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  1. Heat shock proteins (HSPs) perform a fundamental role in protecting plants against abiotic stresses. Individual family members have been analyzed in previous studies, but there has not yet been a comprehensive...

    Authors: Xinzi Yu, Zhaolan Mo, Xianghai Tang, Tian Gao and Yunxiang Mao

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2021 21:435

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  2. Kernel development and starch formation are the primary determinants of maize yield and quality, which are considerably influenced by drought stress. To clarify the response of maize kernel to drought stress, ...

    Authors: Jian Guo, Lingling Qu, Yifan Hu, Weiping Lu and Dalei Lu

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2021 21:434

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  3. Resveratrol (Res), a phytoalexin, has been widely reported to participate in plant resistance to fungal infections. However, little information is available on its role in abiotic stress, especially in iron de...

    Authors: Xiaodong Zheng, Huifang Chen, Qiufang Su, Caihong Wang, Guangli Sha, Changqing Ma, Zhijuan Sun, Xueqing Yang, Xiangyang Li and Yike Tian

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2021 21:433

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  4. MYB transcription factors, comprising one of the largest transcription factor families in plants, play many roles in secondary metabolism, especially in anthocyanin biosynthesis. However, the functions of the Pde...

    Authors: Weibing Zhuang, Xiaochun Shu, Xinya Lu, Tao Wang, Fengjiao Zhang, Ning Wang and Zhong Wang

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2021 21:432

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  5. Alpinia species are widely used as medicinal herbs. To understand the taxonomic classification and plastome evolution of the medicinal Alpinia species and correctly identify medicinal products derived from Alpini...

    Authors: Heyu Yang, Liqiang Wang, Haimei Chen, Mei Jiang, Wuwei Wu, Shengyu Liu, Jiehua Wang and Chang Liu

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2021 21:431

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  6. Surveillance of potential pathogens is a key feature of plant innate immunity. For non-self-recognition plants rely on the perception of pathogen-derived molecules. Early post-perception events activate signal...

    Authors: Dylan R. Zeiss, Paul A. Steenkamp, Lizelle A. Piater and Ian A. Dubery

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2021 21:429

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  7. Decreased spikelet fertility is often responsible for reduction in grain yield in rice (Oryza sativa L.). In this study, two varieties with different levels of heat tolerance, Liangyoupeijiu (LYPJ, heat susceptib...

    Authors: Qiuqian Hu, Wencheng Wang, Qifan Lu, Jianliang Huang, Shaobing Peng and Kehui Cui

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2021 21:428

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  8. The WRKY transcription factor family plays significant roles in biotic and abiotic stress responses, which has been associated with various biological processes in higher plants. However, very little is known ...

    Authors: Wenjing Hu, Qiaoyu Ren, Yali Chen, Guoliang Xu and Yexiong Qian

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2021 21:427

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  9. Reproduction in most flowering plants may be limited because of the decreased visitation or activity of pollinators in fragmented habitats. Hedysarum scoparium Fisch. et Mey. is an arid region shrub with ecologic...

    Authors: Min Chen, Xue-Yong Zhao, Xiao-An Zuo, Shao-Kun Wang, Hao Qu, Yue Ping, Xu-Jun Ma and Liang-Xu Liu

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2021 21:426

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  10. The Catharanthus roseus RLK1-like kinase (CrRLK1L) is a subfamily of the RLK gene family, and members are sensors of cell wall integrity and regulators of cell polarity growth. Recent studies have also shown that...

    Authors: Shaofei Rao, Xinyang Wu, Hongying Zheng, Yuwen Lu, Jiejun Peng, Guanwei Wu, Jianping Chen and Fei Yan

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2021 21:425

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  11. Miniature inverted-repeat transposable elements (MITEs) are non-autonomous DNA transposable elements that play important roles in genome organization and evolution. Genome-wide identification and characterizat...

    Authors: Lianyu Lin, Anupma Sharma and Qingyi Yu

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2021 21:424

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  12. The GRAS gene family plays crucial roles in multiple biological processes of plant growth, including seed development, which is related to seedless traits of litchi (Litchi chinensis Sonn.). However, it hasn’t be...

    Authors: Jingwen Chen, Qian Yan, Jiawei Li, Lei Feng, Yi Zhang, Jing Xu, Rui Xia, Zaohai Zeng and Yuanlong Liu

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2021 21:423

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  13. RING is one of the largest E3 ubiquitin ligase families and C3H2C3 type is the largest subfamily of RING, which plays an important role in plant growth and development, and growth and responses to biotic and a...

