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  1. The cultivated peanut (Arachis hypogaea) is one of the most important oilseed crops worldwide, and the generation of pegs and formation of subterranean pods are essential processes in peanut reproductive developm...

    Authors: Xiaobo Zhao, Chunjuan Li, Hao Zhang, Caixia Yan, Quanxi Sun, Juan Wang, Cuiling Yuan and Shihua Shan

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2020 20:488

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  2. Somatic embryogenesis in grapevines is a complex process that depends on many physiological and genetic factors. One of its main limitations is the process of precocious germination of the somatic embryos in d...

    Authors: Yosvanis Acanda, Óscar Martínez, María Jesús Prado, María Victoria González and Manuel Rey

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2020 20:487

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  3. Bud dormancy is a sophisticated strategy which plants evolve to survive in tough environments. Endodormancy is a key obstacle for anti-season culture of tree peony, and sufficient chilling exposure is an effec...

    Authors: Tao Zhang, Yanchao Yuan, Yu Zhan, Xinzhe Cao, Chunying Liu, Yuxi Zhang and Shupeng Gai

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2020 20:484

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  4. Sugar beet (Beta vulgaris subsp. vulgaris) is an economically important crop that provides nearly one third of the global sugar production. The beet cyst nematode (BCN), Heterodera schachtii, causes major yield l...

    Authors: Razieh Ghaemi, Ebrahim Pourjam, Naser Safaie, Bruno Verstraeten, Seyed Bagher Mahmoudi, Rahim Mehrabi, Tim De Meyer and Tina Kyndt

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2020 20:483

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  5. The same species of plant can exhibit very diverse sizes and shapes of organs that are genetically determined. Characterising genetic variation underlying this morphological diversity is an important objective...

    Authors: Charlotte N. Miller, Jack Dumenil, Fu Hao Lu, Caroline Smith, Neil McKenzie, Volodymyr Chapman, Joshua Ball, Mathew Box and Michael Bevan

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2020 20:482

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  6. Fusarium oxysporum f. sp. niveum (FON) causes Fusarium wilt in watermelon. Several disease-resistant watermelon varieties have been developed to combat Fusarium wilt. However, the key metabolites that mount defen...

    Authors: Deepak M. Kasote, G. K. Jayaprakasha, Kevin Ong, Kevin M. Crosby and Bhimanagouda S. Patil

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2020 20:481

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  7. Hydrogen sulfide (H2S) is a gas signal molecule involved in regulating plants tolerance to heavy metals stress. In this study, we investigated the role of H2S in cadmium-(Cd-) induced cell death of root tips of c...

    Authors: Shilei Luo, Zhongqi Tang, Jihua Yu, Weibiao Liao, Jianming Xie, Jian Lv, Zhi Feng and Mohammed Mujitaba Dawuda

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2020 20:480

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  8. Arbuscular mycorrhizal fungi are the most widely distributed mycorrhizal fungi, which can form mycorrhizal symbionts with plant roots and enhance plant stress resistance by regulating host metabolic activities...

    Authors: Cheng-Cheng Lu, Na Guo, Chao Yang, Hai-Bing Sun and Bai-Yan Cai

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2020 20:479

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  9. Drought stress is an adverse factor with deleterious effects on several aspects of rice growth. However, the mechanism underlying drought resistance in rice remains unclear. To understand the molecular mechani...

    Authors: Baiyang Yu, Jianbin Liu, Di Wu, Ying Liu, Weijian Cen, Shaokui Wang, Rongbai Li and Jijing Luo

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2020 20:478

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    The Correction to this article has been published in BMC Plant Biology 2020 20:512

  10. Potassium (K+) is an essential ion for most plants, as it is involved in the regulation of growth and development. K+ homeostasis in plant cells has evolved to facilitate plant adaptation to K+-deficiency stress....

    Authors: Xin Liu, Chunchang Tan, Xin Cheng, Xiaoming Zhao, Tianlai Li and Jing Jiang

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2020 20:477

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  11. Drought stress is an environmental factor that limits plant growth and reproduction. Little research has been conducted to investigate the MLP gene in tobacco. Here, NtMLP423 was isolated and identified, and its ...

