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  1. Content type: Research article

    Fluorescence in situ hybridization (FISH) is an efficient cytogenetic technology to study chromosome structure. Transposable element (TE) is an important component in eukaryotic genomes and can provide insights i...

    Authors: Hejun Lu, Xinglei Cui, Zhen Liu, Yuling Liu, Xingxing Wang, Zhongli Zhou, Xiaoyan Cai, Zhenmei Zhang, Xinlei Guo, Jinping Hua, Zhiying Ma, Xiyin Wang, Jinfa Zhang, Hong Zhang, Fang Liu and Kunbo Wang

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2018 18:307

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    The investigation of the genetic basis of local adaptation in non-model species is an interesting focus of evolutionary biologists and molecular ecologists. Identifying these adaptive genetic variabilities on ...

    Authors: Jia-Xin Li, Xiu-Hong Zhu, Yong Li, Ying Liu, Zhi-Hao Qian, Xue-Xia Zhang, Yue Sun and Liu-Yang Ji

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2018 18:306

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    The PII proteins constitute a large superfamily, present in all domains of life. Until now, PII proteins research in Chloroplastida (green algae and land plants) has mainly focused on post-translation regulati...

    Authors: Zhanneta Zalutskaya, Lidiya Kochemasova and Elena Ermilova

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2018 18:305

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    Basic helix-loop-helix/helix-loop-helix (bHLH/HLH) transcription factors play important roles in plant development. Many reports have suggested that bHLH/HLH proteins participate in brassinosteroid (BR) hormon...

    Authors: Rui Lu, Jiao Zhang, Dong Liu, Ying-Li Wei, Yao Wang and Xue-Bao Li

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2018 18:304

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  5. Content type: Research article

    Oleaginous microalgae are promising sources of energy-rich triacylglycerols (TAGs) for direct use for food, feed and industrial applications. Lobosphaera incisa is a fresh water unicellular alga, which in respons...

    Authors: Krzysztof Zienkiewicz, Urs Benning, Heike Siegler and Ivo Feussner

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2018 18:298

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  6. Content type: Research article

    Neocinnamomum caudatum (Nees) Merr., a biodiesel tree species in the subtropical areas of South China, India and Burma, is distinctive from other species in Lauraceae family and its seed oil is rich in linoleic a...

    Authors: Yi Gan, Yu Song, Yadong Chen, Hongbo Liu, Dongdong Yang, Qianyu Xu and Zhifu Zheng

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2018 18:303

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  7. Content type: Research article

    Red clover (Trifolium pratense L.) is an important cool-season legume plant, which is the most widely planted forage legume after alfalfa. Although a draft genome sequence was published already, the sequences and...

    Authors: Yuehui Chao, Jianbo Yuan, Sifeng Li, Siqiao Jia, Liebao Han and Lixin Xu

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2018 18:300

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  8. Content type: Research article

    Recently, the CRISPR/Cas9 system has been widely used to precisely edit plant genomes. Due to the difficulty in Agrobacterium-mediated genetic transformation of wheat, the reported applications in CRISPR/Cas9 sys...

    Authors: Shujuan Zhang, Rongzhi Zhang, Guoqi Song, Jie Gao, Wei Li, Xiaodong Han, Mingli Chen, Yulian Li and Genying Li

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2018 18:302

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  9. Content type: Research article

    Dehydrins play positive roles in regulating plant abiotic stress responses. The objective of this study was to characterize two dehydrin genes, CdDHN4-L and CdDHN4-S, generated by alternative splicing of CdDHN4 i...

    Authors: Aimin Lv, Liantai Su, Xingchen Liu, Qiang Xing, Bingru Huang, Yuan An and Peng Zhou

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2018 18:299

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  10. Content type: Research article

    Homologous transformation sterility-1 (HTS-1) is a novel wheat mutant that exhibits pistillody, the transformation of stamens into pistils or pistil-like structures. More extreme phenotypes of this mutation ca...

