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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. Infection of plants by viruses interferes with expression and subcellular localization of plant proteins. Potyviruses comprise the largest and most economically damaging group of plant-infecting RNA viruses. I...

    Authors: Minna-Liisa Rajamäki, Sidona Sikorskaite-Gudziuniene, Nandita Sarmah, Markku Varjosalo and Jari P. T. Valkonen

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2020 20:355

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  2. Fusarium wilt, caused by Fusarium oxysporum f. sp. cucumerinum (Foc), is a severe disease affecting cucumber (Cucumis sativus L.) production worldwide, but mechanisms underlying Fusarium wilt resistance in cucumb...

    Authors: Jingping Dong, Yuean Wang, Qianqian Xian, Xuehao Chen and Jun Xu

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2020 20:334

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  3. This study aimed to assess whether licorice (Glycyrrhiza uralensis) can benefit from dual inoculation by Trichoderma viride and dark septate endophytes (DSE) isolated from other medicinal plants.

    Authors: Chao He, Wenquan Wang and Junling Hou

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2020 20:325

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  4. Suppression and activation of plant defense genes is comprehensively regulated by WRKY family transcription factors. Chickpea, the non-model crop legume suffers from wilt caused by Fusarium oxysporum f. sp. cicer...

    Authors: Joydeep Chakraborty, Senjuti Sen, Prithwi Ghosh, Akansha Jain and Sampa Das

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2020 20:319

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  5. Bacterial blight of rice, caused by Xanthomonas oryzae pv. oryzae (Xoo), is a devastating rice disease in Southeast Asia and West Africa. OsSWEET14, encoding a sugar transporter, is known to be a major susceptibl...

    Authors: Xuan Zeng, Yufen Luo, Nga Thi Quynh Vu, Shujuan Shen, Kuaifei Xia and Mingyong Zhang

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2020 20:313

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  6. Leguminous plants alter patterns of gene expression in response to symbiotic colonization and infection by their cognate rhizobial bacteria, but the extent of the transcriptomic response has rarely been examin...

    Authors: Wenjuan Kang, Zhehao Jiang, Yonggang Chen, Fang Wu, Chang Liu, Haifang Wang, Shangli Shi and Xue-Xian Zhang

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2020 20:293

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  7. The development of CRISPR/Cas9 technology has facilitated targeted mutagenesis in an efficient and precise way. Previously, RNAi silencing of the susceptibility (S) gene PowderyMildewResistance 4 (PMR4) in tomato...

    Authors: Miguel I. Santillán Martínez, Valentina Bracuto, Eleni Koseoglou, Michela Appiano, Evert Jacobsen, Richard G. F. Visser, Anne-Marie A. Wolters and Yuling Bai

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2020 20:284

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  8. Plant transcription factors (TFs) are key transcriptional regulators to manipulate the regulatory network of host immunity. However, the globally transcriptional reprogramming of plant TF families in response ...

    Authors: Wei Cheng, Yan Jiang, Jiangtao Peng, Jianwen Guo, Menglan Lin, Chengting Jin, Jinfeng Huang, Weiqi Tang, Deyi Guan and Shuilin He

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2020 20:256

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  9. Web blotch is one of the most important foliar diseases worldwide in peanut (Arachis hypogaea L.). The identification of quantitative trait loci (QTLs) for peanut web blotch resistance represents the basis for ge...

    Authors: Hua Liu, Ziqi Sun, Xinyou Zhang, Li Qin, Feiyan Qi, Zhenyu Wang, Pei Du, Jing Xu, Zhongxin Zhang, Suoyi Han, Shaojian Li, Meng Gao, Lina Zhang, Yujie Cheng, Zheng Zheng, Bingyan Huang…

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2020 20:249

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  10. Rice yellow mottle virus (RYMV) is a major rice pathogen in Africa. Three resistance genes, i.e. RYMV1, RYMV2 and RYMV3, have been previously described. RYMV1 encodes the translation initiation factor eIF(iso)4G1...

    Authors: Hélène Pidon, Sophie Chéron, Alain Ghesquière and Laurence Albar

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2020 20:222

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  11. Nitrogen is an essential element for sugarcane growth and development and is generally applied in the form of urea often much more than at recommended rates, causing serious soil degradation, particularly soil...

    Authors: Rajesh Kumar Singh, Pratiksha Singh, Hai-Bi Li, Qi-Qi Song, Dao-Jun Guo, Manoj K. Solanki, Krishan K. Verma, Mukesh K. Malviya, Xiu-Peng Song, Prakash Lakshmanan, Li-Tao Yang and Yang-Rui Li

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2020 20:220

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  12. MicroRNAs are important gene expression regulators in plants immune system. Aspergillus flavus is the most common causal agents of aflatoxin contamination in peanuts, but information on the function of miRNA in p...

    Authors: Chuanzhi Zhao, Tingting Li, Yuhan Zhao, Baohong Zhang, Aiqin Li, Shuzhen Zhao, Lei Hou, Han Xia, Shoujin Fan, Jingjing Qiu, Pengcheng Li, Ye Zhang, Baozhu Guo and Xingjun Wang

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2020 20:215

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  13. Muscadine (Muscadinia rotundifolia) is known as a resistance source to many pests and diseases in grapevine. The genetics of its resistance to two major grapevine pests, the phylloxera D. vitifoliae and the dagge...

