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  1. Muscadine (Muscadinia rotundifolia) is known as a resistance source to many pests and diseases in grapevine. The genetics of its resistance to two major grapevine pests, the phylloxera D. vitifoliae and the dagge...

    Authors: Bernadette Rubio, Guillaume Lalanne-Tisné, Roger Voisin, Jean-Pascal Tandonnet, Ulysse Portier, Cyril Van Ghelder, Maria Lafargue, Jean-Pierre Petit, Martine Donnart, Benjamin Joubard, Pierre-François Bert, Daciana Papura, Loïc Le Cunff, Nathalie Ollat and Daniel Esmenjaud

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2020 20:213

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  2. Phalaenopsis represents an important cash crop worldwide. Abundant flower colors observed in Phalaenopsis orchids range from red-purple, purple, purple-violet, violet, and violet-blue. However, violet-blue orchid...

    Authors: Che-Yu Liang, Krishna Preethi Rengasamy, Li-Min Huang, Chia-Chi Hsu, Mei-Fen Jeng, Wen-Huei Chen and Hong-Hwa Chen

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2020 20:212

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  3. The tree peony (Paeonia suffruticosa Andr.) cultivar ‘Er Qiao’ is appreciated for its unstable variegated flower coloration, with cyanic and acyanic flowers appearing on different branches of the same plant and o...

    Authors: Yanzhao Zhang, Yanwei Cheng, Shuzhen Xu, Huiping Ma, Jianming Han and Yan Zhang

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2020 20:211

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  4. Agrobacterium rhizogenes-mediated (ARM) transformation is a highly efficient technique for generating composite plants composed of transgenic roots and wild-type shoot, providing a powerful tool for studying root...

    Authors: Ying-lun Fan, Xing-hui Zhang, Li-jing Zhong, Xiu-yuan Wang, Liang-shen Jin and Shan-hua Lyu

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2020 20:208

    Content type: Methodology article

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  5. Fungus infection in staple grains affects the food storage and threatens food security. The Aspergillus flavus is known to infect multiple grains and produce mycotoxin Aflatoxin B1, which is mutagenic, teratogeni...

    Authors: Guomin Han, Cuiping Li, Fangzhi Xiang, Qianqian Zhao, Yang Zhao, Ronghao Cai, Beijiu Cheng, Xuewen Wang and Fang Tao

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2020 20:206

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  6. Many conifer breeding programs are paying increasing attention to breeding for resistance to needle disease due to the increasing importance of climate change. Phenotyping of traits related to resistance has m...

    Authors: Jaroslav Klápště, Heidi S. Dungey, Natalie J. Graham and Emily J. Telfer

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2020 20:205

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  7. Frequent freeze-thaw phenomena, together with widely used deicing salt and intense acid precipitation, often occur in northeastern China, causing damage to various aspects of plants, such as the permeability o...

    Authors: Guozhang Bao, Wenyi Tang, Qirui An, Yaoxin Liu, Jiaqi Tian, Nan Zhao and Saning Zhu

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2020 20:204

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  8. Striga hermonthica (Benth.) parasitism militates against increased maize production and productivity in savannas of sub-Saharan Africa (SSA). Identification of Striga resistance genes is important in developing g...

    Authors: Samuel Adeyemi Adewale, Baffour Badu-Apraku, Richard Olutayo Akinwale, Agre Angelot Paterne, Melaku Gedil and Ana Luísa Garcia-Oliveira

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2020 20:203

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  9. The interactions between Growth-regulating factors (GRFs) and GRF-Interacting Factors (GIFs) have been well demonstrated but it remains unclear whether different combinations of GRF and GIF play distinctive ro...

    Authors: Yuzhu Lu, Yunlong Meng, Jia Zeng, Ying Luo, Zhen Feng, Liying Bian and Suyun Gao

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2020 20:200

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  10. With three origins of holoparasitism, Orobanchaceae provides an ideal system to study the evolution of holoparasitic lifestyle in plants. The evolution of holoparasitism can be revealed by plastid genome degra...

