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Plant-abiotic interactions

Section edited by Grant Cramer

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

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  1. Content type: Research article

    Zinc-finger transcription factors play central roles in plant growth, development and abiotic stress responses. PLATZ encodes a class of plant-specific zinc-finger transcription factor. However, biological fun...

    Authors: Shicai Zhang, Rui Yang, Yanqing Huo, Shasha Liu, Guodong Yang, Jinguang Huang, Chengchao Zheng and Changai Wu

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2018 18:218

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    The emerging roles of rhizobacteria in improving plant nutrition and stress protection have great potential for sustainable use in saline soils. We evaluated the function of the salt-tolerant strain Azotobacter c...

    Authors: Michael James Van Oosten, Emilio Di Stasio, Valerio Cirillo, Silvia Silletti, Valeria Ventorino, Olimpia Pepe, Giampaolo Raimondi and Albino Maggio

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2018 18:205

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    The sucrose non-fermenting-1-related protein kinase 2 family (SnRK2s) unifies different abiotic stress signals in plants. To date, the functions of two rice SnRK2s, osmotic stress/ABA-activated protein kinase ...

    Authors: Dengji Lou, Houping Wang and Diqiu Yu

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2018 18:203

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    Brassica napus (B. napus) encompasses diverse transcription factors (TFs), but thorough identification and characterization of TF families, as well as their transcriptional responsiveness to multifarious stresses...

    Authors: Pei Wang, Cuiling Yang, Hao Chen, Longhai Luo, Qiuli Leng, Shicong Li, Zujing Han, Xinchun Li, Chunpeng Song, Xiao Zhang and Daojie Wang

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2018 18:202

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  5. Content type: Research article

    Soil salinity and/or alkalinity impose a major constraint over crop yield and quality. An understanding of the molecular basis of the plant response to these stresses could inform the breeding of more tolerant...

    Authors: Huanan Han, Qi Wang, Lin Wei, Yu Liang, Jiulan Dai, Guangmin Xia and Shuwei Liu

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2018 18:195

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    Rare data are available on the molecular responses of higher plants to low pH. Seedlings of ‘Sour pummelo’ (Citrus grandis) and ‘Xuegan’ (Citrus sinensis) were treated daily with nutrient solution at a pH of 2.5,...

    Authors: Jiang Zhang, Qiang Li, Yi-Ping Qi, Wei-Lin Huang, Lin-Tong Yang, Ning-Wei Lai, Xin Ye and Li-Song Chen

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2018 18:188

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  7. Content type: Research article

    Potassium (K) deficiency in arable land is one of the most important factors affecting crop productivity. Development of low K (LK) tolerant crop cultivars is regarded as a best economic and effective approach...

    Authors: Jianbin Zeng, Xiaoyan Quan, Xiaoyan He, Shengguan Cai, Zhilan Ye, Guang Chen and Guoping Zhang

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2018 18:187

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  8. Content type: Research article

    Rice (Oryza sativa L.) is a thermophilic crop vulnerable to chilling stress. However, common wild rice (Oryza rufipogon Griff.) in Guangxi (China) has the ability to tolerate chilling stress. To better understand...

    Authors: Weijian Cen, Jianbin Liu, Siyuan Lu, Peilong Jia, Kai Yu, Yue Han, Rongbai Li and Jijing Luo

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2018 18:163

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  9. Content type: Research article

    The Root-Knot Nematode (RKN), Meloidogyne arenaria, significantly reduces peanut grain quality and yield worldwide. Whilst the cultivated species has low levels of resistance to RKN and other pests and diseases, ...

    Authors: Ana Paula Zotta Mota, Bruna Vidigal, Etienne G. J. Danchin, Roberto Coiti Togawa, Soraya C. M. Leal-Bertioli, David John Bertioli, Ana Claudia Guerra Araujo, Ana Cristina Miranda Brasileiro and Patricia Messenberg Guimaraes

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2018 18:159

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  10. Content type: Research article

    Transcription factors operate as important switches of transcription networks, and NAC (NAM, ATAF, and CUC) transcription factors are a plant-specific family involved in multiple biological processes. However,...

