qian, Zhenhua Wang, Wenhua Li, Shiyu Zuo and Shi Wei

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2020 20:348

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  24. Salinity is one of the most serious threats to world agriculture. An important sugar-yielding crop sugar beet, which shows some tolerance to salt via a mechanism that is poorly understood. Proteomics data can ...

    Authors: Junliang Li, Jie Cui, Dayou Cheng, Cuihong Dai, Tianjiao Liu, Congyu Wang and Chengfei Luo

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2020 20:347

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  25. Plants are always exposed to dynamic light. The photosynthetic light use efficiency of leaves is lower in dynamic light than in uniform irradiance. Research on the influence of environmental factors on dynamic...

    Authors: Yu-Ting Li, Ying Li, Yue-Nan Li, Ying Liang, Qiang Sun, Geng Li, Peng Liu, Zi-Shan Zhang and Hui-Yuan Gao

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2020 20:339

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  26. It is widely perceived that mechanical or thigmomorphogenic stimuli, such as rubbing and bending by passing animals, wind, raindrop, and flooding, broadly influence plant growth and developmental patterning. I...

    Authors: Bo Eun Nam, Young-Joon Park, Kyung-Eun Gil, Ju-Heon Kim, Jae Geun Kim and Chung-Mo Park

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2020 20:335

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  27. Cold stress inhibits normal physiological metabolism in plants, thereby seriously affecting plant development. Meanwhile, plants also actively adjust their metabolism and development to adapt to changing envir...

    Authors: Tao Chen, Wei Zhang, Gang Yang, Jia-Hui Chen, Bi-Xia Chen, Rui Sun, Hua Zhang and Li-Zhe An

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2020 20:332

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  28. Cotton (Gossypium hirsutum L.) is one of the most important cash crops worldwide. Fine roots are the central part of the root system that contributes to plant water and nutrient uptake. However, the mechanisms un...

    Authors: Shuang Xiao, Liantao Liu, Yongjiang Zhang, Hongchun Sun, Ke Zhang, Zhiying Bai, Hezhong Dong, Yuchun Liu and Cundong Li

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2020 20:328

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  29. The calcicole or calcifuge behavior of wild plants has been related to element deficiency or toxicity. For fern species, however, knowledge about their adaptive differences and responses to soil environmental ...

    Authors: Jian Xiong Liao, Dan Yang Liang, Qian Wen Jiang, Ling Mo, Gao Zhong Pu and Deng Zhang

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2020 20:327

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  30. Frequently occurring drought stress negatively affects the production of maize worldwide. Numerous efforts have been made to develop drought-tolerant maize lines and to explore drought tolerant mechanisms in m...

    Authors: Qinbin Zhang, Hui Liu, Xiaolin Wu and Wei Wang

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2020 20:315

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  31. Heat and drought are serious threats for crop growth and development. As the sixth largest cereal crop in the world, pearl millet can not only be used for food and forage but also as a source of bioenergy. Pea...

    Authors: Min Sun, Dejun Huang, Ailing Zhang, Imran Khan, Haidong Yan, Xiaoshan Wang, Xinquan Zhang, Jian Zhang and Linkai Huang

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2020 20:323

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  32. Drought is a major limiting factor seriously influencing worldwide soybean production and its impact on yield, morphological and physiological traits depend on the timing it occurs and the intensity of water s...

    Authors: Chunjuan Yan, Shuhong Song, Wenbin Wang, Changling Wang, Haibo Li, Feng Wang, Shengyou Li and Xugang Sun

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2020 20:321

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  33. The non-coding small RNA tRFs (tRNA-derived fragments) and phasiRNAs (plant-specific) exert important roles in plant growth, development and stress resistances. However, whether the tRFs and phasiRNAs respond ...

    Authors: Wei Luan, Ya Dai, Xin-Yu Li, Yan Wang, Xiang Tao, Cai-Xia Li, Ping Mao and Xin-Rong Ma

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2020 20:320

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  34. The red (R) and blue (B) light wavelengths are known to influence many plant physiological processes during growth and development, particularly photosynthesis. To understand how R and B light influences plant...

    Authors: Yan Li, Guofeng Xin, Chang Liu, Qinghua Shi, Fengjuan Yang and Min Wei

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2020 20:318

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  35. NAC (NAM, ATAF1–2, and CUC2) family is one of the largest plant-specific transcription factor families known to play significant roles in plant development processes and stress responses.

    Authors: Wenjing Yao, Chuanzhe Li, Shuyan Lin, Jianping Wang, Boru Zhou and Tingbo Jiang

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2020 20:317

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  36. Cold stress causes dynamic changes in gene expression that are partially caused by small non-coding RNAs since they regulate protein coding transcripts and act in epigenetic gene silencing pathways. Thus, a de...