    Authors: Jingfang Chen, Runxian Yu, Jinhong Dai, Ying Liu and Renchao Zhou

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2020 20:199

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  11. Abscisic acid (ABA) and proline play important roles in rice acclimation to different stress conditions. To study whether cross-talk exists between ABA and proline, their roles in rice acclimation to hypoxia, ...

    Authors: Xiaochuang Cao, Longlong Wu, Meiyan Wu, Chunquan Zhu, Qianyu Jin and Junhua Zhang

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2020 20:198

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  12. N is an important macronutrient required for plant development and significantly influences axillary bud outgrowth, which affects tillering and grain yield of rice. However, how different N concentrations affe...

    Authors: Rongna Wang, Junjie Qian, Zhongming Fang and Jihua Tang

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2020 20:197

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  13. Maize is one of the most important staple crops and is widely grown throughout the world. Stalk lodging can cause enormous yield losses in maize production. However, rind penetrometer resistance (RPR), which i...

    Authors: Xiaogang Liu, Xiaojiao Hu, Kun Li, Zhifang Liu, Yujin Wu, Hongwu Wang and Changling Huang

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2020 20:196

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  14. Sclerotinia stem rot (SSR), caused by Sclerotinia sclerotiorum (Lib.) de Bary, is an important cause of yield loss in soybean. Although many papers have reported different loci contributing to partial resistance,...

    Authors: Chiheb Boudhrioua, Maxime Bastien, Davoud Torkamaneh and François Belzile

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2020 20:195

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  15. The mitogen-activated protein kinases (MAPKs), as a part of the MAPKKK-MAPKK-MAPK cascade, play crucial roles in plant development as an intracellular signal transduction pathway to respond various environment...

    Authors: Gang Wang, Ying-hai Liang, Ji-yu Zhang and Zong-Ming ( Max) Cheng

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2020 20:194

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  16. Nitrogen (N) is a major nutrient element for crop growth. In plants, the members of the peptide transporter (PTR) gene family may involve in nitrate uptake and transport. Here, we identified PTR gene family in...

    Authors: Xinghai Yang, Xiuzhong Xia, Yu Zeng, Baoxuan Nong, Zongqiong Zhang, Yanyan Wu, Qinglan Tian, Weiying Zeng, Ju Gao, Weiyong Zhou, Haifu Liang, Danting Li and Guofu Deng

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2020 20:193

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  17. Long noncoding RNAs (lncRNAs) have several known functions involving various biological regulatory processes in plant. However, the possible roles of lncRNAs during peanut seed development have not been fully ...

    Authors: Xingli Ma, Xingguo Zhang, Sy Mamadou Traore, Zeyu Xin, Longlong Ning, Ke Li, Kunkun Zhao, Zhongfeng Li, Guohao He and Dongmei Yin

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2020 20:192

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  18. Sugar content is an important determinant of fruit sweetness, but details on the complex molecular mechanism underlying fruit sugar accumulation remain scarce. Here, we report the role of sucrose transporter (...

    Authors: Qian Peng, Yaming Cai, Enhui Lai, Masayoshi Nakamura, Liao Liao, Beibei Zheng, Collins Ogutu, Sylvia Cherono and Yuepeng Han

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2020 20:191

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  19. Drought conditions adversely affect soybean growth, resulting in severe yield losses worldwide. Increasing experimental evidence indicates miRNAs are important post-transcriptional regulators of gene expressio...

    Authors: Yonggang Zhou, Weican Liu, Xiaowei Li, Daqian Sun, Keheng Xu, Chen Feng, Idrice Carther Kue Foka, Toi Ketehouli, Hongtao Gao, Nan Wang, Yuanyuan Dong, Fawei Wang and Haiyan Li

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2020 20:190

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  20. Colletotrichum species are the causal agents of anthracnose, a major disease affecting the yield and quality of pepper (Capsicum spp.). Colletotrichum scovillei is widespread in China, has strong pathogenicity an...

