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  1. Calligonum (Polygonaceae) is distributed from southern Europe through northern Africa to central Asia, and is typically found in arid, desert regions. Previous studies have revealed that standard DNA barcodes fai...

    Authors: Feng Song, Ting Li, Kevin S. Burgess, Ying Feng and Xue-Jun Ge

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2020 20:261

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  2. Extreme weather events are predicted to increase, such as combined heat and drought. The CO2 concentration ([CO2]) is predicted to approximately double by 2100. We aim to explore how tomato physiology, especially...

    Authors: Rong Zhou, Xiaqing Yu, Junqin Wen, Nikolaj Bjerring Jensen, Thayna Mendanha dos Santos, Zhen Wu, Eva Rosenqvist and Carl-Otto Ottosen

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2020 20:260

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  3. As functional proteins, dehydrins are found in many maturing seeds and vegetable tissues under adverse environmental conditions. However, the regulation of dehydrin expression remains unclear.

    Authors: Hao Liu, Ying Yang, Dandan Liu, Xiaoyu Wang and Linsheng Zhang

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2020 20:259

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  4. Anthocyanins, which have important biological functions and have a beneficial effect on human health, notably account for pigmentation in purple-fleshed sweet potato tuberous roots. Individual regulatory facto...

    Authors: Zeng-Zheng Wei, Kang-Di Hu, Dong-Lan Zhao, Jun Tang, Zhong-Qin Huang, Peng Jin, Yan-Hong Li, Zhuo Han, Lan-Ying Hu, Gai-Fang Yao and Hua Zhang

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2020 20:258

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  5. The grain yield of cereals is determined by the synergistic interaction between source activity and sink capacity. However, source-sink interactions are far from being fully understood. Therefore, a field expe...

    Authors: Xuemei Lv, Yan Zhang, Yunxiu Zhang, Shoujin Fan and Lingan Kong

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2020 20:257

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  6. Plant transcription factors (TFs) are key transcriptional regulators to manipulate the regulatory network of host immunity. However, the globally transcriptional reprogramming of plant TF families in response ...

    Authors: Wei Cheng, Yan Jiang, Jiangtao Peng, Jianwen Guo, Menglan Lin, Chengting Jin, Jinfeng Huang, Weiqi Tang, Deyi Guan and Shuilin He

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2020 20:256

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  7. Limonoids are major bioactive compounds that are produced by the triterpenoid metabolic pathway. The detailed biochemical process of limonoid biosynthesis and the mechanism of its molecular regulation remain e...

    Authors: Pan Zhang, Xiaofeng Liu, Xin Yu, Fusheng Wang, Junhong Long, Wanxia Shen, Dong Jiang and Xiaochun Zhao

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2020 20:254

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  8. Plant absorption of ultraviolet (UV) radiation can result in multiple deleterious effects to plant tissues. As a result, plants have evolved an array of strategies to protect themselves from UV radiation, part...

    Authors: Kim Valenta, Kristin Dimac-Stohl, Frances Baines, Todd Smith, Greg Piotrowski, Norman Hill, Jonas Kuppler and Omer Nevo

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2020 20:253

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  9. Heterosis is biologically important but the molecular basis of the phenomenon is poorly understood. We characterized intergeneric hybrids between B. rapa cv. Chiifu and R. sativus cv. WK10039 as an extreme exampl...

    Authors: Gibum Yi, Hosub Shin, Hye Rang Park, Jeong Eun Park, Jong Hwa Ahn, Sooyeon Lim, Jeong Gu Lee, Eun Jin Lee and Jin Hoe Huh

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2020 20:252

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  10. Recombinant carbohydrases genes are used to produce transgenic woody plants with improved phenotypic traits. However, cultivation of such plants in open field is challenging due to a number of problems. Theref...

    Authors: Elena O. Vidyagina, Natalia M. Subbotina, Vladimir A. Belyi, Vadim G. Lebedev, Konstantin V. Krutovsky and Konstantin A. Shestibratov

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2020 20:251

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  11. Both selection effects and whole genome duplication played very important roles in plant speciation and evolution, and to decipher the corresponding molecular footprint has always been a central task of geneti...

    Authors: Yunsheng Wang, Fei Nie, Muhammad Qasim Shahid and Faheem Shehzad Baloch

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2020 20:250

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  12. Web blotch is one of the most important foliar diseases worldwide in peanut (Arachis hypogaea L.). The identification of quantitative trait loci (QTLs) for peanut web blotch resistance represents the basis for ge...