    Authors: Heng Liu, Xiaocen Ma, Shaohua Liu, Bingyang Du, Nini Cheng, Yong Wang and Yuanhu Zhang

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2020 20:475

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  12. Sarcandra glabra is an evergreen and traditional Chinese herb with anti-oxidant, anti-bacterial, anti-inflammatory, and anti-tumor effects. Light is one of the most influential factor affecting the growth and qua...

    Authors: Dejin Xie, Lingyan Chen, Chengcheng Zhou, Muhammad Waqqas Khan Tarin, Deming Yang, Ke Ren, Tianyou He, Jundong Rong and Yushan Zheng

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2020 20:476

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  13. Goji (Lycium spp., 2n = 24) is a fruit bearing woody plant popular as a superfood for extensive medicinal and nutritional advantages. Fruit size associated attributes are important for evaluating small-fruited go...

    Authors: Fazal Rehman, Haiguang Gong, Zhong Li, Shaohua Zeng, Tianshun Yang, Peiyan Ai, Lizhu Pan, Hongwen Huang and Ying Wang

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2020 20:474

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  14. Diacylglycerol kinases (DGKs) are signaling enzymes that play pivotal roles in response to abiotic and biotic stresses by phosphorylating diacylglycerol (DAG) to form phosphatidic acid (PA). However, no compre...

    Authors: Fang Tang, Zhongchun Xiao, Fujun Sun, Shulin Shen, Si Chen, Rui Chen, Meichen Zhu, Qianwei Zhang, Hai Du, Kun Lu, Jiana Li and Cunmin Qu

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2020 20:473

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  15. The whole chloroplast genomes of 3018 rice genotypes were assembled from available sequence data by alignment with a reference rice chloroplast genome sequence, providing high quality chloroplast genomes for a...

    Authors: Ali Mohammad Moner, Agnelo Furtado and Robert J. Henry

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2020 20:472

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  16. Crop quality and yield are affected by abiotic and biotic stresses, and heat shock transcription factors (Hsfs) are considered to play important roles in regulating plant tolerance under various stresses. To inve...

    Authors: Changwei Shen and Jingping Yuan

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2020 20:471

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  17. The ability to engineer cereal crops by gene transfer technology is a powerful and informative tool for discovering and studying functions of genes controlling environmental adaptability and nutritional value....

    Authors: Dmitry Miroshnichenko, Anna Klementyeva, Alexander Pushin and Sergey Dolgov

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2020 20(Suppl 1):442

    Content type: Research

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    This article is part of a Supplement: Volume 20 Supplement 1

  18. Mungbean (Vigna radiata (L.) R. Wilczek, or green gram) is important tropical and sub-tropical legume and a rich source of dietary protein and micronutrients. In this study we employ GWAS to examine the genetic b...

    Authors: Alena Sokolkova, Marina Burlyaeva, Tatjana Valiannikova, Margarita Vishnyakova, Roland Schafleitner, Cheng-Ruei Lee, Chau-Ti Ting, Ramakrishnan Madhavan Nair, Sergey Nuzhdin, Maria Samsonova and Eric von Wettberg

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2020 20(Suppl 1):363

    Content type: Research

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    This article is part of a Supplement: Volume 20 Supplement 1

  19. Globodera rostochiensis belongs to major potato pathogens with a sophisticated mechanism of interaction with roots of the host plants. Resistance of commercial varieties is commonly based on specific R genes intr...

    Authors: Alex V. Kochetov, Anastasiya A. Egorova, Anastasiya Y. Glagoleva, Kseniya V. Strygina, Elena K. Khlestkina, Sophia V. Gerasimova, Natalja V. Shatskaya, Gennady V. Vasilyev, Dmitry A. Afonnikov, Nikolay A. Shmakov, Olga Y. Antonova, Natalia V. Alpatyeva, Alexander Khiutti, Olga S. Afanasenko and Tatjana A. Gavrilenko

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2020 20(Suppl 1):350

    Content type: Research

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    This article is part of a Supplement: Volume 20 Supplement 1

  20. Threshability, rachis fragility and spike shape are critical traits for the domestication and evolution of wheat, determining the crop yield and efficiency of the harvest. Spelt factor gene Q controls a wide rang...

