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  1. Content type: Research article

    C-type cytoplasmic male sterility (CMS-C) is one of the three major types of cytoplasmic male sterility (CMS) in maize. Rf4 is a dominant restorer gene for CMS-C and has great value in hybrid maize breeding, but ...

    Authors: Yongming Liu, Gui Wei, Yuanyan Xia, Xiaowei Liu, Jin Tang, Yanli Lu, Hai Lan, Suzhi Zhang, Chuan Li and Moju Cao

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2018 18:190

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    Homeostasis of the proteome is critical to the development of chloroplasts and also affects the expression of certain nuclear genes. CLPC1 facilitates the translocation of chloroplast pre-proteins and mediates...

    Authors: Shoudong Zhang, Huoming Zhang, Yiji Xia and Liming Xiong

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2018 18:192

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    Citrus flavonoids are considered as the important secondary metabolites because of their biological and pharmacological activities. Chalcone synthase (CHS) is a key enzyme that catalyses the first committed st...

    Authors: Zhibin Wang, Qibin Yu, Wanxia Shen, Choaa A. El Mohtar, Xiaochun Zhao and Fredrick G. Gmitter Jr

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2018 18:189

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  4. Content type: Research article

    Rare data are available on the molecular responses of higher plants to low pH. Seedlings of ‘Sour pummelo’ (Citrus grandis) and ‘Xuegan’ (Citrus sinensis) were treated daily with nutrient solution at a pH of 2.5,...

    Authors: Jiang Zhang, Qiang Li, Yi-Ping Qi, Wei-Lin Huang, Lin-Tong Yang, Ning-Wei Lai, Xin Ye and Li-Song Chen

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2018 18:188

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  5. Content type: Research article

    Potassium (K) deficiency in arable land is one of the most important factors affecting crop productivity. Development of low K (LK) tolerant crop cultivars is regarded as a best economic and effective approach...

    Authors: Jianbin Zeng, Xiaoyan Quan, Xiaoyan He, Shengguan Cai, Zhilan Ye, Guang Chen and Guoping Zhang

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2018 18:187

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  6. Content type: Research article

    Weed management is critical to global crop production and is complicated by rapidly evolving herbicide resistance in weeds. New sources of herbicide resistance are needed for crop plants so that applied herbic...

    Authors: Gregory N. Thyssen, Marina Naoumkina, Jack C. McCarty, Johnie N. Jenkins, Christopher Florane, Ping Li and David D. Fang

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2018 18:186

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  7. Content type: Research article

    Plant cytosolic NAD-dependent glyceraldehyde-3-phosphate dehydrogenase (GapC) displays redox-dependent changes in its subcellular localizations and activity. Apart from its fundamental role in glycolysis, it a...

    Authors: Markus Schneider, Johannes Knuesting, Oliver Birkholz, Jürgen J. Heinisch and Renate Scheibe

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2018 18:184

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  8. Content type: Research article

    As one of the largest subfamilies of the receptor-like protein kinases (RLKs) in plants, Leucine Rich Repeats-RLKs (LRR-RLKs) are involved in many critical biological processes including growth, development an...

    Authors: Ning Yuan, Krishan Mohan Rai, Vimal Kumar Balasubramanian, Santosh Kumar Upadhyay, Hong Luo and Venugopal Mendu

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2018 18:185

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  9. Content type: Research article

    Adventitious roots (ARs) are often necessary for plant survival, and essential for successful micropropagation. In Arabidopsis thaliana dark-grown seedlings AR-formation occurs from the hypocotyl and is enhanced ...

    Authors: Laura Fattorini, Bettina Hause, Laurent Gutierrez, Angela Veloccia, Federica Della Rovere, Diego Piacentini, Giuseppina Falasca and Maria Maddalena Altamura

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2018 18:182

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  10. Content type: Research article

    Pollen development is a strictly controlled post-meiotic process during which microspores differentiate into microgametophytes and profound structural and functional changes occur in organelles. Annexin 5 is a...

    Authors: Malgorzata Lichocka, Wojciech Rymaszewski, Karolina Morgiewicz, Izabela Barymow-Filoniuk, Aleksander Chlebowski, Miroslaw Sobczak, Marcus A. Samuel, Elmon Schmelzer, Magdalena Krzymowska and Jacek Hennig

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2018 18:183

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  11. Content type: Research article

    Sweetpotato (Ipomoea batatas (L.) Lam.) is one of the most important crops from the family of Convolvulaceae. It is widely reported that cultivated sweetpotato was originated from Ipomoea trifida. However, diploi...

    Authors: J. Y. Feng, M. Li, S. Zhao, C. Zhang, S. T. Yang, S. Qiao, W. F. Tan, H. J. Qu, D. Y. Wang and Z. G. Pu

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2018 18:181

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  12. Content type: Research article

    Nectar gain and loss are important flower transitions observed in angiosperms, and are particularly common in orchids. To understand such transitions, the availability of detailed anatomical data and species-l...

