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  1. Banana plant height is an important trait for horticultural practices and semi-dwarf cultivars show better resistance to damages by wind and rain. However, the molecular mechanisms controlling the pseudostem h...

    Authors: Guiming Deng, Fangcheng Bi, Jing Liu, Weidi He, Chunyu Li, Tao Dong, Qiaosong Yang, Huijun Gao, Tongxin Dou, Xiaohong Zhong, Miao Peng, Ganjun Yi, Chunhua Hu and Ou Sheng

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2021 21:125

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  2. During maturation seeds acquire several physiological traits to enable them to survive drying and disseminate the species. Few studies have addressed the regulatory networks controlling acquisition of these tr...

    Authors: Elise Bizouerne, Julia Buitink, Benoît Ly Vu, Joseph Ly Vu, Eddi Esteban, Asher Pasha, Nicholas Provart, Jérôme Verdier and Olivier Leprince

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2021 21:124

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  3. The CIPKs are a group of plant-specific Ser/Thr protein kinases acting in response to calcium signaling, which plays an important role in the physiological and developmental adaptation of plants to adverse enviro...

    Authors: Lu Lu, Xinying Chen, Pengkai Wang, Ye Lu, Jingbo Zhang, Xiuyan Yang, Tielong Cheng, Jisen Shi and Jinhui Chen

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2021 21:123

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  4. Transcriptomic studies combined with a well annotated genome have laid the foundations for new understanding of molecular processes. Tools which visualise gene expression patterns have further added to these r...

    Authors: Lara Brian, Ben Warren, Peter McAtee, Jessica Rodrigues, Niels Nieuwenhuizen, Asher Pasha, Karine M. David, Annette Richardson, Nicholas J. Provart, Andrew C. Allan, Erika Varkonyi-Gasic and Robert J. Schaffer

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2021 21:121

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  5. Salinity is an important global problem with destructive impacts on plants leading to different biochemical and metabolic changes in plants through induced oxidative stress that disturbs metabolism, growth, pe...

    Authors: Gholamreza Gohari, Sima Panahirad, Mostafa Sadeghi, Ali Akbari, Elnaz Zareei, Seyed Morteza Zahedi, Mohammad Kazem Bahrami and Vasileios Fotopoulos

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2021 21:120

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  6. Rheum tanguticum (Rh. tanguticum) is an important traditional Chinese medicine plant, “Dahuang”, which contains productive metabolites and occupies wide habitats on the Qinghai-Tibet plateau. Plants occupying wid...

    Authors: Feng Xiong, Xiuqing Nie, Lucun Yang, Lingling Wang, Jingjing Li and Guoying Zhou

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2021 21:119

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  7. Maize (Zea mays) ear length, which is an important yield component, exhibits strong heterosis. Understanding the potential molecular mechanisms of ear-length heterosis is critical for efficient yield-related bree...

    Authors: Xiangge Zhang, Chenchen Ma, Xiaoqing Wang, Mingbo Wu, Jingkuan Shao, Li Huang, Liang Yuan, Zhiyuan Fu, Weihua Li, Xuehai Zhang, Zhanyong Guo and Jihua Tang

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2021 21:118

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  8. Plant height is an important plant characteristic closely related to yield performance of many crops. Reasonable reduction of plant height of crops is beneficial for improving yield and enhancing lodging resis...

    Authors: Xin Li, Fujiang Xiang, Wei Zhang, Jindong Yan, Xinmei Li, Ming Zhong, Piao Yang, Caiyan Chen, Xuanming Liu, Donghai Mao and Xiaoying Zhao

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2021 21:117

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  9. Cotton stem trichomes and seed fibers are each single celled structures formed by protrusions of epidermal cells, and were found sharing the overlapping molecular mechanism. Compared with fibers, cotton stem t...

    Authors: Rong Yuan, Yuefen Cao, Tengyu Li, Feng Yang, Li Yu, Yuan Qin, Xiongming Du, Fang Liu, Mingquan Ding, Yurong Jiang, Hua Zhang, Andrew H. Paterson and Junkang Rong

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2021 21:115

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  10. The tomato psyllid, Bactericera cockerelli Šulc (Hemiptera: Triozidae), is a pest of solanaceous crops such as tomato (Solanum lycopersicum L.) in the U.S. and vectors the disease-causing pathogen ‘Candidatus Lib...

    Authors: Kyle Harrison, Azucena Mendoza-Herrera, Julien Gad Levy and Cecilia Tamborindeguy

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2021 21:114

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  11. Recent studies indicate that amylase-trypsin inhibitors (ATIs) and certain carbohydrates referred to as FODMAPs (fermentable oligo-, di-, monosaccharides and polyols) play an important role in promoting wheat ...

