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  1. Dodder (Cuscuta spp., Convolvulaceae) species are obligate leaf- and rootless parasites that totally depend on hosts to survive. Dodders naturally graft themselves to host stems to form vascular fusion, from whic...

    Authors: Yan Qin, Jingxiong Zhang, Christian Hettenhausen, Hui Liu, Shalan Li, Guojing Shen, Guoyan Cao and Jianqiang Wu

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2019 19:540

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  2. Nitrogen dioxide (NO2) triggers hypersensitive response (HR)-like cell death in Arabidopsis thaliana. A high-throughput mutant screen was established to identify genes involved in this type of programmed cell dea...

    Authors: Ulrike Frank, Susanne Kublik, Dörte Mayer, Marion Engel, Michael Schloter, Jörg Durner and Frank Gaupels

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2019 19:539

    Content type: Methodology article

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  3. The cultivated peanut is an important oil and cash crop grown worldwide. To meet the growing demand for peanut production each year, genetic studies and enhanced selection efficiency are essential, including l...

    Authors: Shengzhong Zhang, Xiaohui Hu, Huarong Miao, Ye Chu, Fenggao Cui, Weiqiang Yang, Chunming Wang, Yi Shen, Tingting Xu, Libo Zhao, Jiancheng Zhang and Jing Chen

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2019 19:537

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  4. Fusarium head blight (FHB) is a major disease of cereal crops, caused by the fungal pathogen Fusarium graminearum and related species. Breeding wheat for FHB resistance contributes to increase yields and grain qu...

    Authors: François Fauteux, Yunli Wang, Hélène Rocheleau, Ziying Liu, Youlian Pan, George Fedak, Curt McCartney and Thérèse Ouellet

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2019 19:536

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  5. Elucidating the effect of source-sink relations on berry composition is of interest for wine grape production as it represents a mechanistic link between yield, photosynthetic capacity and wine quality. Howeve...

    Authors: Jason P. Smith, Everard J. Edwards, Amanda R. Walker, Julia C. Gouot, Celia Barril and Bruno P. Holzapfel

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2019 19:535

    Content type: Methodology article

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  6. Flowering is a key process in the life cycle of plants. The transition from vegetative to reproductive growth is thus under sophisticated regulation by endogenous and environmental signals. The plant-specific ...

    Authors: Xiaoyan Wang, Xintong Xu, Xiaowei Mo, Luyao Zhong, Jiancong Zhang, Beixin Mo and Benke Kuai

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2019 19:534

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  7. The genus Elaeis has two species of economic importance for the oil palm agroindustry: Elaeis oleifera (O), native to the Americas, and Elaeis guineensis (G), native to Africa. This work provides to our knowledge...

    Authors: Jaime A. Osorio-Guarín, Gina A. Garzón-Martínez, Paola Delgadillo-Duran, Silvio Bastidas, Leidy P. Moreno, Felix E. Enciso-Rodríguez, Omar E. Cornejo and Luz Stella Barrero

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2019 19:533

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  8. Although the most common path of infection for fire blight, a severe bacterial disease on apple, is via host plant flowers, quantitative trait loci (QTLs) for fire blight resistance to date have exclusively be...

    Authors: Andreas Peil, Christine Hübert, Annette Wensing, Mary Horner, Ofere Francis Emeriewen, Klaus Richter, Thomas Wöhner, David Chagné, Carolina Orellana-Torrejon, Munazza Saeed, Michela Troggio, Erika Stefani, Susan E. Gardiner, Magda-Viola Hanke, Henryk Flachowsky and Vincent G.M. Bus

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2019 19:532

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  9. Nectar is a major floral attractant and reward for insects that ensures pollination. Liriodendron, a genus of the Magnoliaceae family, includes only two relict species, L. chinense and L. tulipifera, which are co...

    Authors: Huanhuan Liu, Jikai Ma and Huogen Li

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2019 19:531

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  10. Cell wall degrading enzymes (CWDEs) induce plant immune responses and E3 ubiquitin ligases are known to play important roles in regulating plant defenses. Expression of the rice E3 ubiquitin ligase, OsPUB41, is e...

