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  1. Manipulation of the amylose-amylopectin ratio in cereal starch has been identified as a major target for the production of starches with novel functional properties. In wheat, silencing of starch branching enz...

    Authors: Ermelinda Botticella, Francesco Sestili, Antonio Hernandez-Lopez, Andrew Phillips and Domenico Lafiandra
    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2011 11:156
  2. Although modern soybean cultivars feature yellow seed coats, with the only color variation found at the hila, the ancestral condition is black seed coats. Both seed coat and hila coloration are due to the pres...

    Authors: Jason D Gillman, Ashley Tetlow, Jeong-Deong Lee, J Grover Shannon and Kristin Bilyeu
    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2011 11:155
  3. Norway spruce [Picea abies (L.) Karst.] is one of the most important conifer species in Europe. The wood is economically important and infections by wood-rotting fungi cause substantial losses to the industry.

    Authors: Marie Danielsson, Karl Lundén, Malin Elfstrand, Jiang Hu, Tao Zhao, Jenny Arnerup, Katarina Ihrmark, Gunilla Swedjemark, Anna-Karin Borg-Karlson and Jan Stenlid
    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2011 11:154
  4. Rapid and consistent genotyping is an important requirement for cultivar identification in many crop species. Among them grapevine cultivars have been the subject of multiple studies given the large number of ...

    Authors: José A Cabezas, Javier Ibáñez, Diego Lijavetzky, Dolores Vélez, Gema Bravo, Virginia Rodríguez, Iván Carreño, Angelica M Jermakow, Juan Carreño, Leonor Ruiz-García, Mark R Thomas and José M Martinez-Zapater
    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2011 11:153
  5. Improvement of α-tocopherol content is an important breeding aim to increase the nutritional value of crops. Several efforts have been conducted to improve the α-tocopherol content in soybean [Glycine max (L.) Me...

    Authors: Maria S Dwiyanti, Tetsuya Yamada, Masako Sato, Jun Abe and Keisuke Kitamura
    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2011 11:152
  6. The fungal pathogen Setosphaeria turcica causes turcicum or northern leaf blight disease on maize, sorghum and related grasses. A prevalent foliar disease found worldwide where the two host crops, maize and sorgh...

    Authors: Tom Martin, Moses Biruma, Ingela Fridborg, Patrick Okori and Christina Dixelius
    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2011 11:151
  7. 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
  8. Grapes (Vitis vinifera L.) are economically the most important fruit crop worldwide. However, the complexity of molecular and biochemical events that lead to the onset of ripening of nonclimacteric fruits is not ...

    Authors: Ana M Fortes, Patricia Agudelo-Romero, Marta S Silva, Kashif Ali, Lisete Sousa, Federica Maltese, Young H Choi, Jerome Grimplet, José M Martinez- Zapater, Robert Verpoorte and Maria S Pais
    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2011 11:149
  9. Genetic mapping has proven to be powerful for studying the genetic architecture of complex traits by characterizing a network of the underlying interacting quantitative trait loci (QTLs). Current statistical m...

    Authors: Chunfa Tong, Bo Zhang, Zhong Wang, Meng Xu, Xiaoming Pang, Jingna Si, Minren Huang and Rongling Wu
    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2011 11:148
  10. Deep-level second generation sequencing (2GS) technologies are now being applied to non-model species as a viable and favourable alternative to Sanger sequencing. Large-scale SNP discovery was undertaken in bl...

    Authors: Joanne R Russell, Micha Bayer, Clare Booth, Linda Cardle, Christine A Hackett, Pete E Hedley, Linzi Jorgensen, Jenny A Morris and Rex M Brennan
    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2011 11:147
  11. Frost is an important abiotic stress that limits cereal production in the temperate zone. As the most frost tolerant small grain cereal, rye (Secale cereale L.) is an ideal cereal model for investigating the gene...

    Authors: Yongle Li, Andreas Böck, Grit Haseneyer, Viktor Korzun, Peer Wilde, Chris-Carolin Schön, Donna P Ankerst and Eva Bauer
    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2011 11:146
  12. Leaf rust, which is caused by the fungus Hemileia vastatrix (Pucciniales), is a devastating disease that affects coffee plants (Coffea arabica L.). Disadvantages that are associated with currently developed phyto...

