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  1. Sesame (Sesamum indicum) charcoal rot, a destructive fungal disease caused by Macrophomina phaseolina (Tassi) Goid (MP), is a great threat to the yield and quality of sesame. However, there is a lack of informati...

    Authors: Wenqing Yan, Yunxia Ni, Xintao Liu, Hui Zhao, Yanhua Chen, Min Jia, Mingming Liu, Hongyan Liu and Baoming Tian

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2021 21:159

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  2. Maize is one of the most important field crops in the world. Most of the key agronomic traits, including yield traits and plant architecture traits, are quantitative. Fine mapping of genes/ quantitative trait ...

    Authors: Zhengjie Chen, Dengguo Tang, Jixing Ni, Peng Li, Le Wang, Jinhong Zhou, Chenyang Li, Hai Lan, Lujiang Li and Jian Liu

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2021 21:157

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  3. Low temperature (LT) is one of the main limiting factors that affect growth and development in grape. Increasing soluble sugar and scavenging reactive oxygen species (ROS) play critical roles in grapevine resi...

    Authors: Guoping Liang, Honghong He, Guojie Nai, Lidan Feng, Yanmei Li, Qi Zhou, Zonghuan Ma, Yuan Yue, Baihong Chen and Juan Mao

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2021 21:156

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  4. Anastomosis group 1 IA (AG1-IA) of Rhizoctonia solani is the major agent of banded leaf and sheath blight (BLSB) disease that causes severe yield loss in many worldwide crops. MicroRNAs (miRNAs) are ~ 22 nt non-c...

    Authors: Hongxu Meng, Shaoli Wang, Wei Yang, Xinhua Ding, Ning Li, Zhaohui Chu and Xiaoming Li

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2021 21:155

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  5. Mechanical damage is an unavoidable threat to the growth and survival of plants. Although a wound to senescing (lower) leaves improves plant vitality, a wound to younger (upper) leaves often causes damage to o...

    Authors: Qi Chen, Xueyan Lu, Xiaorui Guo, Mingyuan Xu and Zhonghua Tang

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2021 21:154

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  6. Acetosyringone (3,5-dimethoxy-4-hydroxyacetophenone, AS) is a syringyl-type phenolic compound rarely found in plants in free form. It has been shown earlier to inhibit the growth of Pseudomonas bacteria in the pr...

    Authors: Ágnes Szatmári, Ágnes M. Móricz, Ildikó Schwarczinger, Judit Kolozsváriné Nagy, Ágnes Alberti, Miklós Pogány and Zoltán Bozsó

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2021 21:153

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  7. Prunus pedunculata Pall, the deciduous shrub of Amygdalus subgenus in Rosaceae, is a new kind of desert oil-bearing tree. It has a long story of being planted in the West and North of China for sand fixation and ...

    Authors: Wenquan Bao, Dun Ao, Lin Wang, Zhihao Ling, Maoshan Chen, Yue Bai, Ta-Na Wuyun, Junxing Chen, Shuning Zhang and Fengming Li

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2021 21:152

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  8. Virola surinamensis is a forest species widely distributed in the estuaries of the Amazon. These ecosystems are susceptible to contamination by Cadmium (Cd), indicating that the plant has strategies for toleratin...

    Authors: W. V. Andrade Júnior, C. F. Oliveira Neto, B. G. Santos Filho, E. D. Cruz, C. B. Amarante, A. V. C. Barbosa, G. A. S. Nogueira, V. R. Nascimento, D. J. P. Sousa and J. S. S. Teixeira

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2021 21:151

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    The Correction to this article has been published in BMC Plant Biology 2021 21:168

  9. Rice is particularly effective, compared to other cereals, at accumulating arsenic (As), a nonthreshold, class 1 human carcinogen in shoot and grain. Nano-zinc oxide is gradually used in agricultural productio...

