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  1. Content type: Research article

    Turmeric is a rich source of bioactive compounds useful in both medicine and cuisine. Mineral concentrations effects (PO43−, Ca2+, Mg2+, and KNO3) were tested during in vitro rhizome development on the ex vitro c...

    Authors: Rabia F. El-Hawaz, Mary H. Grace, Alan Janbey, Mary Ann Lila and Jeffrey W. Adelberg

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2018 18:122

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    The Correction to this article has been published in BMC Plant Biology 2018 18:148

  2. Content type: Research article

    The phenomenon of heterosis is critical to plant breeding and agricultural productivity. Heterosis occurs when F1 hybrid offspring display quantitative improvements in traits to levels that do not occur in the...

    Authors: Brendan F. Hallahan, Eva Fernandez-Tendero, Antoine Fort, Peter Ryder, Gilles Dupouy, Marc Deletre, Edna Curley, Galina Brychkova, Britta Schulz and Charles Spillane

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2018 18:120

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  3. Content type: Methodology

    Research on orphan crops is often hindered by a lack of genomic resources. With the advent of affordable sequencing technologies, genotyping an entire genome or, for large-genome species, a representative frac...

    Authors: Peng Qi, Davis Gimode, Dipnarayan Saha, Stephan Schröder, Debkanta Chakraborty, Xuewen Wang, Mathews M. Dida, Russell L. Malmberg and Katrien M. Devos

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2018 18:117

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  4. Content type: Research article

    Rosa hybrida is a valuable ornamental, food and medicinal crop worldwide, but with relatively limited molecular marker resources, especially for flower-specific markers. In this study, we performed genomic and fl...

    Authors: Weicong Qi, Xi Chen, Peihong Fang, Shaochuan Shi, Jingjing Li, Xintong Liu, Xiaoqian Cao, Na Zhao, Huiyuan Hao, Yajie Li, Yujie Han and Zhao Zhang

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2018 18:119

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  5. Content type: Research article

    Isoprene is a five-carbon chemical that is an important starting material for the synthesis of rubber, elastomers, and medicines. Although many plants produce huge amounts of isoprene, it is very difficult to ...

    Authors: Soo-Jin Yeom, Moonjung Kim, Seong Keun Kim, Dae-Hee Lee, Kil Koang Kwon, Hyewon Lee, Haseong Kim, Dong-Myung Kim and Seung-Goo Lee

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2018 18:118

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  6. Content type: Research article

    Notopterygium incisum is an important Chinese medicinal plant. Its mature seeds have underdeveloped embryos and are physiological dormant. We found the seeds with full developed embryos can germinate after treate...

    Authors: Li Aihua, Jiang Shunyuan, Yang Guang, Li Ying, Guo Na, Chen Tong, Kang Liping and Huang Luqi

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2018 18:116

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  7. Content type: Research Article

    Phosphorus (P) is an essential macronutrient for plant growth, and is required in large quantities by elite varieties of crops to maintain yields. Approximately 70% of global cultivated land suffers from P def...

    Authors: Matthew J. Milner, Rhian M. Howells, Melanie Craze, Sarah Bowden, Neil Graham and Emma J. Wallington

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2018 18:115

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  8. Content type: Research article

    Among antioxidant enzymes, the superoxide dismutase (SOD) family is a major actor in catalysing the disproportionation of superoxide. Apart from its role as antioxidant, these enzymes have a role in cell signa...

    Authors: Adoración Zafra, Antonio Jesús Castro and Juan de Dios Alché

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2018 18:114

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  9. Content type: Research article

    Rice is highly sensitive to temperature fluctuations. Recently, the frequent occurrence of high temperature stress has heavily influenced rice production. Proper heading date in specific environmental conditio...

    Authors: Jun-Yu Chen, Hong-Wei Zhang, Hua-Li Zhang, Jie-Zheng Ying, Liang-Yong Ma and Jie-Yun Zhuang

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2018 18:112

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  10. Content type: Research article

    The chromosome-specific probe is a fundamental tool of chromosome painting and has been commonly applied in mammalian species. The technology, however, has not been widely applied in plants due to a lack of me...

    Authors: Lili Hou, Meng Xu, Tao Zhang, Zhihao Xu, Weiyun Wang, Jianxiang Zhang, Meimei Yu, Wen Ji, Cenwen Zhu, Zhiyun Gong, Minghong Gu, Jiming Jiang and Hengxiu Yu

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2018 18:110

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  11. Content type: Research article

    It is known that hexaploid common wheat (Triticum aestivum L.) has stronger adaptability to many stressful environments than its tetraploid wheat progenitor. However, the physiological basis and evolutionary cour...

