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  1. Content type: Research article

    Maturation of litchi (Litchi chinensis) fruit is characterized by dramatic changes in pigments in the pericarp and flavor compounds in the aril. Among them, the biosynthesis of anthocyanins is most noticeable. Pr...

    Authors: Biao Lai, Li-Na Du, Bing Hu, Dan Wang, Xu-Ming Huang, Jie-Tang Zhao, Hui-Cong Wang and Gui-bing Hu

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2019 19:62

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    Zucchini fruit set can be limited due to unfavourable environmental conditions in off-seasons crops that caused ineffective pollination/fertilization. Parthenocarpy, the natural or artificial fruit development...

    Authors: Teresa Pomares-Viciana, Mercedes Del Río-Celestino, Belén Román, Jose Die, Belén Pico and Pedro Gómez

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2019 19:61

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  3. Content type: Research article

    Tubby-like proteins (TLPs), characterized by a signature tubby domain, are widespread in plants and animals. To date, only plant TLPs involved in multifarious stress responses and male gametophyte development ...

    Authors: Jianing Xu, Shanshan Xing, Qinghua Sun, Chunyan Zhan, Xin Liu, Shizhong Zhang and Xiaoyun Wang

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2019 19:60

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  4. Content type: Research article

    Amaranth is a plant naturally resistant to various types of stresses that produces seeds of excellent nutritional quality, so amaranth is a promising system for food production. Amaranth wild relatives have su...

    Authors: Esaú Bojórquez-Velázquez, Alberto Barrera-Pacheco, Eduardo Espitia-Rangel, Alfredo Herrera-Estrella and Ana Paulina Barba de la Rosa

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2019 19:59

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    Plants grow in multi-species communities rather than monocultures. Yet most studies on the emission of volatile organic compounds (VOCs) from plants in response to insect herbivore feeding focus on one plant s...

    Authors: Rose N. Kigathi, Wolfgang W. Weisser, Michael Reichelt, Jonathan Gershenzon and Sybille B. Unsicker

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2019 19:58

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    Sugar beet is a highly salt-tolerant crop. However, its ability to withstand high salinity is reduced compared to sea beet, a wild ancestor of all beet crops. The aim of this study was to investigate transcrip...

    Authors: Monika Skorupa, Marcin Gołębiewski, Katarzyna Kurnik, Janusz Niedojadło, Jacek Kęsy, Krzysztof Klamkowski, Katarzyna Wójcik, Waldemar Treder, Andrzej Tretyn and Jarosław Tyburski

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2019 19:57

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  7. Content type: Research article

    Salinity-alkalinity stress is one of the major abiotic stresses affecting plant growth and development. γ-Aminobutyrate (GABA) is a non-protein amino acid that functions in stress tolerance. However, the inter...

    Authors: Xiaoqing Jin, Tao Liu, Jiaojiao Xu, Zixing Gao and Xiaohui Hu

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2019 19:48

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  8. Content type: Research article

    Harvest time is a relevant economic trait in citrus, and selection of cultivars with different fruit maturity periods has a remarkable impact in the market share. Generation of early- and late-maturing cultiva...

    Authors: Javier Terol, M. José Nueda, Daniel Ventimilla, Francisco Tadeo and Manuel Talon

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2019 19:47

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  9. Content type: Research article

    Adventitious root (AR) formation is a complex genetic trait, which is controlled by various endogenous and environmental cues. Auxin is known to play a central role in AR formation; however, the mechanisms und...

    Authors: Han Woo Lee, Chuloh Cho, Shashank K. Pandey, Yoona Park, Min-Jung Kim and Jungmook Kim

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2019 19:46

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  10. Content type: Research article

    Maize stover is an important source of crop residues and a promising sustainable energy source in the United States. Stalk is the main component of stover, representing about half of stover dry weight. Charact...

    Authors: Mona Mazaheri, Marlies Heckwolf, Brieanne Vaillancourt, Joseph L. Gage, Brett Burdo, Sven Heckwolf, Kerrie Barry, Anna Lipzen, Camila Bastos Ribeiro, Thomas J. Y. Kono, Heidi F. Kaeppler, Edgar P. Spalding, Candice N. Hirsch, C. Robin Buell, Natalia de Leon and Shawn M. Kaeppler

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2019 19:45

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  11. Content type: Research article

    Glucose-6-phosphate dehydrogenase (G6PDH or G6PD) functions in supply of NADPH, which is required for plant defense responses to stresses. However, whether G6PD functions in the abscisic acid (ABA) signaling p...

