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Plant-biotic interactions

Section edited by Pradeep Kachroo (University of Kentucky, USA)

This section considers studies in the interactions, both beneficial and deleterious , between plants and other organisms including all forms of symbiosis.

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  1. Content type: Research article

    The MYB transcription factor family is one of the largest transcriptional factor families in plants and plays a multifaceted role in plant growth and development. However, MYB transcription factors involved in...

    Authors: Ya-Li Zhang, Chun-Ling Zhang, Gui-Luan Wang, Yong-Xu Wang, Chen-Hui Qi, Qiang Zhao, Chun-Xiang You, Yuan-Yuan Li and Yu-Jin Hao

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2019 19:362

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  2. Content type: Research article

    Tilletia horrida is a basidiomycete fungus that causes rice kernel smut, one of the most important rice diseases in hybrid rice growing areas worldwide. However, little is known about its mechanisms of pathogenic...

    Authors: Aijun Wang, Linxiu Pan, Xianyu Niu, Xinyue Shu, Xiaoqun Yi, Naoki Yamamoto, Shuangcheng Li, Qiming Deng, Jun Zhu, Yueyang Liang, Lingxia Wang, Ping Li and Aiping Zheng

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2019 19:360

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  3. Content type: Research article

    European grapevine cultivars (Vitis vinifera spp.) are highly susceptible to the downy mildew pathogen Plasmopara viticola. Breeding of resistant V. vinifera cultivars is a promising strategy to reduce the impact...

    Authors: Birgit Eisenmann, Stefan Czemmel, Tobias Ziegler, Günther Buchholz, Andreas Kortekamp, Oliver Trapp, Thomas Rausch, Ian Dry and Jochen Bogs

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2019 19:343

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  4. Content type: Research article

    In native environments plants frequently experience simultaneous or sequential unfavourable abiotic and biotic stresses. The plant’s response to combined stresses is usually not the sum of the individual respo...

    Authors: Jana Oberländer, Vivien Lortzing, Monika Hilker and Reinhard Kunze

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2019 19:338

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  5. Content type: Research article

    Autophagy is a conserved, highly-regulated catabolic process that plays important roles in growth, development and innate immunity in plants. In this study, we compared the rate of autophagy induction in Nicotian...

    Authors: Mercy W. Macharia, Wilfred Y. Z. Tan, Prem P. Das, Naweed I. Naqvi and Sek-Man Wong

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2019 19:326

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    Besides fibers, cotton plants also produce a large amount of seeds with a high oil and protein content. The use of these seeds is restricted by their high contents of the terpenoid gossypol, which is harmful t...

    Authors: Steffen Hagenbucher, Michael Eisenring, Michael Meissle, Keerti S. Rathore and Jörg Romeis

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2019 19:322

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  7. Content type: Research article

    Plant cell walls participate in all plant-environment interactions. Maintaining cell wall integrity (CWI) during these interactions is essential. This realization led to increased interest in CWI and resulted ...

    Authors: Timo Engelsdorf, Lars Kjaer, Nora Gigli-Bisceglia, Lauri Vaahtera, Stefan Bauer, Eva Miedes, Alexandra Wormit, Lucinda James, Issariya Chairam, Antonio Molina and Thorsten Hamann

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2019 19:320

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  8. Content type: Research article

    Non-host resistance (NHR) presents a compelling long-term plant protection strategy for global food security, yet the genetic basis of NHR remains poorly understood. For many diseases, including stem rust of w...

    Authors: Radhika Bartaula, Arthur T. O. Melo, Sarah Kingan, Yue Jin and Iago Hale

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2019 19:319

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  9. Content type: Research article

    The hypersensitive defense response (HR) in plants is a fast, localized necrotic response around the point of pathogen ingress. HR is usually triggered by a pathogen recognition event mediated by a nucleotide-...

    Authors: Yijian He, Shailesh Karre, Gurmukh S. Johal, Shawn A. Christensen and Peter Balint-Kurti

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2019 19:310

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  10. Content type: Research article

    Banana anthracnose, caused by Colletotrichum musae, is one of the most severe postharvest diseases in banana. Melatonin is widely known for its role in enhancing plant stress tolerance. However, little is known a...