    Authors: Valeriya Vavilova, Irina Konopatskaia, Alexandr Blinov, Elena Ya. Kondratenko, Yuliya V. Kruchinina and Nikolay P. Goncharov

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2020 20(Suppl 1):310

    Content type: Research

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    This article is part of a Supplement: Volume 20 Supplement 1

  21. Plant height is an important wheat trait that is regulated by multiple genes, among which Rht is of the utmost value. In wheat, Rht-B1p (=Rht17) is a mutant allele of the Rht gene that encodes for a DELLA-protein...

    Authors: Pavel Yu. Kroupin, Gennady I. Karlov, Ludmila A. Bespalova, Elena A. Salina, Anastasiya G. Chernook, Nobuyoshi Watanabe, Mikhail S. Bazhenov, Vladimir V. Panchenko, Lubov A. Nazarova, Victor Ya. Kovtunenko and Mikhail G. Divashuk

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2020 20(Suppl 1):304

    Content type: Research

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    This article is part of a Supplement: Volume 20 Supplement 1

  22. Flax (Linum usitatissimum L.) is grown for fiber and seed in many countries. Flax cultivars differ in the oil composition and, depending on the ratio of fatty acids, are used in pharmaceutical, food, or paint ind...

    Authors: Alexey A. Dmitriev, Parfait Kezimana, Tatiana A. Rozhmina, Alexander A. Zhuchenko, Liubov V. Povkhova, Elena N. Pushkova, Roman O. Novakovskiy, Martin Pavelek, Gleb N. Vladimirov, Evgeny N. Nikolaev, Oxana A. Kovaleva, Yury I. Kostyukevich, Vitaliy V. Chagovets, Elena V. Romanova, Anastasiya V. Snezhkina, Anna V. Kudryavtseva…

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2020 20(Suppl 1):301

    Content type: Research

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    This article is part of a Supplement: Volume 20 Supplement 1

  23. Guar (Cyamopsis tetragonoloba (L.) Taub.), a short-day plant, is an economically valuable legume crop. Seeds of guar serve as a source of galactomannan polysaccharide, known as guar gum, which is in demand in the...

    Authors: Serafima Arkhimandritova, Alexey Shavarda and Elena Potokina

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2020 20(Suppl 1):291

    Content type: Research

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    This article is part of a Supplement: Volume 20 Supplement 1

  24. The naked caryopsis character in barley is a domestication-associated trait defined by loss-of-function of the NUD gene. The functional NUD gene encodes an Apetala 2/Ethylene-Response Factor (AP2/ERF) controlling...

    Authors: Sophia V. Gerasimova, Christian Hertig, Anna M. Korotkova, Ekaterina V. Kolosovskaya, Ingrid Otto, Stefan Hiekel, Alex V. Kochetov, Elena K. Khlestkina and Jochen Kumlehn

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2020 20(Suppl 1):255

    Content type: Research

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    This article is part of a Supplement: Volume 20 Supplement 1

  25. Phenology data collected recently for about 300 accessions of Vigna radiata (mungbean) is an invaluable resource for investigation of impacts of climatic factors on plant development.

    Authors: Konstantin Kozlov, Alena Sokolkova, Cheng-Ruei Lee, Chau-Ti Ting, Roland Schafleitner, Eric Bishop-von Wettberg, Sergey Nuzhdin and Maria Samsonova

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2020 20(Suppl 1):202

    Content type: Research

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    This article is part of a Supplement: Volume 20 Supplement 1

  26. Triticum kiharae (AtAtGGDD, 2n = 42) is of interest for the improvement of bread wheat as a source of high grain protein and gluten content, as well as resistance to many diseases. The use of T. kiharae for the i...

    Authors: Оlga Orlovskaya, Nadezhda Dubovets, Lylia Solovey and Irina Leonova

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2020 20(Suppl 1):201

    Content type: Research

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    This article is part of a Supplement: Volume 20 Supplement 1

  27. Chickpea is an important legume and is moderately tolerant to salinity stress during the growing season. However, the level and mechanisms for salinity tolerance can vary among accessions and cultivars. A larg...

    Authors: Crystal Sweetman, Gulmira Khassanova, Troy K. Miller, Nicholas J. Booth, Akhylbek Kurishbayev, Satyvaldy Jatayev, Narendra K. Gupta, Peter Langridge, Colin L.D. Jenkins, Kathleen L. Soole, David A. Day and Yuri Shavrukov

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2020 20(Suppl 1):183

    Content type: Research

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    This article is part of a Supplement: Volume 20 Supplement 1

  28. Polycomb repressive complexes 1 and 2 play important roles in epigenetic gene regulation by posttranslationally modifying specific histone residues. Polycomb repressive complex 2 is responsible for the trimeth...

