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  1. Content type: Research article

    Jasmintides jS1 and jS2 from Jasminum sambac were previously identified as a novel family of cysteine-rich peptides (CRPs) with an unusual disulfide connectivity. However, very little else is known about jasminti...

    Authors: Geeta Kumari, Ka Ho Wong, Aida Serra, Joon Shin, Ho Sup Yoon, Siu Kwan Sze and James P. Tam

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2018 18:144

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    Flowers open at sunrise and close at sunset, establishing a circadian floral movement rhythm to facilitate pollination as part of reproduction. By the coordination of endogenous factors and environmental stimu...

    Authors: Meiyu Ke, Zhen Gao, Jianqing Chen, Yuting Qiu, Liangsheng Zhang and Xu Chen

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2018 18:143

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  3. Content type: Research article

    Pongamia (Millettia pinnata syn. Pongamia pinnata), an oilseed legume species, is emerging as potential feedstock for sustainable biodiesel production. Breeding Pongamia for favorable traits in commercial applica...

    Authors: Jianzi Huang, Xuehong Hao, Ye Jin, Xiaohuan Guo, Qing Shao, Kavitha S. Kumar, Yogesh K. Ahlawat, David E. Harry, Chandrashekhar P. Joshi and Yizhi Zheng

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2018 18:140

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  4. Content type: Research article

    Switchgrass breeders need to improve the rates of genetic gain in many bioenergy-related traits in order to create improved cultivars that are higher yielding and have optimal biomass composition. One way to a...

    Authors: Jason D. Fiedler, Christina Lanzatella, Serge J. Edmé, Nathan A. Palmer, Gautam Sarath, Rob Mitchell and Christian M. Tobias

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2018 18:142

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  5. Content type: Research article

    Water permeability governed by seed coat is a major facet of seed crops, especially soybean, whose seeds lack physiological dormancy and experience rapid deterioration in seed viability under prolonged storage...

    Authors: G. Ramakrishna, Parampreet Kaur, Deepti Nigam, Pavan K. Chaduvula, Sangita Yadav, Akshay Talukdar, Nagendra Kumar Singh and Kishor Gaikwad

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2018 18:141

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  6. Content type: Research article

    The green peach aphid (GPA), Myzus persicae, is economically one of the most threatening pests in pepper cultivation, which not only causes direct damage but also transmits many viruses. Breeding aphid resistant ...

    Authors: Mengjing Sun, Roeland E. Voorrips, Greet Steenhuis-Broers, Wendy van’t Westende and Ben Vosman

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2018 18:138

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  7. Content type: Research article

    The mountainous region between the Caucasus and China is considered to be the center of domestication for grapevine. Despite the importance of Central Asia in the history of grape growing, information about th...

    Authors: Summaira Riaz, Gabriella De Lorenzis, Dianne Velasco, Anne Koehmstedt, David Maghradze, Zviad Bobokashvili, Mirza Musayev, Goran Zdunic, Valerie Laucou, M. Andrew Walker, Osvaldo Failla, John E. Preece, Mallikarjuna Aradhya and Rosa Arroyo-Garcia

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2018 18:137

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  8. Content type: Research article

    Improvement of water-use efficiency (WUE) can effectively reduce production losses caused by drought stress. A better understanding of the genetic determination of WUE in crops under drought stress has great p...

    Authors: Haibo Wang, Shuang Zhao, Ke Mao, Qinglong Dong, Bowen Liang, Chao Li, Zhiwei Wei, Mingjun Li and Fengwang Ma

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2018 18:136

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  9. Content type: Methodology article

    The relatively low efficiency of biolistic transformation and subsequent integration of multiple copies of the introduced gene/s significantly complicate the genetic modification of wheat (Triticum aestivum) and ...