    Authors: Lei Yang, Shengwang Wang, Lili Sun, Mengjiao Ruan, Sufang Li, Rui He, Wenya Zhang, Cuifang Liang, Xiaomin Wang and Yurong Bi

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2019 19:44

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  12. Content type: Research article

    Internal γ-Aminobutyric Acid (GABA) interacting with stress response substances may be involved in the regulation of differentially abundant proteins (DAPs) associated with optimum temperature and cold stress ...

    Authors: Xujun Zhu, Jieren Liao, Xingli Xia, Fei Xiong, Yue Li, Jiazhi Shen, Bo Wen, Yuanchun Ma, Yuhua Wang and Wanping Fang

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2019 19:43

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  13. Content type: Research article

    Plant photosynthesis can be improved by elevated CO2 concentration (eCO2). In vitro growth under CO2 enriched environment can lead to greater biomass accumulation than the conventional in micropropagation. Howeve...

    Authors: Xin Zhao, Wen-Fang Li, Ying Wang, Zong-Huan Ma, Shi-Jin Yang, Qi Zhou, Juan Mao and Bai-Hong Chen

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2019 19:42

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  14. Content type: Research article

    Schima superba (Theaceae) is a popular woody tree in China. The obscure chromosomal characters of this species are a limitation in the development of high-density genetic linkage maps, which are valuable resource...

    Authors: Rui Zhang, Hanbo Yang, Zhichun Zhou, Bin Shen, Jijun Xiao and Bangshun Wang

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2019 19:41

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  15. Content type: Research article

    Anthurium andraeanum, an important ornamental flower, has to go through a growth-delaying period after transfer from tissue culture to soil, which requires time and extra costs. Furthermore, during this period, t...

    Authors: Hui-Feng Lin, Jun Xiong, Hui-Ming Zhou, Chang-Ming Chen, Fa-Zhuang Lin, Xu-Ming Xu, Ralf Oelmüller, Wei-Feng Xu and Kai-Wun Yeh

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2019 19:40

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  16. Content type: Research article

    Chloroplasts are one of the most indispensable organelles that make life forms on the earth possible by their capacity to photosynthesize. These organelles possess a circular genome with a number of coding gen...

    Authors: Tapan Kumar Mohanta, Abdul Latif Khan, Abeer Hashem, Elsayed Fathi Abd_ Allah, Dhananjay Yadav and Ahmed Al-Harrasi

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2019 19:39

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  17. Content type: Research article

    NPR1, nonexpressor of pathogenesis-related gene 1, is a master regulator involved in plant defense response to pathogens, and its regulatory mechanism in the defense pathway has been relatively clear. However, in...

    Authors: Rui Li, Chunxue Liu, Ruirui Zhao, Liu Wang, Lin Chen, Wenqing Yu, Shujuan Zhang, Jiping Sheng and Lin Shen

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2019 19:38

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  18. Content type: Research article

    Short chain oxylipins in plants as the main volatile organic carbon have been speculated to playing an important role for plant innate immunity, however, not yet intensively studied and far away established as...

    Authors: Haimin Chen, Rui Yang, Juanjuan Chen, Qijun Luo, Xiaoshan Cui, Xiaojun Yan and William H. Gerwick

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2019 19:37

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  19. Content type: Correction

    Following publication of the original article [1], the author reported that there was a mismatch between figures and their legends.

    Authors: Wen-Li Wang, Yong-Xin Wang, Hui Li, Zhi-Wei Liu, Xin Cui and Jing Zhuang

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2019 19:36

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    The original article was published in BMC Plant Biology 2018 18:288

  20. Content type: Research article

    Iron (Fe) is an essential element for plant growth and development, whereas cadmium (Cd) is non-essential and highly toxic. Previous studies showed that Fe deficiency enhanced Cd uptake and accumulation in pea...