    Authors: Hua Liu, Ziqi Sun, Xinyou Zhang, Li Qin, Feiyan Qi, Zhenyu Wang, Pei Du, Jing Xu, Zhongxin Zhang, Suoyi Han, Shaojian Li, Meng Gao, Lina Zhang, Yujie Cheng, Zheng Zheng, Bingyan Huang…

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2020 20:249

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  13. Abiotic stresses (e.g., heat or limited water and nutrient availability) limit crop production worldwide. With the progression of climate change, the severity and variation of these stresses are expected to in...

    Authors: Adil Khan, Abdul Latif Khan, Muhammad Imran, Sajjad Asaf, Yoon-Ha Kim, Saqib Bilal, Muhammad Numan, Ahmed Al-Harrasi, Ahmed Al-Rawahi and In-Jung Lee

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2020 20:248

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  14. Allelic variation underlying the quantitative traits in plants is caused by the extremely complex regulation process. Tree peony originated in China is a peculiar ornamental, medicinal and oil woody plant. Paeoni...

    Authors: Na Liu and Fangyun Cheng

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2020 20:245

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  15. Tuber color is an important trait for Helianthus tuberosus L. (Jerusalem artichoke). Usually, purple tubers with high anthocyanin content are more nutritious than white tuber. But, the molecular mechanism underly...

    Authors: Jieming Gao, Xuemei Sun, Yuan Zong, Shipeng Yang, Lihui Wang and Baolong Liu

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2020 20:247

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  16. Two-line hybrid wheat system using thermo-photo sensitive genic male sterility (TPSGMS) is currently the most promising approach for wheat heterosis utilization in China. However, during past 20 years only few...

    Authors: Hongsheng Li, Shaoxiang Li, Sedhom Abdelkhalik, Armaghan Shahzad, Jian Gu, Zhonghui Yang, Mingliang Ding, Kun Liu, Hong Zhao and Mujun Yang

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2020 20:246

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  17. Heat stress factors (Hsfs) play vital roles in signal transduction pathways operating in responses to environmental stresses. However, Hsf gene family has not been thoroughly explored in tea plant (Camellia sinen...

    Authors: Xuyang Zhang, Wenluan Xu, Dejiang Ni, Mingle Wang and Guiyi Guo

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2020 20:244

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  18. Molecular research revealed that some of the European Calypogeia species described on the basis of morphological criteria are genetically heterogeneous and, in fact, are species complexes. DNA barcoding is alread...

    Authors: Monika Ślipiko, Kamil Myszczyński, Katarzyna Buczkowska, Alina Bączkiewicz, Monika Szczecińska and Jakub Sawicki

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2020 20:243

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  19. Physalis L. is a genus of herbaceous plants of the family Solanaceae, which has important medicinal, edible, and ornamental values. The morphological characteristics of Physalis species are similar, and it is dif...

    Authors: Shangguo Feng, Kaixin Zheng, Kaili Jiao, Yuchen Cai, Chuanlan Chen, Yanyan Mao, Lingyan Wang, Xiaori Zhan, Qicai Ying and Huizhong Wang

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2020 20:242

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  20. Expansins (EXPs) facilitate non-enzymatic cell wall loosening during several phases of plant growth and development including fruit growth, internode expansion, pollen tube growth, leaf and root development, a...

    Authors: Andrés Mayorga-Gómez and Savithri U. Nambeesan

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2020 20:241

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  21. Low temperature is a major factor influencing the growth and development of Chinese jujube (Ziziphus jujuba Mill.) in cold winter and spring. Little is known about the molecular mechanisms enabling jujube to cope...

    Authors: Heying Zhou, Ying He, Yongsheng Zhu, Meiyu Li, Shuang Song, Wenhao Bo, Yingyue Li and Xiaoming Pang

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2020 20:240

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  22. Utilization of heterosis has greatly improved the productivity of many crops worldwide. Understanding the potential molecular mechanism about how hybridization produces superior yield in upland cotton is criti...

    Authors: Kashif Shahzad, Xuexian Zhang, Liping Guo, Tingxiang Qi, Lisheng Bao, Meng Zhang, Bingbing Zhang, Hailin Wang, Huini Tang, Xiuqin Qiao, Juanjuan Feng, Jianyong Wu and Chaozhu Xing

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2020 20:239

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  23. Sheepgrass (Leymus chinensis (Trin.) Tzvel) is a perennial forage grass that can survive extreme freezing winters (− 47.5 °C) in China. In this study, we isolated an unknown function MYB transcription factor gene...

    Authors: Xiaoxia Li, Junting Jia, Pincang Zhao, Xiufang Guo, Shuangyan Chen, Dongmei Qi, Liqin Cheng and Gongshe Liu

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2020 20:238

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  24. Understanding of gravity sensing and response is critical to long-term human habitation in space and can provide new advantages for terrestrial agriculture. To this end, the altered gene expression profile ind...