    Authors: Ainur Ismagul, Nannan Yang, Elina Maltseva, Gulnur Iskakova, Inna Mazonka, Yuri Skiba, Huihui Bi, Serik Eliby, Satyvaldy Jatayev, Yuri Shavrukov, Nikolai Borisjuk and Peter Langridge

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2018 18:135

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  10. Content type: Research article

    Correct flower formation requires highly specific temporal and spatial regulation of gene expression. In Arabidopsis thaliana the majority of the master regulators that determine flower organ identity belong to t...

    Authors: Niels Aerts, Suzanne de Bruijn, Hilda van Mourik, Gerco C. Angenent and Aalt D. J. van Dijk

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2018 18:131

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  11. Content type: Research article

    Plastome mutants are ideal resources for elucidating the functions of plastid genes. Numerous studies have been conducted for the function of plastid genes in barley and tobacco; however, related information i...

    Authors: Xiaoyan Tang, Yiheng Wang, Yun Zhang, Shengnan Huang, Zhiyong Liu, Danli Fei and Hui Feng

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2018 18:130

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  12. Content type: Research article

    Trichomes and phenylpropanoid-derived phenolics are structural and chemical protection against many adverse conditions. Their production is regulated by a network that includes a TTG1/bHLH/MYB tri-protein comp...

    Authors: Shu Wei, Xiang Li, Margaret Y. Gruber, Biruk A. Feyissa, Lisa Amyot and Abdelali Hannoufa

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2018 18:134

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  13. Content type: Methodology article

    Quantitative measurement of actual auxin levels in plant tissue is complimentary to molecular methods measuring the expression of auxin related genes. Current analytical methods to quantify auxin have pushed t...

    Authors: Luz G. Muñoz-Sanhueza, YeonKyeong Lee, Molly Tillmann, Jerry D. Cohen and Anne Kathrine Hvoslef-Eide

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2018 18:133

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  14. Content type: Research article

    MADS-box genes are key regulators of plant reproductive development and members of most lineages of this gene family have been extensively studied. However, the function and diversification of the ancient TM8 lin...

    Authors: Heleen Coenen, Tom Viaene, Michiel Vandenbussche and Koen Geuten

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2018 18:129

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  15. Content type: Research article

    Moso bamboo (Phyllostachys edulis) is a well-known bamboo species of high economic value in the textile industry due to its rapid growth. Phytohormones, which are master regulators of growth and development, serv...

    Authors: Hangxiao Zhang, Huihui Wang, Qiang Zhu, Yubang Gao, Huiyuan Wang, Liangzhen Zhao, Yongsheng Wang, Feihu Xi, Wenfei Wang, Yanqiu Yang, Chentao Lin and Lianfeng Gu

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2018 18:125

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  16. Content type: Research article

    Salinity is a major abiotic stress that limits upland cotton growth and reduces fibre production worldwide. To reveal genetic regulation via transcript and protein levels after salt stress, we comprehensively ...

    Authors: Zhen Peng, Shoupu He, Wenfang Gong, Feifei Xu, Zhaoe Pan, Yinhua Jia, Xiaoli Geng and Xiongming Du

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2018 18:128

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  17. Content type: Research article

    Roots play a central role in plant response to water stress (WS). They are involved in its perception and signalling to the leaf as well as in allowing the plant to adapt to maintaining an adequate water balan...

    Authors: Bhakti Prinsi, Alfredo Simone Negri, Osvaldo Failla, Attilio Scienza and Luca Espen

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2018 18:126

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  18. Content type: Research article

    Numerous regulatory genes participate in plant thermotolerance. In Arabidopsis, HEAT-INDUCED TAS1 TARGET2 (HTT2) is an important thermotolerance gene that is silenced by ta-siR255, a trans-acting siRNA. ta-siR255...

    Authors: Jianxia Jiang, Jinjuan Bai, Shuxia Li, Xiaorong Li, Liyong Yang and Yuke He

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2018 18:127

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  19. Content type: Research article

    Turmeric is a rich source of bioactive compounds useful in both medicine and cuisine. Mineral concentrations effects (PO43−, Ca2+, Mg2+, and KNO3) were tested during in vitro rhizome development on the ex vitro c...

