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Reproductive biology

Section edited by Jorge Muschietti

This section considers studies in the reproductive biology of plants including meiosis, gamete formation, fertilization and other reproductive processes.

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  1. Content type: Research article

    Dioecy is an important sexual system wherein, male and female flowers are borne on separate unisexual plants. Knowledge of sex-related differences can enhance our understanding in molecular and developmental p...

    Authors: Ravi Suresh Devani, Tejas Chirmade, Sangram Sinha, Abdelhafid Bendahmane, Bhushan B. Dholakia, Anjan Kumar Banerjee and Jayeeta Banerjee

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2019 19:330

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  2. Content type: Research article

    Primula is a large genus of flowering herbs well known for their heterostyly. Currently few natural hybrids are known and reproductive barriers in this genus in the wild have received little attention. However, t...

    Authors: Yongpeng Ma, Tobias Marczewski, Dan Xue, Zhikun Wu, Rongli Liao, Weibang Sun and Jane Marczewski

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2019 19:286

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  3. Content type: Research article

    Thermo-sensitive male-sterility based on Aegilops kotschyi cytoplasm (K-TCMS) plays an important role in hybrid wheat breeding. This has important possible applications in two-line hybrid wheat breeding but the g...

    Authors: Sha Li, Zihan Liu, Yulin Jia, Jiali Ye, Xuetong Yang, Lingli Zhang and Xiyue Song

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2019 19:252

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  4. Content type: Research article

    Compared with annual herbaceous plants, woody perennials require a longer period of juvenile phase to flowering, and many traits can be only expressed in adulthood, which seriously makes the breeding efficienc...

    Authors: Rongkai Wang, Ling Zhu, Yi Zhang, Junfeng Fan and Lingli Li

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2019 19:251

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  5. Content type: Research article

    The Fertilization-related kinases (FRK) form a class that belongs to the MEKK subfamily of plant MAPKKKs. It was recently shown that FRK class kinases expanded during angiosperm evolution, reaching their maxim...

    Authors: Caroline Daigle, Benjamin Mazin and Daniel P. Matton

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2019 19:202

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  6. Content type: Research article

    The floral transition is a complex developmental event, fine-tuned by various environmental and endogenous cues to ensure the success of offspring production. Leaves are key organs in sensing floral inductive ...

    Authors: Stefania Del Prete, Anne Molitor, Delphine Charif, Nadia Bessoltane, Ludivine Soubigou-Taconnat, Cécile Guichard, Véronique Brunaud, Fabienne Granier, Paul Fransz and Valérie Gaudin

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2019 19:135

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  7. Content type: Research article

    Acetolactate synthase (ALS)-inhibiting herbicide tribenuron-methyl (TBM) is an efficient gametocide that can cause rapeseed (Brassica napus L.) to become male sterile and outcrossing. To find the reason the TBM t...

    Authors: Jing-long Lian, Li-Suo Ren, Cong Zhang, Cheng-Yu Yu, Zhen Huang, Ai-Xia Xu and Jun-Gang Dong

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2019 19:124

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  8. Content type: Research article

    Knowledge on seed storage behaviour is crucial for planning conservation strategies of plant genetic resources particularly in economically promising but endangered species like Synsepalum dulcificum, viewed as r...

    Authors: Dèdéou Apocalypse Tchokponhoué, Sognigbé N’Danikou and Enoch Gbènato Achigan-Dako

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2019 19:117

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  9. Content type: Research article

    Grape (Vitis vinifera) is highly sensitive to gibberellin (GA), which effectively induce grape parthenocarpy. Studies showed that miR160s and their target AUXIN RESPONSIVE FACTOR (ARF) responding hormones are ind...

    Authors: Wenying Zhang, Mostafa Abdelrahman, Songtao Jiu, Le Guan, Jian Han, Ting Zheng, Haifeng Jia, Changnian Song, Jinggui Fang and Chen Wang

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2019 19:111

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  10. Content type: Research article

    During pollen wall formation in flowering plants, a conserved metabolon consisting of acyl-CoA synthetase (ACOS), polyketide synthase (PKS) and tetraketide α-pyrone reductase (TKPR), is required for sporopolle...

    Authors: Dawei Xu, Shuying Qu, Matthew R. Tucker, Dabing Zhang, Wanqi Liang and Jianxin Shi

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2019 19:104

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  11. Content type: Research article

    Elymus nutans and E. sibiricus are two important forage grasses of the genus Elymus. But they are difficult to grow for commercial seed production due to serious seed shattering. We conducted a comparative transc...

    Authors: Yongqiang Zhao, Junchao Zhang, Zongyu Zhang and Wengang Xie

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2019 19:102

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  12. Content type: Research article

    There are clear differences in embryo development between angiosperm and gymnosperm species. Most of the current knowledge on gene expression and regulation during plant embryo development has derived from stu...