    Authors: Bernadette Rubio, Guillaume Lalanne-Tisné, Roger Voisin, Jean-Pascal Tandonnet, Ulysse Portier, Cyril Van Ghelder, Maria Lafargue, Jean-Pierre Petit, Martine Donnart, Benjamin Joubard, Pierre-François Bert, Daciana Papura, Loïc Le Cunff, Nathalie Ollat and Daniel Esmenjaud

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2020 20:213

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  14. Fungus infection in staple grains affects the food storage and threatens food security. The Aspergillus flavus is known to infect multiple grains and produce mycotoxin Aflatoxin B1, which is mutagenic, teratogeni...

    Authors: Guomin Han, Cuiping Li, Fangzhi Xiang, Qianqian Zhao, Yang Zhao, Ronghao Cai, Beijiu Cheng, Xuewen Wang and Fang Tao

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2020 20:206

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  15. Many conifer breeding programs are paying increasing attention to breeding for resistance to needle disease due to the increasing importance of climate change. Phenotyping of traits related to resistance has m...

    Authors: Jaroslav Klápště, Heidi S. Dungey, Natalie J. Graham and Emily J. Telfer

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2020 20:205

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  16. Sclerotinia stem rot (SSR), caused by Sclerotinia sclerotiorum (Lib.) de Bary, is an important cause of yield loss in soybean. Although many papers have reported different loci contributing to partial resistance,...

    Authors: Chiheb Boudhrioua, Maxime Bastien, Davoud Torkamaneh and François Belzile

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2020 20:195

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  17. Plant viruses cause severe economic losses in agricultural production. An ultrahigh activity plant immune inducer (i.e., ZhiNengCong, ZNC) was extracted from endophytic fungi, and it could promote plant growth...

    Authors: Chune Peng, Ailing Zhang, Qingbin Wang, Yunzhi Song, Min Zhang, Xinhua Ding, Yang Li, Quanzheng Geng and Changxiang Zhu

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2020 20:169

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  18. Rhizosphere microbiome is dynamic and influenced by environment factors surrounded including pathogen invasion. We studied the effects of Ralstonia solanacearum pathogen abundance on rhizosphere microbiome and me...

    Authors: Tao Wen, Mengli Zhao, Ting Liu, Qiwei Huang, Jun Yuan and Qirong Shen

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2020 20:166

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  19. Canker disease caused by Neoscytalidium dimidiatum is a devastating disease resulting in a major loss to the pitaya industry. However, resistance proteins in plants play crucial roles to against pathogen infectio...

    Authors: Min Xu, Cheng-Li Liu, Yu Fu, Zhi-Wen Liao, Pan-Yang Guo, Rui Xiong, Yu Cheng, Shuang-Shuang Wei, Jia-Quan Huang and Hua Tang

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2020 20:160

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  20. Phosphate is an essential plant macronutrient required to achieve maximum crop yield. Roots are able to uptake soil phosphate from the immediate root area, thus creating a nutrient depletion zone. Many plants ...

    Authors: Helen Maria Cockerton, Bo Li, Eleftheria Stavridou, Abigail Johnson, Amanda Karlström, Andrew Douglas Armitage, Ana Martinez-Crucis, Lorena Galiano-Arjona, Nicola Harrison, Nuria Barber-Pérez, Magdalena Cobo-Medina and Richard Jonathan Harrison

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2020 20:154

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  21. Leaf and stripe rusts are two major wheat diseases, causing significant yield losses. The preferred way for protecting wheat from rust pathogens is by introgression of rust resistance traits from wheat-related...

    Authors: Sofia Khazan, Anna Minz-Dub, Hanan Sela, Jacob Manisterski, Pnina Ben-Yehuda, Amir Sharon and Eitan Millet

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2020 20:153

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  22. Podosphaera aphanis, a predominately biotrophic fungal pathogen, causes significant yield losses of strawberry. China is the largest strawberry producer in the world, and selecting for powdery mildew-resistant cu...

    Authors: Jun Feng, Min Zhang, Kang-Ning Yang and Cai-Xia Zheng

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2020 20:149

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  23. Lysin motif (LysM)-containing proteins are involved in the recognition of fungal and bacterial pathogens. However, few studies have reported on their roles in the defense responses of woody plants against path...

    Authors: Qiming Chen, Chaohua Dong, Xiaohong Sun, Yugang Zhang, Hongyi Dai and Suhua Bai

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2020 20:146

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  24. Powdery mildew (PM) is an important disease of pea that reduce yield. Ascophyllum nodosum extract (ANE) and chitosan (CHT) are biostimulants used to improve plant health. Efficacy of ANE and CHT was assessed indi...

    Authors: Jai Singh Patel, Vinodkumar Selvaraj, Lokanadha Rao Gunupuru, Pramod Kumar Rathor and Balakrishnan Prithiviraj

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2020 20:113

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  25. The Eurasian steppe is an important vegetation type characterized by cold, arid and nitrogen poor conditions. At the Eastern edge, including in the Songnen grassland, the vegetation is dominated by Leymus chinens...

    Authors: Song Gao, Junfeng Wang, Johannes M. H. Knops and Jiao Wang

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2020 20:106

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  26. 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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  27. 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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  28. 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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  29. 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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  30. 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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  31. 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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  32. 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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  33. 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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  34. 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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  35. 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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  36. 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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  37. 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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  38. 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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  39. 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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  40. 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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  41. 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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  42. 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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  43. 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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  44. 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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  45. 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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  46. 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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  47. 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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  48. 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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  49. 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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