    Authors: Rabia F. El-Hawaz, Mary H. Grace, Alan Janbey, Mary Ann Lila and Jeffrey W. Adelberg

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2018 18:122

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    The Correction to this article has been published in BMC Plant Biology 2018 18:148

  20. Content type: Research article

    Rab proteins form the largest family of the Ras superfamily of small GTP-binding proteins and regulate intracellular trafficking pathways. However, the function of the Rab proteins in woody species is still an...

    Authors: Jin Zhang, Yu Li, Bobin Liu, Lijuan Wang, Li Zhang, Jianjun Hu, Jun Chen, Huanquan Zheng and Mengzhu Lu

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2018 18:124

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  21. Content type: Research article

    Tea plants [Camellia sinensis (L.) O. Kuntze] can produce one of the three most widely popular non-alcoholic beverages throughout the world. Polyphenols and volatiles are the main functional ingredients determini...

    Authors: Yumei Qian, Shuxiang Zhang, Shengbo Yao, Jinxin Xia, Yanzhi Li, Xinlong Dai, Wenzhao Wang, Xiaolan Jiang, Yajun Liu, Mingzhuo Li, Liping Gao and Tao Xia

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2018 18:121

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  22. Content type: Methodology article

    Although the draft genome of sorghum is available, the understanding of gene function is limited due to the lack of extensive mutant resources. Virus-induced gene silencing (VIGS) is an alternative to mutant r...

    Authors: Dharmendra Kumar Singh, Hee-Kyung Lee, Ismail Dweikat and Kirankumar S. Mysore

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2018 18:123

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  23. Content type: Research article

    The phenomenon of heterosis is critical to plant breeding and agricultural productivity. Heterosis occurs when F1 hybrid offspring display quantitative improvements in traits to levels that do not occur in the...

    Authors: Brendan F. Hallahan, Eva Fernandez-Tendero, Antoine Fort, Peter Ryder, Gilles Dupouy, Marc Deletre, Edna Curley, Galina Brychkova, Britta Schulz and Charles Spillane

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2018 18:120

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  24. Content type: Methodology

    Research on orphan crops is often hindered by a lack of genomic resources. With the advent of affordable sequencing technologies, genotyping an entire genome or, for large-genome species, a representative frac...

    Authors: Peng Qi, Davis Gimode, Dipnarayan Saha, Stephan Schröder, Debkanta Chakraborty, Xuewen Wang, Mathews M. Dida, Russell L. Malmberg and Katrien M. Devos

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2018 18:117

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  25. Content type: Research article

    Rosa hybrida is a valuable ornamental, food and medicinal crop worldwide, but with relatively limited molecular marker resources, especially for flower-specific markers. In this study, we performed genomic and fl...

    Authors: Weicong Qi, Xi Chen, Peihong Fang, Shaochuan Shi, Jingjing Li, Xintong Liu, Xiaoqian Cao, Na Zhao, Huiyuan Hao, Yajie Li, Yujie Han and Zhao Zhang

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2018 18:119

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  26. Content type: Research article

    Isoprene is a five-carbon chemical that is an important starting material for the synthesis of rubber, elastomers, and medicines. Although many plants produce huge amounts of isoprene, it is very difficult to ...

    Authors: Soo-Jin Yeom, Moonjung Kim, Seong Keun Kim, Dae-Hee Lee, Kil Koang Kwon, Hyewon Lee, Haseong Kim, Dong-Myung Kim and Seung-Goo Lee

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2018 18:118

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  27. Content type: Research article

    Notopterygium incisum is an important Chinese medicinal plant. Its mature seeds have underdeveloped embryos and are physiological dormant. We found the seeds with full developed embryos can germinate after treate...

