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  1. Salinity, as one of the main abiotic stresses, critically threatens growth and fertility of main food crops including rice in the world. To get insight into the molecular mechanisms by which tolerant genotypes...

    Authors: Raheleh Mirdar Mansuri, Zahra-Sadat Shobbar, Nadali Babaeian Jelodar, Mohammadreza Ghaffari, Seyed Mahdi Mohammadi and Parisa Daryani

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2020 20:452

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  2. The HD-Zip transcription factors are unique to plants and play an essential role in plant growth, development and stress responses. The HD-Zip transcription factor family consists of a highly conserved homeodo...

    Authors: Jiashuo Zhang, Jinzhang Wu, Mingliang Guo, Mohammad Aslam, Qi Wang, Huayan Ma, Shubin Li, Xingtan Zhang and Shijiang Cao

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2020 20:451

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  3. Before studying gene expression of different organisms, it is important to determine the best reference gene. At present, the most accurate method of detecting gene expression is quantitative real-time PCR (RT...

    Authors: Huiyun Song, Wenmai Mao, Zhihao Duan, Qingmin Que, Wei Zhou, Xiaoyang Chen and Pei Li

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2020 20:450

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  4. To explore the molecular regulatory mechanisms of early stem and leaf development, proteomic analysis was performed on leaves and stems of F genotype alfalfa, with thin stems and small leaves, and M genotype a...

    Authors: Hao Sun, Jie Yu, Fan Zhang, Junmei Kang, Mingna Li, Zhen Wang, Wenwen Liu, Jiaju Zhang, Qingchuan Yang and Ruicai Long

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2020 20:447

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  5. Petals are the colorful region of many ornamental plants. Quality traits of petal color directly affect the value of ornamental plants. Although the regulatory mechanism of flower color has been widely studied...

    Authors: Xiaojuan Yin, Xinyue Lin, Yuxuan Liu, Muhammad Irfan, Lijing Chen and Li Zhang

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2020 20:446

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  6. Gastrodia elata Bl. f. glauca S. Chow is a medicinal plant. G. elata f. glauca is unavoidably infected by pathogens in their growth process. In previous work, we have successfully isolated and identified Penicill...

    Authors: Yanhua Wang, Yugang Gao, Pu Zang and Yue Xu

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2020 20:445

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  7. Leaf senescence comprises numerous cooperative events, integrates environmental signals with age-dependent developmental cues, and coordinates the multifaceted deterioration and source-to-sink allocation of nu...

    Authors: Ming-Ming Zhao, Xiao-Wen Zhang, Yong-Wei Liu, Ke Li, Qi Tan, Shuo Zhou, Geng Wang and Chun-Jiang Zhou

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2020 20:444

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  8. Cucumber (Cucumis sativus L.) is an economically important vegetable crop species. However, it is susceptible to various abiotic and biotic stresses. WRKY transcription factors play important roles in plant growt...

    Authors: Chunhua Chen, Xueqian Chen, Jing Han, Wenli Lu and Zhonghai Ren

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2020 20:443

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  9. Rice is an important human staple food vulnerable to heavy metal contamination leading to serious concerns. High yield with low heavy metal contamination is a common but highly challenging goal for rice breede...

    Authors: Shuai Liu, Hua Zhong, Xiaoxi Meng, Tong Sun, Yangsheng Li, Shannon R. M. Pinson, Sam K. C. Chang and Zhaohua Peng

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2020 20:441

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  10. Autophagy is an evolutionarily conserved system for the degradation of intracellular components in eukaryotic organisms. Autophagy plays essential roles in preventing premature senescence and extending the lon...

    Authors: Zexi Chen, Wenbo Wang, Xiaojun Pu, Xiumei Dong, Bei Gao, Ping Li, Yanxia Jia, Aizhong Liu and Li Liu

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2020 20:440

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  11. AGAMOUS (AG) subfamily genes regulate the floral organs initiation and development, fruit and seed development. At present, there has been insufficient study of the function of AG subfamily genes in Asteraceae. M...

    Authors: Chunling Zhang, Ludan Wei, Wenjing Wang, Wenquan Qi, Zhe Cao, Hang Li, Manzhu Bao and Yanhong He

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2020 20:439

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  12. High-density genetic mapping is a valuable tool for mapping loci that control specific traits for perennial fruit trees. Peach is an economically important fruit tree and a model Rosaceae species for genomic a...

