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  1. Glycine soja is a halophytic soybean native to saline soil in Yellow River Delta, China. Photosystem I (PSI) performance and the interaction between photosystem II (PSII) and PSI remain unclear in Glycine soja un...

    Authors: Kun Yan, Wenjun He, Lanxing Bian, Zishan Zhang, Xiaoli Tang, Mengxin An, Lixia Li and Guangxuan Han

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2020 20:155

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  2. Phosphate is an essential plant macronutrient required to achieve maximum crop yield. Roots are able to uptake soil phosphate from the immediate root area, thus creating a nutrient depletion zone. Many plants ...

    Authors: Helen Maria Cockerton, Bo Li, Eleftheria Stavridou, Abigail Johnson, Amanda Karlström, Andrew Douglas Armitage, Ana Martinez-Crucis, Lorena Galiano-Arjona, Nicola Harrison, Nuria Barber-Pérez, Magdalena Cobo-Medina and Richard Jonathan Harrison

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2020 20:154

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  3. Leaf and stripe rusts are two major wheat diseases, causing significant yield losses. The preferred way for protecting wheat from rust pathogens is by introgression of rust resistance traits from wheat-related...

    Authors: Sofia Khazan, Anna Minz-Dub, Hanan Sela, Jacob Manisterski, Pnina Ben-Yehuda, Amir Sharon and Eitan Millet

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2020 20:153

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  4. Angelica dahurica (Apiaceae) is an important herb in traditional Chinese medicine. Because of its important medicinal and economic values, its wild resources were over-exploited and increasingly reduced. Meanwhil...

    Authors: Qianqian Liu, Zuyu Lu, Wei He, Fang Li, Wenna Chen, Chan Li, Zhi Chao and Enwei Tian

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2020 20:152

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  5. Nitrogen (N), referred to as a “life element”, is a macronutrient essential for optimal plant growth and yield production. Amino acid (AA) permease (AAP) genes play pivotal roles in root import, long-distance tra...

    Authors: Ting Zhou, Cai-peng Yue, Jin-yong Huang, Jia-qian Cui, Ying Liu, Wen-ming Wang, Chuang Tian and Ying-peng Hua

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2020 20:151

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  6. Auxin may have a positive effect on plants under drought stress. White clover is widely cultivated and often prone to water shortages. In the present study, we investigated the effects of exogenous indole − 3-...

    Authors: Youzhi Zhang, Yaping Li, Muhammad Jawad Hassan, Zhou Li and Yan Peng

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2020 20:150

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  7. Podosphaera aphanis, a predominately biotrophic fungal pathogen, causes significant yield losses of strawberry. China is the largest strawberry producer in the world, and selecting for powdery mildew-resistant cu...

    Authors: Jun Feng, Min Zhang, Kang-Ning Yang and Cai-Xia Zheng

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2020 20:149

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  8. Shading includes low light intensity and varying quality. However, a low red/far-red (R/Fr) ratio of light is a signal that affects plant growth in intercropping and close- planting systems. Thus, the low R/Fr...

    Authors: Feng Yang, Qinlin Liu, Yajiao Cheng, Lingyang Feng, Xiaoling Wu, Yuanfang Fan, Muhammad Ali Raza, Xiaochun Wang, Taiwen Yong, Weiguo Liu, Jiang Liu, Junbo Du, Kai Shu and Wenyu Yang

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2020 20:148

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  9. Plant Na+/H+ antiporters (NHXs) are membrane-localized proteins that maintain cellular Na+/K+ and pH homeostasis. Considerable evidence highlighted the critical roles of NHX family in plant development and salt r...

    Authors: Lu Long, Jing-Ruo Zhao, Dan-Dan Guo, Xiao-Nan Ma, Fu-Chun Xu, Wen-Wen Yang and Wei Gao

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2020 20:147

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  10. Lysin motif (LysM)-containing proteins are involved in the recognition of fungal and bacterial pathogens. However, few studies have reported on their roles in the defense responses of woody plants against path...