    Authors: Li Aihua, Jiang Shunyuan, Yang Guang, Li Ying, Guo Na, Chen Tong, Kang Liping and Huang Luqi

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2018 18:116

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  28. Content type: Research Article

    Phosphorus (P) is an essential macronutrient for plant growth, and is required in large quantities by elite varieties of crops to maintain yields. Approximately 70% of global cultivated land suffers from P def...

    Authors: Matthew J. Milner, Rhian M. Howells, Melanie Craze, Sarah Bowden, Neil Graham and Emma J. Wallington

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2018 18:115

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  29. Content type: Research article

    Among antioxidant enzymes, the superoxide dismutase (SOD) family is a major actor in catalysing the disproportionation of superoxide. Apart from its role as antioxidant, these enzymes have a role in cell signa...

    Authors: Adoración Zafra, Antonio Jesús Castro and Juan de Dios Alché

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2018 18:114

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  30. Content type: Research article

    Rice is highly sensitive to temperature fluctuations. Recently, the frequent occurrence of high temperature stress has heavily influenced rice production. Proper heading date in specific environmental conditio...

    Authors: Jun-Yu Chen, Hong-Wei Zhang, Hua-Li Zhang, Jie-Zheng Ying, Liang-Yong Ma and Jie-Yun Zhuang

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2018 18:112

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  31. Content type: Research article

    The chromosome-specific probe is a fundamental tool of chromosome painting and has been commonly applied in mammalian species. The technology, however, has not been widely applied in plants due to a lack of me...

    Authors: Lili Hou, Meng Xu, Tao Zhang, Zhihao Xu, Weiyun Wang, Jianxiang Zhang, Meimei Yu, Wen Ji, Cenwen Zhu, Zhiyun Gong, Minghong Gu, Jiming Jiang and Hengxiu Yu

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2018 18:110

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  32. Content type: Research article

    It is known that hexaploid common wheat (Triticum aestivum L.) has stronger adaptability to many stressful environments than its tetraploid wheat progenitor. However, the physiological basis and evolutionary cour...

    Authors: Chunwu Yang, Zongze Yang, Long Zhao, Fasheng Sun and Bao Liu

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2018 18:113

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  33. Content type: Research article

    Lycopene is an important carotenoid pigment in red fruits and vegetables, especially in tomato. Although lycopene biosynthesis and catabolism have been found to be regulated by multiple factors including phyto...

    Authors: Yong Zhang, Zhengguo Li, Yun Tu, Wenjing Cheng and Yingwu Yang

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2018 18:107

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  34. Content type: Research article

    The interaction between arbuscular mycorrhizal fungi (AMF) and AMF spore associated bacteria (SAB) were previously found to improve mycorrhizal symbiotic efficiency under saline stress, however, the informatio...

    Authors: Gopal Selvakumar, Charlotte C. Shagol, Kiyoon Kim, Seunggab Han and Tongmin Sa

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2018 18:109

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  35. Content type: Research article

    Fruit color in apple (Malus domestica Borkh.) is ascribed mainly to the accumulation of anthocyanin pigments, and is an important trait for determining fruit market acceptance. Bagging is a commonly used treatmen...

    Authors: Changqing Ma, Chenjuan Jing, Bo Chang, Jiuying Yan, Bowen Liang, Li Liu, Yazhou Yang and Zhengyang Zhao

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2018 18:108

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  36. Content type: Research article

    The release of phytosiderephores (PS) to the rhizosphere is the main root response to iron (Fe) deficiency in graminaceous plants. We have investigated the role of the Fe status in the shoot as well as of the ...

    Authors: Maria Garnica, Eva Bacaicoa, Veronica Mora, Sara San Francisco, Roberto Baigorri, Angel Mari Zamarreño and Jose Maria Garcia-Mina

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2018 18:105

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  37. Content type: Research article

    BcGs1, a cell wall-degrading enzyme (CWDE), was originally derived from Botrytis cinerea. Our previous study revealed that BcGs1 could trigger defense responses and protect plants against various pathogens. We re...