    Authors: Neha Rajendra Kachewar, Vishal Gupta, Ashish Ranjan, Hitendra Kumar Patel and Ramesh V. Sonti

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2019 19:530

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  11. Trees of the genus Taxus are highly valuable medicinal plants with multiple pharmacological effects on various cancer treatments. Paclitaxel from Taxus trees is an efficient and widely used anticancer drug, howev...

    Authors: Ting Zhou, Xiujun Luo, Chengchao Zhang, Xinyun Xu, Chunna Yu, Zhifang Jiang, Lei Zhang, Huwei Yuan, Bingsong Zheng, Erxu Pi and Chenjia Shen

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2019 19:529

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  12. Axillary buds allow the production of either vegetative or reproductive shoots, which display a plastic developmental potential of the plant to suit the prevailing environmental changes. Strawberry represents ...

    Authors: Yuting Qiu, Si Cong Guan, Chenjin Wen, Peng Li, Zhen Gao and Xu Chen

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2019 19:528

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  13. Long noncoding RNAs (lncRNAs) play an important role in diverse biological processes and have been widely studied in recent years. However, the roles of lncRNAs in leaf pigment formation in ginkgo (Ginkgo biloba ...

    Authors: Yaqiong Wu, Jing Guo, Tongli Wang, Fuliang Cao and Guibin Wang

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2019 19:527

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  14. In plant science, the study of salinity tolerance is crucial to improving plant growth and productivity under saline conditions. Since quantile regression is a more robust, comprehensive and flexible method of...

    Authors: Gaurav Agarwal, Stephanie Saade, Mohammad Shahid, Mark Tester and Ying Sun

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2019 19:526

    Content type: Methodology Article

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  15. Abscisic acid (ABA) and sucrose act as molecular signals in response to abiotic stress. However, how their synergy regulates the source-sink relationship has rarely been studied. This study aimed to reveal the...

    Authors: Tingting Chen, Guangyan Li, Mohammad Rezaul Islam, Weimeng Fu, Baohua Feng, Longxing Tao and Guanfu Fu

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2019 19:525

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  16. Plastid-encoded RNA polymerase (PEP) plays an essential role in chloroplast development by governing the expression of genes involved in photosynthesis. At least 12 PEP-associated proteins (PAPs), including FS...

    Authors: Sangyool Lee, Young Hee Joung, Ju-Kon Kim, Yang Do Choi and Geupil Jang

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2019 19:524

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  17. The homeobox transcription factor has a diversity of functions during plant growth and development process. Previous transcriptome analyses of seed development in grape hybrids suggested that specific homeodom...

    Authors: Yunduan Li, Songlin Zhang, Ruzhuang Dong, Li Wang, Jin Yao, Steve van Nocker and Xiping Wang

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2019 19:523

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  18. The WRKYs are a major family of plant transcription factors that play roles in the responses to biotic and abiotic stresses; however, a comprehensive study of the WRKY family in roses (Rosa sp.) has not previousl...

    Authors: Xintong Liu, Dandan Li, Shiya Zhang, Yaling Xu and Zhao Zhang

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2019 19:522

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  19. Dendrobium moniliforme (Linnaeus) Swartz is a well-known plant used in traditional Chinese medicine due to bioactive constituents. Polysaccharides are the main medicinal ingredients, yet no studies have been publ...

    Authors: Yingdan Yuan, Jinchi Zhang, Justin Kallman, Xin Liu, Miaojing Meng and Jie Lin

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2019 19:521

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  20. Germplasm banks maintain collections representing the most comprehensive catalogue of native genetic diversity available for crop improvement. Users of germplasm banks are interested in a fixed number of sampl...

    Authors: Jorge Franco-Duran, José Crossa, Jiafa Chen and Sarah Jane Hearne

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2019 19:520

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  21. The structural reinforcement of cell walls by hydroxycinnamates has a significant role in defense against pests and pathogens, but it also interferes with forage digestibility and biofuel production. Elucidati...