    Authors: Andreia S. Rodrigues, José J. De Vega and Célia M. Miguel

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2018 18:379

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  13. Content type: Research article

    Floral induction is an important stage in the apple tree life cycle. In ‘Nagafu No. 2’, which was derived from a ‘Fuji’ bud sport, flower bud formation is associated with serious problems, such as fewer and in...

    Authors: Xilong Chen, Siyan Qi, Dong Zhang, Youmei Li, Na An, Caiping Zhao, Juan Zhao, Kamran Shah, Mingyu Han and Libo Xing

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2018 18:370

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  14. Content type: Research article

    In many plants, the amino acid proline is strongly accumulated in pollen and disruption of proline synthesis caused abortion of microspore development in Arabidopsis. So far, it was unclear whether local biosy...

    Authors: Roberto Mattioli, Marco Biancucci, Amira El Shall, Luciana Mosca, Paolo Costantino, Dietmar Funck and Maurizio Trovato

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2018 18:356

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  15. Content type: Research article

    In flowering plants, lipid biosynthesis and transport within anthers is essential for male reproductive success. TaMs1, a dominant wheat fertility gene located on chromosome 4BS, has been previously fine mapped a...

    Authors: Allan Kouidri, Ute Baumann, Takashi Okada, Mathieu Baes, Elise J. Tucker and Ryan Whitford

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2018 18:332

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  16. Content type: Research article

    In vivo haploid induction (HI) based on Stock6-derived inducer lines has been the most prevalent means of producing haploids. Nevertheless, the biological mechanism of HI is not fully understood, the twin-embryo ...

    Authors: Liwei Liu, Wei Li, Chenxu Liu, Baojian Chen, Xiaolong Tian, Chen Chen, Jinlong Li and Shaojiang Chen

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2018 18:313

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  17. Content type: Research article

    Asexual seed formation (apomixis) has been observed in diverse plant families but is rare in crop plants. The generation of apomictic crops would revolutionize agriculture, as clonal seed production provides a...

    Authors: Sophia Bräuning, Andrew Catanach, Janice M. Lord, Ross Bicknell and Richard C. Macknight

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2018 18:206

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  18. Content type: Research article

    Somatic embryogenesis in nucellar tissues is widely recognized to induce polyembryony in major citrus varieties such as sweet oranges, satsuma mandarins and lemons. This capability for apomixis is attractive i...

    Authors: Takehiko Shimada, Tomoko Endo, Hiroshi Fujii, Michiharu Nakano, Aiko Sugiyama, Genya Daido, Satoshi Ohta, Terutaka Yoshioka and Mitsuo Omura

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2018 18:166

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  19. Content type: Research article

    To explore poorly understood differences between primary and subsequent somatic embryogenic lines of plants, we induced secondary (2ry) and tertiary (3ry) lines from cotyledonary somatic embryos (SEs) of two Doug...

    Authors: Florian Gautier, Kateřina Eliášová, Jean-Charles Leplé, Zuzana Vondráková, Anne-Marie Lomenech, Claire Le Metté, Philippe Label, Guy Costa, Jean-François Trontin, Caroline Teyssier and Marie-Anne Lelu-Walter

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2018 18:164

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  20. Content type: Research article

    Plant anther development is a systematic and complex process precisely controlled by genes. Regulation genes and their regulatory mechanisms for this process remain elusive. In contrast to numerous researches ...

    Authors: Jin Chen, Pin Su, Pengyun Chen, Qiong Li, Xiaoling Yuan and Zhi Liu

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2018 18:154

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  21. Content type: Research article

    MADS-box genes are key regulators of plant reproductive development and members of most lineages of this gene family have been extensively studied. However, the function and diversification of the ancient TM8 lin...

    Authors: Heleen Coenen, Tom Viaene, Michiel Vandenbussche and Koen Geuten

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2018 18:129

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  22. Content type: Research article

    Among antioxidant enzymes, the superoxide dismutase (SOD) family is a major actor in catalysing the disproportionation of superoxide. Apart from its role as antioxidant, these enzymes have a role in cell signa...

    Authors: Adoración Zafra, Antonio Jesús Castro and Juan de Dios Alché

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2018 18:114

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  23. Content type: Research article

    Blueberry cultivars require a fixed quantity of chilling hours during winter endo-dormancy for vernalization. In this study, transcriptome analysis using RNA sequencing data from nonchilled, chilled, and late ...

    Authors: Guo-qing Song and Qiuxia Chen

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2018 18:98

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  24. Content type: Research article

    The reasons that clonal plants shift between sexual and clonal reproduction have persisted as a knowledge gap in ecological literature. We hypothesized that clonal plants’ shifts between sexual and clonal repr...