    Authors: Poliana Cardoso-Gustavson, Mariana Naomi Saka, Edlley Max Pessoa, Clarisse Palma-Silva and Fabio Pinheiro

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2018 18:179

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  13. Content type: Research article

    Plants often suffer from hypoxic stress during waterlogging and hydroponic culturing. This study investigated the response of cucumber (Cucumis sativus L.) plant growth parameters, leaf photosynthesis, chlorophyl...

    Authors: Lizhong He, Li Yu, Bin Li, Nanshan Du and Shirong Guo

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2018 18:180

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  14. Content type: Research article

    Chrysanthemum is among the top ten traditional flowers in China, and one of the four major cut flowers in the world, but the growth of chrysanthemum is severely restricted by high temperatures which retard gro...

    Authors: Xinping Du, Wenyan Li, Liping Sheng, Ye Deng, Yinjie Wang, Wanwan Zhang, Kaili Yu, Jiafu Jiang, Weimin Fang, Zhiyong Guan, Fadi Chen and Sumei Chen

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2018 18:178

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  15. Content type: Research article

    Members of the WRKY gene family play important roles in regulating plant responses to abiotic and biotic stresses. Treatment with either one of the two different cell wall degrading enzymes (CWDEs), LipaseA an...

    Authors: Shakuntala E. Pillai, Chandan Kumar, Hitendra K. Patel and Ramesh V. Sonti

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2018 18:177

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  16. Content type: Research article

    MADS-box genes encode a large family of transcription factors that play significant roles in plant growth and development. Bamboo is an important non-timber forest product worldwide, but previous studies on th...

    Authors: Yuting Zhang, Dingqin Tang, Xinchun Lin, Mingquan Ding and Zaikang Tong

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2018 18:176

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  17. Content type: Research article

    Genomic analysis technologies can promote efficient fruit tree breeding. Genotyping by sequencing (GBS) enables generating efficient data for high-quality genetic map construction and QTL analysis in a relativ...

    Authors: Gilad Gabay, Yardena Dahan, Yacov Izhaki, Adi Faigenboim, Giora Ben-Ari, Yonatan Elkind and Moshe A. Flaishman

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2018 18:175

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  18. Content type: Research article

    Precision plant genome engineering holds much promise for targeted improvement of crop traits via unprecedented single-base level control over the genetic material. Strigolactones (SLs) are a key determinant o...

    Authors: Haroon Butt, Muhammad Jamil, Jian You Wang, Salim Al-Babili and Magdy Mahfouz

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2018 18:174

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  19. Content type: Research article

    Histone methylation and acetylation regulate biological processes in plants through various histone modifications (HMs) gene families. However, knowledge of HMs genes is limited in horticultural deciduous trees, ...

    Authors: Sheng Fan, Jue Wang, Chao Lei, Cai Gao, Yang Yang, Youmei Li, Na An, Dong Zhang and Mingyu Han

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2018 18:173

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  20. Content type: Research article

    The objective of this research was to map quantitative trait loci (QTLs) of multiple traits of breeding importance in pea (Pisum sativum L.). Three recombinant inbred line (RIL) populations, PR-02 (Orb x CDC Stri...

    Authors: Krishna K. Gali, Yong Liu, Anoop Sindhu, Marwan Diapari, Arun S. K. Shunmugam, Gene Arganosa, Ketema Daba, Carolyn Caron, Reddy V. B. Lachagari, Bunyamin Tar’an and Thomas D. Warkentin

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2018 18:172

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  21. Content type: Research article

    Aflatoxin contamination in peanut seeds is still a serious problem for the industry and human health. No stable aflatoxin resistant cultivars have yet been produced, and given the narrow genetic background of ...

    Authors: Renee S. Arias, Victor S. Sobolev, Alicia N. Massa, Valerie A. Orner, Travis E. Walk, Linda L. Ballard, Sheron A. Simpson, Naveen Puppala, Brian E. Scheffler, Francisco de Blas and Guillermo J. Seijo

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2018 18:170

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  22. Content type: Research article

    Root systems play important roles in crop growth and stress responses. Although genetic mechanism of root traits in maize (Zea mays L.) has been investigated in different mapping populations, root traits have rar...

    Authors: Chuanli Ju, Wei Zhang, Ya Liu, Yufeng Gao, Xiaofan Wang, Jianbing Yan, Xiaohong Yang and Jiansheng Li

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2018 18:171

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  23. Content type: Research article

    Sesamia nonagrioides Lefebvere (Mediterranean corn borer, MCB) is the main pest of maize in the Mediterranean area. QTL for MCB stalk tunneling and grain yield under high MCB infestation had been located at bin 8...