    Authors: A. López-Malvar, A. Butrón, L. F. Samayoa, D. J. Figueroa-Garrido, R. A. Malvar and R. Santiago

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2019 19:519

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  22. Cassava whitefly outbreaks were initially reported in East and Central Africa cassava (Manihot esculenta Crantz) growing regions in the 1990’s and have now spread to other geographical locations, becoming a globa...

    Authors: Laura Perez-Fons, Adriana Bohorquez-Chaux, Maria L. Irigoyen, Danielle C. Garceau, Kris Morreel, Wout Boerjan, Linda L. Walling, Luis Augusto Becerra Lopez-Lavalle and Paul D. Fraser

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2019 19:518

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  23. Anther development has been extensively studied at the transcriptional level, but a systematic analysis of full-length transcripts on a genome-wide scale has not yet been published. Here, the Pacific Bioscienc...

    Authors: Chong Tan, Hongxin Liu, Jie Ren, Xueling Ye, Hui Feng and Zhiyong Liu

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2019 19:517

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  24. Intermittent dehydration caused by tidal changes is one of the most important abiotic factors that intertidal seaweeds must cope with in order to retain normal growth and reproduction. However, the underlying ...

    Authors: Shun Liu, Zi-Min Hu, Quansheng Zhang, Xiaoqi Yang, Alan T. Critchley and Delin Duan

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2019 19:516

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  25. Ascorbate is a powerful antioxidant in plants and an essential micronutrient for humans. The GDP-L-galactose phosphorylase (GGP) gene encodes the rate-limiting enzyme of the L-galactose pathway—the dominant ascor...

    Authors: Ronan C. Broad, Julien P. Bonneau, Jesse T. Beasley, Sally Roden, Joshua G. Philips, Ute Baumann, Roger P. Hellens and Alexander A. T. Johnson

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2019 19:515

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  26. Plant defense against herbivores begins with perception. The earlier plant detects the harm, the greater plant will benefit in its arm race with the herbivore. Before feeding, the larvae of the rice pest Cnaphalo...

    Authors: Jin-Hua Shi, Ze Sun, Xin-Jun Hu, Huanan Jin, Caroline Ngichop Foba, Hao Liu, Chao Wang, Le Liu, Feng-Feng Li and Man-Qun Wang

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2019 19:514

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  27. Kelps (Laminariales, Phaeophyceae) are brown macroalgae of utmost ecological, and increasingly economic, importance on temperate to polar rocky shores. Omics approaches in brown algae are still scarce and know...

    Authors: Cátia Marina Machado Monteiro, Huiru Li, Kai Bischof, Inka Bartsch, Klaus Ulrich Valentin, Erwan Corre, Jonas Collén, Lars Harms, Gernot Glöckner and Sandra Heinrich

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2019 19:513

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  28. Thaxtomin A (TA) is a natural cellulose biosynthesis inhibitor (CBI) synthesized by the potato common scab-causing pathogen Streptomyces scabies. Inhibition of cellulose synthesis by TA compromises cell wall orga...

    Authors: Fatima Awwad, Guillaume Bertrand, Michel Grandbois and Nathalie Beaudoin

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2019 19:512

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  29. Application of the CRISPR/Cas9 system or its derived base editors enables targeted genome modification, thereby providing a programmable tool to exploit gene functions and to improve crop traits.

    Authors: Wen Xu, Wei Song, Yongxing Yang, Ying Wu, Xinxin Lv, Shuang Yuan, Ya Liu and Jinxiao Yang

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2019 19:511

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  30. Soybean is one of the most important crop sources of tocopherols (Toc). However, the content of α-Toc, an isoform with the highest vitamin E activity in humans, is low in most cultivars. With the aim of broade...

