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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. Verticillium wilt of cotton is a serious soil-borne disease that causes a substantial reduction in cotton yields. A previous study showed that the endophytic fungus Chaetomium globosum CEF-082 could control Verti...

    Authors: Yun Zhang, Na Yang, Lihong Zhao, Heqin Zhu and Canming Tang

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2020 20:89

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  2. Root-knot nematodes transform vascular host cells into permanent feeding structures to withdraw nutrients from the host plant. Ecotypes of Arabidopsis thaliana can display large quantitative variation in suscepti...

    Authors: Sonja Warmerdam, Mark G. Sterken, Octavina C. A. Sukarta, Casper C. van Schaik, Marian E. P. Oortwijn, Jose L. Lozano-Torres, Jaap Bakker, Geert Smant and Aska Goverse

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2020 20:73

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  3. Exserohilum turcicum is an important pathogen of both sorghum and maize, causing sorghum leaf blight and northern corn leaf blight. Because the same pathogen can infect and cause major losses for two of the most ...

    Authors: Xiaoyue Zhang, Samuel B. Fernandes, Christopher Kaiser, Pragya Adhikari, Patrick J. Brown, Santiago X. Mideros and Tiffany M. Jamann

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2020 20:67

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  4. Microbes isolated from hyperaccumulating plants have been reported to be effective in achieving higher phytoextraction efficiency. The plant growth-promoting bacteria (PGPB) SaMR12 from the cadmium (Cd)/zinc h...

    Authors: Qiong Wang, Chaofeng Ge, Shun’an Xu, Yingjie Wu, Zulfiqar Ali Sahito, Luyao Ma, Fengshan Pan, Qiyao Zhou, Lukuan Huang, Ying Feng and Xiaoe Yang

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2020 20:63

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  5. Biotrophic fungi make intimate contact with host cells to access nutrients. Sugar is considered as the main carbon sources absorbed from host cells by pathogens. Partition, exchanges and competition for sugar ...

    Authors: Baoyu Huai, Qian Yang, Xiaobo Wei, Qinglin Pan, Zhensheng Kang and Jie Liu

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2020 20:49

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  6. Many Gram-negative bacteria use N-acyl-homoserine lactones (AHLs) to communicate each other and to coordinate their collective behaviors. Recently, accumulating evidence shows that host plants are able to sense a...

    Authors: Fang Liu, Qian Zhao, Zhenhua Jia, Cong Song, Yali Huang, Hong Ma and Shuishan Song

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2020 20:38

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  7. Leaf mold disease caused by Cladosporium fulvum is a serious threat affecting the global production of tomato. Cf genes are associated with leaf mold resistance, including Cf-16, which confers effective resistanc...

    Authors: Dongye Zhang, Yufang Bao, Yaoguang Sun, Huanhuan Yang, Tingting Zhao, Huijia Li, Chong Du, Jingbin Jiang, Jingfu Li, Libo Xie and Xiangyang Xu

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2020 20:33

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  8. Young wheat plants are continuously exposed to herbivorous insect attack. To reduce insect damage and maintain their growth, plants evolved different defense mechanisms, including the biosynthesis of deterrent...

    Authors: Zhaniya S. Batyrshina, Beery Yaakov, Reut Shavit, Anuradha Singh and Vered Tzin

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2020 20:19

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  9. Food contamination with Salmonella enterica and enterohemorrhagic Escherichia coli is among the leading causes of foodborne illnesses worldwide and crop plants are associated with > 50% of the disease outbreaks. ...

    Authors: Paula Rodrigues Oblessuc, Cleverson Carlos Matiolli and Maeli Melotto

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2020 20:16

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  10. Witches’ broom disease (WBD) of cacao (Theobroma cacao L.), caused by Moniliophthora perniciosa, is the most important limiting factor for the cacao production in Brazil. Hence, the development of cacao genotypes...

    Authors: Everton Cruz dos Santos, Carlos Priminho Pirovani, Stephany Cristiane Correa, Fabienne Micheli and Karina Peres Gramacho

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2020 20:1

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  11. Erwinia chrysanthemi (Ec) is a destructive pathogen which causes soft-rot diseases in diverse plant species including orchids. We investigated whether colonization of Oncidium roots by the endophytic fungus Pirif...

    Authors: Wei Ye, Jinlan Jiang, Yuling Lin, Kai-Wun Yeh, Zhongxiong Lai, Xuming Xu and Ralf Oelmüller

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2019 19:601

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  12. The WRKY proteins are a superfamily of transcription factors and members play essential roles in the modulation of diverse physiological processes, such as growth, development, senescence and response to bioti...

    Authors: Xiaoxia Cui, Qiang Yan, Shuping Gan, Dong Xue, Haitang Wang, Han Xing, Jinming Zhao and Na Guo

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2019 19:598

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  13. Dirty panicle disease (DPD) caused by several fungal phytopathogens results in damage and depreciation of rice seeds. Unhealthy rice seeds with DPD are potent reservoirs of pathogens and unable to be used as s...