    Authors: Zhongwu Wang, Lina Xie, Chelse M. Prather, Hongyu Guo, Guodong Han and Chengcang Ma

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2018 18:91

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  25. Content type: Research article

    MADS-box genes are categorized into A, B, C, D and E classes and are involved in floral organ identity and flowering. Sheepgrass (Leymus chinensis (Trin.) Tzvel) is an important perennial forage grass and adapts ...

    Authors: Junting Jia, Pincang Zhao, Liqin Cheng, Guangxiao Yuan, Weiguang Yang, Shu Liu, Shuangyan Chen, Dongmei Qi, Gongshe Liu and Xiaoxia Li

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2018 18:42

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  26. Content type: Research article

    Heterosis is widely used to increase the yield of many crops. However, as wheat is a self-pollinating crop, hybrid breeding is not so successful in this organism. Even though male sterility induced by chemical...

    Authors: Hongzhan Liu, Gaisheng Zhang, Junsheng Wang, Jingjing Li, Yulong Song, Lin Qiao, Na Niu, Junwei Wang, Shoucai Ma and Lili Li

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2018 18:7

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  27. Content type: Research article

    Light and temperatures of germination greatly affect germination of several Cucurbitaceae species. Environmental conditions prevailing at seed maturation time can affect dormancy and germination requirements. Cit...

    Authors: Ali El-Keblawy, Hatem A. Shabana, Teresa Navarro and Sameh Soliman

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2017 17:263

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    The Correction to this article has been published in BMC Plant Biology 2018 18:45

  28. Content type: Research article

    In Arabidopsis, the tapetum and microsporocytes are critical for pollen formation. Previous studies have shown that ARF17 is expressed in microsporocytes and tetrads and directly regulates tetrad wall synthesis f...

    Authors: Bo Wang, Jing-Shi Xue, Ya-Hui Yu, Si-Qi Liu, Jia-Xin Zhang, Xiao-Zhen Yao, Zhi-Xue Liu, Xiao-Feng Xu and Zhong-Nan Yang

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2017 17:243

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  29. Content type: Research article

    Coccinia grandis (ivy gourd), is a dioecious member of Cucurbitaceae having heteromorphic sex chromosomes. Chromosome constitution of male and female plants of C. grandis is 22A + XY a...

    Authors: Ravi Suresh Devani, Sangram Sinha, Jayeeta Banerjee, Rabindra Kumar Sinha, Abdelhafid Bendahmane and Anjan Kumar Banerjee

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2017 17:241

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  30. Content type: Methodology article

    The pollen tube (PT) serves as a model system for investigating plant cell growth and morphogenesis. Ultrastructural studies are indispensable to complement data from physiological and genetic analyses, yet an...

    Authors: Tohnyui Ndinyanka Fabrice, Andres Kaech, Gery Barmettler, Christof Eichenberger, J. Paul Knox, Ueli Grossniklaus and Christoph Ringli

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2017 17:176

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  31. Content type: Research article

    Sugar apple (Annona squamosa L.), a popular fruit with high medicinal and nutritional properties, is widely cultivated in tropical South Asia and America. The malformed flower is a major cause for a reduction in ...

    Authors: Kaidong Liu, Haili Li, Weijin Li, Jundi Zhong, Yan Chen, Chenjia Shen and Changchun Yuan

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2017 17:170

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  32. Content type: Research article

    Seed dormancy, defined as the incapability of a viable seed to germinate under favourable conditions, is an important trait in nature and agriculture. Despite extensive research on dormancy and germination, ma...

    Authors: Farzaneh Yazdanpanah, Johannes Hanson, Henk W.M. Hilhorst and Leónie Bentsink

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2017 17:151

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  33. Content type: Research article

    In citrus the transition from juvenility to mature phase is marked by the capability of a tree to flower and fruit consistently. The long period of juvenility in citrus severely impedes the use of genetic base...

    Authors: Melanie Pajon, Vicente J. Febres and Gloria A. Moore

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2017 17:146

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  34. Content type: Research article

    For most cruciferous plants, which are known as important crops and a number of weeds, hybrid breeding is hampered by the unavailability of a pollination control system. Male sterility induced by a gametocide ...

    Authors: Cheng-Yu Yu, Jun-Gang Dong, Sheng-Wu Hu and Ai-Xia Xu

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2017 17:95

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  35. Content type: Research article

    Unilateral incompatibility (UI) is an asymmetric reproductive barrier that unidirectionally prevents gene flow between species and/or populations. UI is characterized by a compatible interaction between partne...