    Authors: Lisa Call, Elisabeth Haider, Stefano D’Amico, Elisabeth Reiter and Heinrich Grausgruber

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2021 21:113

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  12. Abscisic acid (ABA) plays an important role in plant abiotic stress responses, and ABA INSENSITIVE 4 (ABI4) is a pivotal transcription factor in the ABA signaling pathway. In Arabidopsis, ABI4 negatively regulate...

    Authors: Xiamusiya Kakan, Yanwen Yu, Shenghui Li, Xiaoying Li, Rongfeng Huang and Juan Wang

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2021 21:112

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  13. Over the life cycle of perennial trees, the dormant state enables the avoidance of abiotic stress conditions. The growth cycle can be partitioned into induction, maintenance and release and is controlled by co...

    Authors: Ákos Boldizsár, Alexandra Soltész, Karen Tanino, Balázs Kalapos, Zsuzsa Marozsán-Tóth, István Monostori, Petre Dobrev, Radomira Vankova and Gábor Galiba

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2021 21:111

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  14. The Late Embryogenesis-Abundant (LEA) gene families, which play significant roles in regulation of tolerance to abiotic stresses, widely exist in higher plants. Poplar is a tree species that has important ecol...

    Authors: Zihan Cheng, Xuemei Zhang, Wenjing Yao, Kai Zhao, Lin Liu, Gaofeng Fan, Boru Zhou and Tingbo Jiang

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2021 21:110

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  15. Mango, Mangifera indica L., an important tropical fruit crop, is grown for its sweet and aromatic fruits. Past improvement of this species has predominantly relied on chance seedlings derived from over 1000 culti...

    Authors: Ian S. E. Bally, Aureliano Bombarely, Alan H. Chambers, Yuval Cohen, Natalie L. Dillon, David J. Innes, María A. Islas-Osuna, David N. Kuhn, Lukas A. Mueller, Ron Ophir, Aditi Rambani, Amir Sherman and Haidong Yan

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2021 21:108

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  16. Chromosomal variants play important roles in crop breeding and genetic research. The development of single-stranded oligonucleotide (oligo) probes simplifies the process of fluorescence in situ hybridization (...

    Authors: Liuyang Fu, Qian Wang, Lina Li, Tao Lang, Junjia Guo, Siyu Wang, Ziqi Sun, Suoyi Han, Bingyan Huang, Wenzhao Dong, Xinyou Zhang and Pei Du

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2021 21:107

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  17. Chrysanthemum morifolium is one of the most popular ornamental crops. The capitulum, which is the main ornamental part of chrysanthemum plants, consists of ligulate marginal ray florets, an attractive corolla (pe...

    Authors: Hua Liu, Ming Sun, Huitang Pan, Tangren Cheng, Jia Wang and Qixiang Zhang

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2021 21:105

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  18. Taxol is an efficient anticancer drug accumulated in Taxus species. Pseudotaxus chienii is an important member of Taxaceae, however, the level of six taxoids in P. chienii is largely unknown.

    Authors: Chunna Yu, Chengchao Zhang, Xinyun Xu, Jiefang Huang, Yueyue Chen, Xiujun Luo, Huizhong Wang and Chenjia Shen

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2021 21:104

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  19. The overall genetic distribution and divergence of cloned genes among bread wheat varieties that have occurred during the breeding process over the past few decades in Ningxia Province, China, are poorly under...

    Authors: Weijun Zhang, Junjie Zhao, Jinshang He, Ling Kang, Xiaoliang Wang, Fuguo Zhang, Chenyang Hao, Xiongfeng Ma and Dongsheng Chen

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2021 21:103

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  20. Gossypium hirsutum L. (cotton) is one of the most economically important crops in the world due to its significant source of fiber, feed, foodstuff, oil and biofuel products. However, the utilization of cottonsee...

    Authors: Chaofeng Wu, Hailiang Cheng, Shuyan Li, Dongyun Zuo, Zhongxu Lin, Youping Zhang, Limin Lv, Qiaolian Wang and Guoli Song

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2021 21:102

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  21. Male sterility (MS) has important applications in hybrid seed production, and the abortion of anthers has been observed in many plant species. While most studies have focused on the genetic factors affecting m...

    Authors: Lijun Zhang, Mingchuan Ma, Lin Cui and Longlong Liu

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2021 21:101

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  22. Methyl-CpG-binding domain (MBD) proteins play important roles in epigenetic gene regulation, and have diverse molecular, cellular, and biological functions in plants. MBD proteins have been functionally charac...

    Authors: Mengyu Qu, Zhujian Zhang, Tingmin Liang, Peipei Niu, Mingji Wu, Wenchao Chi, Zi-Qiang Chen, Zai-Jie Chen, Shubiao Zhang and Songbiao Chen

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2021 21:100

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  23. Nitrogen fertilization is known to increase disease susceptibility, a phenomenon called Nitrogen-Induced Susceptibility (NIS). In rice, this phenomenon has been observed in infections with the blast fungus Magnap...