    Authors: Heng Sun, Meiling Hu, Jianying Li, Lin Chen, Meng Li, Shuqin Zhang, Xianlong Zhang and Xiyan Yang

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2018 18:150

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  11. Content type: Research article

    SEVEN IN ABSENTIA (SINA) is a RING domain-containing ubiquitin ligase involved in Drosophila eye formation. SINA-like proteins in plants are involved in several signaling pathways. Of the 18 SINA-like proteins id...

    Authors: Yang Chen, Mohamed Fokar, Miyoung Kang, Naichong Chen, Randy D. Allen and Yaofeng Chen

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2018 18:147

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  12. Content type: Research article

    This study assessed the effects of 24-epibrassinolide (EBL, 10–7M) and silicon (2 mM) on the alleviation of cadmium (Cd, 150 mg L–1) toxicity in Pisum sativum L. seedlings via the modulation of growth, antioxidan...

    Authors: Sumira Jan, Mohammed Nasser Alyemeni, Leonard Wijaya, Pravej Alam, Kadambot H. Siddique and Parvaiz Ahmad

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2018 18:146

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  13. Content type: Research article

    Long non-coding RNAs (lncRNAs) have emerged as new class of regulatory molecules in animals where they regulate gene expression at transcriptional and post-transcriptional level. Recent studies also identified...

    Authors: Edouard Severing, Luigi Faino, Suraj Jamge, Marco Busscher, Yang Kuijer-Zhang, Francesca Bellinazzo, Jacqueline Busscher-Lange, Virginia Fernández, Gerco C. Angenent, Richard G. H. Immink and Alice Pajoro

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2018 18:145

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  14. Content type: Research article

    Improvement of water-use efficiency (WUE) can effectively reduce production losses caused by drought stress. A better understanding of the genetic determination of WUE in crops under drought stress has great p...

    Authors: Haibo Wang, Shuang Zhao, Ke Mao, Qinglong Dong, Bowen Liang, Chao Li, Zhiwei Wei, Mingjun Li and Fengwang Ma

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2018 18:136

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  15. Content type: Research article

    Salinity is a major abiotic stress that limits upland cotton growth and reduces fibre production worldwide. To reveal genetic regulation via transcript and protein levels after salt stress, we comprehensively ...

    Authors: Zhen Peng, Shoupu He, Wenfang Gong, Feifei Xu, Zhaoe Pan, Yinhua Jia, Xiaoli Geng and Xiongming Du

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2018 18:128

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  16. Content type: Research article

    Roots play a central role in plant response to water stress (WS). They are involved in its perception and signalling to the leaf as well as in allowing the plant to adapt to maintaining an adequate water balan...

    Authors: Bhakti Prinsi, Alfredo Simone Negri, Osvaldo Failla, Attilio Scienza and Luca Espen

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2018 18:126

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  17. Content type: Research article

    Numerous regulatory genes participate in plant thermotolerance. In Arabidopsis, HEAT-INDUCED TAS1 TARGET2 (HTT2) is an important thermotolerance gene that is silenced by ta-siR255, a trans-acting siRNA. ta-siR255...

    Authors: Jianxia Jiang, Jinjuan Bai, Shuxia Li, Xiaorong Li, Liyong Yang and Yuke He

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2018 18:127

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  18. Content type: Research article

    Long non-coding RNAs (lncRNAs) play important roles in plant growth and stress responses. Studies of lncRNAs in non-model plants are quite limited, especially those investigating multiple dehydration stresses....

    Authors: Chao Zhang, Gaijuan Tang, Xi Peng, Fengli Sun, Shudong Liu and Yajun Xi

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2018 18:79

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  19. Content type: Research article

    Strigolactones (SLs) are considered to be a novel class of phytohormone involved in plant defense responses. Currently, their relationships with other plant hormones, such as abscisic acid (ABA), during respon...