    Authors: Shiwei Yan, Fan Wu, Song Zhou, Jianhao Yang, Xianjin Tang and Wenling Ye

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2021 21:150

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  10. The main objectives of this study were to find the possible structural association between the activity of enzymatic antioxidants and the grain yield of triticale plants as well as identifying the genotypic va...

    Authors: Armin Saed-Moucheshi, Fatemeh Sohrabi, Elham Fasihfar, Fatemeh Baniasadi, Mehrnaz Riasat and Ali Akbar Mozafari

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2021 21:148

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  11. Climate change is predicted to lead to changes in the amount and distribution of precipitation during the growing seasonal. This “repackaging” of rainfall could be particularly important for grassland producti...

    Authors: Jinwei Zhang, Xiangjin Shen, Bifan Mu, Yujie Shi, Yuheng Yang, Xuefeng Wu, Chunsheng Mu and Junfeng Wang

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2021 21:147

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  12. Glycine betaine (GB) plays a crucial role in plants responding to abiotic stresses. Studying the physiological response of cotton seedlings to exogenous GB under salt stress provides a reference for the applic...

    Authors: Abdoul Kader Mounkaila Hamani, Shuang Li, Jinsai Chen, Abubakar Sunusi Amin, Guangshuai Wang, Shen Xiaojun, Muhammad Zain and Yang Gao

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2021 21:146

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  13. Barley is known to be recalcitrant to tissue culture, which hinders genetic transformation and its biotechnological application. To date, the ideal explant for transformation remains limited to immature embryo...

    Authors: Jingqi Suo, Chenlu Zhou, Zhanghui Zeng, Xipu Li, Hongwu Bian, Junhui Wang, Muyuan Zhu and Ning Han

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2021 21:145

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  14. Identifying the loci and dissecting the genetic architecture underlying wheat yield- and quality-related traits are essential for wheat breeding. A genome-wide association study was conducted using a high-dens...

    Authors: Le Gao, Chengsheng Meng, Tengfei Yi, Ke Xu, Huiwen Cao, Shuhua Zhang, Xueju Yang and Yong Zhao

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2021 21:144

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  15. Signal peptides are essential for plant growth and development. In plants, biological processes including cell-cell communication, cellular proliferation and differentiation, cellular determination of self-inc...

    Authors: Nannan Qin, Yang Gao, Xiaojing Cheng, Yang Yang, Jiang Wu, Jinyao Wang, Sen Li and Guoming Xing

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2021 21:143

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  16. Cannabis, an important industrial crop, has a high sensitivity to photoperiods. The flowering time of cannabis is one of its important agronomic traits, and has a significant effect on its yield and quality. The

    Authors: Gen Pan, Zheng Li, Ming Yin, Siqi Huang, Jie Tao, Anguo Chen, Jianjun Li, Huijuan Tang, Li Chang, Yong Deng, Defang Li and Lining Zhao

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2021 21:142

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  17. Sterols are structural and functional components of eukaryotic cell membranes. Plants produce a complex mixture of sterols, among which β-sitosterol, stigmasterol, campesterol, and cholesterol in some Solanace...

    Authors: Laura Gutiérrez-García, Montserrat Arró, Teresa Altabella, Albert Ferrer and Albert Boronat

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2021 21:141

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  18. Genomic imprinting results in the expression of parent-of-origin-specific alleles in the offspring. Brassica napus is an oil crop with research values in polyploidization. Identification of imprinted genes in B. ...

    Authors: Hao Rong, Wenjing Yang, Haotian Zhu, Bo Jiang, Jinjin Jiang and Youping Wang

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2021 21:140

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  19. In recent years, sugarcane has attracted increasing attention as an energy crop. Wild resources are widely used to improve the narrow genetic base of sugarcane. However, the infertility of F1 hybrids between Sacc...