    Authors: Chakrapong Rangjaroen, Saisamorn Lumyong, William T. Sloan and Rungroch Sungthong

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2019 19:580

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  14. Plants are exposed to various forms of environmental stress. Penetration by pathogens is one of the most serious environmental insults. Wounding caused by tissue damage or herbivory also affects the growth and...

    Authors: Tomoya Kojima, Nobuhide Asakura, Shiori Hasegawa, Taishi Hirasawa, Yuri Mizuno, Daigo Takemoto and Shinpei Katou

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2019 19:576

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  15. During tomato cultivation, tomato leaf mould is a common disease caused by Cladosporium fulvum (C. fulvum). By encoding Cf proteins, which can recognize corresponding AVR proteins produced by C. fulvum, Cf genes ...

    Authors: Tingting Zhao, Wenhong Liu, Zhentong Zhao, Huanhuan Yang, Yufang Bao, Dongye Zhang, Ziyu Wang, Jingbin Jiang, Ying Xu, He Zhang, Jingfu Li, Qingshan Chen and Xiangyang Xu

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2019 19:572

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  16. MicroRNAs (miRNAs) are small non-coding RNAs that regulate gene expression at the post-transcriptional level in eukaryotes. In rice, MIR7695 expression is regulated by infection with the rice blast fungus Magnapo...

    Authors: Ferran Sánchez-Sanuy, Cristina Peris-Peris, Shiho Tomiyama, Kazunori Okada, Yue-Ie Hsing, Blanca San Segundo and Sonia Campo

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2019 19:563

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  17. While virus-vector-host interactions have been a major focus of both basic and applied ecological research, little is known about how different levels of plant defense interact with prior herbivory to affect t...

    Authors: Xiaobin Shi, Evan L. Preisser, Baiming Liu, Huipeng Pan, Min Xiang, Wen Xie, Shaoli Wang, Qingjun Wu, Chuanyou Li, Yong Liu, Xuguo Zhou and Youjun Zhang

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2019 19:556

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  18. Wheat straw is a rich resource worldwide. Straw return is an effective strategy to alleviate soil-borne diseases on monoculture watermelon. Previous studies focus on soil structure, physical and chemical prope...

    Authors: Lili Tang, Shaorui Nie, Wenhui Li, Chao Fan, Siqi Wang, Fengzhi Wu and Kai Pan

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2019 19:551

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  19. Infestation of the phytotoxic aphid Schizaphis graminum can rapidly induce leaf chlorosis in susceptible plants, but this effect is not observed with the nonphytotoxic aphid Sitobion avenae. However, few studies ...

    Authors: Yong Zhang, Yu Fu, Jia Fan, Qian Li, Frédéric Francis and Julian Chen

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2019 19:547

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  20. Phytophthora species secrete cytoplasmic effectors from a family named Crinkler (CRN), which are characterised by the presence of conserved specific domains in the N- and C-terminal regions. P. parasitica causes ...

    Authors: Heros J. Maximo, Ronaldo J. D. Dalio, Renata O. Dias, Celso G. Litholdo Jr, Henrique L. Felizatti and Marcos A. Machado

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2019 19:544

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  21. Cell wall degrading enzymes (CWDEs) induce plant immune responses and E3 ubiquitin ligases are known to play important roles in regulating plant defenses. Expression of the rice E3 ubiquitin ligase, OsPUB41, is e...

    Authors: Neha Rajendra Kachewar, Vishal Gupta, Ashish Ranjan, Hitendra Kumar Patel and Ramesh V. Sonti

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2019 19:530

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  22. Cassava whitefly outbreaks were initially reported in East and Central Africa cassava (Manihot esculenta Crantz) growing regions in the 1990’s and have now spread to other geographical locations, becoming a globa...

    Authors: Laura Perez-Fons, Adriana Bohorquez-Chaux, Maria L. Irigoyen, Danielle C. Garceau, Kris Morreel, Wout Boerjan, Linda L. Walling, Luis Augusto Becerra Lopez-Lavalle and Paul D. Fraser

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2019 19:518

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  23. Plant defense against herbivores begins with perception. The earlier plant detects the harm, the greater plant will benefit in its arm race with the herbivore. Before feeding, the larvae of the rice pest Cnaphalo...

    Authors: Jin-Hua Shi, Ze Sun, Xin-Jun Hu, Huanan Jin, Caroline Ngichop Foba, Hao Liu, Chao Wang, Le Liu, Feng-Feng Li and Man-Qun Wang

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2019 19:514

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  24. Dicer-like proteins (DCLs) are essential players in RNA-silencing mechanisms, acting in gene regulation via miRNAs and in antiviral protection in plants and have also been associated to other biotic and abioti...

    Authors: Marianna O. Moura, Anna Karoline S. Fausto, Amanda Fanelli, Fernanda A. de F. Guedes, Tatiane da F. Silva, Elisson Romanel and Maite F. S. Vaslin

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2019 19:503

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  25. White rot is one of the most dangerous fungal diseases and can considerably affect grape berry production and quality. However, few studies have focused on this disease, and thus, finding candidate white rot r...