    Authors: Cheng-Gang Ren, Cun-Cui Kong and Zhi-Hong Xie

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2018 18:74

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  20. Content type: Research article

    Drought is one of the major factors limiting global maize production. Exposure to long-term drought conditions inhibits growth and leads to yield losses. Although several drought-responsive genes have been ide...

    Authors: Xiangbo Zhang, Lei Lei, Jinsheng Lai, Haiming Zhao and Weibin Song

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2018 18:68

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  21. Content type: Research article

    bZIP transcription factors play a significant role in many aspects of plant growth and development and also play critical regulatory roles during plant responses to various stresses. Overexpression of the Brachyp...

    Authors: Ruth C. Martin, Kelly Vining and James E. Dombrowski

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2018 18:58

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  22. Content type: Research article

    High temperature is a major abiotic stress that limits wheat (Triticum aestivum L.) productivity. Variation in levels of a wide range of lipids, including stress-related molecular species, oxidative damage, cellu...

    Authors: M. Djanaguiraman, D. L. Boyle, R. Welti, S. V. K. Jagadish and P. V. V. Prasad

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2018 18:55

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  23. Content type: Research article

    Among semi-aquatic species of the legume genus Aeschynomene, some have the unique property of being root and stem-nodulated by photosynthetic Bradyrhizobium lacking the nodABC genes necessary for the production o...

    Authors: Clémence Chaintreuil, Xavier Perrier, Guillaume Martin, Joël Fardoux, Gwilym P. Lewis, Laurent Brottier, Ronan Rivallan, Mario Gomez-Pacheco, Mickaël Bourges, Léo Lamy, Béatrice Thibaud, Heriniaina Ramanankierana, Herizo Randriambanona, Hervé Vandrot, Pierre Mournet, Eric Giraud…

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2018 18:54

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  24. Content type: Research article

    Low temperature is a major abiotic stress affecting the production of rapeseed in China by impeding plant growth and development. A comprehensive knowledge of small-RNA expression pattern in Brassica rapa under c...

    Authors: Xiucun Zeng, Yaozhao Xu, Jinjin Jiang, Fenqin Zhang, Li Ma, Dewei Wu, Youping Wang and Wancang Sun

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2018 18:52

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  25. Content type: Research article

    Kiwifruit are classified as climacteric since exogenous ethylene (or its analogue propylene) induces rapid ripening accompanied by ethylene production under positive feedback regulation. However, most of the r...

    Authors: William O. Asiche, Oscar W. Mitalo, Yuka Kasahara, Yasuaki Tosa, Eric G. Mworia, Willis O. Owino, Koichiro Ushijima, Ryohei Nakano, Kentaro Yano and Yasutaka Kubo

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2018 18:47

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  26. Content type: Research article

    Although the nucleolus involves two major functions: pre-rRNA processing and ribosome biogenesis/assembly, increasing evidence indicates that it also plays important roles in response to abiotic stress. Howeve...

    Authors: Kai-Chau Huang, Wei-Chih Lin and Wan-Hsing Cheng

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2018 18:40

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  27. Content type: Research article

    Soil salinity is an important factor affecting growth, development, and productivity of almost all land plants, including the forage crop alfalfa (Medicago sativa). However, little is known about how alfalfa resp...

    Authors: Yunting Lei, Yuxing Xu, Christian Hettenhausen, Chengkai Lu, Guojing Shen, Cuiping Zhang, Jing Li, Juan Song, Honghui Lin and Jianqiang Wu

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2018 18:35

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  28. Content type: Research article

    Low temperature is a crucial factor influencing plant growth and development. The chlorophyll precursor, 5-aminolevulinic acid (ALA) is widely used to improve plant cold tolerance. However, the interaction bet...