    Authors: Chu Chen, Qiqi Cao, Qun Jiang, Jin Li, Rugang Yu and Gangrong Shi

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2019 19:35

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  21. Content type: Research article

    Intercropping and close planting are important cultivation methods that increase soybean yield in agricultural production. However, plant shading is a major abiotic stress factor that influences soybean growth...

    Authors: Yuanfang Fan, Junxu Chen, Zhonglin Wang, Tingting Tan, Shenglan Li, Jiafeng Li, Beibei Wang, Jiawei Zhang, Yajiao Cheng, Xiaoling Wu, Wenyu Yang and Feng Yang

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2019 19:34

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  22. Content type: Research article

    Taxol is an efficient anticancer drug; however, the accumulation of taxoids can vary hugely among Taxus species. The mechanism underlying differential accumulation of taxoids is largely unknown. Thus, comparative...

    Authors: Ting Zhou, Xiujun Luo, Chunna Yu, Chengchao Zhang, Lei Zhang, Yao-bin Song, Ming Dong and Chenjia Shen

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2019 19:33

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  23. Content type: Research article

    Alfalfa is the most extensively cultivated forage legume. Salinity is a major environmental factor that impacts on alfalfa’s productivity. However, little is known about the molecular mechanisms underlying alf...

    Authors: Dong Luo, Qiang Zhou, Yuguo Wu, Xutian Chai, Wenxian Liu, Yanrong Wang, Qingchuan Yang, Zengyu Wang and Zhipeng Liu

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2019 19:32

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  24. Content type: Research article

    Diseases caused by Pseudomonas syringae (Ps) are recognized as the most damaging factors in fruit trees with a significant economic and sanitary impact on crops. Among them, bacterial canker of apricot is exceedi...

    Authors: Mariem Omrani, Morgane Roth, Guillaume Roch, Alain Blanc, Cindy E. Morris and Jean-Marc Audergon

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2019 19:31

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  25. Content type: Research article

    Among various pests, the brown planthopper (BPH) that damages rice is the major destructive pests. Understanding resistance mechanisms is a critical step toward effective control of BPH. This study investigate...

    Authors: Xiaoyun Zhang, Fuyou Yin, Suqin Xiao, Chunmiao Jiang, Tengqiong Yu, Ling Chen, Xue Ke, Qiaofang Zhong, Zaiquan Cheng and Weijiao Li

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2019 19:30

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  26. Content type: Research article

    Salinity is a major abiotic stressor that affects seed germination, plant growth, and crop production. Seed germination represents the beginning of plant growth and is closely linked with subsequent crop devel...

    Authors: Dongmiao Liu, Caixia Han, Xiong Deng, Yue Liu, Nannan Liu and Yueming Yan

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2019 19:29

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  27. Content type: Research article

    Bacterial wilt caused by Ralstonia solanacearum is one of the most important diseases in pepper worldwide, however, the molecular mechanism underlying pepper resistance to bacterial wilt remains poorly understood...

    Authors: Shaoliang Mou, Feng Gao, Lei Shen, Sheng Yang, Weihong He, Wei Cheng, Yang Wu and Shuilin He

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2019 19:28

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  28. Content type: Research article

    Seed germination is a crucial process in the plant life cycle when a dramatic variation of type and sugar content occurs just as the seed is hydrated. The production of hexose 6 phosphate is a key node in diff...

    Authors: Giovanna Paulina Aguilera-Alvarado, Ángel Arturo Guevara-García, Samuel Abraham Estrada-Antolín and Sobeida Sánchez-Nieto

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2019 19:27

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  29. Content type: Research article

    Soybean (Glycine max L. Merril) crop is major source of edible oil and protein for human and animals besides its various industrial uses including biofuels. Phytoplasma induced floral bud distortion syndrome (FBD...

    Authors: Sarika Jaiswal, Pravin V. Jadhav, Rahul Singh Jasrotia, Prashant B. Kale, Snehal K. Kad, Mangesh P. Moharil, Mahendra S. Dudhare, Jashminkumar Kheni, Amit G. Deshmukh, Shyamsundar S. Mane, Ravindra S. Nandanwar, Suprasanna Penna, Joy G. Manjaya, Mir Asif Iquebal, Rukam Singh Tomar, Prashant G. Kawar…

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2019 19:26

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  30. Content type: Correction

    Following publication of the original article [1], the author reported that their given name was misspelled.