    Authors: Beáta Strejčková, Radim Čegan, Ales Pecinka, Zbyněk Milec and Jan Šafář

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2020 20(Suppl 1):175

    Content type: Research

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    This article is part of a Supplement: Volume 20 Supplement 1

  29. A family of genes designated as the Zinc finger A20/AN1 Transcription factors encoding stress-associated proteins (SAP) are well described in Arabidopsis and rice, and include 14 AtSAP and 18 OsSAP genes that are...

    Authors: Akmaral Baidyussen, Maryam Aldammas, Akhylbek Kurishbayev, Malika Myrzabaeva, Askar Zhubatkanov, Grigory Sereda, Raisa Porkhun, Sergey Sereda, Satyvaldy Jatayev, Peter Langridge, Carly Schramm, Colin L. D. Jenkins, Kathleen L. Soole and Yuri Shavrukov

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2020 20(Suppl 1):156

    Content type: Research

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  30. Leaf rust (Puccinia triticina Eriks.) is one of the most dangerous diseases of common wheat worldwide. Three approaches: genome-wide association study (GWAS), marker-assisted selection (MAS) and phytopathological...

    Authors: Irina N. Leonova, Ekaterina S. Skolotneva and Elena A. Salina

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2020 20(Suppl 1):135

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  31. Leaf size and shape, which affect light capture, and chlorophyll content are important factors affecting photosynthetic efficiency. Genetic variation of these components significantly affects yield potential a...

    Authors: Kaiye Yu, Jinshe Wang, Chongyuan Sun, Xiaoqian Liu, Huanqing Xu, Yuming Yang, Lidong Dong and Dan Zhang

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2020 20:470

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  32. Ecological environments shape plant architecture and alter the growing season, which provides the basis for wheat genetic improvement. Therefore, understanding the genetic basis of grain yield and yield-relate...

    Authors: Jian Yang, Yanjie Zhou, Weiguo Hu, Yu’e Zhang, Yong Zhou, Yongxing Chen, Xicheng Wang, Hong Zhao, Tingjie Cao and Zhiyong Liu

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2020 20:469

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  33. Desiccation tolerant Selaginella species evolved to survive extreme environmental conditions. Studies to determine the mechanisms involved in the acquisition of desiccation tolerance (DT) have focused on only a f...

    Authors: Gerardo Alejo-Jacuinde, Sandra Isabel González-Morales, Araceli Oropeza-Aburto, June Simpson and Luis Herrera-Estrella

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2020 20:468

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  34. This study describes a promising method for understanding how halophytes adapt to extreme saline conditions and to identify populations with greater resistance. Image and colour analyses have the ability to ob...

    Authors: S. Cárdenas-Pérez, A. Piernik, A. Ludwiczak, M. Duszyn, A. Szmidt-Jaworska and J. J. Chanona-Pérez

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2020 20:467

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  35. The immobile nature of plants means that they can be frequently confronted by various biotic and abiotic stresses during their lifecycle. Among the various abiotic stresses, water stress, temperature extremiti...

    Authors: Uday Chand Jha, Harsh Nayyar, Rintu Jha, Muhammad Khurshid, Meiliang Zhou, Nitin Mantri and Kadambot H. M. Siddique

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2020 20:466

    Content type: Review

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  36. Salt stress is a serious abiotic stress that caused crop growth inhibition and yield decline. Previous studies have reported on the the synthesis of gamma-aminobutyric acid (GABA) and its relationship with pla...

    Authors: Xiaolei Wu, Qiuying Jia, Shengxin Ji, Binbin Gong, Jingrui Li, Guiyun Lü and Hongbo Gao

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2020 20:465

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  37. High-affinity nitrate transporter 2 (NRT2) genes have been implicated in nitrate absorption and remobilization under nitrogen (N) starvation stress in many plant species, yet little is known about this gene famil...