    Authors: Taotao Li, Qixian Wu, Hong Zhu, Yijie Zhou, Yueming Jiang, Huijun Gao and Ze Yun

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2019 19:289

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  11. Content type: Research article

    Clubroot disease caused by Plasmodiophora brassicae (Phytomyxea, Rhizaria) is one of the economically most important diseases of Brassica crops. The formation of hypertrophied roots accompanied by altered metabol...

    Authors: Stefan Ciaghi, Arne Schwelm and Sigrid Neuhauser

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2019 19:288

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  12. Content type: Research article

    Echinacea-endophyte interaction might affect plant secondary metabolites content and influence bacterial colonization specificity and plant growth, but the underlying mechanisms need deepening. An in vitro model,...

    Authors: Valentina Maggini, Alessio Mengoni, Eugenia Rosaria Gallo, Sauro Biffi, Renato Fani, Fabio Firenzuoli and Patrizia Bogani

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2019 19:284

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  13. Content type: Research article

    Cyclophilins (CYPs), belonging to the peptidyl prolyl cis/trans isomerase (PPIase) superfamily, play important roles during plant responses to biotic and abiotic stresses.

    Authors: Jun Yang, Guoning Wang, Huifeng Ke, Yan Zhang, Lianlian Ji, Lizhi Huang, Chunying Zhang, Xingfen Wang and Zhiying Ma

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2019 19:272

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  14. Content type: Research article

    The heavy metal cadmium (Cd) accumulates in the environment due to anthropogenic influences. It is unessential and harmful to all life forms. The plant cell wall forms a physical barrier against environmental ...

    Authors: Annelie Gutsch, Kjell Sergeant, Els Keunen, Els Prinsen, Gea Guerriero, Jenny Renaut, Jean-Francois Hausman and Ann Cuypers

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2019 19:271

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  15. Content type: Research article

    The Bemisia tabaci is a major leaf feeding insect pest to pepper (Capsicum annuum), causing serious damage to pepper growth and yield. It is particularly important to study the mechanism of pepper resistance to B...

    Authors: Xiaoxia Wu, Jiaxing Yan, Yahong Wu, Haibo Zhang, Shuangrong Mo, Xiaoying Xu, Fucai Zhou and Haidong Ding

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2019 19:270

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  16. Content type: Research article

    Asian citrus psyllid (ACP) is the primary vector responsible for the transmission of the phloem-limited bacteria Candidatus Liberibacter spp., associated with huanglongbing (HLB), which causes great loss to the c...

    Authors: Zao-Fa Zhong, Xiao-Juan Zhou, Jin-Bei Lin, Xin-Jun Liu, Jia Shao, Ba-Lian Zhong and Ting Peng

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2019 19:254

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  17. Content type: Research article

    Ammonium transporters (AMTs), a family of proteins transporting ammonium salt and its analogues, have been studied in many aspects. Although numerous studies have found that ammonium affects the interaction be...

    Authors: Junpeng Jiang, Jing Zhao, Wanlu Duan, Song Tian, Xiaodong Wang, Hua Zhuang, Jing Fu and Zhensheng Kang

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2019 19:239

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  18. Content type: Research article

    By sensing environmental cues indicative of pathogens or herbivores, plants can “prime” appropriate defenses and deploy faster, stronger responses to subsequent attack. Such priming presumably entails costs—el...

    Authors: Eric C. Yip, John F. Tooker, Mark C. Mescher and Consuelo M. De Moraes

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2019 19:209

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  19. Content type: Research article

    Root parasitic weeds are a major constraint to crop production worldwide causing significant yearly losses in yield and economic value. These parasites cause their destruction by attaching to their hosts with ...

    Authors: Vikram A. Misra, Eric K. Wafula, Yu Wang, Claude W. dePamphilis and Michael P. Timko

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2019 19:196

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  20. Content type: Methodology article

    The intracellular accommodation of arbuscular mycorrhizal (AM) fungi involves a profound molecular reprogramming of the host cell architecture and metabolism, based on the activation of a symbiotic signaling p...

    Authors: Gennaro Carotenuto, Ivan Sciascia, Ludovica Oddi, Veronica Volpe and Andrea Genre

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2019 19:180

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  21. Content type: Research article

    In higher plants, salicylic acid (SA) plays important roles in inducing resistance to biotic and abiotic stresses. Tomato yellow leaf curl virus (TYLCV) causes a highly devastating viral disease in plants, partic...

