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  1. Research article

    Evolution, gene expression profiling and 3D modeling of CSLD proteins in cotton

    Among CESA-like gene superfamily, the cellulose synthase-like D (CSLD) genes are most similar to cellulose synthase genes and have been reported to be involved in tip-growing cell and stem development. However, t...

    Yanpeng Li, Tiegang Yang, Dandan Dai, Ying Hu, Xiaoyang Guo and Hongxia Guo

    BMC Plant Biology 2017 17:119

    Published on: 10 July 2017

  2. Research article

    Jasmonate-mediated defence responses, unlike salicylate-mediated responses, are involved in the recovery of grapevine from bois noir disease

    Bois noir is an important disease of grapevine (Vitis vinifera L.), caused by phytoplasmas. An interesting, yet elusive aspect of the bois noir disease is “recovery”, i.e., the spontan...

    Anna Rita Paolacci, Giulio Catarcione, Luisa Ederli, Claudia Zadra, Stefania Pasqualini, Maurizio Badiani, Rita Musetti, Simonetta Santi and Mario Ciaffi

    BMC Plant Biology 2017 17:118

    Published on: 10 July 2017

  3. Research article

    Differential proteomic analysis of replanted Rehmannia glutinosa roots by iTRAQ reveals molecular mechanisms for formation of replant disease

    The normal growth of Rehmannia glutinosa, a widely used medicinal plant in China, is severely disturbed by replant disease. The formation of replant disease commonly involves interactions among plants, allelochem...

    Mingjie Li, Yanhui Yang, Fajie Feng, Bao Zhang, Shuqiang Chen, Chuyun Yang, Li Gu, Fengqing Wang, Junyi Zhang, Aiguo Chen, Wenxiong Lin, Xinjian Chen and Zhongyi Zhang

    BMC Plant Biology 2017 17:116

    Published on: 10 July 2017

  4. Methodology article

    Plant-RRBS, a bisulfite and next-generation sequencing-based methylome profiling method enriching for coverage of cytosine positions

    Cytosine methylation in plant genomes is important for the regulation of gene transcription and transposon activity. Genome-wide methylomes are studied upon mutation of the DNA methyltransferases, adaptation t...

    Martin Schmidt, Michiel Van Bel, Magdalena Woloszynska, Bram Slabbinck, Cindy Martens, Marc De Block, Frederik Coppens and Mieke Van Lijsebettens

    BMC Plant Biology 2017 17:115

    Published on: 6 July 2017

  5. Research article

    Ambient temperature and genotype differentially affect developmental and phenotypic plasticity in Arabidopsis thaliana

    Global increase in ambient temperatures constitute a significant challenge to wild and cultivated plant species. Forward genetic analyses of individual temperature-responsive traits have resulted in the identi...

    Carla Ibañez, Yvonne Poeschl, Tom Peterson, Julia Bellstädt, Kathrin Denk, Andreas Gogol-Döring, Marcel Quint and Carolin Delker

    BMC Plant Biology 2017 17:114

    Published on: 6 July 2017

  6. Research article

    Genome-wide analysis of WOX genes in upland cotton and their expression pattern under different stresses

    WUSCHEL-related homeobox (WOX) family members play significant roles in plant growth and development, such as in embryo patterning, stem-cell maintenance, and lateral organ formation. The recently published co...

    Zhaoen Yang, Qian Gong, Wenqiang Qin, Zuoren Yang, Yuan Cheng, Lili Lu, Xiaoyang Ge, Chaojun Zhang, Zhixia Wu and Fuguang Li

    BMC Plant Biology 2017 17:113

    Published on: 6 July 2017

  7. Research article

    Genetic diversity, population structure and marker-trait associations for agronomic and grain traits in wild diploid wheat Triticum urartu

    Wild diploid wheat, Triticum urartu (T. urartu) is the progenitor of bread wheat, and understanding its genetic diversity and genome function will provide considerable reference for dissecting genomic information...

    Xin Wang, Guangbin Luo, Wenlong Yang, Yiwen Li, Jiazhu Sun, Kehui Zhan, Dongcheng Liu and Aimin Zhang

    BMC Plant Biology 2017 17:112

    Published on: 1 July 2017

  8. Research article

    Deep Super-SAGE transcriptomic analysis of cold acclimation in lentil (Lens culinaris Medik.)

    Frost is one of the main abiotic stresses limiting plant distribution and crop production. To cope with the stress, plants evolved adaptations known as cold acclimation or chilling tolerance to maximize frost ...

    Abel Barrios, Constantino Caminero, Pedro García, Nicolas Krezdorn, Klaus Hoffmeier, Peter Winter and Marcelino Pérez de la Vega

    BMC Plant Biology 2017 17:111

    Published on: 30 June 2017

  9. Research article

    Evaluating the accuracy of genomic prediction of growth and wood traits in two Eucalyptus species and their F1 hybrids

    Genomic prediction is a genomics assisted breeding methodology that can increase genetic gains by accelerating the breeding cycle and potentially improving the accuracy of breeding values. In this study, we us...