    Authors: Bhavika Tiwari, Kristin Habermann, M. Asif Arif, Heinrich Lukas Weil, Antoni Garcia-Molina, Tatjana Kleine, Timo Mühlhaus and Wolfgang Frank

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2020 20:298

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  37. Lead (Pb) is a harmful pollutant that disrupts normal functions from the cell to organ levels. Salix babylonica is characterized by high biomass productivity, high transpiration rates, and species specific Pb. Be...

    Authors: Wenxiu Xue, Yi Jiang, Xiaoshuo Shang and Jinhua Zou

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2020 20:296

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  38. Catechins, caffeine, and theanine as three important metabolites in the tea leaves play essential roles in the formation of specific taste and shows potential health benefits to humans. However, the knowledge ...

    Authors: An-Dong Gong, Shuai-Bin Lian, Nan-Nan Wu, Yong-Jie Zhou, Shi-Qi Zhao, Li-Min Zhang, Lin Cheng and Hong-Yu Yuan

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2020 20:294

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  39. Nitrogen (N) is an essential component of photosynthetic apparatus. However, the mechanism that photosynthetic capacity is suppressed by N is not completely understood. Photosynthetic capacity and photosynthes...

    Authors: Jin-Yan Zhang, Zhu Cun and Jun-Wen Chen

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2020 20:273

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  40. Nanoparticles (NPs) serve various industrial and household purposes, and their increasing use creates an environmental hazard because of their uncontrolled release into ecosystems. An important aspect of the r...

    Authors: Rita Jurkow, Robert Pokluda, Agnieszka Sękara and Andrzej Kalisz

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2020 20:290

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  41. Environmental stress is a crucial factor restricting plant growth as well as crop productivity, thus influencing the agricultural sustainability. Biochar addition is proposed as an effective management to impr...

    Authors: Yaojun Zhang, Jiaqi Ding, Hong Wang, Lei Su and Cancan Zhao

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2020 20:288

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  42. In the previous study, we investigated the alleviation effect of grafting on potassium uptake in roots and tobacco growth inhibition under low potassium stress. However, the effect of grafting on the low potas...

    Authors: Wei Hu, Qing Di, Jie Zhang, Jia Liu and Xiaojun Shi

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2020 20:286

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  43. Drought stress can severely affect plant growth and crop yield. The cloning and identification of drought-inducible promoters would be of value for genetically-based strategies to improve resistance of crops t...

    Authors: Yi Xu, Zhiqiang Jin, Biyu Xu, Jingyang Li, Yujia Li, Xiaoyi Wang, Anbang Wang, Wei Hu, Dongmei Huang, Qing Wei, Zhuye Xu and Shun Song

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2020 20:278

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  44. Foxtail millet [Setaria italica (L.) P. Beauv.] is an excellent crop known for its superior level of drought tolerance across the world. Especially, less water is needed during its germination period than the oth...

    Authors: Aili Yu, Jinfeng Zhao, Zhenhua Wang, Kai Cheng, Peng Zhang, Gang Tian, Xin Liu, Erhu Guo, Yanwei Du and Yuwen Wang

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2020 20:274

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  45. ABC1K (Activity of BC1 complex Kinase) is an evolutionarily primitive atypical kinase family widely distributed among prokaryotes and eukaryotes. The ABC1K protein kinases in Arabidopsis are predicted to localize...

    Authors: Xiaohui Qin, Zhikun Duan, Yuan Zheng, Wen-Cheng Liu, Siyi Guo, José Ramón Botella and Chun-Peng Song

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2020 20:270

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  46. Short episodes of high temperature (HT) stress during reproductive stages of development cause significant yield losses in wheat (Triticum aestivum L.). Two independent experiments were conducted to quantify the ...

    Authors: M. Djanaguiraman, S. Narayanan, E. Erdayani and P. V. V. Prasad

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2020 20:268

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  47. Extreme weather events are predicted to increase, such as combined heat and drought. The CO2 concentration ([CO2]) is predicted to approximately double by 2100. We aim to explore how tomato physiology, especially...

    Authors: Rong Zhou, Xiaqing Yu, Junqin Wen, Nikolaj Bjerring Jensen, Thayna Mendanha dos Santos, Zhen Wu, Eva Rosenqvist and Carl-Otto Ottosen

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2020 20:260

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  48. As functional proteins, dehydrins are found in many maturing seeds and vegetable tissues under adverse environmental conditions. However, the regulation of dehydrin expression remains unclear.

    Authors: Hao Liu, Ying Yang, Dandan Liu, Xiaoyu Wang and Linsheng Zhang

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2020 20:259

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