    Authors: Qian Yang, Zaijun Yang, Haifeng Tang, Yan Yu, Zhenyong Chen, Shuhong Wei, Qinxu Sun and Zhengsong Peng

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2018 18:301

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    Drought stress has a negative effect on both seed yield and seed quality in Brassica napus (oilseed rape, canola). Here we show that while drought impairs the maternal plant performance, it also increases the vig...

    Authors: Sarah V. Hatzig, Jan-Niklas Nuppenau, Rod J. Snowdon and Sarah V. Schießl

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2018 18:297

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  12. Content type: Research article

    Plant cell walls are mainly composed of polysaccharides such as cellulose and callose. Callose exists at a very low level in the cell wall; however, it plays critical roles at different stages of plant develop...

    Authors: Behnaz Saatian, Ryan S. Austin, Gang Tian, Chen Chen, Vi Nguyen, Susanne E. Kohalmi, Danny Geelen and Yuhai Cui

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2018 18:295

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    Leaf shape can affect plantlet development and seed yield in sesame. The morphological, histological and genetic analyses of a sesame mutant cl1 (cl) with curly leaf and indehiscent capsule traits were performed ...

    Authors: Haiyang Zhang, Hongmei Miao, Libin Wei, Chun Li, Yinghui Duan, Fangfang Xu, Wenwen Qu, Ruihong Zhao, Ming Ju and Shuxian Chang

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2018 18:296

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    The subject of this research was to investigate the level of expression of genes encoding protein disulfide isomerase (PDI) in cultivars and lines of wheat with different baking value of flour. PDI plays a key...

    Authors: Katarzyna Demska, Ewa Filip and Lidia Skuza

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2018 18:294

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  15. Content type: Research article

    Below-ground linkage between plant and fungal communities is one of the major drivers of terrestrial ecosystem dynamics. However, we still have limited knowledge of how such plant–fungus associations vary in t...

    Authors: Hirokazu Toju, Hirotoshi Sato, Satoshi Yamamoto and Akifumi S. Tanabe

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2018 18:292

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  16. Content type: Methodology article

    Molecular analysis of meiosis has been hindered by difficulties in isolating high purity subpopulations of sporogenous cells representing the succeeding stages of meiosis. Isolation of purified male meiocytes ...

    Authors: Arun S. K. Shunmugam, Venkatesh Bollina, Stefanie Dukowic-Schulze, Pankaj K. Bhowmik, Chris Ambrose, James D. Higgins, Curtis Pozniak, Andrew G. Sharpe, Kevin Rozwadowski and Sateesh Kagale

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2018 18:293

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  17. Content type: Research article

    Photoperiod-sensitivity is a critical endogenous regulatory mechanism for plant growth and development under specific environmental conditions, while phosphate and sucrose signaling processes play key roles in...

    Authors: Lei Tian, Haiping Liu, Ligang Ren, Lixia Ku, Liuji Wu, Mingna Li, Shunxi Wang, Jinlong Zhou, Xiaoheng Song, Jun Zhang, Dandan Dou, Huafeng Liu, Guiliang Tang and Yanhui Chen

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2018 18:290

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  18. Content type: Research article

    Omega-5 gliadins are a group of highly repetitive gluten proteins in wheat flour encoded on the 1B chromosome of hexaploid wheat. These proteins are the major sensitizing allergens in a severe form of food all...

    Authors: Susan B. Altenbach, Han-Chang Chang, Annamaria Simon-Buss, You-Ran Jang, Sandra Denery-Papini, Florence Pineau, Yong Q. Gu, Naxin Huo, Sun-Hyung Lim, Chon-Sik Kang and Jong-Yeol Lee

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2018 18:291

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  19. Content type: Research article

    Plant architecture and the vegetative-reproductive transition have major impacts on the agronomic success of crop plants, but genetic mechanisms underlying these traits in cotton (Gossypium spp.) have not been id...

    Authors: Dexin Liu, Zhonghua Teng, Jie Kong, Xueying Liu, Wenwen Wang, Xiao Zhang, Tengfei Zhai, Xianping Deng, Jinxia Wang, Jianyan Zeng, Yuehua Xiao, Kai Guo, Jian Zhang, Dajun Liu, Weiran Wang and Zhengsheng Zhang

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2018 18:286

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  20. Content type: Research article

    Flavonoids are secondary metabolites that play important roles in the entire tea plant life cycle and have potential health-promoting properties. MYB transcription factors (TFs) are considered potentially impo...