    Biyue Tan, Dario Grattapaglia, Gustavo Salgado Martins, Karina Zamprogno Ferreira, Björn Sundberg and Pär K. Ingvarsson

    BMC Plant Biology 2017 17:110

    Published on: 29 June 2017

  10. Research article

    Integrative analysis of DNA methylation, mRNAs, and small RNAs during maize embryo dedifferentiation

    Maize (Zea mays) is an important model crop for transgenic studies. However, genetic transformation of maize requires embryonic calli derived from immature embryo, and the impact of utilizing tissue culture metho...

    Hongjun Liu, Langlang Ma, Xuerong Yang, Lin Zhang, Xing Zeng, Shupeng Xie, Huanwei Peng, Shibin Gao, Haijian Lin, Guangtang Pan, Yongrui Wu and Yaou Shen

    BMC Plant Biology 2017 17:105

    Published on: 15 June 2017

  11. Research article

    Brief temperature stress during reproductive stages alters meiotic recombination and somatic mutation rates in the progeny of Arabidopsis

    Plants exposed to environmental stresses draw upon many genetic and epigenetic strategies, with the former sometimes modulated by the latter. This can help the plant, and its immediate progeny, at least, to be...

    Ramswaroop Saini, Amit Kumar Singh, Shanmuhapreya Dhanapal, Thoufeequl Hakeem Saeed, Geoffrey J. Hyde and Ramamurthy Baskar

    BMC Plant Biology 2017 17:103

    Published on: 14 June 2017

  12. Research article

    Metabolic and transcriptional elucidation of the carotenoid biosynthesis pathway in peel and flesh tissue of loquat fruit during on-tree development

    Carotenoids are the main colouring substances found in orange-fleshed loquat fruits. The aim of this study was to unravel the carotenoid biosynthetic pathway of loquat fruit (cv. ‘Obusa’) in peel and flesh tis...

    Margarita Hadjipieri, Egli C. Georgiadou, Alicia Marin, Huertas M. Diaz-Mula, Vlasios Goulas, Vasileios Fotopoulos, Francisco A. Tomás-Barberán and George A. Manganaris

    BMC Plant Biology 2017 17:102

    Published on: 14 June 2017

  13. Database

    CottonFGD: an integrated functional genomics database for cotton

    Cotton (Gossypium spp.) is the most important fiber and oil crop in the world. With the emergence of huge -omics data sets, it is essential to have an integrated functional genomics database that allows worldwide...

    Tao Zhu, Chengzhen Liang, Zhigang Meng, Guoqing Sun, Zhaoghong Meng, Sandui Guo and Rui Zhang

    BMC Plant Biology 2017 17:101

    Published on: 8 June 2017

  14. Research article

    iTRAQ-based proteome profile analysis of superior and inferior Spikelets at early grain filling stage in japonica Rice

    Large-panicle rice varieties often fail to achieve their yield potential due to poor grain filling of late-flowering inferior spikelets (IS). The physiological and molecular mechanisms of poor IS grain filling...

    Cuicui You, Lin Chen, Haibing He, Liquan Wu, Shaohua Wang, Yanfeng Ding and Chuanxi Ma

    BMC Plant Biology 2017 17:100

    Published on: 7 June 2017

  15. Research article

    Analysis of the lipid body proteome of the oleaginous alga Lobosphaera incisa

    Lobosphaera incisa (L. incisa) is an oleaginous microalga that stores triacylglycerol (TAG) rich in arachidonic acid in lipid bodies (LBs). This organelle is gaining attention in algal...

    Heike Siegler, Oliver Valerius, Till Ischebeck, Jennifer Popko, Nicolas J. Tourasse, Olivier Vallon, Inna Khozin-Goldberg, Gerhard H. Braus and Ivo Feussner

    BMC Plant Biology 2017 17:98

    Published on: 6 June 2017

  16. Research article

    Identification of genetic loci associated with crude protein and mineral concentrations in alfalfa (Medicago sativa) using association mapping

    Alfalfa (Medicago sativa) is one of the most important legume forage species in China and many other countries of the world. It provides a quality source of proteins and minerals to animals. Genetic underpinnings...

    Congjun Jia, Xinming Wu, Min Chen, Yunqi Wang, Xiqiang Liu, Pan Gong, Qingfang Xu, Xuemin Wang, Hongwen Gao and Zan Wang

    BMC Plant Biology 2017 17:97

    Published on: 6 June 2017

  17. Research article

    Expression and functional analysis of the transcription factor-encoding Gene CsERF004 in cucumber during Pseudoperonospora cubensis and Corynespora cassiicola infection

    Cucumber downy mildew, caused by P. cubensis, is an important leaf disease that can severely affect cucumber production. In recent years, cucumber target spot, caused by C. cassiicola, has been reported in both A...

    Dong Liu, Ming Xin, Xiuyan Zhou, Chunhua Wang, Yanju Zhang and Zhiwei Qin

    BMC Plant Biology 2017 17:96

    Published on: 5 June 2017

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