Reproductive biology

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

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  1. Research article

    Transcriptomic analysis links gene expression to unilateral pollen-pistil reproductive barriers

    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...

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

    BMC Plant Biology 2017 17:81

    Published on: 24 April 2017

  2. Research article

    Transcriptome profiling of Elymus sibiricus, an important forage grass in Qinghai-Tibet plateau, reveals novel insights into candidate genes that potentially connected to seed shattering

    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...

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

    BMC Plant Biology 2017 17:78

    Published on: 21 April 2017

  3. Research article

    Comparative proteomic analysis reveals a dynamic pollen plasma membrane protein map and the membrane landscape of receptor-like kinases and transporters important for pollen tube growth and interaction with pistils in rice

    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....

    Ning Yang and Tai Wang

    BMC Plant Biology 2017 17:2

    Published on: 5 January 2017

  4. Research article

    OsACOS12, an orthologue of Arabidopsis acyl-CoA synthetase5, plays an important role in pollen exine formation and anther development in rice

    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...

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

    BMC Plant Biology 2016 16:256

    Published on: 21 November 2016

  5. Research article

    Comparative transcriptome profiling of the fertile and sterile flower buds of a dominant genic male sterile line in sesame (Sesamum indicum L.)

    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...

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

    BMC Plant Biology 2016 16:250

    Published on: 10 November 2016

  6. Research article

    BnPME is progressively induced after microspore reprogramming to embryogenesis, correlating with pectin de-esterification and cell differentiation in Brassica napus

    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...

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

    BMC Plant Biology 2016 16:176

    Published on: 11 August 2016

  7. Research article

    Identification of miRNAs and their targets through high-throughput sequencing and degradome analysis in male and female Asparagus officinalis

    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...

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

    BMC Plant Biology 2016 16:80

    Published on: 12 April 2016

  8. Research article

    Analysis of transcripts differentially expressed between fruited and deflowered ‘Gala’ adult trees: a contribution to biennial bearing understanding in apple

    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...

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

    BMC Plant Biology 2016 16:55

    Published on: 29 February 2016

  9. Research article

    Oligogalacturonic acids promote tomato fruit ripening through the regulation of 1-aminocyclopropane-1-carboxylic acid synthesis at the transcriptional and post-translational levels

    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...

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

    BMC Plant Biology 2016 16:13

    Published on: 9 January 2016

  10. Research article

    Effects of population structure on pollen flow, clonality rates and reproductive success in fragmented Serapias lingua populations

    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...

    Giuseppe Pellegrino, Francesca Bellusci and Anna Maria Palermo

    BMC Plant Biology 2015 15:222

    Published on: 16 September 2015

  11. Research article

    Analysis of the transcriptional responses in inflorescence buds of Jatropha curcasexposed to cytokinin treatment

    Jatropha curcas L. is a potential biofuel plant. Application of exogenous cytokinin (6-benzyladenine, BA) on its inflorescence buds can significantly increase the number of female flowers, thereby improving seed ...

    Mao-Sheng Chen, Bang-Zhen Pan, Gui-Juan Wang, Jun Ni, Longjian Niu and Zeng-Fu Xu

    BMC Plant Biology 2014 14:318

    Published on: 30 November 2014

  12. Research article

    Characterization of TM8, a MADS-box gene expressed in tomato flowers

    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 ...

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

    BMC Plant Biology 2014 14:319

    Published on: 30 November 2014

  13. Research article

    PnTgs1-like expression during reproductive development supports a role for RNA methyltransferases in the aposporous pathway

    In flowering plants, apomixis (asexual reproduction via seeds) is widely believed to result from failure of key regulators of the sexual female reproductive pathway. In the past few years, both differential di...

    Lorena A Siena, Juan Pablo A Ortiz, Olivier Leblanc and Silvina Pessino

    BMC Plant Biology 2014 14:297

    Published on: 18 November 2014

  14. Research article

    Differentially expressed microRNA cohorts in seed development may contribute to poor grain filling of inferior spikelets in rice

    The inferior spikelets are defined to be those at portions where the grains receive less photosynthetic products during the seed development. The typical inferior spikelets are physically located on the proxim...

    Ting Peng, Hongzheng Sun, Mengmeng Qiao, Yafan Zhao, Yanxiu Du, Jing Zhang, Junzhou Li, Guiliang Tang and Quanzhi Zhao

    BMC Plant Biology 2014 14:196

    Published on: 23 July 2014

  15. Research article

    Female-specific gene expression in dioecious liverwort Pellia endiviifolia is developmentally regulated and connected to archegonia production

    In flowering plants a number of genes have been identified which control the transition from a vegetative to generative phase of life cycle. In bryophytes representing basal lineage of land plants, there is li...

    Izabela Sierocka, Lukasz P Kozlowski, Janusz M Bujnicki, Artur Jarmolowski and Zofia Szweykowska-Kulinska

    BMC Plant Biology 2014 14:168

    Published on: 17 June 2014

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