    Authors: José Cruz Jiménez-Galindo, Rosa Ana Malvar, Ana Butrón, Marlon Caicedo and Bernardo Ordás

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2018 18:169

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  24. Content type: Research article

    Curds are the main edible organs, which exhibit remarkable yield heterosis in F1 hybrid broccoli. However, the molecular basis underlying heterosis in broccoli remains elusive.

    Authors: Hui Li, Jiye Yuan, Mei Wu, Zhanpin Han, Lihong Li, Hanmin Jiang, Yinglan Jia, Xue Han, Min Liu, Deling Sun, Chengbin Chen, Wenqin Song and Chunguo Wang

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2018 18:168

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  25. Content type: Research article

    Nitrate (NO3) is the major source of nitrogen (N) for higher plants aside from its function in transducing the N signaling. Improving N use efficiency of crops has been an effective strategy for promotion of the...

    Authors: Zhipeng Liu, Yingjia Zhao, Xiaoying Wang, Mengya Yang, Chengjin Guo and Kai Xiao

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2018 18:167

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  26. Content type: Research article

    Somatic embryogenesis in nucellar tissues is widely recognized to induce polyembryony in major citrus varieties such as sweet oranges, satsuma mandarins and lemons. This capability for apomixis is attractive i...

    Authors: Takehiko Shimada, Tomoko Endo, Hiroshi Fujii, Michiharu Nakano, Aiko Sugiyama, Genya Daido, Satoshi Ohta, Terutaka Yoshioka and Mitsuo Omura

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2018 18:166

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  27. Content type: Research article

    Ripening of fleshy fruits has been classically defined as climacteric or non-climacteric. Both types of ripening are controlled by plant hormones, notably by ethylene in climacteric ripening and by abscisic ac...

    Authors: Bing-Zhu Hou, Chun-Li Li, Ying-Yan Han and Yuan-Yue Shen

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2018 18:162

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  28. Content type: Research article

    Rice (Oryza sativa L.) is a thermophilic crop vulnerable to chilling stress. However, common wild rice (Oryza rufipogon Griff.) in Guangxi (China) has the ability to tolerate chilling stress. To better understand...

    Authors: Weijian Cen, Jianbin Liu, Siyuan Lu, Peilong Jia, Kai Yu, Yue Han, Rongbai Li and Jijing Luo

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2018 18:163

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  29. Content type: Research article

    Trichoderma fungi live in the soil rhizosphere and are beneficial for plant growth and pathogen resistance. Several species and strains are currently used worldwide in co-cultivation with crops as a biocontrol al...

    Authors: Bradley R. Dotson, Dia Soltan, John Schmidt, Mariam Areskoug, Kenny Rabe, Corné Swart, Susanne Widell and Allan G. Rasmusson

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2018 18:165

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  30. Content type: Research article

    To explore poorly understood differences between primary and subsequent somatic embryogenic lines of plants, we induced secondary (2ry) and tertiary (3ry) lines from cotyledonary somatic embryos (SEs) of two Doug...

    Authors: Florian Gautier, Kateřina Eliášová, Jean-Charles Leplé, Zuzana Vondráková, Anne-Marie Lomenech, Claire Le Metté, Philippe Label, Guy Costa, Jean-François Trontin, Caroline Teyssier and Marie-Anne Lelu-Walter

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2018 18:164

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  31. Content type: Research article

    NADPH oxidase (Nox) is a critical enzyme involved in the generation of apoplastic superoxide (O2 ), a type of reactive oxygen species (ROS) and hence regulate a wide range of biological functions in many organis...

    Authors: Gurpreet Kaur and Pratap Kumar Pati

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2018 18:161

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  32. Content type: Research article

    Flax is an important field crop that can be used for either oilseed or fiber production. Plant height and technical length are important characters for flax. For linseed flax, plants usually have a short techn...

    Authors: Jianping Zhang, Yan Long, Liming Wang, Zhao Dang, Tianbao Zhang, Xiaxia Song, Zhanhai Dang and Xinwu Pei

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2018 18:160

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  33. Content type: Research article

    Under cultivation, many outcrossing fruit tree species have switched from sexual reproduction to vegetative propagation. Traditional production systems have persisted, where cultivar propagation is based on a ...

    Authors: Bariaa Hamadeh, Lamis Chalak, Geo Coppens d’Eeckenbrugge, Laure Benoit and Hélène I. Joly

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2018 18:155

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  34. Content type: Research article

    Wood basic density (WBD), the biomass of plant cell walls per unit volume, is an important trait for elite tree selection in kraft pulp production. Here, we investigated the correlation between WBD and wood vo...

