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Plant-biotic interactions

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. 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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  2. 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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  3. 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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  4. 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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  5. 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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  6. 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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  7. 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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  8. 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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  9. 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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  10. 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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  11. 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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  12. 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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  13. 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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  14. 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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  15. 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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  16. 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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  17. Maize rough dwarf disease (MRDD) is a severe disease that has been occurring frequently in southern China and many other Asian countries. MRDD is caused by the infection of Rice black streaked dwarf virus (RBSDV)...

    Authors: Runqing Yue, Caixia Lu, Xiaohua Han, Shulei Guo, Shufeng Yan, Lu Liu, Xiaolei Fu, Nana Chen, Xinhai Guo, Haifeng Chi and Shuanggui Tie

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2018 18:191

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  18. Plants often suffer from hypoxic stress during waterlogging and hydroponic culturing. This study investigated the response of cucumber (Cucumis sativus L.) plant growth parameters, leaf photosynthesis, chlorophyl...

    Authors: Lizhong He, Li Yu, Bin Li, Nanshan Du and Shirong Guo

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2018 18:180

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  19. Chrysanthemum is among the top ten traditional flowers in China, and one of the four major cut flowers in the world, but the growth of chrysanthemum is severely restricted by high temperatures which retard gro...

    Authors: Xinping Du, Wenyan Li, Liping Sheng, Ye Deng, Yinjie Wang, Wanwan Zhang, Kaili Yu, Jiafu Jiang, Weimin Fang, Zhiyong Guan, Fadi Chen and Sumei Chen

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2018 18:178

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  20. Members of the WRKY gene family play important roles in regulating plant responses to abiotic and biotic stresses. Treatment with either one of the two different cell wall degrading enzymes (CWDEs), LipaseA an...

    Authors: Shakuntala E. Pillai, Chandan Kumar, Hitendra K. Patel and Ramesh V. Sonti

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2018 18:177

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  21. Nitrate (NO3) is the major source of nitrogen (N) for higher plants aside from its function in transducing the N signaling. Improving N use efficiency of crops has been an effective strategy for promotion of the...

    Authors: Zhipeng Liu, Yingjia Zhao, Xiaoying Wang, Mengya Yang, Chengjin Guo and Kai Xiao

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2018 18:167

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  22. Trichoderma fungi live in the soil rhizosphere and are beneficial for plant growth and pathogen resistance. Several species and strains are currently used worldwide in co-cultivation with crops as a biocontrol al...

    Authors: Bradley R. Dotson, Dia Soltan, John Schmidt, Mariam Areskoug, Kenny Rabe, Corné Swart, Susanne Widell and Allan G. Rasmusson

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2018 18:165

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  23. Ubiquitination is a major post-translational protein modification that regulates essentially all cellular and physiological pathways in eukaryotes. The ubiquitination process typically involves three distinct ...

    Authors: Chunyu Zhang, Li Song, Mani Kant Choudhary, Bangjun Zhou, Guangchao Sun, Kyle Broderick, Loren Giesler and Lirong Zeng

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2018 18:149

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  24. The green peach aphid (GPA), Myzus persicae, is economically one of the most threatening pests in pepper cultivation, which not only causes direct damage but also transmits many viruses. Breeding aphid resistant ...

    Authors: Mengjing Sun, Roeland E. Voorrips, Greet Steenhuis-Broers, Wendy van’t Westende and Ben Vosman

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2018 18:138

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  25. Although the draft genome of sorghum is available, the understanding of gene function is limited due to the lack of extensive mutant resources. Virus-induced gene silencing (VIGS) is an alternative to mutant r...

    Authors: Dharmendra Kumar Singh, Hee-Kyung Lee, Ismail Dweikat and Kirankumar S. Mysore

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2018 18:123

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  26. The interaction between arbuscular mycorrhizal fungi (AMF) and AMF spore associated bacteria (SAB) were previously found to improve mycorrhizal symbiotic efficiency under saline stress, however, the informatio...

    Authors: Gopal Selvakumar, Charlotte C. Shagol, Kiyoon Kim, Seunggab Han and Tongmin Sa

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2018 18:109

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  27. BcGs1, a cell wall-degrading enzyme (CWDE), was originally derived from Botrytis cinerea. Our previous study revealed that BcGs1 could trigger defense responses and protect plants against various pathogens. We re...

    Authors: Chenyu Yang, Yingbo Liang, Dewen Qiu, Hongmei Zeng, Jingjing Yuan and Xiufen Yang

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2018 18:103

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  28. Silicon (Si) is known to protect against biotrophic and hemibiotrophic plant pathogens; however, the mechanisms by which it exerts its prophylactic role remain unknown. In an attempt to obtain unique insights ...