    Authors: Jiafeng Tong, Thomas C. Walk, Peipei Han, Liyu Chen, Xinjie Shen, Yinshui Li, Chiming Gu, Lihua Xie, Xiaojia Hu, Xing Liao and Lu Qin

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2020 20:464

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  38. In plants, each ribosomal protein (RP) is encoded by a small gene family but it is largely unknown whether the family members are functionally diversified. There are two RPL23a paralogous genes (RPL23aA and RPL23...

    Authors: Wei Xiong, Xiangze Chen, Chengxin Zhu, Jiancong Zhang, Ting Lan, Lin Liu, Beixin Mo and Xuemei Chen

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2020 20:463

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  39. Soil salinization and alkalinization are the main factors that affect the agricultural productivity. Evaluating the persistence of the compound material applied in field soils is an important part of the regul...

    Authors: Mengjie An, Xiaoli Wang, Doudou Chang, Shuai Wang, Dashuang Hong, Hua Fan and Kaiyong Wang

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2020 20:462

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  40. Soil salinity is a major abiotic constraint to plant growth and development in the arid and semi-arid regions of the world. However, the influence of soil salinity on the process of nutrient resorption is not ...

    Authors: Lilong Wang, Xinfang Zhang and Shijian Xu

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2020 20:461

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  41. Pomelo is one of the three major species of citrus. The fruit accumulates a variety of abundant secondary metabolites that affect the flavor. UDP-glycosyltransferases (UGTs) are involved in the glycosylation o...

    Authors: Boping Wu, Xiaohong Liu, Kai Xu and Bo Zhang

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2020 20:459

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  42. Brassica napus L. is one of the most important oil crops in the world. However, climate-change-induced environmental stresses negatively impact on its yield and quality. Cuticular waxes are known to protect plant...

    Authors: Shurong Jin, Shuangjuan Zhang, Yuhua Liu, Youwei Jiang, Yanmei Wang, Jiana Li and Yu Ni

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2020 20:458

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  43. Starch in the lotus seed contains a high proportion of amylose, which endows lotus seed a promising property in the development of hypoglycemic and low-glycemic index functional food. Currently, improving star...

    Authors: Heng Sun, Juanjuan Li, Heyun Song, Dong Yang, Xianbao Deng, Juan Liu, Yunmeng Wang, Junyu Ma, Yaqian Xiong, Yanling Liu and Mei Yang

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2020 20:457

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  44. Although our knowledge about diatom photosynthesis has made huge progress over the last years, many aspects about their photosynthetic apparatus are still enigmatic. According to published data, the spatial or...

    Authors: Marcel Kansy, Daniela Volke, Line Sturm, Christian Wilhelm, Ralf Hoffmann and Reimund Goss

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2020 20:456

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  45. With the expanding ash dieback epidemic that has spread across the European continent, an improved functional understanding of the disease development in afflicted hosts is needed. The study investigated wheth...

    Authors: Shadi Eshghi Sahraei, Michelle Cleary, Jan Stenlid, Mikael Brandström Durling and Malin Elfstrand

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2020 20:455

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  46. Peanut is one of the most important oil crop species worldwide. NAC transcription factor (TF) genes play important roles in the salt and drought stress responses of plants by activating or repressing target ge...

    Authors: Cuiling Yuan, Chunjuan Li, Xiaodong Lu, Xiaobo Zhao, Caixia Yan, Juan Wang, Quanxi Sun and Shihua Shan

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2020 20:454

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  47. Plants have adapted to survive under adverse conditions or exploit favorable conditions in response to their environment as sessile creatures. In a way of plant adaptation, plant hormones have been evolved to ...

    Authors: Dong U Woo, Ho Hwi Jeon, Halim Park, Jin Hwa Park, Yejin Lee and Yang Jae Kang

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2020 20:453

    Content type: Database

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  48. DNA-free, clustered regularly interspaced short palindromic repeats (CRISPR)-associated protein (Cas) ribonucleoprotein (RNP)-based genome editing is a simple, convincing, and promising tool for precision crop...

    Authors: Hyeran Kim, Jisun Choi and Kang-Hee Won

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2020 20:449

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  49. Agricultural yield is closely associated with nitrogen application. Thus, reducing the application of nitrogen without affecting agricultural production remains a challenging task. To understand the metabolic,...

    Authors: Xin Liu, Chengmiao Yin, Li Xiang, Weitao Jiang, Shaozhuo Xu and Zhiquan Mao

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2020 20:448

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