    Authors: Mathias Frontini, Arnaud Boisnard, Julien Frouin, Malika Ouikene, Jean Benoit Morel and Elsa Ballini

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2021 21:99

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  24. Plants have remarkable diversity in petal colour through the biosynthesis and accumulation of various pigments. To better understand the mechanisms regulating petal pigmentation in Lonicera japonica, we used mult...

    Authors: Yan Xia, Weiwei Chen, Weibo Xiang, Dan Wang, Baogui Xue, Xinya Liu, Lehua Xing, Di Wu, Shuming Wang, Qigao Guo and Guolu Liang

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2021 21:98

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  25. Banana is a tropical fruit with a high economic impact worldwide. Cold stress greatly affects the development and production of banana.

    Authors: Jie Gao, Tongxin Dou, Weidi He, Ou Sheng, Fangcheng Bi, Guiming Deng, Huijun Gao, Tao Dong, Chunyu Li, Sheng Zhang, Ganjun Yi, Chunhua Hu and Qiaosong Yang

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2021 21:97

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  26. Assessment and effective utilization of genetic diversity in breeding programs is crucial for sustainable genetic improvement and rapid adaptation to changing breeding objectives. During the past two decades, ...

    Authors: Baffour Badu-Apraku, Ana Luísa Garcia-Oliveira, César Daniel Petroli, Sarah Hearne, Samuel Adeyemi Adewale and Melaku Gedil

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2021 21:96

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  27. Red clover (Trifolium pratense) is globally used as a fodder plant due its high nutritional value and soil improving qualities. In response to mowing, red clover exhibits specific morphological traits to compensa...

    Authors: Denise Brigitte Herbert, Thomas Gross, Oliver Rupp and Annette Becker

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2021 21:95

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  28. Acyl-CoA-binding proteins (ACBPs) possess a conserved acyl-CoA-binding (ACB) domain that facilitates binding to acyl-CoA esters and trafficking in eukaryotic cells. Although the various functions of ACBP have ...

    Authors: Jiantang Zhu, Weijun Li, Yuanyuan Zhou, Laming Pei, Jiajia Liu, Xinyao Xia, Ronghui Che and Hui Li

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2021 21:94

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  29. Long noncoding RNAs (lncRNAs) play important roles in essential biological processes. However, our understanding of lncRNAs as competing endogenous RNAs (ceRNAs) and their responses to nitrogen stress is still...

    Authors: Peng Ma, Xiao Zhang, Bowen Luo, Zhen Chen, Xuan He, Haiying Zhang, Binyang Li, Dan Liu, Ling Wu, Shiqiang Gao, Duojiang Gao, Suzhi Zhang and Shibin Gao

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2021 21:93

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  30. Fruit abscission depends on cell separation that occurs within specialized cell layers that constitute an abscission zone (AZ). To determine the mechanisms of fleshy fruit abscission of the monocot oil palm (Elae...

    Authors: Kim Fooyontphanich, Fabienne Morcillo, Thierry Joët, Stéphane Dussert, Julien Serret, Myriam Collin, Philippe Amblard, Sithichoke Tangphatsornruang, Peerapat Roongsattham, Chatchawan Jantasuriyarat, Jean-Luc Verdeil and Timothy J. Tranbarger

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2021 21:92

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  31. An amendment to this paper has been published and can be accessed via the original article.

    Authors: Peng Zhang, Yuqiang Zhu and Shengjun Zhou

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2021 21:91

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    The original article was published in BMC Plant Biology 2021 21:24

  32. Monochasma savatieri is a medicinal root hemiparasitic herb that extracts water and nutrients from the host plant via a haustorium. M. savatieri exhibits an enhanced growth after the establishment of parasite-hos...

    Authors: Lanlan Chen, Qiaosheng Guo, Zaibiao Zhu, Hefang Wan, Yuhao Qin and Hui Zhang

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2021 21:90

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  33. Dirigent (DIR) proteins mediate regioselectivity and stereoselectivity during lignan biosynthesis and are also involved in lignin, gossypol and pterocarpan biosynthesis. This gene family plays a vital role in ...

    Authors: Zhengwen Liu, Xingfen Wang, Zhengwen Sun, Yan Zhang, Chengsheng Meng, Bin Chen, Guoning Wang, Huifeng Ke, Jinhua Wu, Yuanyuan Yan, Liqiang Wu, Zhikun Li, Jun Yang, Guiyin Zhang and Zhiying Ma

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2021 21:89

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  34. Fruit abortion is a major limiting factor for fruit production. In flat peach, fruit abortion is present in the whole tree of some accessions during early fruit development. However, the physiological factors ...