    Authors: Jean-Luc Cacas, Anne-Sophie Petitot, Louis Bernier, Joan Estevan, Geneviève Conejero, Sébastien Mongrand and Diana Fernandez
    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2011 11:144
  13. 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
  14. Under drought, plants accumulate the signaling hormone abscisic acid (ABA), which induces the rapid closure of stomatal pores to prevent water loss. This event is trigged by a series of signals produced inside...

    Authors: Massimo Galbiati, José Tomás Matus, Priscilla Francia, Fabio Rusconi, Paola Cañón, Consuelo Medina, Lucio Conti, Eleonora Cominelli, Chiara Tonelli and Patricio Arce-Johnson
    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2011 11:142
  15. Low regeneration ability limits biotechnological breeding approaches. The influence of genotype in the regeneration response is high in both tomato and other important crops. Despite the various studies that h...

    Authors: Carlos Trujillo-Moya, Carmina Gisbert, Santiago Vilanova and Fernando Nuez
    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2011 11:140
  16. Currently there exists a limited availability of genetic marker resources in sweetpotato (Ipomoea batatas), which is hindering genetic research in this species. It is necessary to develop more molecular markers f...

    Authors: Zhangying Wang, Jun Li, Zhongxia Luo, Lifei Huang, Xinliang Chen, Boping Fang, Yujun Li, Jingyi Chen and Xiongjian Zhang
    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2011 11:139
  17. Naphthaleneacetic acid (NAA), a synthetic auxin analogue, is widely used as an effective thinner in apple orchards. When applied shortly after fruit set, some fruit abscise leading to improved fruit size and q...

    Authors: Hong Zhu, Chris D Dardick, Eric P Beers, Ann M Callanhan, Rui Xia and Rongcai Yuan
    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2011 11:138
  18. To elucidate the role of the length of the internode basal ring (LIBR) in resistance to the Mediterranean corn borer (MCB), we carried out a divergent selection program to modify the LIBR using two maize synth...

    Authors: Rogelio Santiago, Ana Butrón, Pedro Revilla and Rosa Ana Malvar
    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2011 11:137
  19. Brassica species include both vegetable and oilseed crops, which are very important to the daily life of common human beings. Meanwhile, the Brassica species represent an excellent system for studying numerous...

    Authors: Feng Cheng, Shengyi Liu, Jian Wu, Lu Fang, Silong Sun, Bo Liu, Pingxia Li, Wei Hua and Xiaowu Wang
    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2011 11:136
  20. Common bean (Phaseolus vulgaris) is the most important food legume in the world. Although this crop is very important to both the developed and developing world as a means of dietary protein supply, resources ava...

    Authors: Venu Kalavacharla, Zhanji Liu, Blake C Meyers, Jyothi Thimmapuram and Kalpalatha Melmaiee
    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2011 11:135
  21. The legume-rhizobium symbiosis requires the formation of root nodules, specialized organs where the nitrogen fixation process takes place. Nodule development is accompanied by the induction of specific plant g...

    Authors: Juan Elías Olivares, Claudia Díaz-Camino, Georgina Estrada-Navarrete, Xochitl Alvarado-Affantranger, Margarita Rodríguez-Kessler, Fernando Z Zamudio, Timoteo Olamendi-Portugal, Yamile Márquez, Luis Eduardo Servín and Federico Sánchez
    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2011 11:134
  22. The Tic complex (Translocon at the inner envelope membrane of chloroplasts) mediates the translocation of nuclear encoded chloroplast proteins across the inner envelope membrane. Tic110 forms one prominent protei...

    Authors: Erika Kovács-Bogdán, J Philipp Benz, Jürgen Soll and Bettina Bölter
    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2011 11:133
  23. The major fatty acids in seed oil of jatropha, a biofuel crop, are palmitic acid (C16:0), stearic acid (C18:0), oleic acid (C18:1) and linoleic acid (C18:2). High oleic acid and total oil content are desirable...

    Authors: Peng Liu, Chun Ming Wang, Lei Li, Fei Sun, Peng Liu and Gen Hua Yue
    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2011 11:132
  24. The improvement of agricultural crops with regard to yield, resistance and environmental adaptation is a perpetual challenge for both breeding and research. Exploration of the genetic potential and implementat...