    Authors: Chunwu Yang, Zongze Yang, Long Zhao, Fasheng Sun and Bao Liu

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2018 18:113

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  12. Content type: Research article

    Lycopene is an important carotenoid pigment in red fruits and vegetables, especially in tomato. Although lycopene biosynthesis and catabolism have been found to be regulated by multiple factors including phyto...

    Authors: Yong Zhang, Zhengguo Li, Yun Tu, Wenjing Cheng and Yingwu Yang

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2018 18:107

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  13. Content type: Research article

    The interaction between arbuscular mycorrhizal fungi (AMF) and AMF spore associated bacteria (SAB) were previously found to improve mycorrhizal symbiotic efficiency under saline stress, however, the informatio...

    Authors: Gopal Selvakumar, Charlotte C. Shagol, Kiyoon Kim, Seunggab Han and Tongmin Sa

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2018 18:109

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  14. Content type: Research article

    Fruit color in apple (Malus domestica Borkh.) is ascribed mainly to the accumulation of anthocyanin pigments, and is an important trait for determining fruit market acceptance. Bagging is a commonly used treatmen...

    Authors: Changqing Ma, Chenjuan Jing, Bo Chang, Jiuying Yan, Bowen Liang, Li Liu, Yazhou Yang and Zhengyang Zhao

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2018 18:108

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  15. Content type: Research article

    The release of phytosiderephores (PS) to the rhizosphere is the main root response to iron (Fe) deficiency in graminaceous plants. We have investigated the role of the Fe status in the shoot as well as of the ...

    Authors: Maria Garnica, Eva Bacaicoa, Veronica Mora, Sara San Francisco, Roberto Baigorri, Angel Mari Zamarreño and Jose Maria Garcia-Mina

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2018 18:105

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  16. Content type: Research article

    BcGs1, a cell wall-degrading enzyme (CWDE), was originally derived from Botrytis cinerea. Our previous study revealed that BcGs1 could trigger defense responses and protect plants against various pathogens. We re...

    Authors: Chenyu Yang, Yingbo Liang, Dewen Qiu, Hongmei Zeng, Jingjing Yuan and Xiufen Yang

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2018 18:103

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  17. Content type: Research article

    Barley (Hordeum vulgare) is an important crop cultivated across the world. Drought is a major abiotic factor compromising barley yield worldwide, therefore in modern spring barley cultivars superior seed and malt...

    Authors: Andriy Kochevenko, Yong Jiang, Christiane Seiler, Korana Surdonja, Sonja Kollers, Jochen Christoph Reif, Viktor Korzun and Andreas Graner

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2018 18:106

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  18. Content type: Research article

    Long Noncoding-RNAs (LncRNAs) are known to be involved in some biological processes, but their roles in plant-virus interactions remain largely unexplored. While circular RNAs (circRNAs) have been studied in a...

    Authors: Jinyan Wang, Yuwen Yang, Lamei Jin, Xitie Ling, Tingli Liu, Tianzi Chen, Yinghua Ji, Wengui Yu and Baolong Zhang

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2018 18:104

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  19. Content type: Research article

    Auxin (IAA) is a central player in plant cell growth. In contrast to the well-established function of the plasma membrane in plant cell expansion, little is known about the role of the vacuolar membrane (tonop...

    Authors: Zbigniew Burdach, Agnieszka Siemieniuk, Zenon Trela, Renata Kurtyka and Waldemar Karcz

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2018 18:102

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  20. Content type: Methodology article

    Ethylene is an important plant hormone that controls many physiological processes in plants. Conventional methods for detecting ethylene include gas chromatographs or optical mid-infrared sensors, which are ex...

    Authors: Andreas Schulte, Jana Viola Schilling, Jannis Nolten, Anna Korona, Hannes Krömke, Jan-Bernd Vennekötter, Britta Schillheim, Matthias Wessling, Uwe Conrath and Jochen Büchs

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2018 18:101

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  21. Content type: Research article

    In mammals, nucleostemin (NS), a nucleolar GTPase, is involved in stem cell proliferation, embryogenesis and ribosome biogenesis. Arabidopsis NUCLEOSTEMIN-LIKE 1 (NSN1) has previously been shown to be essential f...

    Authors: Zhen Wang, Xiaomin Wang, Bo Xie, Zonglie Hong and Qingchuan Yang

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2018 18:99

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  22. Content type: Research article

    Gibberellin (GA) treatments can induce parthenocarpy in the main crop of San Pedro-type figs, the native non-parthenocarpic fruit, however, the underlying mechanism is still largely unclear.

    Authors: Lijuan Chai, Peng Chai, Shangwu Chen, Moshe A. Flaishman and Huiqin Ma

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2018 18:100

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  23. Content type: Research article

    Blueberry cultivars require a fixed quantity of chilling hours during winter endo-dormancy for vernalization. In this study, transcriptome analysis using RNA sequencing data from nonchilled, chilled, and late ...