    Authors: Wen-Li Wang, Yong-Xin Wang, Hui Li, Zhi-Wei Liu, Xin Cui and Jing Zhuang

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2018 18:288

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    The Correction to this article has been published in BMC Plant Biology 2019 19:36

  21. Content type: Research article

    The ureides allantoin and allantoate are major metabolic intermediates of purine catabolism with high nitrogen-to-carbon ratios. Ureides play a key role in nitrogen utilization in ureide-type legumes, but thei...

    Authors: Hiroshi Takagi, Shunsuke Watanabe, Shoma Tanaka, Takakazu Matsuura, Izumi C. Mori, Takashi Hirayama, Hiroshi Shimada and Atsushi Sakamoto

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2018 18:287

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  22. Content type: Research article

    ‘Fengzao’ is an early-ripening bud mutant of ‘Kyoho’, which matures nearly 30 days earlier than ‘Kyoho’. To gain a better understanding of the regulatory role of miRNAs in early-ripening of grape berry, high-t...

    Authors: Da-Long Guo, Qiong Li, Wen-Qing Lv, Guo-Hai Zhang and Yi-He Yu

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2018 18:285

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  23. Content type: Research article

    Small RNAs (sRNAs), especially miRNAs, act as crucial regulators of plant growth and development. Two other sRNA groups, trans-acting short-interfering RNAs (tasiRNAs) or phased siRNAs (phasiRNAs), are also em...

    Authors: Kirtikumar Ramesh Kondhare, Nilam Namdeo Malankar, Ravi Suresh Devani and Anjan Kumar Banerjee

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2018 18:284

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  24. Content type: Research article

    Yield improvement is an important issue for rice breeding. Panicle architecture is one of the key components of rice yield and exhibits a large diversity. To identify the morphological and genetic determinants...

    Authors: Kim Nhung TA, Ngan Giang KHONG, Thi Loan HA, Dieu Thu NGUYEN, Duc Chung MAI, Thi Giang HOANG, Thi Phuong Nhung PHUNG, Isabelle BOURRIE, Brigitte COURTOIS, Thi Thu Hoai TRAN, Bach Yen DINH, Tuan Nghia LA, Nang Vinh DO, Michel LEBRUN, Pascal GANTET and Stefan JOUANNIC

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2018 18:282

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  25. Content type: Research article

    Lead (Pb) and mercury (Hg) are persistent hazardous metals in industrially polluted soils which can be toxic in low quantities. Metal toxicity can cause changes at cellular and molecular level which should be ...

    Authors: Mohd Affan Baig, Javed Ahmad, Rita Bagheri, Arlene Asthana Ali, Asma Abdulkareem Al-Huqail, Mohamed Mohamed Ibrahim and Mohammad Irfan Qureshi

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2018 18:283

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  26. Content type: Research article

    Common bunt (caused by Tilletia caries and T. foetida) has been considered as a major disease in wheat (Triticum aestivum) following rust (Puccinia spp.) in the Near East and is economically important in the Grea...

    Authors: Amira M. I. Mourad, Ahmed Sallam, Vikas Belamkar, Ezzat Mahdy, Bahy Bakheit, Atif Abo El-Wafaa and P. Stephen Baenziger

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2018 18:280

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  27. Content type: Research article

    Leucine-rich repeat (LRR)-containing genes are involved in responses to various diseases. Recently, RNA-seq data from A. duranensis after nematode (Meloidogyne arenaria) infection were released. However, the numb...

    Authors: Hui Song, Zhonglong Guo, Tao Chen, Juan Sun and Guofeng Yang

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2018 18:279

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  28. Content type: Research article

    The macaúba palm is a novel feedstock for oil production suitable for multiple uses, including as biodiesel and in the food and cosmetic industries. As an efficient alternative, the macaúba palm has limited ge...