    Authors: Cheolwoo Park, Maria Stefanie Dwiyanti, Atsushi J. Nagano, Baohui Liu, Tetsuya Yamada and Jun Abe

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2019 19:510

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  31. Copper (Cu) toxicity has become a potential threat for citrus production, but little is known about related mechanisms. This study aims to uncover the global landscape of mRNAs, long non-coding RNAs (lncRNAs),...

    Authors: Xing-Zheng Fu, Xiao-Yong Zhang, Jie-Ya Qiu, Xue Zhou, Meng Yuan, Yi-Zhong He, Chang-Pin Chun, Li Cao, Li-Li Ling and Liang-Zhi Peng

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2019 19:509

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  32. Carbohydrate partitioning and utilization is a key determinant of growth rate and of yield in plants and crops. There are few studies on crops in field conditions. In Arabidopsis, starch accumulation in leaves is...

    Authors: Xiao-Gui Liang, Zhen Gao, Li Zhang, Si Shen, Xue Zhao, Yun-Peng Liu, Li-Li Zhou, Matthew J. Paul and Shun-Li Zhou

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2019 19:508

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  33. The ubiquitous signaling molecule melatonin (N-acetyl-5-methoxytryptamine) (MT) plays vital roles in plant development and stress tolerance. Selenium (Se) may be phytotoxic at high concentrations. Interactions be...

    Authors: Zaid Ulhassan, Qian Huang, Rafaqat Ali Gill, Skhawat Ali, Theodore Mulembo Mwamba, Basharat Ali, Faiza Hina and Weijun Zhou

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2019 19:507

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  34. Ethylene-responsive factors (ERFs) play important roles in plant growth and development and the response to adverse environmental factors, including abiotic and biotic stresses.

    Authors: Meng-Jie Zhao, Li-Juan Yin, Ying Liu, Jian Ma, Jia-Cheng Zheng, Jin-Hao Lan, Jin-Dong Fu, Ming Chen, Zhao-Shi Xu and You-Zhi Ma

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2019 19:506

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  35. Ramet propagation in strawberry (Fragaria × ananassa) is the most effective way in production. However, the lack of systematically phenotypic observations and high-throughput methods limits our ability to analyze...

    Authors: Ling Guan, Mizhen Zhao, Yaming Qian, Hongmei Yu, Jin Xia and Ejiao Wu

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2019 19:505

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  36. The cultivated peanut (Arachis hypogaea) is one of the most important oilseed crops worldwide, however, its improvement is restricted by its narrow genetic base. The highly variable wild peanut species, especiall...

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

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2019 19:504

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  37. Dicer-like proteins (DCLs) are essential players in RNA-silencing mechanisms, acting in gene regulation via miRNAs and in antiviral protection in plants and have also been associated to other biotic and abioti...

    Authors: Marianna O. Moura, Anna Karoline S. Fausto, Amanda Fanelli, Fernanda A. de F. Guedes, Tatiane da F. Silva, Elisson Romanel and Maite F. S. Vaslin

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2019 19:503

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  38. Selenium (Se) is a beneficial element for higher plants and essential for mammals. To study the effect of the foliar application of sodium selenate on fragrant rice performance, a pot experiment was conducted ...

    Authors: Haowen Luo, Bin Du, Longxin He, Axiang Zheng, Shenggang Pan and Xiangru Tang

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2019 19:502

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  39. White rot is one of the most dangerous fungal diseases and can considerably affect grape berry production and quality. However, few studies have focused on this disease, and thus, finding candidate white rot r...

    Authors: Kai Su, Yinshan Guo, Yuhui Zhao, Hongyan Gao, Zhendong Liu, Kun Li, Li Ma and Xiuwu Guo

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2019 19:501

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  40. Plant height is one of the most important agronomic traits in many crops due to its influence on lodging resistance and yield performance. Although progress has been made in the use of dwarfing genes in crop i...

    Authors: Hongtao Cheng, Fenwei Jin, Qamar U. Zaman, Bingli Ding, Mengyu Hao, Yi Wang, Yi Huang, Rachel Wells, Yun Dong and Qiong Hu

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2019 19:500

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  41. SWEETs (Sugar Will Eventually be Exported transporters) function as sugar efflux transporters that perform diverse physiological functions, including phloem loading, nectar secretion, seed filling, and pathoge...