    Authors: Guo-qing Song and Qiuxia Chen

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2018 18:98

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  24. Content type: Research article

    Silicon (Si) is known to protect against biotrophic and hemibiotrophic plant pathogens; however, the mechanisms by which it exerts its prophylactic role remain unknown. In an attempt to obtain unique insights ...

    Authors: Aliyeh Rasoolizadeh, Caroline Labbé, Humira Sonah, Rupesh K. Deshmukh, François Belzile, James G. Menzies and Richard R. Bélanger

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2018 18:97

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  25. Content type: Research article

    Sapium sebiferum, whose seeds contain high level of fatty acids, has been considered as one of the most important oil plants. However, the high male to female flower ratio limited the seed yield improvement and i...

    Authors: Jun Ni, Faheem Afzal Shah, Wenbo Liu, Qiaojian Wang, Dongdong Wang, Weiwei Zhao, Weili Lu, Shengwei Huang, Songling Fu and Lifang Wu

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2018 18:96

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  26. Content type: Research article

    Red algae are economically valuable for food and in industry. However, their genomic information is limited, and the genomic data of only a few species of red algae have been sequenced and deposited recently. In ...

    Authors: Xue Sun, Jun Wu, Guangce Wang, Yani Kang, Hong Sain Ooi, Tingting Shen, Fangjun Wang, Rui Yang, Nianjun Xu and Xiaodong Zhao

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2018 18:94

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  27. Content type: Research article

    The reasons that clonal plants shift between sexual and clonal reproduction have persisted as a knowledge gap in ecological literature. We hypothesized that clonal plants’ shifts between sexual and clonal repr...

    Authors: Zhongwu Wang, Lina Xie, Chelse M. Prather, Hongyu Guo, Guodong Han and Chengcang Ma

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2018 18:91

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  28. Content type: Research article

    Poor filling of grains in the basal spikelets of large size panicles bearing numerous spikelets has been a major limitation in attempts to increase the rice production to feed the world’s increasing population...

    Authors: Binay Bhushan Panda, Sudhanshu Sekhar, Sushant Kumar Dash, Lamboder Behera and Birendra Prasad Shaw

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2018 18:89

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  29. Content type: Research article

    Flaxseed orbitides are homodetic plant cyclic peptides arising from ribosomal synthesis and post-translation modification (N to C cyclization), and lacking cysteine double bonds (Nat Prod Rep 30:108-160, 2013)...

    Authors: Peta-Gaye Gillian Burnett, Lester Warren Young, Clara Marisa Olivia, Pramodkumar Dinkar Jadhav, Denis Paskal Okinyo-Owiti and Martin John Tarsisius Reaney

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2018 18:90

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  30. Content type: Research article

    Texture is one of the most important fruit quality attributes. In peach, stony hard (SH) is a recessive monogenic trait (hd/hd) that confers exceptionally prolonged firm flesh to fully ripe fruit. Previous studie...

    Authors: Marco Cirilli, Daniela Giovannini, Angelo Ciacciulli, Remo Chiozzotto, Stefano Gattolin, Laura Rossini, Alessandro Liverani and Daniele Bassi

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2018 18:88

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  31. Content type: Research article

    Papain-like and legumain-like proteases are proteolytic enzymes which play key roles in plant development, senescence and defense. The activities of proteases in both families could be inhibited by a group of ...

    Authors: Wei Wang, Xue-mei Zhou, Han-xian Xiong, Wan-ying Mao, Peng Zhao and Meng-xiang Sun

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2018 18:87

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  32. Content type: Research article

    Soybean cyst nematode (SCN) is the most devastating pathogen of soybean. Our previous study showed that the plant growth-promoting rhizobacterium Bacillus simplex strain Sneb545 promotes soybean resistance to SCN...

    Authors: Wenshu Kang, Xiaofeng Zhu, Yuanyuan Wang, Lijie Chen and Yuxi Duan

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2018 18:86

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  33. Content type: Research article

    Hazel (Corylus spp.) exhibits ovary differentiation and development that is initiated from the ovary primordium after pollination, conferring the plant with a unique delayed fertilization. Failure of development ...

    Authors: Yunqing Cheng, Yuchu Zhang, Chunming Liu, Pengfei Ai and Jianfeng Liu

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2018 18:84

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  34. Content type: Research article

    The health of plants is heavily influenced by the intensively researched plant microbiome. The microbiome has to cope with the plant’s defensive secondary metabolites to survive and develop, but studies that d...

    Authors: Zsolt Szűcs, Tamás Plaszkó, Zoltán Cziáky, Attila Kiss-Szikszai, Tamás Emri, Regina Bertóti, László Tamás Sinka, Gábor Vasas and Sándor Gonda

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2018 18:85

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  35. Content type: Research article

    Basic region/leucine zipper (bZIP) transcription factors perform as crucial regulators in ABA-mediated stress response in plants. Nevertheless, the functions for most bZIP family members in tomato remain to be...