    Authors: Pei Shi, Ze Xu, Shaoyu Zhang, Xianju Wang, Xiaofei Ma, Jicheng Zheng, Libo Xing, Dong Zhang, Juanjuan Ma, Mingyu Han and Caiping Zhao

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2020 20:438

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  13. MicroRNAs (miRNAs) and their regulatory functions in anthocyanin, carotenoid, and chlorophyll accumulation have been extensively characterized in many plant species. However, the miRNA regulatory mechanism in ...

    Authors: Canbin Chen, Fangfang Xie, Qingzhu Hua, Noemi Tel Zur, Lulu Zhang, Zhike Zhang, Rong Zhang, Jietang Zhao, Guibing Hu and Yonghua Qin

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2020 20:437

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  14. Lilac (Syringa oblata) is an important woody plant with high ornamental value. However, very limited genetic marker resources are currently available, and little is known about the genetic architecture of importa...

    Authors: Yunyao Yang, Ruiqing He, Jian Zheng, Zenghui Hu, Jing Wu and Pingsheng Leng

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2020 20:436

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  15. Sweetpotato (Ipomoea batatas L.) is one of the seven major food crops grown worldwide. Cold stress often can cause protein expression pattern and substance contents variations for tuberous roots of sweetpotato du...

    Authors: Peng Cui, Yongxin Li, Chenke Cui, Yanrong Huo, Guoquan Lu and Huqing Yang

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2020 20:435

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  16. Application of exogenous glycine betaine (GB) and exogenous salicylic acid (SA) mitigates the adverse effects of salinity. Foliar spraying with exogenous GB or SA alleviates salt stress in plants by increasing...

    Authors: Abdoul Kader Mounkaila Hamani, Guangshuai Wang, Mukesh Kumar Soothar, Xiaojun Shen, Yang Gao, Rangjian Qiu and Faisal Mehmood

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2020 20:434

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  17. In acidic soils, aluminum (Al) competing with Zn results in Zn deficiency in plants. Zn is essential for auxin biosynthesis. Zn-mediated alleviation of Al toxicity has been rarely studied, the mechanism of Zn ...

    Authors: Liantai Su, Jianping Xie, Wuwu Wen, Jiaojiao Li, Peng Zhou and Yuan An

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2020 20:433

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  18. Panama disease (Fusarium wilt disease) caused by Fusarium oxysporum f. sp. cubense race 4 (FOC) severely threatens banana (Musa spp.) production worldwide. Intercropping of banana with Allium plants has shown a p...

    Authors: Zhenfang Li, Tong Wang, Chenling He, Kelin Cheng, Rensen Zeng and Yuanyuan Song

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2020 20:432

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  19. High-temperature stress (HTS) is one of the main environmental stresses that limit plant growth and crop production in agricultural systems. Maca (Lepidium meyenii) is an important high-altitude herbaceous plant ...

    Authors: Zhan Qi Wang, Qi Ming Zhao, Xueting Zhong, Li Xiao, Li Xuan Ma, Chou Fei Wu, Zhongshan Zhang, Li Qin Zhang, Yang Tian and Wei Fan

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2020 20:431

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  20. In the past several millenniums, we have domesticated several crop species that are crucial for human civilization, which is a symbol of significant human influence on plant evolution. A pressing question to a...

    Authors: Jian-Guo Gao, Hui Liu, Ning Wang, Jing Yang and Xiao-Ling Zhang

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2020 20:430

    Content type: Review

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  21. Caucasian clover (Trifolium ambiguum M. Bieb.) is a strongly rhizomatous, low-crowned perennial leguminous and ground-covering grass. The species may be used as an ornamental plant and is resistant to cold, arid ...

    Authors: Xiujie Yin, Kun Yi, Yihang Zhao, Yao Hu, Xu Li, Taotao He, Jiaxue Liu and Guowen Cui

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2020 20:429

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  22. Bread wheat is one of the most important crops for the human diet, but the increasing soil salinization is causing yield reductions worldwide. Improving salt stress tolerance in wheat requires the elucidation ...

    Authors: Diana Duarte-Delgado, Said Dadshani, Heiko Schoof, Benedict C. Oyiga, Michael Schneider, Boby Mathew, Jens Léon and Agim Ballvora

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2020 20:428

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  23. Proso millet is a highly nutritious cereal considered an essential component of processed foods. It is also recognized with high water-use efficiency as well as short growing seasons. This research was primari...