    Authors: Chenyu Yang, Yingbo Liang, Dewen Qiu, Hongmei Zeng, Jingjing Yuan and Xiufen Yang

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2018 18:103

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  38. Content type: Research article

    Barley (Hordeum vulgare) is an important crop cultivated across the world. Drought is a major abiotic factor compromising barley yield worldwide, therefore in modern spring barley cultivars superior seed and malt...

    Authors: Andriy Kochevenko, Yong Jiang, Christiane Seiler, Korana Surdonja, Sonja Kollers, Jochen Christoph Reif, Viktor Korzun and Andreas Graner

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2018 18:106

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  39. Content type: Research article

    Long Noncoding-RNAs (LncRNAs) are known to be involved in some biological processes, but their roles in plant-virus interactions remain largely unexplored. While circular RNAs (circRNAs) have been studied in a...

    Authors: Jinyan Wang, Yuwen Yang, Lamei Jin, Xitie Ling, Tingli Liu, Tianzi Chen, Yinghua Ji, Wengui Yu and Baolong Zhang

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2018 18:104

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  40. Content type: Research article

    Auxin (IAA) is a central player in plant cell growth. In contrast to the well-established function of the plasma membrane in plant cell expansion, little is known about the role of the vacuolar membrane (tonop...

    Authors: Zbigniew Burdach, Agnieszka Siemieniuk, Zenon Trela, Renata Kurtyka and Waldemar Karcz

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2018 18:102

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  41. Content type: Methodology article

    Ethylene is an important plant hormone that controls many physiological processes in plants. Conventional methods for detecting ethylene include gas chromatographs or optical mid-infrared sensors, which are ex...

    Authors: Andreas Schulte, Jana Viola Schilling, Jannis Nolten, Anna Korona, Hannes Krömke, Jan-Bernd Vennekötter, Britta Schillheim, Matthias Wessling, Uwe Conrath and Jochen Büchs

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2018 18:101

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  42. Content type: Research article

    In mammals, nucleostemin (NS), a nucleolar GTPase, is involved in stem cell proliferation, embryogenesis and ribosome biogenesis. Arabidopsis NUCLEOSTEMIN-LIKE 1 (NSN1) has previously been shown to be essential f...

    Authors: Zhen Wang, Xiaomin Wang, Bo Xie, Zonglie Hong and Qingchuan Yang

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2018 18:99

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  43. Content type: Research article

    Gibberellin (GA) treatments can induce parthenocarpy in the main crop of San Pedro-type figs, the native non-parthenocarpic fruit, however, the underlying mechanism is still largely unclear.

    Authors: Lijuan Chai, Peng Chai, Shangwu Chen, Moshe A. Flaishman and Huiqin Ma

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2018 18:100

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  44. Content type: Research article

    Blueberry cultivars require a fixed quantity of chilling hours during winter endo-dormancy for vernalization. In this study, transcriptome analysis using RNA sequencing data from nonchilled, chilled, and late ...

    Authors: Guo-qing Song and Qiuxia Chen

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2018 18:98

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  45. Content type: Research article

    Silicon (Si) is known to protect against biotrophic and hemibiotrophic plant pathogens; however, the mechanisms by which it exerts its prophylactic role remain unknown. In an attempt to obtain unique insights ...

    Authors: Aliyeh Rasoolizadeh, Caroline Labbé, Humira Sonah, Rupesh K. Deshmukh, François Belzile, James G. Menzies and Richard R. Bélanger

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2018 18:97

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  46. Content type: Research article

    Sapium sebiferum, whose seeds contain high level of fatty acids, has been considered as one of the most important oil plants. However, the high male to female flower ratio limited the seed yield improvement and i...

    Authors: Jun Ni, Faheem Afzal Shah, Wenbo Liu, Qiaojian Wang, Dongdong Wang, Weiwei Zhao, Weili Lu, Shengwei Huang, Songling Fu and Lifang Wu

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2018 18:96

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