    Authors: Yihe Yu, Shengdi Yang, Lu Bian, Keke Yu, Xiangxuan Meng, Guohai Zhang, Weirong Xu, Wenkong Yao and Dalong Guo

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2021 21:422

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  14. Although plastomes are highly conserved with respect to gene content and order in most photosynthetic angiosperms, extensive genomic rearrangements have been reported in Fabaceae, particularly within the inver...

    Authors: Shuang Wu, Jinyuan Chen, Ying Li, Ai Liu, Ao Li, Mou Yin, Nawal Shrestha, Jianquan Liu and Guangpeng Ren

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2021 21:421

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  15. Natural rubber (cis-1,4-polyioprene, NR) is an indispensable industrial raw material obtained from the Pará rubber tree (H. brasiliensis). Natural rubber cannot be replaced by synthetic rubber compounds because o...

    Authors: Yoshimi Nakano, Nobutaka Mitsuda, Kohei Ide, Teppei Mori, Farida Rosana Mira, Syofi Rosmalawati, Norie Watanabe and Kaoru Suzuki

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2021 21:420

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  16. A key issue for implementation of CRISPR-Cas9 genome editing for plant trait improvement and gene function analysis is to efficiently deliver the components, including guide RNAs (gRNAs) and Cas9, into plants....

    Authors: Yanjie Luo, Ren Na, Julia S. Nowak, Yang Qiu, Qing Shi Lu, Chunyan Yang, Frédéric Marsolais and Lining Tian

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2021 21:419

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  17. Bread wheat (Triticum aestivum L.) is one of the most widely consumed cereal crops, but its complex genome makes it difficult to investigate the genetic effect on important agronomic traits. Genome-wide associati...

    Authors: Woo Joo Jung, Yong Jin Lee, Chon-Sik Kang and Yong Weon Seo

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2021 21:418

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  18. The future productivity of wheat (T. aestivum L.) as the most grown crop worldwide is of utmost importance for global food security. Thousand kernel weight (TKW) in wheat is closely associated with grain architec...

    Authors: Matías Schierenbeck, Ahmad M. Alqudah, Ulrike Lohwasser, Rasha A. Tarawneh, María Rosa Simón and Andreas Börner

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2021 21:417

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    The Correction to this article has been published in BMC Plant Biology 2021 21:440

  19. Leaf color variation is a common trait in plants and widely distributed in many plants. In this study, a leaf color mutation in Camellia japonica (cultivar named as Maguxianzi, M) was used as material, and the me...

    Authors: Mingyue Fu, Zhongcheng Zhou, Xu Yang, Zhongbing Liu, Jiarui Zheng, Xinru Huang, Ling Wang, Jiabao Ye, Weiwei Zhang, Yongling Liao and Feng Xu

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2021 21:416

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  20. Conservation of plant genetic resources, including the wild relatives of crops, plays an important and well recognised role in addressing some of the key challenges faced by humanity and the planet including e...

    Authors: Simon Kallow, Bart Panis, Dang Toan Vu, Tuong Dang Vu, Janet Paofa, Arne Mertens, Rony Swennen and Steven B. Janssens

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2021 21:415

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  21. Adventitious root formation is considered a major developmental step during the propagation of difficult to root plants, especially in horticultural crops. Recently, adventitious roots induced through plant ti...

    Authors: Jyoti Devi, Ekjot Kaur, Mohit Kumar Swarnkar, Vishal Acharya and Shashi Bhushan

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2021 21:414

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  22. In plants, basic leucine zipper transcription factors (TFs) play important roles in multiple biological processes such as anthesis, fruit growth & development and stress responses. However, systematic investig...

    Authors: Muhammad Aamir Manzoor, Muhammad Mudassar Manzoor, Guohui Li, Muhammad Abdullah, Wang Han, Han Wenlong, Awais Shakoor, Muhammad Waheed Riaz, Shamsur Rehman and Yongping Cai

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2021 21:413

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  23. Fusarium oxysporum f. sp. lycopersici (Fol) is a compendium of pathogenic and non-pathogenic fungal strains. Pathogenic strains may cause vascular wilt disease and produce considerable losses in commercial tomato...

    Authors: Walter Ricardo López, Dora Janeth Garcia-Jaramillo, Nelson Ceballos-Aguirre, Jairo Castaño-Zapata, Ricardo Acuña-Zornosa and Juan Jovel

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2021 21:412

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  24. The phytohormone ethylene controls many processes in plant development and acts as a key signaling molecule in response to biotic and abiotic stresses: it is rapidly induced by flooding, wounding, drought, and...