    Authors: Qiming Chen, Chaohua Dong, Xiaohong Sun, Yugang Zhang, Hongyi Dai and Suhua Bai

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2020 20:146

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  11. Axillary bud is an important agronomic and economic trait in cut chrysanthemum. Bud outgrowth is an intricate process controlled by complex molecular regulatory networks, physio-chemical integrators and enviro...

    Authors: Sagheer Ahmad, Cunquan Yuan, Qingqing Yang, Yujie Yang, Tangren Cheng, Jia Wang, Huitang Pan and Qixiang Zhang

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2020 20:145

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  12. Drought stress is one of the major factors limiting wheat production globally. Improving drought tolerance is important for agriculture sustainability. Although various morphological, physiological and biochem...

    Authors: Arnaud Cheuk, Francois Ouellet and Mario Houde

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2020 20:144

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  13. Overuse of nitrogen fertilizers is often a major practice to ensure sufficient nitrogen demand of high–yielding rice, leading to persistent NH4+ excess in the plant. However, this excessive portion of nitrogen nu...

    Authors: Shunying Yang, Dongli Hao, Man Jin, Yi Li, Zengtai Liu, Yanan Huang, Tianxiang Chen and Yanhua Su

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2020 20:143

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  14. Reducing the dependence of crop production on chemical fertilizer with its associated costs, carbon footprint and other environmental problems is a challenge for agriculture. New solutions are required to solv...

    Authors: Zhiwei Chen, Qi Jiang, Panpan Jiang, Wan Zhang, Jianhua Huang, Chenghong Liu, Nigel G. Halford and Ruiju Lu

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2020 20:142

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  15. Hypoxia causes injury and yield loss. Soil aeration has been reported to accelerate the growth of plants and increase crop yield. The aim of this study was to examine growth response of greenhouse-produced mus...

    Authors: Yuan Li, Wenquan Niu, Xiaoshu Cao, Mingzhi Zhang, Jingwei Wang and Zhenxing Zhang

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2020 20:141

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  16. Nanoparticle causes soil pollution, which affected plant development and then resulted in biomass decreased, especially in crops. However, little is known how sodium nanoparticles affect wheat root development...

    Authors: Yunfei Wu, Wangmenghan Peng, Zhaodi Dong, Qiuqing Jiang, Xurun Yu, Gang Chen and Fei Xiong

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2020 20:140

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  17. Response and adaptation strategies of plants to the environment have always been the core issues in ecological research. So far, relatively little study exists on its functional traits responses to warming, es...

    Authors: Jiyou Zhu, Hua Zhu, Yujuan Cao, Jinhang Li, Qiuyu Zhu, Jiangming Yao and Chengyang Xu

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2020 20:139

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  18. Beta vulgaris L. is one of the main sugar-producing crop species and is highly adaptable to saline soil. This study explored the alterations to the carbon and nitrogen metabolism mechanisms enabling the roots of ...

    Authors: Lei Liu, Bin Wang, Dan Liu, Chunlei Zou, Peiran Wu, Ziyang Wang, Yubo Wang and Caifeng Li

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2020 20:138

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  19. Flower longevity plays an important role in pollen dispersal and reproductive success in plants. In dichogamous plants, the duration of anthesis as well as the time allocated to male and female functions can v...

    Authors: Zhigang Zhao, Meng Hou, Yijie Wang and Guozhen Du

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2020 20:137

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  20. Flower development and sufficient fruit set are important parameters with respect to walnut yield. Knowledge about flowering genes of fruit trees can help to conduct better molecular breeding programs. Therefo...

    Authors: Amin Hassankhah, Majid Rahemi, Hossein Ramshini, Saadat Sarikhani and Kourosh Vahdati

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2020 20:136

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  21. Introgression of chromatin from Secale species into common wheat has for decades been a successful strategy for controlling the wheat diseases. The wild Secale species, Secale africanum Stapf., is a valuable sour...

