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Reproductive biology

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

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  1. Autophagy is an evolutionarily conserved system for the degradation of intracellular components in eukaryotic organisms. Autophagy plays essential roles in preventing premature senescence and extending the lon...

    Authors: Zexi Chen, Wenbo Wang, Xiaojun Pu, Xiumei Dong, Bei Gao, Ping Li, Yanxia Jia, Aizhong Liu and Li Liu

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2020 20:440

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  2. The genus Cypripedium L. is one of the five genera of the subfamily Cypripedioideae, members of which are commonly known as lady’s slipper orchids. Cypripedium japonicum is a perennial herb native to East Asia, s...

    Authors: Balkrishna Ghimire, Sungwon Son, Jae Hyeun Kim and Mi Jin Jeong

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2020 20:426

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  3. Grape is highly sensitive to gibberellin (GA), which is crucial during seed and berry development (SBD) either by itself or by interacting with other hormones, such as auxin, Abscisic acid (ABA), and Cytokinin...

    Authors: Wenran Wang, Yunhe Bai, Padmalatha Koilkonda, Le Guan, Yaxian Zhuge, Xicheng Wang, Zhongjie Liu, Haifeng Jia, Chen Wang and Jinggui Fang

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2020 20:384

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  4. Glycosylphosphatidylinositol (GPI) addition is one of the several post-translational modifications to proteins that increase their affinity for membranes. In eukaryotes, the GPI transamidase complex (GPI-T) ca...

    Authors: Nicholas Desnoyer, Gregory Howard, Emma Jong and Ravishankar Palanivelu

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2020 20:380

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  5. Tissue culture and rapid propagation technology is an important way to solve the difficulties of plant propagation. This experiment aims to explore the appropriate conditions at each stage of the red maple’s t...

    Authors: Chong-wen Dai, Yang-yang Yan, Yu-min Liu, Ya-min Liu, Yuan-wei Deng and Hong-yu Yao

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2020 20:309

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  6. Spider plant [Gynandropsis gynandra (L.) Briq.], an economically promising African leafy vegetable, characterized for leaf yield components and nutritive quality, exhibits poor seed germination that hinders a wid...

    Authors: Jelila S. Blalogoe, Alfred O. Odindo, E. O. Dêêdi Sogbohossou, Julia Sibiya and Enoch G. Achigan-Dako

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2020 20:168

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  7. Flower longevity plays an important role in pollen dispersal and reproductive success in plants. In dichogamous plants, the duration of anthesis as well as the time allocated to male and female functions can v...

    Authors: Zhigang Zhao, Meng Hou, Yijie Wang and Guozhen Du

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2020 20:137

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  8. Flower development and sufficient fruit set are important parameters with respect to walnut yield. Knowledge about flowering genes of fruit trees can help to conduct better molecular breeding programs. Therefo...

    Authors: Amin Hassankhah, Majid Rahemi, Hossein Ramshini, Saadat Sarikhani and Kourosh Vahdati

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2020 20:136

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  9. “Bairihua”, a variety of the Catalpa bungei, has a large amount of flowers and a long flowering period which make it an excellent material for flowering researches in trees. SPL is one of the hub genes that regul...

    Authors: Zhi Wang, Tianqing Zhu, Wenjun Ma, Erqin Fan, Nan Lu, Fangqun Ouyang, Nan Wang, Guijuan Yang, Lisheng Kong, Guanzheng Qu, Shougong Zhang and Junhui Wang

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2020 20:105

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  10. Pigeon pea (Cajanus cajan L.) is the sixth major legume crop widely cultivated in the Indian sub-continent, Africa, and South-east Asia. Cytoplasmic male-sterility (CMS) is the incompetence of flowering plants to...

    Authors: Swati Saxena, Sarika Sahu, Tanvi Kaila, Deepti Nigam, Pavan K. Chaduvla, A. R. Rao, Sandhya Sanand, N. K. Singh and Kishor Gaikwad

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2020 20:74

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  11. Gibberellin (GA) and jasmonate (JA) are two essential phytohormones for filament elongation in Arabidopsis. GA and JA trigger degradation of DELLAs and JASMONATE ZIM-domain (JAZ) proteins through SCFSLY1 and SCFC...