    Authors: Xueting Li, Fei Huang, Jin Chai, Qiusong Wang, Fan Yu, Yongji Huang, Jiayun Wu, Qinnan Wang, Liangnian Xu, Muqing Zhang and Zuhu Deng

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2021 21:139

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  20. Maize (Zea mays L.) is a major cereal crop, with the United States accounting for over 40% of the worldwide production. Corn leaf aphid [CLA; Rhopalosiphum maidis (Fitch)] is an economically important pest of mai...

    Authors: Lise Pingault, Suresh Varsani, Nathan Palmer, Swayamjit Ray, W. Paul Williams, Dawn S. Luthe, Jared G. Ali, Gautam Sarath and Joe Louis

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2021 21:138

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  21. Environmental stresses including abiotic stresses and biotic stresses limit yield of plants. Stress-tolerant breeding is an efficient way to improve plant yield under stress conditions. Genome editing by CRISP...

    Authors: Siyu Chen, Na Zhang, Ganghua Zhou, Saddam Hussain, Sajjad Ahmed, Hainan Tian and Shucai Wang

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2021 21:137

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  22. Cleistogamic flowers are a main barrier in pollen dispersal for cross-pollination necessary in wheat hybrid breeding. The aim of our study was to gain new knowledge on the biology of wheat flowering, in partic...

    Authors: Urszula Zajączkowska, Bożena Denisow, Barbara Łotocka, Alicja Dołkin-Lewko and Monika Rakoczy-Trojanowska

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2021 21:136

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  23. Grapevine reproductive development has direct implications on yield. It also impacts on berry and wine quality by affecting traits like seedlessness, berry and bunch size, cluster compactness and berry skin to...

    Authors: Laura Costantini, Paula Moreno-Sanz, Chinedu Charles Nwafor, Silvia Lorenzi, Annarita Marrano, Fabiana Cristofolini, Elena Gottardini, Stefano Raimondi, Paola Ruffa, Ivana Gribaudo, Anna Schneider and Maria Stella Grando

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2021 21:135

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  24. Providing the photosynthesis factory for plants, chloroplasts are critical for crop biomass and economic yield. However, chloroplast development is a complicated process, coordinated by the cross-communication...

    Authors: Shengming Yang, Megan Overlander and Jason Fiedler

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2021 21:134

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  25. It has been recognized that a certain amount of habitat disturbance is a facilitating factor for the occurrence of natural hybridization, yet to date we are unaware of any studies exploring hybridization and r...

    Authors: Rongli Liao, Weibang Sun and Yongpeng Ma

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2021 21:133

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  26. Tartary buckwheat seed development is an extremely complex process involving many gene regulatory pathways. MicroRNAs (miRNAs) have been identified as the important negative regulators of gene expression and p...

    Authors: Hongyou Li, Hengling Meng, Xiaoqian Sun, Jiao Deng, Taoxiong Shi, Liwei Zhu, Qiuyu Lv and Qingfu Chen

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2021 21:132

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  27. Weather change in high-altitude areas subjects mature tobacco (Nicotiana tabacum L.) to cold stress, which damages tobacco leaf yield and quality. A brupt diurnal temperature differences (the daily temperature dr...

    Authors: Yan Li, Ke Ren, Mengyang Hu, Xian He, Kaiyuan Gu, Binbin Hu, Jiaen Su, Yan Jin, Wenyou Gao, Daosheng Yang, Folin Li and Congming Zou

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2021 21:131

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  28. Cytoplasmic male sterility (CMS), which naturally exists in higher plants, is a useful mechanism for analyzing nuclear and mitochondrial genome functions and identifying the role of mitochondrial genes in the ...

    Authors: Benqi Wang, Zunaira Farooq, Lei Chu, Jie Liu, Huadong Wang, Jian Guo, Jinxing Tu, Chaozhi Ma, Cheng Dai, Jin Wen, Jinxiong Shen, Tingdong Fu and Bin Yi

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2021 21:130

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  29. Thinopyrum intermedium (2n = 6x = 42) is an important wild perennial Triticeae species exhibiting many potentially favorable traits for wheat improvement. Wheat-Th. intermedium partial amphiploids serve as a brid...