    Authors: Guangrong Li, Lingrong Tang, Yan Yin, Ahui Zhang, Zhihui Yu, Ennian Yang, Zongxiang Tang, Shulan Fu and Zujun Yang

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2020 20:134

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  22. Genes associated with arsenite uptake and transport in rice plants (i.e., OsLsi1, OsLsi2, OsLsi3, OsLsi6 and OsABCC1) have been identified to date. However, their expression over time during the whole growth peri...

    Authors: Dandan Pan, Jicai Yi, Fangbai Li, Xiaomin Li, Chuanping Liu, Weijian Wu and Tingting Tao

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2020 20:133

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  23. NADP-malic enzyme (NAPD-ME), and pyruvate orthophosphate dikinase (PPDK) are important enzymes that participate in C4 photosynthesis. However, the evolutionary history and forces driving evolution of these genes ...

    Authors: Weiping Shi, Linqi Yue, Jiahui Guo, Jianming Wang, Xiangyang Yuan, Shuqi Dong, Jie Guo and Pingyi Guo

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2020 20:132

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  24. Leaves of the medicinal plant Ampelopsis grossedentata, which is commonly known as vine tea, are used widely in the traditional Chinese beverage in southwest China. The leaves contain a large amount of dihydromyr...

    Authors: Xiaohua Li, Minhui Cao, Weibo Ma, Caihua Jia, Jinghuan Li, Mingxing Zhang, Changchun Liu, Zhenzhen Cao, Mohammad Omar Faruque and Xuebo Hu

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2020 20:131

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  25. Arsenic toxicity induces a range of metabolic responses in plants, including DNA methylation. The focus of this paper was on the relationship between As-induced stress and plant senescence in the hyperaccumula...

    Authors: Veronika Zemanová, Marek Popov, Daniela Pavlíková, Pavel Kotrba, František Hnilička, Jana Česká and Milan Pavlík

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2020 20:130

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  26. Pear is one of the most important fruit crops worldwide. Anthocyanins and procyanidins (PAs) are important secondary metabolites that affect the appearance and nutritive quality of pear. However, few studies h...

    Authors: Zhen Zhang, Changping Tian, Ya Zhang, Chenzhiyu Li, Xi Li, Qiang Yu, Shuo Wang, Xinyu Wang, Xuesen Chen and Shouqian Feng

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2020 20:129

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  27. SNF-related Kinase 1 (SnRK1) is a key component of the cell signaling network. SnRK1 is known to respond to a wide variety of stresses, but its exact role in salt stress response and tolerance is still largely...

    Authors: Wen-Ru Wang, Jia-Hui Liang, Gui-Fang Wang, Mao-Xiang Sun, Fu-Tian Peng and Yuan-Song Xiao

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2020 20:128

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  28. Soybean developing seed is susceptible to high temperature and humidity (HTH) stress in the field, resulting in vigor reduction. Actually, the HTH in the field during soybean seed growth and development would ...

    Authors: Jiaping Wei, Xiaolin Liu, Linzhi Li, Haihong Zhao, Sushuang Liu, Xingwang Yu, Yingzi Shen, Yali Zhou, Yajing Zhu, Yingjie Shu and Hao Ma

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2020 20:127

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  29. A microgranule fertilizer was designed for localized fertilization of soil with controlled release of nutrients. The microgranule matrix was fortified with proteins, which were obtained from food industry bypr...

    Authors: Maksymilian Olbrycht, Michał Kołodziej, Roman Bochenek, Mateusz Przywara, Maciej Balawejder, Natalia Matłok, Piotr Antos, Wojciech Piątkowski and Dorota Antos

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2020 20:126

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  30. The function of 4-coumarate-CoA ligases (4CL) under abiotic stresses has been studied in plants, however, limited is known about the 4CL genes in cotton (G. hirsutum L.) and their roles in response to drought str...