    Authors: Mehdi Yazdizadeh, Leila Fahmideh, Ghasem Mohammadi-Nejad, Mahmood Solouki and Babak Nakhoda

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2020 20:427

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  24. The genus Cypripedium L. is one of the five genera of the subfamily Cypripedioideae, members of which are commonly known as lady’s slipper orchids. Cypripedium japonicum is a perennial herb native to East Asia, s...

    Authors: Balkrishna Ghimire, Sungwon Son, Jae Hyeun Kim and Mi Jin Jeong

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2020 20:426

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  25. To date, CRISPR/Cas9 RNP editing tools have not been applied to the genetic modification of banana. Here, the establishment of a PEG-mediated banana protoplast transformation system makes it possible to build ...

    Authors: Shaoping Wu, Haocheng Zhu, Jinxing Liu, Qiaosong Yang, Xiuhong Shao, Fangcheng Bi, Chunhua Hu, Heqiang Huo, Kunling Chen and Ganjun Yi

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2020 20:425

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  26. Pyropia yezoensis (Rhodophyta) is widely cultivated in East Asia and plays important economic, ecological and research roles. Although inorganic carbon utilization of P. yezoensis has been investigated from a phy...

    Authors: Baoyu Zhang, Xiujun Xie, Xuehua Liu, Linwen He, Yuanyuan Sun and Guangce Wang

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2020 20:424

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  27. Camelina sativa (gold-of-pleasure) is a traditional European oilseed crop and emerging biofuel source with high levels of desirable fatty acids. A twentieth century germplasm bottleneck depleted genetic diversity...

    Authors: Jordan R. Brock, Trey Scott, Amy Yoonjin Lee, Sergei L. Mosyakin and Kenneth M. Olsen

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2020 20:423

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  28. Sucrose phosphate synthase (SPS) genes play vital roles in sucrose production across various plant species. Modern sugarcane cultivar is derived from the hybridization between the high sugar content species Sacch...

    Authors: Panpan Ma, Xingtan Zhang, Lanping Chen, Qian Zhao, Qing Zhang, Xiuting Hua, Zhengchao Wang, Haibao Tang, Qingyi Yu, Muqing Zhang, Ray Ming and Jisen Zhang

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2020 20:422

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  29. Salt stress is one of the most damaging abiotic stresses in production of Upland cotton (Gossypium hirsutum). Upland cotton is defined as a medium salt-tolerant crop. Salinity hinders root development, shoots gro...

    Authors: Ying Su, Anhui Guo, Yi Huang, Yumei Wang and Jinping Hua

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2020 20:421

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  30. Members of the plant-specific SPL gene family (squamosa promoter-binding protein -like) contain the SBP conserved domain and are involved in the regulation of plant growth and development, including the developme...

    Authors: Ting Zhu, Yue Liu, Liting Ma, Xiaoying Wang, Dazhong Zhang, Yucui Han, Qin Ding and Lingjian Ma

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2020 20:420

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  31. Gender and fertility variation have an impact on mating dynamics in a population because they affect the gene exchange among parental members and the genetic composition of the resultant seed crops. Fertility ...

    Authors: Ji-Min Park, Hye-In Kang, Da-Bin Yeom, Kyu-Suk Kang, Yousry A. El-Kassaby and Kyung-Mi Lee

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2020 20:418

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  32. Peanut is an important legume crop growing worldwide. With the published allotetraploid genomes, further functional studies of the genes in peanut are very critical for crop improvement. CRISPR/Cas9 system is ...

    Authors: Hongmei Shu, Ziliang Luo, Ze Peng and Jianping Wang

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2020 20:417

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  33. Cotton (Gossypium spp.) fiber yield is one of the key target traits, and improved fiber yield has always been thought of as an important objective in the breeding programs and production. Although some studies ha...

    Authors: Junji Su, Caixiang Wang, Qi Ma, Ai Zhang, Chunhui Shi, Juanjuan Liu, Xianliang Zhang, Delong Yang and Xiongfeng Ma

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2020 20:416

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  34. Rhododendron molle (Ericaceae) is a traditional Chinese medicinal plant, its flower and root have been widely used to treat rheumatism and relieve pain for thousands of years in China. Chemical studies have revea...

    Authors: Guo-Lin Zhou and Ping Zhu

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2020 20:414

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  35. Non-photosynthetic plastids of plants are known to be involved in a range of metabolic and biosynthetic reactions, even if they have been difficult to study due to their small size and lack of color. The morph...