    Authors: Aliyeh Rasoolizadeh, Caroline Labbé, Humira Sonah, Rupesh K. Deshmukh, François Belzile, James G. Menzies and Richard R. Bélanger

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2018 18:97

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  29. Previously, transgenic trichome-bearing (hairy leaf) Brassica napus lines expressing either the Arabidopsis thaliana GL3 gene (line AtGL3+) [1] or the AtGL3 gene in combination with an RNAi construct to down-regu...

    Authors: Margaret Gruber, Ushan Alahakoon, Ali Taheri, Nayidu Nagubushana, Rong Zhou, Banyar Aung, Andrew Sharpe, Abdelali Hannoufa, Peta Bonham-Smith and Dwayne D. Hegedus D

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2018 18:64

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  30. Diazotrophic Bradyrhizobium spp. are well known for their ability to trigger nodule formation on a variety of legume species. In nodules, Bradyrhizobium utilizes plant-derived carbohydrates in exchange for fixed ...

    Authors: Martinus Schneijderberg, Lucas Schmitz, Xu Cheng, Sharon Polman, Carolien Franken, Rene Geurts and Ton Bisseling

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2018 18:61

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  31. Inherent characteristics and changes in the physiology of rice as it attains salt tolerance affect the colonizing bacterial endophytic communities of the rice seeds. These transmissible endophytes also serve a...

    Authors: Denver I. Walitang, Chang-Gi Kim, Kiyoon Kim, Yeongyeong Kang, Young Kee Kim and Tongmin Sa

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2018 18:51

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  32. Silicon (Si) can confer plant resistance to both abiotic and biotic stress. In the present study, the priming effect of Si on rice (Oryza sativa cv Nipponbare) against the root-knot nematode Meloidogyne graminico...

    Authors: Li-Ping Zhan, De-Liang Peng, Xu-Li Wang, Ling-An Kong, Huan Peng, Shi-Ming Liu, Ying Liu and Wen-Kun Huang

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2018 18:50

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  33. Plum pox virus (PPV), causing Sharka disease, is one of the main limiting factors for Prunus production worldwide. In apricot (Prunus armeniaca L.) the major PPV resistance locus (PPVres), comprising ~ 196 kb, ha...

    Authors: Elena Zuriaga, Carlos Romero, Jose Miguel Blanca and Maria Luisa Badenes

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2018 18:25

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  34. Along with the rapid development of glycomic tools, the study of lectin–carbohydrate interactions has expanded, opening the way for applications in the fields of analytic, diagnostic, and drug delivery. Chitin...

    Authors: Chang-Shan Chen, Chun-Yi Chen, Divya Malathy Ravinath, Agustina Bungahot, Chi-Ping Cheng and Ren-In You

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2018 18:3

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  35. Nonhost resistance (NHR) protects plants against a vast number of non-adapted pathogens which implicates a potential exploitation as source for novel disease resistance strategies. Aiming at a fundamental unde...

    Authors: Rhoda Delventhal, Jeyaraman Rajaraman, Francesca L. Stefanato, Sajid Rehman, Reza Aghnoum, Graham R. D. McGrann, Marie Bolger, Björn Usadel, Pete E. Hedley, Lesley Boyd, Rients E. Niks, Patrick Schweizer and Ulrich Schaffrath

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2017 17:232

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  36. In nature, plants are frequently exposed to simultaneous biotic stresses that activate distinct and often antagonistic defense signaling pathways. How plants integrate this information and whether they priorit...

    Authors: Christelle Bonnet, Steve Lassueur, Camille Ponzio, Rieta Gols, Marcel Dicke and Philippe Reymond

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2017 17:127

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  37. The resistance to leaf rust (Lr) caused by Puccinia triticina in wheat (Triticum aestivum L.) has been well studied over the past decades with over 70 Lr genes being mapped on different chromosomes and numerous Q...

    Authors: Fred Y Peng and Rong-Cai Yang

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2017 17:108

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  38. Rhizoctonia solani AG1-IA is a devastating phytopathogen causing Rhizoctonia foliar blight (RFB) of soybean worldwide with yield losses reaching 60%. Plant defense mechanisms are compl...

    Authors: Tanya R. Copley, Konstantinos A. Aliferis, Daniel J. Kliebenstein and Suha H. Jabaji

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2017 17:84

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  39. Powdery mildew (PM) causing fungi are well-known pathogens, infecting over 10.000 plant species, including the economically important crop cucumber (Cucumis sativus L.). Loss-of-function mutations in clade V MLO ...