    Authors: Yuanyuan Zhao, Yiwei Liu, Zhenghai Zhang, Yacong Cao, Hailong Yu, Wenwen Ma, Baoxi Zhang, Risheng Wang, Jie Gao and Lihao Wang

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2020 20:189

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  21. The study of cold tolerance in maize seeds and seedlings through physiological quality assessments, as well as the genetic control associated with this trait, allows an early characterization of genotypes. Her...

    Authors: Izabel Costa Silva Neta, Édila Vilela de Resende Von Pinho, Viviane Maria de Abreu, Danielle Rezende Vilela, Milena Christy Santos, Heloisa Oliveira dos Santos, Ricardo Augusto Diniz Cabral Ferreira, Renzo Garcia Von Pinho and Renato Coelho de Castro Vasconcellos

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2020 20:188

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  22. Ornithine aminotransferase (OAT, EC:2.6.1.13), alternatively known as ornithine delta aminotransferase (δOAT), is a pyridoxal phosphate (PLP)-dependent enzyme involved in the conversion of ornithine into gluta...

    Authors: Alia Anwar, Maoyun She, Ke Wang and Xingguo Ye

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2020 20:187

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  23. Anthocyanins contribute to coloration and antioxidation effects in different plant tissues. MYB transcription factors have been demonstrated to be a key regulator for anthocyanin synthesis in many plants. Howe...

    Authors: Yuting Qi, Caihong Gu, Xingjun Wang, Shiqing Gao, Changsheng Li, Chuanzhi Zhao, Chuanshun Li, Changle Ma and Quan Zhang

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2020 20:186

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  24. Understanding root system morphology in bread wheat is critical for identifying root traits to breed cultivars with improved resource uptake and better adaptation to adverse environments. Variability in root m...

    Authors: Yinglong Chen, Jairo Palta, P. V. Vara Prasad and Kadambot H. M. Siddique

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2020 20:185

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  25. Small heat shock proteins (sHSPs) are critical for plant response to biotic and abiotic stresses, especially heat stress. They have also been implicated in various aspects of plant development. However, the ac...

    Authors: Xinbo Sun, Junfei Zhu, Xin Li, Zhigang Li, Liebao Han and Hong Luo

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2020 20:184

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  26. Propagation of cuttings is frequently used in various plant species, including blueberry, which shows special root characteristics that may hinder adventitious root (AR) formation. AR formation is influenced b...

    Authors: Haishan An, Jiaying Zhang, Fangjie Xu, Shuang Jiang and Xueying Zhang

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2020 20:182

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  27. Water availability and nutrient-status of soils play crucial roles in seedling establishment and plant survival in coal-spoiled areas worldwide. Restoration of spoils pertains to the application of proper dose...

    Authors: Rana Roy, Mohammad Golam Mostofa, Jinxin Wang, Ashim Sikdar and Tanwne Sarker

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2020 20:181

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  28. Lycoris species have great ornamental and medicinal values; however, their low regeneration efficiency seriously restricts their commercial production. Understanding the mechanism of bulblet propagation in this g...

    Authors: Junxu Xu, Qingzhu Li, Liuyan Yang, Xin Li, Zhen Wang and Yongchun Zhang

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2020 20:180

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  29. CRISPR/Cas has recently become a widely used genome editing tool in various organisms, including plants. Applying CRISPR/Cas often requires delivering multiple expression units into plant and hence there is a ...

    Authors: Florian Hahn, Andrey Korolev, Laura Sanjurjo Loures and Vladimir Nekrasov

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2020 20:179

    Content type: Methodology article

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  30. Mangroves have adapted to intertidal zones - the interface between terrestrial and marine ecosystems. Various studies have shown adaptive evolution in mangroves at physiological, ecological, and genomic levels...