    Authors: Kai Su, Yinshan Guo, Yuhui Zhao, Hongyan Gao, Zhendong Liu, Kun Li, Li Ma and Xiuwu Guo

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2019 19:501

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  26. Phloem-feeding insects are known to modulate the salicylic acid (SA) signaling pathway in various plant-insect interaction models. Diaphorina citri is a phloem feeding vector of the deadly phytopathogens, Candida...

    Authors: Freddy Ibanez, Joon Hyuk Suh, Yu Wang and Lukasz L. Stelinski

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2019 19:493

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  27. Resveratrol is a naturally occurring plant stilbene that exhibits a wide range of valuable biological and pharmacological properties. Although the beneficial effects of trans-resveratrol to human health and pl...

    Authors: Yihe Yu, Dalong Guo, Guirong Li, Yingjun Yang, Guohai Zhang, Shaohua Li and Zhenchang Liang

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2019 19:478

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  28. White root rot (WRR) disease caused by Rosellinia necatrix is one of the most important threats affecting avocado orchards in temperate regions. The eradication of WRR is a difficult task and environmentally frie...

    Authors: E. Martínez-Ferri, G. Moreno-Ortega, N. van den Berg and C. Pliego

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2019 19:458

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  29. Secondary metabolites play an important role in the plant defensive response. They are produced as a defence mechanism against biotic stress by providing plants with antimicrobial and antioxidant weapons. In h...

    Authors: Laura Campos, María Pilar López-Gresa, Diana Fuertes, José María Bellés, Ismael Rodrigo and Purificación Lisón

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2019 19:450

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  30. Plant-endophyte symbioses often revolve around nitrogen metabolism, and involve varying degrees of intimacy. Although evidence for vertical inheritance of nitrogen-fixing endophytic bacteria is increasing, it ...

    Authors: Michelle Jooste, Francois Roets, Guy F. Midgley, Kenneth C. Oberlander and Léanne L. Dreyer

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2019 19:441

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  31. The Hessian fly (Mayetiola destructor), belonging to the gall midge family (Cecidomyiidae), is a devastating pest of wheat (Triticum aestivum) causing significant yield losses. Despite identification and characte...

    Authors: Jill A. Nemacheck, Brandon J. Schemerhorn, Steven R. Scofield and Subhashree Subramanyam

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2019 19:439

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  32. Corn borers constitute an important pest of maize around the world; in particular Sesamia nonagrioides Lefèbvre, named Mediterranean corn borer (MCB), causes important losses in Southern Europe. Methods of select...

    Authors: José Cruz Jiménez-Galindo, Rosa Ana Malvar, Ana Butrón, Rogelio Santiago, Luis Fernando Samayoa, Marlon Caicedo and Bernardo Ordás

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2019 19:431

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  33. The presence and persistence of water on the leaf can affect crop performance and thus might be a relevant trait to select for or against in breeding programmes. Low-cost, rapid and relatively simple methods a...

    Authors: Agata Rascio, Michele Rinaldi, Giuditta De Santis, Nicola Pecchioni, Gabriele Palazzo and Nicola Palazzo

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2019 19:411

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  34. Intensity of drought stress and pest attacks is forecasted to increase in the near future posing a serious threat to natural and agricultural ecosystems. Knowledge on potential effects of a combined abiotic-bi...

    Authors: Tadeja Savi, Almudena García González, Jose Carlos Herrera and Astrid Forneck

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2019 19:408

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  35. To limit the impact of the downy mildew disease of grapevine and reduce the need to recur to chemical treatments, an effective strategy might be recovering adaptive resistance traits in both cultivated and wild V...

    Authors: Mario Ciaffi, Anna Rita Paolacci, Marco Paolocci, Enrica Alicandri, Valentina Bigini, Maurizio Badiani and Massimo Muganu

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2019 19:404

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  36. Stemphylium blight (SB), caused by Stemphylium botryosum, is a devastating disease in lentil production. Although it is known that accessions of Lens ervoides possess superior SB resistance at much higher frequen...

    Authors: Zhe Cao, Li Li, Karan Kapoor and Sabine Banniza

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2019 19:399

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  37. Trehalose-6-phosphate phosphatases (TPPs), which are encoded by members of the TPP gene family, can improve the drought tolerance of plants. However, the molecular mechanisms underlying the dynamic regulation of

    Authors: Qingfang Lin, Jiao Yang, Qiongli Wang, Hong Zhu, Zhiyong Chen, Yihang Dao and Kai Wang

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2019 19:381

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  38. 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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  39. 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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  40. 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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  41. 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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  42. 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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  43. 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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  44. 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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    The Correction to this article has been published in BMC Plant Biology 2019 19:385

  45. 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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  46. 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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  47. 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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  48. 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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  49. 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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  50. 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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