    Authors: Niels J. Nieuwenhuizen, Xiuyin Chen, Mickaël Pellan, Lei Zhang, Lindy Guo, William A. Laing, Robert J. Schaffer, Ross G. Atkinson and Andrew C. Allan

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2021 21:411

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  25. Water deficit is an abiotic stress that retards plant growth and destabilizes crop production. Long non coding RNAs (lncRNAs) are a class of non-coding endogenous RNAs that participate in diverse cellular proc...

    Authors: Jiajia Chen, Yuqing Zhong and Xin Qi

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2021 21:410

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  26. The periderm is a protective barrier crucial for land plant survival, but little is known about genetic factors involved in its development and regulation. Using a transcriptomic approach in the cork oak (Q. sube...

    Authors: Pau Boher, Marçal Soler, Sandra Fernández-Piñán, Xènia Torrent, Sebastian Y. Müller, Krystyna A. Kelly, Olga Serra and Mercè Figueras

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2021 21:409

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  27. Mung bean (Vigna radiata) is a warm-season legume crop and belongs to the papilionoid subfamily of the Fabaceae family. China is the leading producer of mung bean in the world. Mung bean has significant economic ...

    Authors: Lili Yin, Meiling Zhang, Ruigang Wu, Xiaoliang Chen, Fei Liu and Baolong Xing

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2021 21:408

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  28. TERMINAL FLOWER 1 (TFL1) belongs to the phosphatidylethanolamine-binding protein (PEBP) family, which is involved in inflorescence meristem development and represses flowering in several plant species. In the pre...

    Authors: Yi-Han Wang, Xin-Hua He, Hai-Xia Yu, Xiao Mo, Yan Fan, Zhi-Yi Fan, Xiao-Jie Xie, Yuan Liu and Cong Luo

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2021 21:407

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  29. Plant mitochondrial transcription termination factor (mTERF) family members play important roles in development and stress tolerance through regulation of organellar gene expression. However, their molecular f...

    Authors: Man Wang, Feng Zhou, Hong Mei Wang, De Xing Xue, Yao-Guang Liu and Qun Yu Zhang

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2021 21:406

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  30. Clones provide a sensitive method for evaluating genotypic stability and detecting genotype-environment (G × E) interactions because of non-additive genetic effects among clones and there being no genetic effe...

    Authors: Jian Wu, Qing Zhou, Yaru Sang, Xiangyang Kang and Pingdong Zhang

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2021 21:405

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  31. Brassica carinata (A) Braun has recently gained increased attention across the world as a sustainable biofuel crop. B. carinata is grown as a summer crop in many regions where high temperature is a significant st...

    Authors: Zolian Zoong Lwe, Saroj Sah, Leelawatti Persaud, Jiaxu Li, Wei Gao, K. Raja Reddy and Sruthi Narayanan

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2021 21:404

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    The Correction to this article has been published in BMC Plant Biology 2021 21:449

  32. Winter freezing temperature impacts alfalfa (Medicago sativa L.) persistence and seasonal yield and can lead to the death of the plant. Understanding the genetic mechanisms of alfalfa freezing tolerance (FT) usin...

    Authors: Laxman Adhikari, Shiva O. Makaju, Orville M. Lindstrom and Ali M. Missaoui

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2021 21:403

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  33. Plant-parasitic nematodes and herbivorous insects have a significant negative impact on global crop production. A successful approach to protect crops from these pests is the in planta expression of nematotoxic o...

    Authors: Aboubakr Moradi, Tina Austerlitz, Paul Dahlin, Christelle AM Robert, Corina Maurer, Katja Steinauer, Cong van Doan, Paul Anton Himmighofen, Krzysztof Wieczorek, Markus Künzler and Felix Mauch

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2021 21:402

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  34. Pomegranate is an excellent tree species with nutritional, medicinal, ornamental and ecological values. Studies have confirmed that SPL factors play an important role in floral transition and flower development.

    Authors: Bianbian Li, Yujie Zhao, Sha Wang, Xinhui Zhang, Yongwei Wang, Yu Shen and Zhaohe Yuan

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2021 21:400

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  35. Mandarin ‘Shatangju’ is susceptible to Huanglongbing (HLB) and the HLB-infected fruits are small, off-flavor, and stay-green at the maturity period. To understand the relationship between pericarp color and HL...