    Authors: Xiao Feng, Shaohua Xu, Jianfang Li, Yuchen Yang, Qipian Chen, Haomin Lyu, Cairong Zhong, Ziwen He and Suhua Shi

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2020 20:178

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  31. Curd architecture is one of the most important characters determining the curd morphology of cauliflower. However, the genetic mechanism dissection of this complex trait at molecular level is lacking. Genes/QT...

    Authors: Zhen-Qing Zhao, Xiao-Guang Sheng, Hui-Fang Yu, Jian-Sheng Wang, Yu-Sen Shen and Hong-Hui Gu

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2020 20:177

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  32. Jasmonates play an important role in plant stress and defence responses and are also involved in the regulation of anthocyanin synthesis in response to sucrose availability. Here we explore the signalling inte...

    Authors: Astrid Wingler, Verónica Tijero, Maren Müller, Benqi Yuan and Sergi Munné-Bosch

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2020 20:176

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  33. Biotic and abiotic stresses are the major cause of reduced growth, persistence, and yield in agriculture. Over the past decade, RNA-Sequencing and the use of transgenics with altered expression of stress relat...

    Authors: Ruth C. Martin, Brent A. Kronmiller and James E. Dombrowski

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2020 20:174

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  34. R2R3-MYB transcription factors (TFs) play important roles in plant growth and development, and response to biotic and abiotic stresses. However, their regulatory mechanisms in wound-induced anthocyanin biosynt...

    Authors: Haihai Wang, Xiaoqing Wang, Chunyan Yu, Cuiting Wang, Yanli Jin and Hongxia Zhang

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2020 20:173

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  35. Chloroplasts are essential organelles of plant cells for not only being the energy factory but also making plant cells adaptable to different environmental stimuli. The nuclear genome encodes most of the chlor...

    Authors: Rui-Min Zhu, Sen Chai, Zhuang-Zhuang Zhang, Chang-Le Ma, Yan Zhang and Sha Li

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2020 20:172

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  36. Chickpea is one of the major legume crops being cultivated in the arid and semi-arid regions of Pakistan. It is mainly grown on the marginal areas where, terminal drought stress is one of the serious threats t...

    Authors: Tariq Mahmud Shah, Muhammad Imran, Babar Manzoor Atta, M. Yasin Ashraf, Amjad Hameed, Irem Waqar, M. Shafiq, Khalid Hussain, M. Naveed, M. Aslam and Muhammad Amir Maqbool

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2020 20:171

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  37. High post-anthesis (p.a) temperatures reduce mature grain weights in wheat and other cereals. However, the causes of this reduction are not entirely known. Control of grain expansion by the maternally derived ...

    Authors: Richard I. Kino, Till K. Pellny, Rowan A. C. Mitchell, Asier Gonzalez-Uriarte and Paola Tosi

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2020 20:170

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  38. Plant viruses cause severe economic losses in agricultural production. An ultrahigh activity plant immune inducer (i.e., ZhiNengCong, ZNC) was extracted from endophytic fungi, and it could promote plant growth...

    Authors: Chune Peng, Ailing Zhang, Qingbin Wang, Yunzhi Song, Min Zhang, Xinhua Ding, Yang Li, Quanzheng Geng and Changxiang Zhu

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2020 20:169

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  39. Spider plant [Gynandropsis gynandra (L.) Briq.], an economically promising African leafy vegetable, characterized for leaf yield components and nutritive quality, exhibits poor seed germination that hinders a wid...

    Authors: Jelila S. Blalogoe, Alfred O. Odindo, E. O. Dêêdi Sogbohossou, Julia Sibiya and Enoch G. Achigan-Dako

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2020 20:168

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  40. Deoxyxylulose 5-phosphate synthase (DXS) and deoxyxylulose 5-phosphate reductoisomerase (DXR) are the enzymes that catalyze the first two enzyme steps of the methylerythritol 4-phosphate (MEP) pathway to suppl...

