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Reproductive biology

Section edited by Chris Makaroff

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

    Somatic embryogenesis (SE), by which somatic cells of higher plants can dedifferentiate and reorganize into new plants, is a notable illustration of cell totipotency. However, the precise molecular mechanisms ...

    Authors: Xiyan Yang, Xianlong Zhang, Daojun Yuan, Fangyan Jin, Yunchao Zhang and Jiao Xu

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2012 12:110

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    Many flowering plants produce bicellular pollen. The two cells of the pollen grain are destined for separate fates in the male gametophyte, which provides a unique opportunity to study genetic interactions tha...

    Authors: Said Hafidh, Katarína Breznenová, Petr Růžička, Jana Feciková, Věra Čapková and David Honys

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2012 12:24

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    In flowering plants, the development of male reproductive organs is controlled precisely to achieve successful fertilization and reproduction. Despite the increasing knowledge of genes that contribute to anthe...

    Authors: Xuan Ma, Baomin Feng and Hong Ma

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2012 12:23

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    Reproductive biology in citrus is still poorly understood. Although in recent years several efforts have been made to study pollen-pistil interaction and self-incompatibility, little information is available a...

    Authors: Marco Caruso, Paz Merelo, Gaetano Distefano, Stefano La Malfa, Angela Roberta Lo Piero, Francisco R Tadeo, Manuel Talon and Alessandra Gentile

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2012 12:20

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    The pistil is a place where multiple interactions between cells of different types, origin, and function occur. Ca2+ is one of the key signal molecules in plants and animals. Despite the numerous studies on Ca2+ ...

    Authors: Krzysztof Zienkiewicz, Juan D Rejón, Cynthia Suárez, Antonio J Castro, Juan de Dios Alché and María Isabel Rodríguez García

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2011 11:150

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    Parthenocarpy is a desirable trait in Capsicum annuum production because it improves fruit quality and results in a more regular fruit set. Previously, we identified several C. annuum genotypes that already show ...

    Authors: Aparna Tiwari, Adam Vivian-Smith, Roeland E Voorrips, Myckel EJ Habets, Lin B Xue, Remko Offringa and Ep Heuvelink

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2011 11:143

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    The olive tree is an oil-storing species, with pollen being the second most active site in storage lipid biosynthesis. Caleosins are proteins involved in storage lipid mobilization during seed germination. Des...

    Authors: Krzysztof Zienkiewicz, Agnieszka Zienkiewicz, María Isabel Rodríguez-García and Antonio J Castro

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2011 11:122

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    Developmental cues to start meiosis occur late in plants. Ameiotic1 (Am1) encodes a plant-specific nuclear protein (AM1) required for meiotic entry and progression through early prophase I. Pollen mother cells (P...

    Authors: Guo-Ling Nan, Arnaud Ronceret, Rachel C Wang, John F Fernandes, W Zacheus Cande and Virginia Walbot

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2011 11:120

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    Flax, Linum usitatissimum L., is an important crop whose seed oil and stem fiber have multiple industrial applications. Flax seeds are also well-known for their nutritional attributes, viz., omega-3 fatty acids i...

    Authors: Prakash Venglat, Daoquan Xiang, Shuqing Qiu, Sandra L Stone, Chabane Tibiche, Dustin Cram, Michelle Alting-Mees, Jacek Nowak, Sylvie Cloutier, Michael Deyholos, Faouzi Bekkaoui, Andrew Sharpe, Edwin Wang, Gordon Rowland, Gopalan Selvaraj and Raju Datla

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2011 11:74

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