    Authors: Shengyang Wu, Pinghui Zhu, Bowei Jia, Junkai Yang, Yang Shen, Xiaoxi Cai, Xiaoli Sun, Yanming Zhu and Mingzhe Sun

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2019 19:25

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    The original article was published in BMC Plant Biology 2018 18:234

  31. Content type: Research article

    De novo DNA methylation triggered by short interfering RNAs is called RNA-directed DNA methylation (RdDM). Transcriptional gene silencing (TGS) through RdDM can be induced using a viral vector. We have previou...

    Authors: Wataru Matsunaga, Hanako Shimura, Senri Shirakawa, Reika Isoda, Tsuyoshi Inukai, Takeshi Matsumura and Chikara Masuta

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2019 19:24

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  32. Content type: Research article

    Water stress seriously constrains plant growth and yield. Long non-coding RNAs (lncRNAs) serve as versatile regulators in various biological regulatory processes. To date, the systematic screening and potentia...

    Authors: Qi Yan, Fan Wu, Zhuanzhuan Yan, Jie Li, Tiantian Ma, Yufei Zhang, Yufeng Zhao, Yanrong Wang and Jiyu Zhang

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2019 19:23

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  33. Content type: Research article

    Trichoderma species, a class of plant beneficial fungi, may provide opportunistic symbionts to induce plant tolerance to abiotic stresses. Here, we determined the possible mechanisms responsible for the indole ac...

    Authors: Shuwu Zhang, Yantai Gan and Bingliang Xu

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2019 19:22

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  34. Content type: Research article

    Rapeseed (Brassica napus, B. napus) is an important oil seed crop in the world. Previous studies showed that seed germination vigor might be correlated with seed oil content in B. napus, but the regulation mechan...

    Authors: Jianwei Gu, Dalin Hou, Yonghong Li, Hongbo Chao, Kai Zhang, Hao Wang, Jun Xiang, Nadia Raboanatahiry, Baoshan Wang and Maoteng Li

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2019 19:21

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  35. Content type: Research article

    Real-time RT-PCR has become a common and robust technique to detect and quantify low-abundance mRNA expression and is a prefered tool when examining fungal gene expression in infected host tissues. However, co...

    Authors: Yang Song, Yan Wang, Dandan Guo and Lan Jing

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2019 19:20

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  36. Content type: Research article

    Verticillium wilt (VW), also known as “cotton cancer,” is one of the most destructive diseases in global cotton production that seriously impacts fiber yield and quality. Despite numerous attempts, little sign...

    Authors: Peng-tao Li, Md. Harun or Rashid, Ting-ting Chen, Quan-wei Lu, Qun Ge, Wan-kui Gong, Ai-ying Liu, Ju-wu Gong, Hai-hong Shang, Xiao-ying Deng, Jun-wen Li, Shao-qi Li, Xiang-hui Xiao, Rui-xian Liu, Qi Zhang, Li Duan…

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2019 19:19

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  37. Content type: Research article

    Algal biofuel has a potential for reducing dependence on fossil fuel while curbing CO2 emissions. Despite these potential benefits, a scalable, sustainable, and commercially viable system has not yet been develop...

    Authors: Temesgen Garoma and Ramin E. Yazdi

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2019 19:18

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  38. Content type: Research article

    Despite increasing characterization of DEAD-box RNA helicases (RHs) in chloroplast gene expression regulation at posttranscriptional levels in plants, their functional roles in growth responses of crops, inclu...

    Authors: Ghazala Nawaz and Hunseung Kang

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2019 19:17

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  39. Content type: Research article

    Plant glycerol-3-phosphate dehydrogenase (GPDH) catalyzes the reduction of dihydroxyacetone phosphate (DHAP) to produce glycerol-3-phosphate (G-3-P), and plays a key role in glycerolipid metabolism as well as ...