    Authors: Bárbara Regina Bazzo, Lucas Miguel de Carvalho, Marcelo Falsarella Carazzolle, Gonçalo Amarante Guimarães Pereira and Carlos Augusto Colombo

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2018 18:276

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  29. Content type: Research article

    Most ABC transporters are engaged in transport of various compounds, but its subfamily F lacks transmembrane domain essential for chemical transportation. Thus the function of subfamily F remains further elusive.

    Authors: Tong-Tong Han, Wen-Cheng Liu and Ying-Tang Lu

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2018 18:274

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  30. Content type: Research article

    The phenylpropanoid pathway is responsible for the synthesis of numerous compounds important for plant growth and responses to the environment. In the first committed step of phenylpropanoid biosynthesis, the ...

    Authors: Jasmina Kurepa, Timothy E. Shull, Sumudu S. Karunadasa and Jan A. Smalle

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2018 18:278

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  31. Content type: Research article

    Cannabis possesses a rich spectrum of phytochemicals i.e. cannabinoids, terpenes and phenolic compounds of industrial and medicinal interests. Most of these high-value plant products are synthesised in the disk c...

    Authors: Paul Ebersbach, Felix Stehle, Oliver Kayser and Erik Freier

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2018 18:275

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  32. Content type: Research article

    Temperature is one of the most important abiotic factors limiting plant growth and productivity. Many plants exhibit cold acclimation to prepare for the likelihood of freezing as temperatures decrease towards ...

    Authors: Matthew P. Davey, Ben G. Palmer, Emily Armitage, Philippine Vergeer, William E. Kunin, F. Ian Woodward and W. Paul Quick

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2018 18:277

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  33. Content type: Research article

    The flag leaf of rice (Oryza sativa L.) is an important determinant of plant type characteristics and grain yield. Identification of flag leaf mutants of rice is crucial to elucidate the molecular mechanism of fl...

    Authors: Peilong He, Xiaowen Wang, Xiaobo Zhang, Yudong Jiang, Weijiang Tian, Xiaoqiong Zhang, Yangyang Li, Ying Sun, Jia Xie, Jile Ni, Guanghua He and Xianchun Sang

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2018 18:273

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  34. Content type: Research article

    Aegilops umbellulata Zhuk. (2n = 14), a wild diploid wheat relative, has been the source of trait improvement in wheat breeding. Intraspecific genetic variation of Ae. umbellulata, however, has not been well stud...

    Authors: Moeko Okada, Kentaro Yoshida, Ryo Nishijima, Asami Michikawa, Yuka Motoi, Kazuhiro Sato and Shigeo Takumi

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2018 18:271

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  35. Content type: Research article

    Isodon amethystoides (Ben-th) Cy Wu et Hsuan is an important traditional medicinal plant endowed with pharmacological properties effective in the treatment of various diseases, including pulmonary tuberculosis. T...

    Authors: Fenglan Zhao, Mengchu Sun, Wanjun Zhang, Chunli Jiang, Jingtong Teng, Wei Sheng, Mingzhi Li, Aimin Zhang, Yongbo Duan and Jianping Xue

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2018 18:272

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  36. Content type: Research article

    The SWEET (Sugars Will Eventually be Exported Transporters) gene family is a recently identified group of sugar transporters that play an indispensable role in sugar efflux, phloem loading, plant-pathogen inte...

    Authors: Weichang Hu, Xiuting Hua, Qing Zhang, Jianping Wang, Qiaochu Shen, Xingtan Zhang, Kai Wang, Qingyi Yu, Yann-Rong Lin, Ray Ming and Jisen Zhang

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2018 18:270

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  37. Content type: Research article

    Cucumbers (Cucumis sativus) are known for their plasticity in sex expression. DNA methylation status determines gene activity but is susceptible to environmental condition changes. Thus, DNA methylation-based epi...

    Authors: Yun-Song Lai, Di Shen, Wei Zhang, Xiaohui Zhang, Yang Qiu, Haiping Wang, Xinxin Dou, Sigeng Li, Yuanqi Wu, Jiangping Song, Guanyu Ji and Xixiang Li

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2018 18:268

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  38. Content type: Research article

    Sugarcane has recently attracted increased attention for its potential as a source of bioethanol and methane. However, a narrow genetic base has limited germplasm enhancement of sugarcane. Erianthus arundinaceus ...