    Authors: Jeroen A. Berg, Michela Appiano, Gerard Bijsterbosch, Richard G. F. Visser, Henk J. Schouten and Yuling Bai

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2017 17:80

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  40. Diverse plant pathogens deliver effectors into plant cells to alter host processes. Oomycete pathogen encodes a large number of putative RxLR effectors which are likely to play a role in manipulating plant def...

    Authors: Jiang Xiang, Xinlong Li, Ling Yin, Yunxiao Liu, Yali Zhang, Junjie Qu and Jiang Lu

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2017 17:75

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  41. Verticillium dahliae is a phytopathogenic fungal pathogen that causes vascular wilt diseases responsible for considerable decreases in cotton yields. The complex mechanism underlying c...

    Authors: Qian Gong, Zhaoen Yang, Xiaoqian Wang, Hamama Islam Butt, Eryong Chen, Shoupu He, Chaojun Zhang, Xueyan Zhang and Fuguang Li

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2017 17:59

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  42. A chemical cross-talk between plants and insects is required in order to achieve a successful co-adaptation. In response to herbivory, plants produce specific compounds, and feeding insects respond adequately7...

    Authors: Graziano Pizzolante, Chiara Cordero, Salvatore M. Tredici, Davide Vergara, Paola Pontieri, Luigi Del Giudice, Andrea Capuzzo, Patrizia Rubiolo, Chidananda N. Kanchiswamy, Simon A. Zebelo, Carlo Bicchi, Massimo E. Maffei and Pietro Alifano

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2017 17:30

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  43. The brown planthopper (BPH; Nilaparvata lugens Stål) is a destructive piercing-sucking insect pest of rice. The plant hormones salicylic acid (SA) and jasmonic acid (JA) play important roles in plant–pest interac...

    Authors: Changyan Li, Chao Luo, Zaihui Zhou, Rui Wang, Fei Ling, Langtao Xiao, Yongjun Lin and Hao Chen

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2017 17:57

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  44. Pesticides cause oxidative stress to plants and their residues persist in plant parts, which are a major concern for the environment as well as human health. Brassinosteroids (BRs) are known to protect plants ...

    Authors: Anket Sharma, Sharad Thakur, Vinod Kumar, Anup Kumar Kesavan, Ashwani Kumar Thukral and Renu Bhardwaj

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2017 17:56

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  45. In nature, orchid plants depend completely on symbiotic fungi for their nutrition at the germination and the subsequent seedling (protocorm) stages. However, only limited quantitative methods for evaluating th...

    Authors: Tatsuki Yamamoto, Chihiro Miura, Masako Fuji, Shotaro Nagata, Yuria Otani, Takahiro Yagame, Masahide Yamato and Hironori Kaminaka

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2017 17:50

    Content type: Methodology article

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  46. Aphid infestation of switchgrass (Panicum virgatum) has the potential to reduce yields and biomass quality. Although switchgrass-greenbug (Schizaphis graminum; GB) interactions have been studied at the whole plan...

    Authors: Teresa Donze-Reiner, Nathan A. Palmer, Erin D. Scully, Travis J. Prochaska, Kyle G. Koch, Tiffany Heng-Moss, Jeffrey D. Bradshaw, Paul Twigg, Keenan Amundsen, Scott E. Sattler and Gautam Sarath

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2017 17:46

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  47. Fusarium verticillioides is a common maize pathogen causing ear rot (FER) and contamination of the grains with the fumonisin B1 (FB1) mycotoxin. Resistance to FER and FB1 contamination...

    Authors: Valentina Maschietto, Cinzia Colombi, Raul Pirona, Giorgio Pea, Francesco Strozzi, Adriano Marocco, Laura Rossini and Alessandra Lanubile

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2017 17:20

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  48. Rice (Oryza sativa L.), which is a staple food for more than half of the world’s population, is frequently attacked by herbivorous insects, including the rice stem borer, Chilo suppressalis. C. suppressalis subst...

    Authors: Qingsong Liu, Xingyun Wang, Vered Tzin, Jörg Romeis, Yufa Peng and Yunhe Li

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2016 16:259

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  49. Citrus Huanglongbing (HLB), which is linked to the bacterial pathogen ‘Ca. Liberibacter asiaticus’ (Las), is the most devastating disease of citrus plants, and longer-term control measures via breeding or genetic...

    Authors: Chika C. Nwugo, Melissa S. Doud, Yong-ping Duan and Hong Lin

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2016 16:253

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