    Authors: Shi-Chao Sun, Xian-Peng Xiong, Xiao-Li Zhang, Hong-Jie Feng, Qian-Hao Zhu, Jie Sun and Yan-Jun Li

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2020 20:125

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  31. Panax notoginseng is a medicinally important Chinese herb with a long history of cultivation and clinical application. The planting area is mainly distributed in Wenshan Prefecture, where the quality and safety o...

    Authors: Guan-Hua Cao, Ze-Dong Li, Xi-Fu Wang, Xue Zhang, Rong-Hua Zhao, Wen Gu, Di Chen, Jie Yu and Sen He

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2020 20:124

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  32. Crop productivity is challenged by abiotic stresses, among which drought stress is the most common. NF-Y genes, especially NF-YA genes, regulate tolerance to abiotic stress.

    Authors: Xiao-Jun Ma, Tai-Fei Yu, Xiao-Hui Li, Xin-You Cao, Jian Ma, Jun Chen, Yong-Bin Zhou, Ming Chen, You-Zhi Ma, Jun-Hua Zhang and Zhao-Shi Xu

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2020 20:123

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  33. In Arabidopsis, the aluminum (Al) exclusion mechanism is mainly facilitated by ALMT1-mediated malate exudation and MATE-mediated citrate releases from the root. Recently, we have demonstrated that coordinated fun...

    Authors: Yuqi Wang, Wancong Yu, Yu Cao, Yanfei Cai, Sangbom M. Lyi, Weiwei Wu, Yan Kang, Cuiyue Liang and Jiping Liu

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2020 20:122

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  34. Styrax tonkinensis (Pierre) Craib ex Hartwich has great potential as a woody biodiesel species having seed kernels with high oil content, excellent fatty acid composition and good fuel properties. However, no tra...

    Authors: Qikui Wu, Yuanyuan Cao, Chen Chen, Zhenzhou Gao, Fangyuan Yu and Robert D. Guy

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2020 20:121

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  35. Potato is the third most consumed crop in the world. Breeding for traits such as yield, product quality and pathogen resistance are main priorities. Identifying molecular signatures of these and other importan...

    Authors: Erik Alexandersson, Sandeep Kushwaha, Aastha Subedi, Deborah Weighill, Sharlee Climer, Daniel Jacobson and Erik Andreasson

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2020 20:120

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  36. The low grain water content (GWC) at harvest is a prerequisite to mechanical harvesting in maize, or otherwise would cause massive broken kernels and increase drying costs. The GWC at harvest in turn depends o...

    Authors: Jianju Liu, Hui Yu, Yuanliang Liu, Suining Deng, Qingcai Liu, Baoshen Liu and Mingliang Xu

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2020 20:118

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  37. In recent years, the planting area of sweet corn in China has expanded rapidly. Some new varieties with high yields and good adaptabilities have emerged. However, the improvement of edible quality traits, espe...

    Authors: Xiaming Wu, Bo Wang, Fugui Xie, Liping Zhang, Jie Gong, Wei Zhu, Xiaoqin Li, Faqiang Feng and Jun Huang

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2020 20:117

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  38. Developing fruit is considered as an excellent model to study the complex network of metabolites which are altered rapidly during development.

    Authors: Manish Kumar Patel, Avinash Mishra, Santlal Jaiswar and Bhavanath Jha

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2020 20:116

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  39. The basic helix-loop-helix (bHLH) gene family is one of the largest transcription factor families in plants and is functionally characterized in diverse species. However, less is known about its functions in t...

    Authors: Yun-Zhuo Ke, Yun-Wen Wu, Hong-Jun Zhou, Ping Chen, Mang-Mang Wang, Ming-Ming Liu, Peng-Feng Li, Jin Yang, Jia-Na Li and Hai Du

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2020 20:115

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  40. Areas with saline soils are sparsely populated and have fragile ecosystems, which severely restricts the sustainable development of local economies. Zoysia grasses are recognized as excellent warm-season turfgras...