    Authors: Tao Liu, Xiaohui Hu, Jiao Zhang, Junheng Zhang, Qingjie Du and Jianming Li

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2018 18:34

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  29. Content type: Research article

    WRKY transcription factors, one of the largest families of transcriptional regulators in plants, play important roles in plant development and various stress responses. The WRKYs of Caragana intermedia are still ...

    Authors: Yongqing Wan, Mingzhu Mao, Dongli Wan, Qi Yang, Feiyun Yang, Mandlaa, Guojing Li and Ruigang Wang

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2018 18:31

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  30. Content type: Research article

    Terminal drought stress leads to substantial annual yield losses in chickpea (Cicer arietinum L.). Adaptation to water limitation is a matter of matching water supply to water demand by the crop. Therefore, harne...

    Authors: Kaliamoorthy Sivasakthi, Mahendar Thudi, Murugesan Tharanya, Sandip M. Kale, Jana Kholová, Mahamat Hissene Halime, Deepa Jaganathan, Rekha Baddam, Thiyagarajan Thirunalasundari, Pooran M. Gaur, Rajeev K. Varshney and Vincent Vadez

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2018 18:29

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  31. Content type: Research article

    Annual ryegrass (Lolium multiflorum L.) is a commercially important, widely distributed forage crop that is used in the production of hay and silage worldwide. Drought has been a severe environmental constraint i...

    Authors: Ling Pan, Chen Meng, Jianping Wang, Xiao Ma, Xiaomei Fan, Zhongfu Yang, Meiliang Zhou and Xinquan Zhang

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2018 18:26

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  32. Content type: Research article

    Vacuolar H+-ATPase (V-ATPase) is a vital protein complex involved in abiotic stress response in plants. The G subunit of Juglans regia (JrVHAG1) was previously identified as a drought tolerance-related gene invol...

    Authors: Zhenggang Xu, Yu Ge, Wan Zhang, Yunlin Zhao and Guiyan Yang

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2018 18:19

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  33. Content type: Research article

    The roles in photosystem I (PSI) assembly of the nucleus-encoded thylakoid protein Y3IP1 who interacts with the plastid-encoded Ycf3 protein that has been well-characterized in plants. However, its function an...

    Authors: Jian-Qiang Yu, Jia-Hui Wang, Cui-Hui Sun, Quan-Yan Zhang, Da-Gang Hu and Yu-Jin Hao

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2018 18:18

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  34. Content type: Research article

    Cucumber downy mildew is among the most important diseases that can disrupt cucumber production. Propamocarb, also known as propyl-[3-(dimethylamino)propyl]carbamate (PM), is a systemic carbamate fungicide pes...

    Authors: Chunhong Liu, Zhiwei Qin, Xiuyan Zhou, Ming Xin, Chunhua Wang, Dong Liu and Shengnan Li

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2018 18:16

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  35. Content type: Research article

    Soil salinization is one of the major environmental constraints to plant growth and agricultural production worldwide. Signaling components involving calcium (Ca2+) and the downstream calcium-dependent protein ki...

    Authors: Wei Gao, Fu-Chun Xu, Dan-Dan Guo, Jing-Ruo Zhao, Ji Liu, Ya-Wei Guo, Prashant Kumar Singh, Xiao-Nan Ma, Lu Long, Jose Ramon Botella and Chun-Peng Song

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2018 18:15

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  36. Content type: Research article

    Photosynthetic systems are known to be sensitive to high temperature stress. To maintain a relatively “normal” level of photosynthetic activities, plants employ a variety of adaptive mechanisms in response to ...

    Authors: Junping Chen, John J. Burke and Zhanguo Xin

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2018 18:11

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  37. Content type: Research article

    Modification of nucleosides on transfer RNA (tRNA) is important either for correct mRNA decoding process or for tRNA structural stabilization. Nucleoside methylations catalyzed by MTase (methyltransferase) are...