    Authors: Tong Li, Ying Huang, Zhi-Sheng Xu, Feng Wang and Ai-Sheng Xiong

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2019 19:173

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  22. Content type: Research article

    Genetic variation in plants alters insect abundance and community structure in the field; however, little is known about the importance of a single gene among diverse plant genotypes. In this context, Arabidopsis

    Authors: Yasuhiro Sato, Rie Shimizu-Inatsugi, Misako Yamazaki, Kentaro K. Shimizu and Atsushi J. Nagano

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2019 19:163

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  23. Content type: Research article

    Stripe rust (also called yellow rust) is a common and serious fungal disease of wheat (Triticum aestivum L.) caused by Puccinia striiformis f. sp. tritici. The narrow genetic basis of modern wheat cultivars and r...

    Authors: Xueling Ye, Jian Li, Yukun Cheng, Fangjie Yao, Li Long, Can Yu, Yuqi Wang, Yu Wu, Jing Li, Jirui Wang, Qiantao Jiang, Wei Li, Jian Ma, Yuming Wei, Youliang Zheng and Guoyue Chen

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2019 19:147

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  24. Content type: Research article

    C4 plants have been classified into three subtypes based on the enzymes used to decarboxylate C4 acids in the bundle sheath cells (NADP-ME, NAD-ME and PEPCK pathways). Evidences indicate that, depending on env...

    Authors: Viviane Cacefo, Alessandra Ferreira Ribas, Rafael Rebes Zilliani, Daniel Moreira Neris, Douglas Silva Domingues, Adriana Lima Moro and Luiz Gonzaga Esteves Vieira

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2019 19:144

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  25. Content type: Research article

    Technical limitations regarding bulk analysis of phytoplankton biomass limit our comprehension of carbon fluxes in natural populations and, therefore, of carbon, nutrients and energy cycling in aquatic ecosyst...

    Authors: Andrea Fanesi, Heiko Wagner, Giovanni Birarda, Lisa Vaccari and Christian Wilhelm

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2019 19:142

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  26. Content type: Research article

    Peanut is one of the most important oil and protein crops, and it exhibits wide cultivar variations in shoot Cd accumulation ability. However, the mechanism of Cd accumulation in peanut shoots has not been wel...

    Authors: Rugang Yu, Qun Jiang, Chen Xv, Lien Li, Sijia Bu and Gangrong Shi

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2019 19:137

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  27. Content type: Research article

    Increasing zinc (Zn) concentrations in crops is important for alleviation of human Zn deficiency. Arbuscular mycorrhizal fungi (AMF) contribute to plant Zn uptake, but their contribution to Zn in the edible po...

    Authors: Antonio Coccina, Timothy R. Cavagnaro, Elisa Pellegrino, Laura Ercoli, Michael J. McLaughlin and Stephanie J. Watts-Williams

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2019 19:133

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  28. Content type: Research article

    The mechanism underlying the interaction between host plant and host-selective toxin (HST)-producing Alternaria alternata during infection is of particular interest for sustainable crop production. Alternaria blo...

    Authors: Shigeki Moriya, Shingo Terakami, Kazuma Okada, Taku Shimizu, Yoshihiko Adachi, Yuichi Katayose, Hiroko Fujisawa, Jianzhon Wu, Hiroyuki Kanamori, Toshiya Yamamoto and Kazuyuki Abe

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2019 19:132

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  29. Content type: Research article

    Citrus Huanglongbing (HLB) is a bacterial disease with high economic significance. The associated agent Candidatus Liberibacter asiaticus is a fastidious, phloem-limited, intracellular bacterium that is transmitt...

    Authors: Qingchun Shi, Marco Pitino, Shujian Zhang, Joseph Krystel, Liliana M. Cano, Robert G. Shatters Jr, David G. Hall and Ed Stover

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2019 19:122

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  30. Content type: Research article

    Mal de Río Cuarto virus (MRCV) infects several monocotyledonous species including maize and wheat. Infected plants show shortened internodes, partial sterility, increased tillering and reduced root length. To ...

    Authors: Luis Alejandro de Haro, Sofía Maité Arellano, Ondrej Novák, Regina Feil, Analía Delina Dumón, María Fernanda Mattio, Danuše Tarkowská, Gabriela Llauger, Miroslav Strnad, John Edward Lunn, Stephen Pearce, Carlos María Figueroa and Mariana del Vas

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2019 19:112

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  31. Content type: Research article

    Bilberry (Vaccinium myrtillus L.) is one of the most abundant wild berries in the Northern European ecosystems. This species plays an important ecological role as a food source for many vertebrate and invertebrat...