    Authors: MK You, YJ Lee, JK Kim, SA Baek, YA Jeon, SH Lim and SH Ha

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2020 20:167

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  41. Rhizosphere microbiome is dynamic and influenced by environment factors surrounded including pathogen invasion. We studied the effects of Ralstonia solanacearum pathogen abundance on rhizosphere microbiome and me...

    Authors: Tao Wen, Mengli Zhao, Ting Liu, Qiwei Huang, Jun Yuan and Qirong Shen

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2020 20:166

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  42. Common vetch (Vicia sativa L.) is an important self-pollinating annual forage legume and is of interest for drought prone regions as a protein source to feed livestock and human consumption. However, the developm...

    Authors: Xueyang Min, Xiaoshan Lin, Boniface NDAYAMBAZA, Yanrong Wang and Wenxian Liu

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2020 20:165

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  43. The granule-bound starch synthase I (GBSSI) enzyme is responsible for the synthesis of amylose, and therefore, its absence results in individuals with a waxy starch phenotype in various amylaceous crops. The v...

    Authors: Cátia Dias do Carmo, Massaine Bandeira e Sousa, Priscila Patrícia dos Santos Silva, Gilmara Alvarenga Fachardo Oliveira, Hernán Ceballos and Eder Jorge de Oliveira

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2020 20:164

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  44. Psathyrostachys huashanica Keng (2n = 2x = 14, NsNs) carries many outstanding agronomic traits, therefore is a valuable resource for wheat genetic improvement. Wheat–P. huashanica translocation lines are importan...

    Authors: Jiachuang Li, Li Zhao, Xueni Cheng, Guihua Bai, Mao Li, Jun Wu, Qunhui Yang, Xinhong Chen, Zujun Yang and Jixin Zhao

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2020 20:163

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  45. Fruit cracking occurs easily under unsuitable environmental conditions and is one of the main types of damage that occurs in fruit production. It is widely accepted that plants have developed defence mechanism...

    Authors: Lingzi Xue, Mintao Sun, Zhen Wu, Lu Yu, Qinghui Yu, Yaping Tang and Fangling Jiang

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2020 20:162

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  46. Coat color determines both appearance and nutrient quality of peanut. White seed coat in peanut can enhance the processing efficiency and quality of peanut oil. An integrative analysis of transcriptomes, metab...

    Authors: Liyun Wan, Yong Lei, Liying Yan, Yue Liu, Manish K. Pandey, Xia Wan, Rajeev K. Varshney, Jiahai Fang and Boshou Liao

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2020 20:161

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  47. Canker disease caused by Neoscytalidium dimidiatum is a devastating disease resulting in a major loss to the pitaya industry. However, resistance proteins in plants play crucial roles to against pathogen infectio...

    Authors: Min Xu, Cheng-Li Liu, Yu Fu, Zhi-Wen Liao, Pan-Yang Guo, Rui Xiong, Yu Cheng, Shuang-Shuang Wei, Jia-Quan Huang and Hua Tang

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2020 20:160

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  48. In most angiosperms, the inheritance of the mitochondria takes place in a typical maternal manner. However, very less information is available about if the existence of structural variations or not in mitochon...

    Authors: Weilong Yang, Jianing Zou, Jiajia Wang, Nengwu Li, Xiaoyun Luo, Xiaofen Jiang and Shaoqing Li

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2020 20:159

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  49. Plants reprogram metabolism and development to rapidly adapt to biotic and abiotic stress. Protein kinases play a significant role in this process by phosphorylating protein substrates that activate or inactiv...

    Authors: Bruno Aquino, Viviane C. H. da Silva, Katlin B. Massirer and Paulo Arruda

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2020 20:158

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  50. To maintain sweetpotato (Ipomoea batatas (L.) Lam) growth and yield, sucrose must be transported from the leaves to the roots. Sucrose transporters or carriers (SUTs or SUCs) transport sucrose and are involved in...

    Authors: Dandan Wang, Hongjuan Liu, Hongxia Wang, Peng Zhang and Chunyu Shi

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2020 20:157

    Content type: Research article

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