    Authors: Amanda K. Broz, Rafael F. Guerrero, April M. Randle, You Soon Baek, Matthew W. Hahn and Patricia A. Bedinger

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2017 17:81

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  36. Content type: Research article

    Elymus sibiricus is an important forage grass in semi-arid regions, but it is difficult to grow for commercial seed production due to high seed shattering. To better understand the und...

    Authors: Wengang Xie, Junchao Zhang, Xuhong Zhao, Zongyu Zhang and Yanrong Wang

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2017 17:78

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  37. Content type: Research article

    In rice, the pistil is the female reproductive organ, and it consists of two stigmas and an ovary. The stigma is capable of receiving pollen grains and guiding pollen tube growth. The ovary holds the embryo sa...

    Authors: Li Yu, Tengfei Ma, Yuqin Zhang, Ying Hu, Ke Yu, Yueyue Chen, Haoli Ma and Jie Zhao

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2017 17:60

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  38. Content type: Research article

    The coordination of pollen tube (PT) growth, guidance and timely growth arrest and rupture mediated by PT-pistil interaction is crucial for the PT to transport sperm cells into ovules for double fertilization....

    Authors: Ning Yang and Tai Wang

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2017 17:2

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  39. Content type: Research article

    Sporopollenin is a major component of the pollen exine pattern. In Arabidopsis, acyl-CoA synthetase5 (ACOS5) is involved in sporopollenin precursor biosynthesis. In this study, we identified its orthologue, OsACO...

    Authors: Yueling Li, Dandan Li, Zongli Guo, Qiangsheng Shi, Shuangxi Xiong, Cheng Zhang, Jun Zhu and Zhongnan Yang

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2016 16:256

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  40. Content type: Research article

    Sesame (Sesamum indicum L.) is a globally important oilseed crop with highly-valued oil. Strong hybrid vigor is frequently observed within this crop, which can be exploited by the means of genic male sterility (G...

    Authors: Hongyan Liu, Mingpu Tan, Haijuan Yu, Liang Li, Fang Zhou, Minmin Yang, Ting Zhou and Yingzhong Zhao

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2016 16:250

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  41. Content type: Research article

    Pectins are one of the main components of plant cell walls. They are secreted to the wall as highly methylesterified forms that can be de-esterified by pectin methylesterases (PMEs). The degree of methylesteri...

    Authors: María-Teresa Solís, Eduardo Berenguer, María C. Risueño and Pilar S. Testillano

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2016 16:176

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  42. Content type: Research article

    MicroRNAs (miRNAs), a class of non-coding small RNAs (sRNAs), regulate various biological processes. Although miRNAs have been identified and characterized in several plant species, miRNAs in Asparagus officinali...

    Authors: Jingli Chen, Yi Zheng, Li Qin, Yan Wang, Lifei Chen, Yanjun He, Zhangjun Fei and Gang Lu

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2016 16:80

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  43. Content type: Research article

    The ARABIDOPSIS SKP1-LIKE1 (ASK1) protein functions as a subunit of SKP1-CUL1-F-box (SCF) E3 ubiquitin ligases. Previous genetic studies showed that ASK1 plays important roles in Arabidopsis flower development...

    Authors: Dihong Lu, Weimin Ni, Bruce A. Stanley and Hong Ma

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2016 16:61

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  44. Content type: Research article

    The transition from vegetative to floral state in shoot apical meristems (SAM) is a key event in plant development and is of crucial importance for reproductive success. In perennial plants, this event is recu...

    Authors: B. Guitton, J. J. Kelner, J. M. Celton, X. Sabau, J. P. Renou, D. Chagné and E. Costes

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2016 16:55

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  45. Content type: Research article

    Oligogalacturonic acids (OGs) are oligomers of alpha-1,4-linked galacturonosyl residues that are released from cell walls by the hydrolysis of polygalacturonic acids upon fruit ripening and under abiotic/bioti...

    Authors: Yingxuan Ma, Leilei Zhou, Zhichao Wang, Jianting Chen and Guiqin Qu

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2016 16:13

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  46. Content type: Research article

    Fragmentation of habitats by roads, railroads, fields, buildings and other human activities can affect population size, pollination success, sexual and asexual reproduction specially in plants showing pollinat...

    Authors: Giuseppe Pellegrino, Francesca Bellusci and Anna Maria Palermo

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2015 15:222

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  47. Content type: Research article

    The identity of flower organs is specified by various MIKC MADS-box transcription factors which act in a combinatorial manner. TM8 is a MADS-box gene that was isolated from the floral meristem of a tomato mutant ...

    Authors: Margherita Daminato, Simona Masiero, Francesca Resentini, Alessandro Lovisetto and Giorgio Casadoro

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2014 14:319

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