    Authors: Grit Haseneyer, Thomas Schmutzer, Michael Seidel, Ruonan Zhou, Martin Mascher, Chris-Carolin Schön, Stefan Taudien, Uwe Scholz, Nils Stein, Klaus FX Mayer and Eva Bauer
    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2011 11:131
  25. Trichome patterning in Arabidopsis thaliana is governed by three types of activators, R2R3MYB, bHLH and WD40 proteins, and six R3MYB inhibitors. Among the inhibitors TRIPTYCHON (TRY) seems to fulfill a special fu...

    Authors: Martina Pesch and Martin Hülskamp
    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2011 11:130
  26. The endoplasmic reticulum (ER) is a major signaling organelle, which integrates a variety of responses against physiological stresses. In plants, one such stress-integrating response is the N-rich protein (NRP...

    Authors: Jerusa AQA Faria, Pedro AB Reis, Marco TB Reis, Gustavo L Rosado, Guilherme L Pinheiro, Giselle C Mendes and Elizabeth PB Fontes
    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2011 11:129
  27. Streptophyte green algae share several characteristics of cell growth and cell wall formation with their relatives, the embryophytic land plants. The multilobed cell wall of Micrasterias denticulata that rebuilds...

    Authors: Katrijn Vannerum, Marie JJ Huysman, Riet De Rycke, Marnik Vuylsteke, Frederik Leliaert, Jacob Pollier, Ursula Lütz-Meindl, Jeroen Gillard, Lieven De Veylder, Alain Goossens, Dirk Inzé and Wim Vyverman
    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2011 11:128
  28. Cowpea (Vigna unguiculata) is an important crop in arid and semi-arid regions and is a good model for studying drought tolerance. MicroRNAs (miRNAs) are known to play critical roles in plant stress responses, but...

    Authors: Blanca E Barrera-Figueroa, Lei Gao, Ndeye N Diop, Zhigang Wu, Jeffrey D Ehlers, Philip A Roberts, Timothy J Close, Jian-Kang Zhu and Renyi Liu
    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2011 11:127
  29. Paphiopedilum is a horticulturally and ecologically important genus of ca. 80 species of lady's slipper orchids native to Southeast Asia. These plants have long been of interest regarding their chromosomal evolut...

    Authors: Tianying Lan and Victor A Albert
    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2011 11:126
  30. Systemic Acquired Resistance (SAR) is an induced resistance response to pathogens, characterized by the translocation of a long-distance signal from induced leaves to distant tissues to prime them for increase...

    Authors: Marc J Champigny, Heather Shearer, Asif Mohammad, Karen Haines, Melody Neumann, Roger Thilmony, Sheng Yang He, Pierre Fobert, Nancy Dengler and Robin K Cameron
    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2011 11:125
  31. Among the various biochemical markers, fatty acids or lipid profiles represent a chemically relatively inert class of compounds that is easy to isolate from biological material. Fatty acid (FA) profiles are co...

    Authors: Imke Lang, Ladislav Hodac, Thomas Friedl and Ivo Feussner
    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2011 11:124
  32. Biochemical models predict that photosynthesis in C3 plants is most frequently limited by the slower of two processes, the maximum capacity of the enzyme Rubisco to carboxylate RuBP (Vc,max), or the regeneration ...

    Authors: David M Rosenthal, Anna M Locke, Mahdi Khozaei, Christine A Raines, Stephen P Long and Donald R Ort
    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2011 11:123
  33. 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
  34. In soils with a low phosphorus (P) supply, sugar beet is known to intake more P than other species such as maize, wheat, or groundnut. We hypothesized that organic compounds exuded by sugar beet roots solubili...

    Authors: Reza Khorassani, Ursula Hettwer, Astrid Ratzinger, Bernd Steingrobe, Petr Karlovsky and Norbert Claassen
    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2011 11:121
  35. 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
  36. Glutamine synthetase (GS; EC: 6.3.1.2, L-glutamate: ammonia ligase ADP-forming) is a key enzyme in ammonium assimilation and metabolism of higher plants. The current work was undertaken to develop a more compr...