    Authors: Ying Zhao, Meng Liu, Lin He, Xin Li, Feng Wang, Bowei Yan, Jinpeng Wei, Changjiang Zhao, Zuotong Li and Jingyu Xu

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2019 19:16

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  40. Content type: Research article

    Leaf mold, one of the major diseases of tomato caused by Cladosporium fulvum (C. fulvum), can dramatically reduce the yield and cause multimillion dollar losses annually worldwide. Mapping the resistance genes (R

    Authors: Guan Liu, Tingting Zhao, Xiaoqing You, Jingbin Jiang, Jingfu Li and Xiangyang Xu

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2019 19:15

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  41. Content type: Research article

    Lychnis kiusiana Makino is an endangered perennial herb native to wetland areas in Korea and Japan. Despite its conservational and evolutionary significance, population genetic resources are lacking for this spec...

    Authors: Seongjun Park, Sungwon Son, Myungju Shin, Noriyuki Fujii, Takuji Hoshino and SeonJoo Park

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2019 19:14

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  42. Content type: Research article

    Plasmodiophora brassicae is a soil-borne plant pathogen that causes clubroot disease, which results in crop yield loss in cultivated Brassica species. Here, we investigated whether a quantitative trait locus (QTL...

    Authors: Rawnak Laila, Jong-In Park, Arif Hasan Khan Robin, Sathishkumar Natarajan, Harshavardhanan Vijayakumar, Kenta Shirasawa, Sachiko Isobe, Hoy-Taek Kim and Ill-Sup Nou

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2019 19:13

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  43. Content type: Research article

    Nitrogen (N) is a major input cost in rice production, in addition to causing severe pollution to agricultural and ecological environments. Root dry weight has been considered the most important component rela...

    Authors: Galal Bakr Anis, Yingxin Zhang, Anowerul Islam, Yue Zhang, Yongrun Cao, Weixun Wu, Liyong Cao and Shihua Cheng

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2019 19:12

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  44. Content type: Research article

    The flowering transition which is controlled by a complex and intricate gene regulatory network plays an important role in the reproduction for offspring of plants. It is a challenge to identify the critical t...

    Authors: Fuping Zhang, Xiaoping Liu, Aidi Zhang, Zhonglin Jiang, Luonan Chen and Xiujun Zhang

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2019 19:11

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  45. Content type: Research article

    Cryptic peptides (cryptides) are small bioactive molecules generated via degradation of functionally active proteins. Only a few examples of plant cryptides playing an important role in plant defense have been...

    Authors: Igor Fesenko, Regina Azarkina, Ilya Kirov, Andrei Kniazev, Anna Filippova, Ekaterina Grafskaia, Vassili Lazarev, Victor Zgoda, Ivan Butenko, Olga Bukato, Irina Lyapina, Dmitry Nazarenko, Sergey Elansky, Anna Mamaeva, Vadim Ivanov and Vadim Govorun

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2019 19:9

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  46. Content type: Research article

    Although the wound response of plants has been extensively studied, little is known of the rapid occlusion of wounded cell itself. The laticifer in rubber tree is a specific type of tissue for natural rubber b...

    Authors: Minjing Shi, Yan Li, Shunnan Deng, Dongdong Wang, Yueyi Chen, Shuguang Yang, Jilin Wu and Wei-Min Tian

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2019 19:8

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  47. Content type: Research article

    Magna Graecia is the ancient name for the modern geopolitical region of South Italy extensively populated by Greek colonizers, shown by archeological and historical evidence to be the oldest wine growing region o...

    Authors: Gabriella De Lorenzis, Francesco Mercati, Carlo Bergamini, Maria Francesca Cardone, Antonio Lupini, Antonio Mauceri, Angelo Raffaele Caputo, Loredana Abbate, Maria Gabriella Barbagallo, Donato Antonacci, Francesco Sunseri and Lucio Brancadoro

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2019 19:7

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  48. Content type: Research article

    Wheat breeding over the last 100 years has increased productivity by adapting genotypes to local conditions, but the genomic changes and selection signals that caused phenotypic change during breeding are esse...

    Authors: Junjie Zhao, Zhiwei Wang, Hongxia Liu, Jing Zhao, Tian Li, Jian Hou, Xueyong Zhang and Chenyang Hao

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2019 19:5

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  49. Content type: Research article

    Stevia rebaudiana produces sweet-tasting steviol glycosides (SGs) in its leaves which can be used as natural sweeteners. Metabolic engineering of Stevia would offer an alternative approach to conventional breedin...

    Authors: Junshi Zheng, Yan Zhuang, Hui-Zhu Mao and In-Cheol Jang

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2019 19:1

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