    Authors: Mingku Zhu, Xiaoqing Meng, Jing Cai, Ge Li, Tingting Dong and Zongyun Li

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2018 18:83

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  36. Content type: Research article

    This study was designed to reveal potential molecular mechanisms of long-term overgrazing-induced dwarfism in sheepgrass (Leymus chinensis).

    Authors: Weibo Ren, Jihong Xie, Xiangyang Hou, Xiliang Li, Huiqin Guo, Ningning Hu, Lingqi Kong, Jize Zhang, Chun Chang and Zinian Wu

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2018 18:81

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  37. Content type: Research article

    Water-soluble anthocyanin pigments are important ingredients in health-improving supplements and valuable for the food industry. Although great attention has been paid to the breeding and production of crops c...

    Authors: Hayoung Song, Hankuil Yi, Myungjin Lee, Ching-Tack Han, Jeongyeo Lee, HyeRan Kim, Jong-In Park, Ill-Sup Nou, Sun-Ju Kim and Yoonkang Hur

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2018 18:82

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  38. Content type: Research article

    Long non-coding RNAs (lncRNAs) play important roles in plant growth and stress responses. Studies of lncRNAs in non-model plants are quite limited, especially those investigating multiple dehydration stresses....

    Authors: Chao Zhang, Gaijuan Tang, Xi Peng, Fengli Sun, Shudong Liu and Yajun Xi

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2018 18:79

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  39. Content type: Research article

    Plants have evolved multifaceted defence mechanisms to resist pathogen infection. Production of the pathogenesis-related (PR) proteins in response to pathogen attack has been implicated in plant disease resist...

    Authors: Jiarui Zhang, Fei Wang, Fang Liang, Yanjun Zhang, Lisong Ma, Haiyan Wang and Daqun Liu

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2018 18:76

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  40. Content type: Research article

    Low availability of nitrogen (N) severely affects plant growth at different levels, which can be reverted by the resupply of N. To unravel the critical steps in primary metabolism underlying the growth adjustm...

    Authors: Nazeer Fataftah, Christina Mohr, Mohammad-Reza Hajirezaei, Nicolaus von Wirén and Klaus Humbeck

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2018 18:77

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  41. Content type: Research article

    Chlorophyll breakdown is the most obvious sign of leaf senescence. The chlorophyll catabolism pathway and the associated proteins/genes have been identified in considerable detail by genetic approaches combine...

    Authors: Jun Tominaga, Yasutoshi Nakahara, Daisuke Horikawa, Ayumi Tanaka, Maki Kondo, Yasuhiro Kamei, Tsuneaki Takami, Wataru Sakamoto, Kazutoshi Unno, Atsushi Sakamoto and Hiroshi Shimada

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2018 18:80

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  42. Content type: Research article

    Alfalfa (Medicago sativa L.) is one of the most important forage resources in the world due to its high nutritive value. However, its nutritional quality decreases during the transition from budding to flowering....

    Authors: Wenqiang Fan, Gentu Ge, Yinghao Liu, Wei Wang, Liying Liu and Yushan Jia

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2018 18:78

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  43. Content type: Research article

    Long non-coding RNAs (lncRNAs) are involved in multiple biological processes in both mammals and plants. There is growing evidence that they are associated with development; but their expression and regulation...

    Authors: Minghui Wang, Weihua Zhao, Lei Gao and Lingxia Zhao

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2018 18:75

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  44. Content type: Research article

    Strigolactones (SLs) are considered to be a novel class of phytohormone involved in plant defense responses. Currently, their relationships with other plant hormones, such as abscisic acid (ABA), during respon...

    Authors: Cheng-Gang Ren, Cun-Cui Kong and Zhi-Hong Xie

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2018 18:74

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  45. Content type: Correction

    Following publication of the original article [1], a reader spotted that the article appears to have some misplaced/duplicated figures. In particular, Fig. 5a and Fig. 6a appear to be identical, and do not mat...

    Authors: Wenqiang Fan, Mengyao Zhao, Suxin Li, Xue Bai, Jia Li, Haowei Meng and Zixin Mu

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2018 18:73

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    The original article was published in BMC Plant Biology 2016 16:99

  46. Content type: Research article

    Parthenocarpy is a desired trait in tomato because it can overcome problems with fruit setting under unfavorable environmental conditions. A parthenocarpic tomato cultivar, ‘MPK-1’, with a parthenocarpic gene, Pa...

    Authors: Rihito Takisawa, Tetsuya Nakazaki, Tsukasa Nunome, Hiroyuki Fukuoka, Keiko Kataoka, Hiroki Saito, Tsuyoshi Habu and Akira Kitajima

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2018 18:72

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