    Authors: Colin P. S. Kruse, Alexander D. Meyers, Proma Basu, Sarahann Hutchinson, Darron R. Luesse and Sarah E. Wyatt

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2020 20:237

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  25. Rice is a chilling-sensitive crop that would suffer serious damage from low temperatures. Overexpression of the Lsi1 gene (Lsi1-OX) in rice enhances its chilling tolerance. This study revealed that a serine hydro...

    Authors: Changxun Fang, Pengli Zhang, Lanlan Li, Luke Yang, Dan Mu, Xue Yan, Zhong Li and Wenxiong Lin

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2020 20:236

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  26. Cereal grains, including wheat (Triticum aestivum L.), are major sources of food and feed, with wheat being dominant in temperate zones. These end uses exploit the storage reserves in the starchy endosperm of the...

    Authors: Åsa Grimberg, Mark Wilkinson, Per Snell, Rebecca P. De Vos, Irene González-Thuillier, Ahmed Tawfike, Jane L. Ward, Anders S. Carlsson, Peter Shewry and Per Hofvander

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2020 20:235

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  27. Tobacco seed oil could be used as an appropriate feedstock for biodiesel production. However, the high linoleic acid content of tobacco seed oil makes it susceptible to oxidation. Altering the fatty acid profi...

    Authors: Yinshuai Tian, Kai Chen, Xiao Li, Yunpu Zheng and Fang Chen

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2020 20:233

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  28. Tea plant (Camellia sinensis) is one of the most popular non-alcoholic beverages worldwide. In tea, lateral roots (LRs) are the main organ responsible for the absorption of moisture and mineral nutrients from the...

    Authors: Shunkai Hu, Mi Zhang, Yiqing Yang, Wei Xuan, Zhongwei Zou, Emmanuel Arkorful, Yi Chen, Qingping Ma, Anburaj Jeyaraj, Xuan Chen and Xinghui Li

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2020 20:232

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  29. Melatonin can regulate plant growth, development and biotic responses by causing global changes in gene expression; however, the melatonin-induced changes in gene expression via the modification of DNA methyla...

    Authors: Shiwei Gao, Wanyun Ma, Xinning Lyu, Xiaolei Cao and Yuxin Yao

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2020 20:231

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  30. Pumilio RNA-binding proteins are evolutionarily conserved throughout eukaryotes and are involved in RNA decay, transport, and translation repression in the cytoplasm. Although a majority of Pumilio proteins fu...

    Authors: Su Hyun Park, Hyung-Sae Kim, Prakash Jyoti Kalita and Sang-Bong Choi

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2020 20:230

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  31. The axillary bud is an important index of cotton plant-type traits, and the molecular mechanism of axillary bud development in upland cotton has not yet been reported. We obtained a mutant (designated mZ571) w...

    Authors: Jianbin Shi, Ning Wang, Hong Zhou, Qinghua Xu and Gentu Yan

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2020 20:228

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  32. Long noncoding RNAs (lncRNAs) play crucial roles in regulating numerous biological processes in which complicated mechanisms are involved. Nonetheless, little is known about the number, features, sequences, an...

    Authors: Chunlei Zou, Yubo Wang, Bin Wang, Dan Liu, Lei Liu, Zhijia Gai and Caifeng Li

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2020 20:227

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  33. α-Tocopherol is one of the most important vitamin E components present in plant. α-Tocopherol is a potent antioxidant, which can deactivate photoproduced reactive oxygen species (ROS) and prevent lipids from o...

    Authors: Jiangtao Ma, Deyun Qiu, Hongwen Gao, Hongyu Wen, Yudi Wu, Yongzhen Pang, Xuemin Wang and Yuchang Qin

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2020 20:226

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  34. In this study, response surface methodology (RSM) and artificial neural network (ANN) was used to construct the predicted models of linear, quadratic and interactive effects of two independent variables viz. s...

    Authors: Prabhjot Kaur, R. C. Gupta, Abhijit Dey, Tabarak Malik and Devendra Kumar Pandey

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2020 20:225

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  35. Global warming will expand the range of new and invasive pathogens in orchards, and subsequently increase the risk of disease epidemics and economic losses. The development of new resistant plant varieties can...

    Authors: Tomoko Endo, Hiroshi Fujii, Mitsuo Omura and Takehiko Shimada

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2020 20:224

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  36. Expansins (EXPs), a group of proteins that loosen plant cell walls and cellulosic materials, are involved in regulating cell growth and diverse developmental processes in plants. However, the biological functions...

    Authors: Li-Min Lv, Dong-Yun Zuo, Xing-Fen Wang, Hai-Liang Cheng, You-Ping Zhang, Qiao-Lian Wang, Guo-Li Song and Zhi-Ying Ma

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2020 20:223

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  37. Rice yellow mottle virus (RYMV) is a major rice pathogen in Africa. Three resistance genes, i.e. RYMV1, RYMV2 and RYMV3, have been previously described. RYMV1 encodes the translation initiation factor eIF(iso)4G1...