    Authors: Youmei Wang, Chaoqun Pang, Xukai Li, Zhen Hu, Zhengyi Lv, Bo Zheng and Peng Chen

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2017 17:261

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  38. Content type: Research article

    Water deficit severely reduces apple growth and production, is detrimental to fruit quality and size. This problem is exacerbated as global warming is implicated in producing more severe drought stress. Thus w...

    Authors: Lin Wang, Qing-Tian Li, Qiong Lei, Chao Feng, Xiaodong Zheng, Fangfang Zhou, Lingzi Li, Xuan Liu, Zhi Wang and Jin Kong

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2017 17:246

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  39. Content type: Research article

    Understanding how intensification of abiotic stress due to global climate change affects crop yields is important for continued agricultural productivity. Coupling genomic technologies with physiological crop ...

    Authors: Courtney P. Leisner, Craig R. Yendrek and Elizabeth A. Ainsworth

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2017 17:242

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  40. Content type: Research article

    Most studies of photosynthesis in chlorenchymas under potassium (K) deficiency focus exclusively on leaves; however, little information is available on the physiological role of K on reproductive structures, w...

    Authors: Zhifeng Lu, Yonghui Pan, Wenshi Hu, Rihuan Cong, Tao Ren, Shiwei Guo and Jianwei Lu

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2017 17:240

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  41. Content type: Research article

    Ground-level ozone (O3) is one of the major air pollutants, which cause oxidative injury to plants. The physiological and biochemical mechanisms underlying the responses of plants to O3 stress have been well inve...

    Authors: Lu Zhang, Bin Xu, Tao Wu, Mu-xuan Wen, Lian-xue Fan, Zhao-zhong Feng and Elena Paoletti

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2017 17:236

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  42. Content type: Research article

    Botrytis cinerea, a necrotrophic pathogenic fungus, attacks many crops including potato and tomato. Major genes for complete resistance to B. cinerea are not known in plants, but a few...

    Authors: Kaile Sun, Ageeth van Tuinen, Jan A. L. van Kan, Anne-Marie A. Wolters, Evert Jacobsen, Richard G. F. Visser and Yuling Bai

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2017 17:235

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  43. Content type: Research article

    Calotropis procera is a wild plant species in the family Apocynaceae that is able to grow in harsh, arid and heat stressed conditions. Understanding how this highly adapted plant persi...

    Authors: Mohammed Z. Mutwakil, Nahid H. Hajrah, Ahmed Atef, Sherif Edris, Mernan J. Sabir, Areej K. Al-Ghamdi, Meshaal J. S. M. Sabir, Charlotte Nelson, Rania M. Makki, Hani M. Ali, Fotouh M. El-Domyati, Abdulrahman S. M. Al-Hajar, Yoann Gloaguen, Hassan S. Al-Zahrani, Jamal S. M. Sabir, Robert K. Jansen…

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2017 17:231

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    Plant roots are highly plastic to high salinity. However, the molecular mechanism by which root developmental plasticity is regulated remains largely unknown. Previously we reported that miR172c-NNC1 module plays...

    Authors: Zulfiqar Ali Sahito, Lixiang Wang, Zhengxi Sun, Qiqi Yan, Xingke Zhang, Qiong Jiang, Ihteram Ullah, Yiping Tong and Xia Li

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2017 17:229

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  45. Content type: Research article

    Plant immune response is associated with a large-scale transcriptional reprogramming, which is regulated by numerous transcription regulators such as the Elongator complex. Elongator is a multitasking protein ...

    Authors: Katchen Julliany P. Silva, Asha M. Brunings, Juliana A. Pereira, Natalia A. Peres, Kevin M. Folta and Zhonglin Mou

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2017 17:230

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  46. Content type: Research article

    Sweet potato, a hexaploid species lacking a reference genome, is one of the most important crops in many developing countries, where abiotic stresses are a primary cause of reduction of crop yield. Glutathione...

    Authors: Na Ding, Aimin Wang, Xiaojun Zhang, Yunxiang Wu, Ruyuan Wang, Huihui Cui, Rulin Huang and Yonghai Luo

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2017 17:225

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