    Authors: Hanhan Xie, Dan Wang, Yaqi Qin, Anna Ma, Jiaxin Fu, Yonghua Qin, Guibing Hu and Jietang Zhao

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2019 19:499

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  42. Polygonum cuspidatum of the Polygonaceae family is a traditional medicinal plant with many bioactive compounds that play important roles in human health and stress responses. Research has attempted to identify bi...

    Authors: Xiaowei Wang, Zhijun Wu, Wenqi Bao, Hongyan Hu, Mo Chen, Tuanyao Chai and Hong Wang

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2019 19:498

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  43. The basic helix-loop-helix (bHLH) transcription factors (TFs), as one of the largest families of TFs, play important roles in the regulation of many secondary metabolites including flavonoids. Their involvemen...

    Authors: Yu Zhao, Yu-Ying Zhang, Hui Liu, Xiao-Shuang Zhang, Rong Ni, Piao-Yi Wang, Shuai Gao, Hong-Xiang Lou and Ai-Xia Cheng

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2019 19:497

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  44. Anthocyanins are the primary source of colour in flowers and also accumulate in vegetative tissues, where they have multiple protective roles traditionally attributed to early compounds of the metabolic pathwa...

    Authors: José Carlos Del Valle, Cristina Alcalde-Eon, Mª. Teresa Escribano-Bailón, Mª. Luisa Buide, Justen B. Whittall and Eduardo Narbona

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2019 19:496

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  45. The interaction among plants and their pollinators has been a major factor which enriched floral traits known as pollination syndromes and promoted the diversification of flowering plants. One of the bee-polli...

    Authors: Wuxiu Guo, Xue Zhang, Qincheng Peng, Da Luo, Keyuan Jiao and Shihao Su

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2019 19:495

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  46. Guayule (Parthenium argentatum Gray) is a drought tolerant, rubber producing perennial shrub native to northern Mexico and the US Southwest. Hevea brasiliensis, currently the world’s only source of natural rubber...

    Authors: Andrew D. L. Nelson, Grisel Ponciano, Colleen McMahan, Daniel C. Ilut, N. Ace Pugh, Diaa Eldin Elshikha, Douglas J. Hunsaker and Duke Pauli

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2019 19:494

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  47. Phloem-feeding insects are known to modulate the salicylic acid (SA) signaling pathway in various plant-insect interaction models. Diaphorina citri is a phloem feeding vector of the deadly phytopathogens, Candida...

    Authors: Freddy Ibanez, Joon Hyuk Suh, Yu Wang and Lukasz L. Stelinski

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2019 19:493

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  48. Plant architecture, which is mostly determined by shoot branching, plays an important role in plant growth and development. Thus, it is essential to explore the regulatory molecular mechanism of branching patt...

    Authors: Rui Han, Chenrui Gu, Ranhong Li, Wendi Xu, Shuo Wang, Chaoyi Liu, Chang Qu, Su Chen, Guifeng Liu, Qibin Yu, Jing Jiang and Huiyu Li

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2019 19:491

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  49. The genetic mechanism of aluminum (Al) tolerance in rice is great complicated. Uncovering genetic mechanism of Al tolerance in rice is the premise for Al tolerance improvement. Mining elite genes within rice l...

    Authors: Peng Zhang, Kaizhen Zhong, Zhengzheng Zhong and Hanhua Tong

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2019 19:490

    Content type: Research article

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  50. Grass pea (Lathyrus sativus) is an underutilised crop with high tolerance to drought and flooding stress and potential for maintaining food and nutritional security in the face of climate change. The presence of ...

    Authors: Peter M. F. Emmrich, Martin Rejzek, Lionel Hill, Paul Brett, Anne Edwards, Abhimanyu Sarkar, Rob A. Field, Cathie Martin and Trevor L. Wang

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2019 19:489

    Content type: Methodology article

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