    Authors: Jingjing Wang, Cong An, Hailin Guo, Xiangyang Yang, Jingbo Chen, Junqin Zong, Jianjian Li and Jianxiu Liu

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2020 20:114

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  41. Powdery mildew (PM) is an important disease of pea that reduce yield. Ascophyllum nodosum extract (ANE) and chitosan (CHT) are biostimulants used to improve plant health. Efficacy of ANE and CHT was assessed indi...

    Authors: Jai Singh Patel, Vinodkumar Selvaraj, Lokanadha Rao Gunupuru, Pramod Kumar Rathor and Balakrishnan Prithiviraj

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2020 20:113

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  42. Sand burial plays an irreplaceable and unique role in the growth and distribution of vegetation on the Shell Dike Island in the Yellow River Delta. There are still some unknown on the effects of sand burial on...

    Authors: Tian Li, Jingkuan Sun, Hongjun Yang, Jingtao Liu, Jiangbao Xia and Pengshuai Shao

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2020 20:112

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  43. The angiosperm family Bromeliaceae comprises over 3.500 species characterized by exceptionally high morphological and ecological diversity, but a very low genetic variation. In many genera, plants are vegetati...

    Authors: Fabian Bratzel, Sascha Heller, Nadine Cyrannek, Juraj Paule, Elton M. C. Leme, Anna Loreth, Annika Nowotny, Markus Kiefer, Walter Till, Michael H. J. Barfuss, Christian Lexer, Marcus A. Koch and Georg Zizka

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2020 20:111

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  44. To understand the gene expression networks controlling flower color formation in alfalfa, flowers anthocyanins were identified using two materials with contrasting flower colors, namely Defu and Zhongtian No. ...

    Authors: Hui-Rong Duan, Li-Rong Wang, Guang-Xin Cui, Xue-Hui Zhou, Xiao-Rong Duan and Hong-Shan Yang

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2020 20:110

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  45. Both drought and heat stress are serious global problems, leading to agricultural production loss. MicroRNAs (miRNAs) play important roles in plant species responding to individual drought and heat stress. How...

    Authors: Rong Zhou, Xiaqing Yu, Carl-Otto Ottosen, Tingling Zhang, Zhen Wu and Tongmin Zhao

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2020 20:107

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  46. The Eurasian steppe is an important vegetation type characterized by cold, arid and nitrogen poor conditions. At the Eastern edge, including in the Songnen grassland, the vegetation is dominated by Leymus chinens...

    Authors: Song Gao, Junfeng Wang, Johannes M. H. Knops and Jiao Wang

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2020 20:106

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  47. Aroma is an important organoleptic quality for fruit and has a large influence on consumer preference. Kiwifruit esters undergo rapid and substantial changes contributing to the flavor during fruit ripening. P...

    Authors: Aidi Zhang, Qiuyun Zhang, Jianzhao Li, Hansheng Gong, Xinguang Fan, Yanqing Yang, Xiaofen Liu and Xueren Yin

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2020 20:103

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  48. Brassinolide (BR), as a new type of plant hormones, is involved in the processes of plant growth and stress response. Previous studies have reported the roles of BR in regulating plant developmental processes ...

    Authors: Yutong Li, Yue Wu, Weibiao Liao, Linli Hu, Mohammed Mujitaba Dawuda, Xin Jin, Zhongqi Tang, Jianjun Yang and Jihua Yu

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2020 20:102

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  49. Long non-coding RNAs (lncRNAs) play important roles in the regulation of plant responses to environmental stress by acting as essential regulators of gene expression. However, whether and how lncRNAs are invol...

    Authors: Mingui Zhao, Tianzuo Wang, Tianyang Sun, Xiaoxi Yu, Rui Tian and Wen-Hao Zhang

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2020 20:99

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