    Authors: Hélène Pidon, Sophie Chéron, Alain Ghesquière and Laurence Albar

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2020 20:222

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  38. Arabinogalactan-proteins (AGPs) are one of the most complex protein families in the plant kingdom and are present in the cell walls of all land plants. AGPs are implicated in diverse biological processes such ...

    Authors: Yuan Zhang, Michael A. Held and Allan M. Showalter

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2020 20:221

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  39. Nitrogen is an essential element for sugarcane growth and development and is generally applied in the form of urea often much more than at recommended rates, causing serious soil degradation, particularly soil...

    Authors: Rajesh Kumar Singh, Pratiksha Singh, Hai-Bi Li, Qi-Qi Song, Dao-Jun Guo, Manoj K. Solanki, Krishan K. Verma, Mukesh K. Malviya, Xiu-Peng Song, Prakash Lakshmanan, Li-Tao Yang and Yang-Rui Li

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2020 20:220

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  40. Phased small interfering RNA (phasiRNA) is primarily derived from the 22-nt miRNA targeting loci. GhMYB2, a gene with potential roles in cotton fiber cell fate determination, is a target gene of miR828 and miR858...

    Authors: Ting Zhao, Xiaoyuan Tao, Menglin Li, Mengtao Gao, Jiedan Chen, Na Zhou, Gaofu Mei, Lei Fang, Linyun Ding, Baoliang Zhou, Tianzhen Zhang and Xueying Guan

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2020 20:219

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  41. Water deficiency is likely to become more frequent and intense as a result of global climate change, which may severely impact agricultural production in the world. The positive effects of melatonin (MEL) on a...

    Authors: Yujie Qiao, Jianhong Ren, Lina Yin, Yijian Liu, Xiping Deng, Peng Liu and Shiwen Wang

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2020 20:218

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  42. Mitogen-activated protein kinase kinase kinases (MAPKKKs) are significant components in the MAPK signal pathway and play essential roles in regulating plants against drought stress. To explore MAPKKK gene family ...

    Authors: Jing-Bo Zhang, Xin-Peng Wang, Ya-Chao Wang, Yi-Hao Chen, Jing-Wen Luo, Deng-Di Li and Xue-Bao Li

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2020 20:217

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  43. Camellia sinensis ‘Huangjinju’ is an albino tea variety developed recently in China. Young leaves of ‘Huangjinju’ demonstrate bright yellow when cultivated under natural sunlight, but regreens under reduced light...

    Authors: Xinfeng Jiang, Hua Zhao, Fei Guo, Xuping Shi, Chuan Ye, Puxiang Yang, Benying Liu and Dejiang Ni

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2020 20:216

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  44. MicroRNAs are important gene expression regulators in plants immune system. Aspergillus flavus is the most common causal agents of aflatoxin contamination in peanuts, but information on the function of miRNA in p...

    Authors: Chuanzhi Zhao, Tingting Li, Yuhan Zhao, Baohong Zhang, Aiqin Li, Shuzhen Zhao, Lei Hou, Han Xia, Shoujin Fan, Jingjing Qiu, Pengcheng Li, Ye Zhang, Baozhu Guo and Xingjun Wang

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2020 20:215

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  45. Members of the cytochrome P450 (CYP450) and UDP-glycosyltransferase (UGT) gene superfamily have been shown to play essential roles in regulating secondary metabolite biosynthesis. However, the systematic ident...

    Authors: Yao Cheng, Hanbing Liu, Xuejiao Tong, Zaimin Liu, Xin Zhang, Dalong Li, Xinmei Jiang and Xihong Yu

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2020 20:214

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  46. Most studies of crop salinity tolerance are conducted under short-term stress condition within one growth stage. Understanding of the mechanisms of crop response to long-term salinity stress (LSS) is valuable ...

    Authors: Nadeem Bhanbhro, Binbin Xiao, Lei Han, Huiying Lu, Huan Wang and Chunwu Yang

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2020 20:210

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  47. Flowering is a crucial stage during plant development. Plants may respond to unfavorable conditions by accelerating reproductive processes like flowering. In a recent study, we showed that PRECOCIOUS1 (POCO1) ...

    Authors: Hossein Emami, Abhishek Kumar and Frank Kempken

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2020 20:209

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  48. Plants use light wavelength, intensity, direction and duration to predict imminent seasonal changes and to determine when to initiate physiological and developmental processes. Among them, crop responses to li...

    Authors: Arantxa Monteagudo, Tibor Kiss, Marianna Mayer, Ana M. Casas, Ernesto Igartua and Ildikó Karsai

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2020 20:207

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