    Authors: Jian Guo, Ke Cao, Jia-Long Yao, Cecilia Deng, Yong Li, Gengrui Zhu, Weichao Fang, Changwen Chen, Xinwei Wang, Jinlong Wu, Wenwu Guo and Lirong Wang

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2021 21:88

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  35. The nitrogen-containing polysaccharide chitin is the second most abundant biopolymer on earth and is found in the cell walls of diatoms, where it serves as a scaffold for biosilica deposition. Diatom chitin is...

    Authors: Haomiao Cheng, Zhanru Shao, Chang Lu and Delin Duan

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2021 21:87

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  36. The basic helix-loop-helix (bHLH) transcription factors play important roles in many processes in plant growth, metabolism and responses to abiotic stresses. Although, the sequence of Chinese white pear genome...

    Authors: Huizhen Dong, Qiming Chen, Yuqin Dai, Wenjie Hu, Shaoling Zhang and Xiaosan Huang

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2021 21:86

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  37. Rice plants suffer from the rising temperature which is becoming more and more prominent. Mining heat-resistant genes and applying them to rice breeding is a feasible and effective way to solve the problem.

    Authors: Zhaoran Wei, Qiaoling Yuan, Hai Lin, Xiaoxia Li, Chao Zhang, Hongsheng Gao, Bin Zhang, Huiying He, Tianjiao Liu, Zhang Jie, Xu Gao, Shandang Shi, Bo Wang, Zhenyu Gao, Lingrang Kong, Qian Qian…

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2021 21:85

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  38. Cinnamyl alcohol dehydrogenase (CAD) is an important enzyme functions at the last step in lignin monomer synthesis pathway. Our previous work found that drought induced the expressions of CmCAD genes and promoted...

    Authors: Wei Liu, Yun Jiang, Yazhong Jin, Chenghui Wang, Juan Yang and Hongyan Qi

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2021 21:83

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  39. Fusarium crown rot is major disease in wheat. However, the wheat defense mechanisms against this disease remain poorly understood.

    Authors: Fangfang Qiao, Xiwen Yang, Fengdan Xu, Yuan Huang, Jiemei Zhang, Miao Song, Sumei Zhou, Meng Zhang and Dexian He

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2021 21:82

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  40. Calcium (Ca2+) plays an important role in plant growth and development, and the maintenance of calcium homeostasis is necessary for the survival of all plant species. Ca2+/H+ exchangers (CAXs) are a subgroup of t...

    Authors: Ke Mao, Jie Yang, Min Wang, Huayu Liu, Xin Guo, Shuang Zhao, Qinglong Dong and Fengwang Ma

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2021 21:81

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  41. As important forest tree species, biological stress and soil salinization are important factors that restrict the growth of Populus × euramericana. WRKYs are important transcription factors in plants that can reg...

    Authors: Xiaoyue Yu, Yu Pan, Yan Dong, Bin Lu, Chao Zhang, Minsheng Yang and Lihui Zuo

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2021 21:80

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  42. MADS-box transcription factors (TFs) are the key regulators of multiple developmental processes in plants; among them, a chrysanthemum MADS-box TF CmANR1 has been isolated and described as functioning in root dev...

    Authors: Cui-Hui Sun, Jia-Hui Wang, Kai-Di Gu, Peng Zhang, Xin-Yi Zhang, Cheng-Shu Zheng, Da-Gang Hu and Fangfang Ma

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2021 21:79

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  43. The Plutella xylostella PxSDF2L1 gene was previously reported to enhance insect resistance to pathogen at high basal transcription rate. PxSDF2L1 shows similitude with the stromal cell-derived factor 2 (SDF2), an...

    Authors: Ivis Moran-Bertot, Lianet Rodríguez-Cabrera, Orlando Borras-Hidalgo, Siliang Huang, Yunchao Kan, Denis J. Wright and Camilo Ayra-Pardo

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2021 21:78

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  44. Gloriosa superba L. (Colchicaceae) is a high-value medicinal plant indigenous to Africa and Southeast Asia. Its therapeutic benefits are well-established in traditional medicines including Ayurveda. It is well kn...

    Authors: Devendra Kumar Pandey, Prabhjot Kaur, Vijay Kumar, R. M. Banik, Tabarak Malik and Abhijit Dey

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2021 21:77

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  45. The subfamily Bambusoideae belongs to the grass family Poaceae and has significant roles in culture, economy, and ecology. However, the phylogenetic relationships based on large-scale chloroplast genomes (CpGe...

    Authors: Jiongliang Wang, Weixue Mu, Ting Yang, Yue Song, Yin Guang Hou, Yu Wang, Zhimin Gao, Xin Liu, Huan Liu and Hansheng Zhao

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2021 21:76

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