    Authors: Vanessa Castro-Rodríguez, Angel García-Gutiérrez, Javier Canales, Concepción Avila, Edward G Kirby and Francisco M Cánovas
    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2011 11:119
  37. The ACT domain, named after bacterial aspartate kinase, chorismate mutase and TyrA (prephenate dehydrogenase), is a regulatory domain that serves as an amino acid-binding site in feedback-regulated amino acid ...

    Authors: Tzu-Ying Sung, Tsui-Yun Chung, Chih-Ping Hsu and Ming-Hsiun Hsieh
    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2011 11:118
  38. Flavonoid pathway is spatially and temporally controlled during plant development and the transcriptional regulation of the structural genes is mostly orchestrated by a ternary protein complex that involves th...

    Authors: Imène Hichri, Laurent Deluc, François Barrieu, Jochen Bogs, Ali Mahjoub, Farid Regad, Bernard Gallois, Thierry Granier, Claudine Trossat-Magnin, Eric Gomès and Virginie Lauvergeat
    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2011 11:117
  39. The cultivated potato (Solanum tuberosum L.) is an important food crop, but highly susceptible to many pathogens. The major threat to potato production is the Irish famine pathogen Phytophthora infestans, which c...

    Authors: Vivianne GAA Vleeshouwers, Richard Finkers, Dirk Budding, Marcel Visser, Mirjam MJ Jacobs, Ralph van Berloo, Mathieu Pel, Nicolas Champouret, Erin Bakker, Pavel Krenek, Hendrik Rietman, DirkJan Huigen, Roel Hoekstra, Aska Goverse, Ben Vosman, Evert Jacobsen…
    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2011 11:116
  40. Stromules are dynamic tubular structures emerging from the surface of plastids that are filled with stroma. Despite considerable progress in understanding the importance of certain cytoskeleton elements and mo...

    Authors: Martin Hartmut Schattat and Ralf Bernd Klösgen
    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2011 11:115
  41. Downy mildew, caused by the oomycete Plasmopara viticola, is a serious disease in Vitis vinifera, the most commonly cultivated grapevine species. Several wild Vitis species have instead been found to be resistant...

    Authors: Giulia Malacarne, Urska Vrhovsek, Luca Zulini, Alessandro Cestaro, Marco Stefanini, Fulvio Mattivi, Massimo Delledonne, Riccardo Velasco and Claudio Moser
    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2011 11:114
  42. Epigenetic regulation of gene dosage by genomic imprinting of some autosomal genes facilitates normal reproductive development in both mammals and flowering plants. While many imprinted genes have been identif...

    Authors: Peter C McKeown, Sylvia Laouielle-Duprat, Pjotr Prins, Philip Wolff, Marc W Schmid, Mark TA Donoghue, Antoine Fort, Dorota Duszynska, Aurélie Comte, Nga Thi Lao, Trevor J Wennblom, Geert Smant, Claudia Köhler, Ueli Grossniklaus and Charles Spillane
    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2011 11:113
  43. A number of molecular marker linkage maps have been developed for melon (Cucumis melo L.) over the last two decades. However, these maps were constructed using different marker sets, thus, making comparative anal...

    Authors: Aurora Diaz, Mohamed Fergany, Gelsomina Formisano, Peio Ziarsolo, José Blanca, Zhanjun Fei, Jack E Staub, Juan E Zalapa, Hugo E Cuevas, Gayle Dace, Marc Oliver, Nathalie Boissot, Catherine Dogimont, Michel Pitrat, René Hofstede, Paul van Koert…
    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2011 11:111
  44. Salt stress hinders the growth of plants and reduces crop production worldwide. However, different plant species might possess different adaptive mechanisms to mitigate salt stress. We conducted a detailed pat...

    Authors: Daofeng Li, Yunqin Zhang, Xiaona Hu, Xiaoye Shen, Lei Ma, Zhen Su, Tao Wang and Jiangli Dong
    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2011 11:109
  45. The translocator protein 18 kDa (TSPO), previously known as the peripheral-type benzodiazepine receptor (PBR), is important for many cellular functions in mammals and bacteria, such as steroid biosynthesis, ce...

    Authors: Emilia Balsemão-Pires, Yvon Jaillais, Bradley JSC Olson, Leonardo R Andrade, James G Umen, Joanne Chory and Gilberto Sachetto-Martins
    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2011 11:108

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