    Authors: Yu Cui, Piyi Xing, Xiaolei Qi, Yinguang Bao, Honggang Wang, Richard R.-C. Wang and Xingfeng Li

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2021 21:129

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  30. Switchgrass (Panicum virgatum L.) is an important bioenergy and forage crop. The outcrossing nature of switchgrass makes it infeasible to maintain a genotype through sexual propagation. Current asexual propagatio...

    Authors: Yongqin Wang, Weihong Dong, Malay C. Saha, Michael K. Udvardi and Yun Kang

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2021 21:128

    Content type: Methodology article

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  31. Dendrobium is a precious herbal that belongs to Orchidaceae and is widely used as health care traditional Chinese medicine in Asia. Although orchids are mycorrhizal plants, most research still focuses on endophyt...

    Authors: Jiajia Zuo, Mengting Zu, Lei Liu, Xiaomei Song and Yingdan Yuan

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2021 21:127

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  32. Melon is a very important horticultural crop produced worldwide with high phenotypic diversity. Fruit size is among the most important domestication and differentiation traits in melon. The molecular mechanism...

    Authors: Qun Lian, Qiushi Fu, Yongyang Xu, Zhicheng Hu, Jing Zheng, Aiai Zhang, Yuhua He, Changsheng Wang, Chuanqiang Xu, Benxue Chen, Jordi Garcia-Mas, Guangwei Zhao and Huaisong Wang

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2021 21:126

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  33. Banana plant height is an important trait for horticultural practices and semi-dwarf cultivars show better resistance to damages by wind and rain. However, the molecular mechanisms controlling the pseudostem h...

    Authors: Guiming Deng, Fangcheng Bi, Jing Liu, Weidi He, Chunyu Li, Tao Dong, Qiaosong Yang, Huijun Gao, Tongxin Dou, Xiaohong Zhong, Miao Peng, Ganjun Yi, Chunhua Hu and Ou Sheng

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2021 21:125

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  34. During maturation seeds acquire several physiological traits to enable them to survive drying and disseminate the species. Few studies have addressed the regulatory networks controlling acquisition of these tr...

    Authors: Elise Bizouerne, Julia Buitink, Benoît Ly Vu, Joseph Ly Vu, Eddi Esteban, Asher Pasha, Nicholas Provart, Jérôme Verdier and Olivier Leprince

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2021 21:124

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  35. The CIPKs are a group of plant-specific Ser/Thr protein kinases acting in response to calcium signaling, which plays an important role in the physiological and developmental adaptation of plants to adverse enviro...

    Authors: Lu Lu, Xinying Chen, Pengkai Wang, Ye Lu, Jingbo Zhang, Xiuyan Yang, Tielong Cheng, Jisen Shi and Jinhui Chen

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2021 21:123

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  36. Transcriptomic studies combined with a well annotated genome have laid the foundations for new understanding of molecular processes. Tools which visualise gene expression patterns have further added to these r...

    Authors: Lara Brian, Ben Warren, Peter McAtee, Jessica Rodrigues, Niels Nieuwenhuizen, Asher Pasha, Karine M. David, Annette Richardson, Nicholas J. Provart, Andrew C. Allan, Erika Varkonyi-Gasic and Robert J. Schaffer

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2021 21:121

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  37. Salinity is an important global problem with destructive impacts on plants leading to different biochemical and metabolic changes in plants through induced oxidative stress that disturbs metabolism, growth, pe...

    Authors: Gholamreza Gohari, Sima Panahirad, Mostafa Sadeghi, Ali Akbari, Elnaz Zareei, Seyed Morteza Zahedi, Mohammad Kazem Bahrami and Vasileios Fotopoulos

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2021 21:120

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  38. Rheum tanguticum (Rh. tanguticum) is an important traditional Chinese medicine plant, “Dahuang”, which contains productive metabolites and occupies wide habitats on the Qinghai-Tibet plateau. Plants occupying wid...