    Authors: Huang Huang, Yilong Gong, Bei Liu, Dewei Wu, Min Zhang, Daoxin Xie and Susheng Song

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2020 20:64

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  12. Gene flow in plants via pollen and seeds is asymmetrical at different geographic scales. Orchid seeds are adapted to long-distance wind dispersal but pollinium transfer is often influenced by pollinator behavi...

    Authors: Zhe Zhang, Stephan W. Gale, Ji-Hong Li, Gunter A. Fischer, Ming-Xun Ren and Xi-Qiang Song

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2019 19:597

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  13. Gametogenesis is a key step in the production of ovules or pollen in higher plants. The sex-determination aspects of gametogenesis have been well characterized in the model plant Arabidopsis. However, little is k...

    Authors: Gui-Liang Xin, Jia-Qian Liu, Jia Liu, Xiao-Long Ren, Xiao-Min Du and Wen-Zhe Liu

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2019 19:554

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  14. In the Brassicaceae, the early stages of compatible pollen-stigma interactions are tightly controlled with early checkpoints regulating pollen adhesion, hydration and germination, and pollen tube entry into th...

    Authors: Jennifer Doucet, Hyun Kyung Lee, Nethangi Udugama, Jianfeng Xu, Baoxiu Qi and Daphne R. Goring

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2019 19:549

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  15. Carica papaya is a trioecious plant species with a genetic sex-determination system defined by sex chromosomes. Under unfavorable environmental conditions male and hermaphrodite exhibit sex-reversal. Previous ...

    Authors: Dessireé Zerpa-Catanho, Jennifer Wai, Ming Li Wang, Li’ang Yu, Julie Nguyen and Ray Ming

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2019 19:545

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  16. In water lily (Nymphaea) hybrid breeding, breeders often encounter non-viable seeds, which make it difficult to transfer desired or targeted genes of different Nymphaea germplasm. We found that pre-fertilization ...

    Authors: Chun-Qing Sun, Fa-Di Chen, Nian-Jun Teng, Yue-Mei Yao, Xi Shan and Zhong-Liang Dai

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2019 19:542

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  17. As a common accompanying dispersal structure, specialized seed appendages play a critical role in the successful germination and dispersal of many plants, and are regarded as an adaptation character for plants...

    Authors: Zhaoren Wang, Yufei Zhao, Yuanyuan Zhang, Baoshan Zhao, Zhen’an Yang and Lijia Dong

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2019 19:538

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    The Retraction Note to this article has been published in BMC Plant Biology 2020 20:276

  18. Although the most common path of infection for fire blight, a severe bacterial disease on apple, is via host plant flowers, quantitative trait loci (QTLs) for fire blight resistance to date have exclusively be...

    Authors: Andreas Peil, Christine Hübert, Annette Wensing, Mary Horner, Ofere Francis Emeriewen, Klaus Richter, Thomas Wöhner, David Chagné, Carolina Orellana-Torrejon, Munazza Saeed, Michela Troggio, Erika Stefani, Susan E. Gardiner, Magda-Viola Hanke, Henryk Flachowsky and Vincent G.M. Bus

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2019 19:532

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  19. In higher plants, inflorescence architecture is an important agronomic trait directly determining seed yield. However, little information is available on the regulatory mechanism of inflorescence development i...

    Authors: Mao-Sheng Chen, Mei-Li Zhao, Gui-Juan Wang, Hui-Ying He, Xue Bai, Bang-Zhen Pan, Qian-Tang Fu, Yan-Bin Tao, Ming-Yong Tang, Jorge Martínez-Herrera and Zeng-Fu Xu

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2019 19:468

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  20. 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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  21. 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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  22. 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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  23. 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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  24. 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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  25. 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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  26. 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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  27. 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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  28. 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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  29. 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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  30. 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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  31. 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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  32. 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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  33. 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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  34. 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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  35. 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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  36. 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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  37. 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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  38. 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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  39. 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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  40. 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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  41. 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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  42. 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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  43. 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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  44. 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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  45. 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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  46. 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

  47. 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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