    Authors: Fan Yu, Yongji Huang, Ling Luo, Xueting Li, Jiayun Wu, Rukai Chen, Muqing Zhang and Zuhu Deng

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2018 18:269

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  39. Content type: Research article

    While the role of ethylene in fruit ripening has been widely studied, the contributions of additional plant hormones are less clear. Here we examined the interactions between the transcription factor MaMADS2-b...

    Authors: Esther Yakir, Fei Zhangjun, Noa Sela, Yimin Xu, Vikram Singh, Anurag Dagar, Janak Raj Joshi, Maren Müller, Sergi Munné-Bosch, James J. Giovannoni, Julia Vrebalov and Haya Friedman

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2018 18:267

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  40. Content type: Research article

    Alternative splicing (AS) regulates mRNA at the post-transcriptional level to change gene function in organisms. However, little is known about the AS and its roles in tea plant (Camellia sinensis), widely cultiv...

    Authors: Junyan Zhu, Xuewen Wang, Qingshan Xu, Shiqi Zhao, Yuling Tai and Chaoling Wei

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2018 18:266

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  41. Content type: Research article

    ‘Zhongshanshan’ is the general designation for the superior interspecific hybrid clones of Taxodium species, which is widely grown for economic and ecological purposes in southern China. Growth is the priority ob...

    Authors: Ying Yang, Lei Xuan, Chaoguang Yu, Ziyang Wang, Jianhua Xu, Wencai Fan, Jinbo Guo and Yunlong Yin

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2018 18:263

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  42. Content type: Research article

    Spotted-leaf mutants are important to reveal programmed cell death and defense-related pathways in rice. We previously characterized the phenotype performance of a rice spotted-leaf mutant spl21 and narrowed down...

    Authors: Xia Xu, Zheng Chen, Yong-feng Shi, Hui-mei Wang, Yan He, Lei Shi, Ting Chen, Jian-li Wu and Xiao-bo Zhang

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2018 18:264

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  43. Content type: Research article

    Celiac disease (CD) is an autoimmune disorder affecting genetically predisposed individuals whose dietary gluten proteins trigger an inflammatory reaction in the small intestine. Gluten is found in the seeds o...

    Authors: Benjamin Dubois, Pierre Bertin, Louis Hautier, Yordan Muhovski, Emmanuelle Escarnot and Dominique Mingeot

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2018 18:262

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  44. Content type: Research article

    Plants have evolved excellent ability of flexibly regulating the growth of organs to adapt to changing environment, for example, the modulation of lateral root development in response to environmental stresses...

    Authors: Yuzhu Lu, Zhen Feng, Xuanyu Liu, Liying Bian, Hong Xie, Changlun Zhang, Kirankumar S. Mysore and Jiansheng Liang

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2018 18:261

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  45. Content type: Research article

    Senescence, despite its destructive character, is a process that is precisely-regulated. The control of senescence is required to achieve remobilization of resources, a principle aspect of senescence. Remobili...

    Authors: Natalia Wojciechowska, Katarzyna Marzec-Schmidt, Ewa M Kalemba, Aleksandra Zarzyńska-Nowak, Andrzej M Jagodziński and Agnieszka Bagniewska-Zadworna

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2018 18:260

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  46. Content type: Research article

    Bioactive compounds, vitamins, phenolic acids, flavonoids of A. tricolor are the sources of natural antioxidant that had a great importance for the food industry as these detoxify ROS in the human body. These nat...

    Authors: Umakanta Sarker and Shinya Oba

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2018 18:258

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  47. Content type: Research article

    WRKY proteins are one of the largest gene families and are well-known for their regulatory roles in many aspects of plant development, including plant response to both biotic and abiotic stresses. Although the...

    Authors: Qing Liu, Xia Li, Shijuan Yan, Ting Yu, Jianyuan Yang, Jingfang Dong, Shaohong Zhang, Junliang Zhao, Tifeng Yang, Xingxue Mao, Xiaoyuan Zhu and Bin Liu

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2018 18:257

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