    Authors: Katsuhiko Nakahama, Nobuaki Urata, Tomotaka Shinya, Kazunori Hayashi, Kazuya Nanto, Antonio C. Rosa and Akiyoshi Kawaoka

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2018 18:156

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  35. Content type: Research article

    Phytochromes are dimeric proteins with critical roles in perceiving day length and the environmental signals that trigger flowering. Night break (NB) and the red to far-red light ratio (R:FR) have been used ex...

    Authors: Kai Cao, Fei Yan, Dawei Xu, Kaiqi Ai, Jie Yu, Encai Bao and Zhirong Zou

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2018 18:158

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  36. Content type: Research article

    The Root-Knot Nematode (RKN), Meloidogyne arenaria, significantly reduces peanut grain quality and yield worldwide. Whilst the cultivated species has low levels of resistance to RKN and other pests and diseases, ...

    Authors: Ana Paula Zotta Mota, Bruna Vidigal, Etienne G. J. Danchin, Roberto Coiti Togawa, Soraya C. M. Leal-Bertioli, David John Bertioli, Ana Claudia Guerra Araujo, Ana Cristina Miranda Brasileiro and Patricia Messenberg Guimaraes

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2018 18:159

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  37. Content type: Research article

    Flowering time is a key trait for regional adaption and seed production in rice (Oryza sativa L.). Forward and reverse genetic studies have characterized a number of flowering-time genes. However, co-expression a...

    Authors: Liping Zeng, Xue Liu, Zhuangzhi Zhou, Dayong Li, Xianfeng Zhao, Lihuang Zhu, Yingfeng Luo and Songnian Hu

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2018 18:157

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  38. Content type: Research article

    The grass family (Poaceae), ca. 12,075 species, is a focal point of many recent studies that aim to use complete plastomes to reveal and strengthen relationships within the family. The use of Next Generation S...

    Authors: Sean V. Burke, Mark C. Ungerer and Melvin R. Duvall

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2018 18:152

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  39. Content type: Research article

    Plant anther development is a systematic and complex process precisely controlled by genes. Regulation genes and their regulatory mechanisms for this process remain elusive. In contrast to numerous researches ...

    Authors: Jin Chen, Pin Su, Pengyun Chen, Qiong Li, Xiaoling Yuan and Zhi Liu

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2018 18:154

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  40. Content type: Research article

    Transcription factors operate as important switches of transcription networks, and NAC (NAM, ATAF, and CUC) transcription factors are a plant-specific family involved in multiple biological processes. However,...

    Authors: Heng Sun, Meiling Hu, Jianying Li, Lin Chen, Meng Li, Shuqin Zhang, Xianlong Zhang and Xiyan Yang

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2018 18:150

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  41. Content type: Research article

    Ubiquitination is a major post-translational protein modification that regulates essentially all cellular and physiological pathways in eukaryotes. The ubiquitination process typically involves three distinct ...

    Authors: Chunyu Zhang, Li Song, Mani Kant Choudhary, Bangjun Zhou, Guangchao Sun, Kyle Broderick, Loren Giesler and Lirong Zeng

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2018 18:149

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  42. Content type: Correction

    Following publication of the original article [1], the author reported a formatting error and an error in the figure caption. The original article has been corrected. The details of the errors are as follows:

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

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2018 18:148

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    The original article was published in BMC Plant Biology 2018 18:122

  43. Content type: Research article

    SEVEN IN ABSENTIA (SINA) is a RING domain-containing ubiquitin ligase involved in Drosophila eye formation. SINA-like proteins in plants are involved in several signaling pathways. Of the 18 SINA-like proteins id...

    Authors: Yang Chen, Mohamed Fokar, Miyoung Kang, Naichong Chen, Randy D. Allen and Yaofeng Chen

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2018 18:147

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  44. Content type: Research article

    This study assessed the effects of 24-epibrassinolide (EBL, 10–7M) and silicon (2 mM) on the alleviation of cadmium (Cd, 150 mg L–1) toxicity in Pisum sativum L. seedlings via the modulation of growth, antioxidan...

    Authors: Sumira Jan, Mohammed Nasser Alyemeni, Leonard Wijaya, Pravej Alam, Kadambot H. Siddique and Parvaiz Ahmad

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2018 18:146

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  45. Content type: Research article

    Long non-coding RNAs (lncRNAs) have emerged as new class of regulatory molecules in animals where they regulate gene expression at transcriptional and post-transcriptional level. Recent studies also identified...

    Authors: Edouard Severing, Luigi Faino, Suraj Jamge, Marco Busscher, Yang Kuijer-Zhang, Francesca Bellinazzo, Jacqueline Busscher-Lange, Virginia Fernández, Gerco C. Angenent, Richard G. H. Immink and Alice Pajoro

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2018 18:145

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  46. 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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  47. Content type: Research article

    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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  48. 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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