    Authors: Magda Grabsztunowicz, Anne Rokka, Irum Farooq, Eva-Mari Aro and Paula Mulo

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2020 20:413

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  36. Histone modification genes (HMs) play potential roles in plant growth and development via influencing gene expression and chromatin structure. However, limited information is available about HMs genes in grapes (

    Authors: Li Wang, Bilal Ahmad, Chen Liang, Xiaoxin Shi, Ruyi Sun, Songlin Zhang and Guoqiang Du

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2020 20:412

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  37. Aroma, berry firmness and berry shape are three main quality traits in table grape production, and also the important target traits in grapevine breeding. However, the information about their genetic mechanism...

    Authors: Huiling Wang, Ailing Yan, Lei Sun, Guojun Zhang, Xiaoyue Wang, Jiancheng Ren and Haiying Xu

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2020 20:411

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  38. To fully elucidate the roles and mechanisms of plant hormones in leaf senescence, we adopted an integrated analysis of both non-senescing and senescing leaves from red maple with transcriptome and metabolome d...

    Authors: Chen Zhu, Lu Xiaoyu, Gao Junlan, Xuan Yun and Ren Jie

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2020 20:410

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  39. Grapevine (Vitis vinifera L.), which has important nutritional values and health benefits, is one of the most economically important fruit crops cultivated worldwide. Several studies showed a large number of micr...

    Authors: Xin Sun, Mengqi Wang, Xiangpeng Leng, Kekun Zhang, Gengsen Liu and Jinggui Fang

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2020 20:409

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  40. Little is known about the initial, symptomless (latent) phase of the devastating wheat disease Septoria tritici blotch. However, speculations as to its impact on fungal success and disease severity in the fiel...

    Authors: Harriet R. Benbow, Ciarán J. Brennan, Binbin Zhou, Thalia Christodoulou, Simon Berry, Cristobal Uauy, Ewen Mullins and Fiona M. Doohan

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2020 20:407

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  41. Oat (Avena sativa L.) is a recognized health-food, and the contributions of its different candidate A-genome progenitor species remain inconclusive. Here, we report chloroplast genome sequences of eleven Avena sp...

    Authors: Qing Liu, Xiaoyu Li, Mingzhi Li, Wenkui Xu, Trude Schwarzacher and John Seymour Heslop-Harrison

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2020 20:406

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  42. Chenopodium quinoa Willd. (quinoa) is a pseudocereal crop of the Amaranthaceae family and represents a promising species with the nutritional content and high tolerance to stressful environments, such as soils af...

    Authors: Feng Li, Jianxia Liu, Xuhu Guo, Lili Yin, Hongli Zhang and Riyu Wen

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2020 20:405

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  43. Seed weight is a complex yield-related trait with a lot of quantitative trait loci (QTL) reported through linkage mapping studies. Integration of QTL from linkage mapping into breeding program is challenging d...

    Authors: Benjamin Karikari, Zili Wang, Yilan Zhou, Wenliang Yan, Jianying Feng and Tuanjie Zhao

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2020 20:404

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  44. WRKY is a group of transcription factors (TFs) that play a vital role in plant growth, development, and stress tolerance. To date, none of jute WRKY (CcWRKY) genes have been identified, even if jute (Corchorus ca...

    Authors: Lilan Zhang, Xuebei Wan, Yi Xu, Sylvain Niyitanga, Jianmin Qi and Liwu Zhang

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2020 20:403

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  45. Pollen formation and development is important for crop fertility and is a key factor for hybrid development. Previous reports have indicated that Arabidopsis thaliana TAPETUM DETERMINANT1 (AtTPD1) and its rice (O...

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

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2020 20:402

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  46. C2H2 zinc finger proteins (C2H2 ZFPs) play vital roles in shaping many aspects of plant growth and adaptation to the environment. Plant genomes harbor hundreds of C2H2 ZFPs, which compose one of the most impor...

    Authors: Zhicheng Jiao, Liping Wang, Huan Du, Ying Wang, Weixu Wang, Junjie Liu, Jinhang Huang, Wei Huang and Liangfa Ge

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2020 20:401

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  47. To improve our understanding about the physiological mechanism of grain yield reduction at anthesis, three spring wheat genotypes [L1 (advanced line), L2 (Vorobey) and L3 (Punjab-11)] having contrasting yield pot...

    Authors: Sajid Shokat, Dominik K. Großkinsky, Thomas Roitsch and Fulai Liu

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2020 20:400

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