    Authors: Feiyan Wang, Yunli Wu, Wen Wu, Yongjing Huang, Congyi Zhu, Ruimin Zhang, Jiezhong Chen and Jiwu Zeng

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2021 21:397

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  36. Bagging can improve the appearance of fruits and increase the food safety and commodification, it also has effects on intrinsic quality of the fruits, which was commonly reported negative changes. Fig can be r...

    Authors: Ziran Wang, Miaoyu Song, Zhe Wang, Shangwu Chen and Huiqin Ma

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2021 21:396

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  37. The identification and functional analysis of genes that improve tolerance to low potassium stress in S. spontaneum is crucial for breeding sugarcane cultivars with efficient potassium utilization. Calcineurin B-...

    Authors: Xiaomin Feng, Yongjun Wang, Nannan Zhang, Shuai Gao, Jiayun Wu, Rui Liu, Yonghong Huang, Jisen Zhang and Yongwen Qi

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2021 21:395

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  38. To understand the mechanism of glucosinolates (GSs) accumulation in the specific organs, combined analysis of physiological change and transcriptome sequencing were applied in the current study. Taking Chinese...

    Authors: Yijiao Zhao, Zeyuan Chen, Jiaxuan Chen, Bingxing Chen, Weiling Tang, Xiaodong Chen, Zhongxiong Lai and Rongfang Guo

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2021 21:394

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  39. Mycotoxins are among the environmental stressors whose oxidative action is currently widely studied. The aim of this paper was to investigate the response of seedling leaves to zearalenone (ZEA) applied to the...

    Authors: Sieprawska Apolonia, Łabanowska Maria, Kurdziel Magdalena, Filek Maria, Skórka Magdalena and Barbasz Anna

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2021 21:393

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  40. Sorghum yields in sub-Saharan Africa (SSA) are greatly reduced by parasitic plants of the genus Striga (witchweed). Vast global sorghum genetic diversity collections, as well as the availability of modern sequenc...

    Authors: Jacinta Kavuluko, Magdaline Kibe, Irine Sugut, Willy Kibet, Joel Masanga, Sylvia Mutinda, Mark Wamalwa, Titus Magomere, Damaris Odeny and Steven Runo

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2021 21:392

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  41. As effects of global climate change intensify, the interaction of biotic and abiotic stresses increasingly threatens current agricultural practices. The secondary cell wall is a vanguard of resistance to these...

    Authors: Maya Khasin, Lois F. Bernhardson, Patrick M. O’Neill, Nathan A. Palmer, Erin D. Scully, Scott E. Sattler and Deanna L. Funnell-Harris

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2021 21:391

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  42. Panicle is a harvesting organ of rice, and its morphology and development are closely associated with grain yield. The current study was carried on a mutant screened through an EMS (ethyl-methane sulphonate) m...

    Authors: Tingkai Wu, Asif Ali, Jinhao Wang, Jiahe Song, Yongqiong Fang, Tingting Zhou, Yi Luo, Hongyu Zhang, Xiaoqiong Chen, Yongxiang Liao, Yutong Liu, Peizhou Xu and Xianjun Wu

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2021 21:390

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  43. Blueberry (Vaccinium ssp.) is a perennial shrub belonging to the family Ericaceae, which is highly tolerant of acid soils and heavy metal pollution. In the present study, blueberry was subjected to cadmium (Cd) s...

    Authors: Shaopeng Chen, QianQian Zhuang, XiaoLei Chu, ZhiXin Ju, Tao Dong and Yuan Ma

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2021 21:389

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  44. The plant body in duckweed species has undergone reduction and simplification from the ancient Spirodela species towards more derived Wolffia species. Among the five duckweed genera, Wolffia members are rootless ...

    Authors: Jingjing Yang, Xuyao Zhao, Gaojie Li, Shiqi Hu and Hongwei Hou

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2021 21:387

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  45. The abiotic stress such as soil salinization and heavy metal toxicity has posed a major threat to sustainable crop production worldwide. Previous studies revealed that halophytes were supposed to tolerate othe...

    Authors: Qinqin Wang, Xuke Lu, Xiugui Chen, Lanjie Zhao, Mingge Han, Shuai Wang, Yuexin Zhang, Yapeng Fan and Wuwei Ye

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2021 21:386

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  46. One of the major trends in angiosperm evolution was the shift from woody to herbaceous habit. However, reversals known as derived woodiness have also been reported in numerous, distantly related clades. Among ...

    Authors: Kamil E. Frankiewicz, Łukasz Banasiak, Alexei A. Oskolski, Anthony R. Magee, Mohammad Alsarraf, Paulina Trzeciak and Krzysztof Spalik

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2021 21:383

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