    Authors: Rafael Fonseca Benevenuto, Tarald Seldal, Stein Joar Hegland, Cesar Rodriguez-Saona, Joseph Kawash and James Polashock

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2019 19:70

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  32. Content type: Research article

    Anthurium andraeanum, an important ornamental flower, has to go through a growth-delaying period after transfer from tissue culture to soil, which requires time and extra costs. Furthermore, during this period, t...

    Authors: Hui-Feng Lin, Jun Xiong, Hui-Ming Zhou, Chang-Ming Chen, Fa-Zhuang Lin, Xu-Ming Xu, Ralf Oelmüller, Wei-Feng Xu and Kai-Wun Yeh

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2019 19:40

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  33. Content type: Research article

    Among various pests, the brown planthopper (BPH) that damages rice is the major destructive pests. Understanding resistance mechanisms is a critical step toward effective control of BPH. This study investigate...

    Authors: Xiaoyun Zhang, Fuyou Yin, Suqin Xiao, Chunmiao Jiang, Tengqiong Yu, Ling Chen, Xue Ke, Qiaofang Zhong, Zaiquan Cheng and Weijiao Li

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2019 19:30

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  34. Content type: Research article

    Bacterial wilt caused by Ralstonia solanacearum is one of the most important diseases in pepper worldwide, however, the molecular mechanism underlying pepper resistance to bacterial wilt remains poorly understood...

    Authors: Shaoliang Mou, Feng Gao, Lei Shen, Sheng Yang, Weihong He, Wei Cheng, Yang Wu and Shuilin He

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2019 19:28

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  35. Content type: Research article

    Soybean (Glycine max L. Merril) crop is major source of edible oil and protein for human and animals besides its various industrial uses including biofuels. Phytoplasma induced floral bud distortion syndrome (FBD...

    Authors: Sarika Jaiswal, Pravin V. Jadhav, Rahul Singh Jasrotia, Prashant B. Kale, Snehal K. Kad, Mangesh P. Moharil, Mahendra S. Dudhare, Jashminkumar Kheni, Amit G. Deshmukh, Shyamsundar S. Mane, Ravindra S. Nandanwar, Suprasanna Penna, Joy G. Manjaya, Mir Asif Iquebal, Rukam Singh Tomar, Prashant G. Kawar…

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2019 19:26

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  36. Content type: Research article

    Real-time RT-PCR has become a common and robust technique to detect and quantify low-abundance mRNA expression and is a prefered tool when examining fungal gene expression in infected host tissues. However, co...

    Authors: Yang Song, Yan Wang, Dandan Guo and Lan Jing

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2019 19:20

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  37. Content type: Research article

    Verticillium wilt (VW), also known as “cotton cancer,” is one of the most destructive diseases in global cotton production that seriously impacts fiber yield and quality. Despite numerous attempts, little sign...

    Authors: Peng-tao Li, Md. Harun or Rashid, Ting-ting Chen, Quan-wei Lu, Qun Ge, Wan-kui Gong, Ai-ying Liu, Ju-wu Gong, Hai-hong Shang, Xiao-ying Deng, Jun-wen Li, Shao-qi Li, Xiang-hui Xiao, Rui-xian Liu, Qi Zhang, Li Duan…

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2019 19:19

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  38. Content type: Research article

    Plants, fungi, and bacteria form complex, mutually-beneficial communities within the soil environment. In return for photosynthetically derived sugars in the form of exudates from plant roots, the microbial sy...

    Authors: Shalaka Shinde, Sarah Zerbs, Frank R. Collart, Jonathan R. Cumming, Philippe Noirot and Peter E. Larsen

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2019 19:4

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  39. Content type: Research article

    Root and butt rot of conifer trees caused by fungi belonging to the Heterobasidion annosum species complex is one of the most economically important fungal diseases in commercial conifer plantations throughout th...

    Authors: Andriy Kovalchuk, Zhen Zeng, Rajendra P. Ghimire, Minna Kivimäenpää, Tommaso Raffaello, Mengxia Liu, Mukrimin Mukrimin, Risto Kasanen, Hui Sun, Riitta Julkunen-Tiitto, Jarmo K. Holopainen and Fred O. Asiegbu

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2019 19:2

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  40. Content type: Research article

    Basal stem rot (BSR) caused by hemibiotroph Ganoderma boninense is a devastating disease resulting in a major loss to the oil palm industry. Since there is no physical symptom in oil palm at the early stage of G....