    Authors: Feng Xiong, Xiuqing Nie, Lucun Yang, Lingling Wang, Jingjing Li and Guoying Zhou

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2021 21:119

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  39. Maize (Zea mays) ear length, which is an important yield component, exhibits strong heterosis. Understanding the potential molecular mechanisms of ear-length heterosis is critical for efficient yield-related bree...

    Authors: Xiangge Zhang, Chenchen Ma, Xiaoqing Wang, Mingbo Wu, Jingkuan Shao, Li Huang, Liang Yuan, Zhiyuan Fu, Weihua Li, Xuehai Zhang, Zhanyong Guo and Jihua Tang

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2021 21:118

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  40. Plant height is an important plant characteristic closely related to yield performance of many crops. Reasonable reduction of plant height of crops is beneficial for improving yield and enhancing lodging resis...

    Authors: Xin Li, Fujiang Xiang, Wei Zhang, Jindong Yan, Xinmei Li, Ming Zhong, Piao Yang, Caiyan Chen, Xuanming Liu, Donghai Mao and Xiaoying Zhao

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2021 21:117

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  41. Cotton stem trichomes and seed fibers are each single celled structures formed by protrusions of epidermal cells, and were found sharing the overlapping molecular mechanism. Compared with fibers, cotton stem t...

    Authors: Rong Yuan, Yuefen Cao, Tengyu Li, Feng Yang, Li Yu, Yuan Qin, Xiongming Du, Fang Liu, Mingquan Ding, Yurong Jiang, Hua Zhang, Andrew H. Paterson and Junkang Rong

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2021 21:115

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  42. The tomato psyllid, Bactericera cockerelli Šulc (Hemiptera: Triozidae), is a pest of solanaceous crops such as tomato (Solanum lycopersicum L.) in the U.S. and vectors the disease-causing pathogen ‘Candidatus Lib...

    Authors: Kyle Harrison, Azucena Mendoza-Herrera, Julien Gad Levy and Cecilia Tamborindeguy

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2021 21:114

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  43. Recent studies indicate that amylase-trypsin inhibitors (ATIs) and certain carbohydrates referred to as FODMAPs (fermentable oligo-, di-, monosaccharides and polyols) play an important role in promoting wheat ...

    Authors: Lisa Call, Elisabeth Haider, Stefano D’Amico, Elisabeth Reiter and Heinrich Grausgruber

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2021 21:113

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  44. Abscisic acid (ABA) plays an important role in plant abiotic stress responses, and ABA INSENSITIVE 4 (ABI4) is a pivotal transcription factor in the ABA signaling pathway. In Arabidopsis, ABI4 negatively regulate...

    Authors: Xiamusiya Kakan, Yanwen Yu, Shenghui Li, Xiaoying Li, Rongfeng Huang and Juan Wang

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2021 21:112

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  45. Over the life cycle of perennial trees, the dormant state enables the avoidance of abiotic stress conditions. The growth cycle can be partitioned into induction, maintenance and release and is controlled by co...

    Authors: Ákos Boldizsár, Alexandra Soltész, Karen Tanino, Balázs Kalapos, Zsuzsa Marozsán-Tóth, István Monostori, Petre Dobrev, Radomira Vankova and Gábor Galiba

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2021 21:111

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  46. The Late Embryogenesis-Abundant (LEA) gene families, which play significant roles in regulation of tolerance to abiotic stresses, widely exist in higher plants. Poplar is a tree species that has important ecol...

    Authors: Zihan Cheng, Xuemei Zhang, Wenjing Yao, Kai Zhao, Lin Liu, Gaofeng Fan, Boru Zhou and Tingbo Jiang

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2021 21:110

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