    Authors: Mohammad Nazri Abdul Bahari, Nurshafika Mohd Sakeh, Siti Nor Akmar Abdullah, Redzyque Ramza Ramli and Saied Kadkhodaei

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2018 18:377

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  41. Content type: Research article

    Foliicolous algae are a common occurrence in tropical forests. They are referable to a few simple morphotypes (unicellular, sarcinoid-like or filamentous), which makes their morphology of limited usefulness fo...

    Authors: Huan Zhu, Shuyin Li, Zhengyu Hu and Guoxiang Liu

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2018 18:365

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  42. Content type: Research article

    Pinellia ternata is a Chinese traditional medicinal herb, used to cure diseases including insomnia, eclampsia and cervical carcinoma, for hundreds of years. Non-self-recognition in multicellular organisms can ini...

    Authors: Hafiz Muhammad Khalid Abbas, Jingshu Xiang, Zahoor Ahmad, Lilin Wang and Wubei Dong

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2018 18:357

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  43. Content type: Research article

    Pre-harvest contamination of fruits and vegetables by Salmonella in fields is one of the causes of food-borne outbreaks. Natural openings like stomata, hydathodes and fruit cracks are known to serve as entry poin...

    Authors: Kapudeep Karmakar, Utpal Nath, Karaba N. Nataraja and Dipshikha Chakravortty

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2018 18:344

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  44. Content type: Research article

    Developing tolerant cultivars by incorporating resistant genes is regarded as a potential strategy for controlling Verticillium wilt that causes severe losses in the yield and fiber quality of cotton.

    Authors: Jun Yang, Yan Zhang, Xingfen Wang, Weiqiao Wang, Zhikun Li, Jinhua Wu, Guoning Wang, Liqiang Wu, Guiyin Zhang and Zhiying Ma

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2018 18:339

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  45. Content type: Research article

    Phytocystatins (PhyCys) act as endogenous regulators of cysteine proteases (CysProt) involved in various physiological processes. Besides, PhyCys are involved in plant reactions to abiotic stresses like drough...

    Authors: Blanca Velasco-Arroyo, Manuel Martinez, Isabel Diaz and Mercedes Diaz-Mendoza

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2018 18:337

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  46. Content type: Research article

    Among semi-aquatic species of the legume genus Aeschynomene, some have the property of being nodulated by photosynthetic Bradyrhizobium lacking the nodABC genes necessary for the synthesis of Nod factors. Knowled...

    Authors: Laurent Brottier, Clémence Chaintreuil, Paul Simion, Céline Scornavacca, Ronan Rivallan, Pierre Mournet, Lionel Moulin, Gwilym P. Lewis, Joël Fardoux, Spencer C. Brown, Mario Gomez-Pacheco, Mickaël Bourges, Catherine Hervouet, Mathieu Gueye, Robin Duponnois, Heriniaina Ramanankierana…

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2018 18:333

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  47. Content type: Research article

    Multidrug and toxic compound extrusion (MATE) transporters, which exist widely in plants, function as crucial regulators in plant resistance to aluminum (Al) toxicity by inducing citrate efflux. However, the f...

    Authors: Qibin Ma, Rong Yi, Lu Li, Zhongyi Liang, Tingting Zeng, Yu Zhang, He Huang, Xiao Zhang, Xiangli Yin, Zhandong Cai, Yinghui Mu, Yanbo Cheng, Qiaoying Zeng, Xiuping Li and Hai Nian

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2018 18:212

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  48. Content type: Research article

    ETHYLENE RESPONSE FACTOR (ERF) 8 is a member of one of the largest transcription factor families in plants, the APETALA2/ETHYLENE RESPONSIVE FACTOR (AP2/ERF) superfamily. Members of this superfamily have been ...

    Authors: Feng Yi Cao, Thomas A. DeFalco, Wolfgang Moeder, Bo Li, Yunchen Gong, Xiao-Min Liu, Masatoshi Taniguchi, Shelley Lumba, Shigeo Toh, Libo Shan, Brian Ellis, Darrell Desveaux and Keiko Yoshioka

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2018 18:211

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