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  1. Crassulacean acid metabolism (CAM) photosynthesis is an important carbon fixation pathway especially in arid environments because it leads to higher water-use efficiency compared to C3 and C4 plants. However, ...

    Authors: Yan Shi, Xingtan Zhang, Xiaojun Chang, Maokai Yan, Heming Zhao, Yuan Qin and Haifeng Wang

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2021 21:19

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  2. In plants, CONSTITUTIVELY PHOTOMORPHOGENIC 1 (COP1) is a key negative regulator in photoperiod response. However, the biological function of COP1-interacting protein 1 (CIP1) and the regulatory mechanism of th...

    Authors: Hui Kang, Ting-Ting Zhang, Lu-Lu Fu, Yu-Xin Yao, Chun-Xiang You, Xiao-Fei Wang and Yu-Jin Hao

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2021 21:15

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  3. Aphid attack induces defense responses in plants activating several signaling cascades that led to the production of toxic, repellent or antinutritive compounds and the consequent reorganization of the plant p...

    Authors: Victoria Florencio-Ortiz, Susana Sellés-Marchart and José L. Casas

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2021 21:12

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  4. Understanding the complexity of the vine plant’s response to water deficit represents a major challenge for sustainable winegrowing. Regulation of water use requires a coordinated action between scions and roo...

    Authors: Massimiliano Trenti, Silvia Lorenzi, Pier Luigi Bianchedi, Daniele Grossi, Osvaldo Failla, Maria Stella Grando and Francesco Emanuelli

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2021 21:7

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  5. Rapeseed (Brassica napus L.) is an important oil crop world-widely cultivated, and seed oil content (SOC) is one of the most important traits for rapeseed. To increase SOC, many efforts for promoting the function...

    Authors: Haoyi Wang, Qian Wang, Haksong Pak, Tao Yan, Mingxun Chen, Xiaoyang Chen, Dezhi Wu and Lixi Jiang

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2021 21:6

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  6. Caffeic acid O-methyltransferases (COMTs) play an important role in the diversification of natural products, especially in the phenylalanine metabolic pathway of plant. The content of COMT genes in blueberry and ...

    Authors: Yushan Liu, Yizhou Wang, Jiabo Pei, Yadong Li and Haiyue Sun

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2021 21:5

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  7. Auxin is critical to plant growth and development, as well as stress responses. Small auxin-up RNA (SAUR) is the largest family of early auxin responsive genes in higher plants. However, the function of few SAUR ...

    Authors: Hao Zhang, Zhenjia Yu, Xiaodie Yao, Jingli Chen, Xing Chen, Huiwen Zhou, Yuxia Lou, Feng Ming and Yue Jin

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2021 21:4

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  8. Giant Juncao is often used as feed for livestock because of its huge biomass. However, drought stress reduces forage production by affecting the normal growth and development of plants. Therefore, investigatin...

    Authors: Jing Zhou, Siqi Chen, Wenjiao Shi, Rakefet David-Schwartz, Sutao Li, Fulin Yang and Zhanxi Lin

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2021 21:2

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  9. Soil salinity is one of the major abiotic stress factors that affect crop growth and yield, which seriously restricts the sustainable development of agriculture. Quinoa is considered as one of the most promisi...

    Authors: Pibiao Shi and Minfeng Gu

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2020 20:568

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  10. An amendment to this paper has been published and can be accessed via the original article.

    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 20:567

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    The original article was published in BMC Plant Biology 2020 20:111

  11. This article has been retracted. Please see the retraction notice for more detail: https://doi.org/10.1186/s12870-020-02782-w.

    Authors: Lin Zhang, Zhiqiang Song, Fangfang Li, Xixi Li, Haikun Ji and Shushen Yang

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2020 20:566

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    The original article was published in BMC Plant Biology 2019 19:366

  12. Environmental lodging stress, which is a result of numerous factors, is characterized by uncertainty. However, several studies related to lodging in cereal crops have reported that lodging in the Hippeastrum ruti...

    Authors: Zhenjie Shi, Qianjiao Zheng, Xiaoyang Sun, Fuchun Xie, Jian Zhao, Gaoyun Zhang, Wei Zhao, Zhixin Guo, Ariuka Ariunzul, Shah Fahad, Muhammad Adnan, Dong Qin, Shah Saud and Chen Yajun

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2020 20:565

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  13. Vegetable amaranth is a source of natural phytopigments and functional components of the commercial food industry for sustainable health benefits across the globe. It is guessed that recently identified amaran...

    Authors: Umakanta Sarker and Shinya Oba

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2020 20:564

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  14. Bacterial blight, which is caused by Xanthomonas oryzae pv. oryzae (Xoo), is a devastating rice disease worldwide. Rice introgression line H471, derived from the recurrent parent Huang-Hua-Zhan (HHZ) and the dono...

    Authors: Fan Zhang, Fan Zhang, Liyu Huang, Dan Zeng, Casiana Vera Cruz, Zhikang Li and Yongli Zhou

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2020 20:563

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  15. Flower development directly affects fruit production in tomato. Despite the framework mediated by ABC genes have been established in Arabidopsis, the spatiotemporal precision of floral development in tomato ha...

    Authors: Liling Yang, Shilian Qi, Arfa Touqeer, Haiyang Li, Xiaolan Zhang, Xiaofeng Liu and Shuang Wu

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2020 20:562

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  16. Rice is a typical monocotyledonous plant and an important cereal crop. The structural units of rice flowers are spikelets and florets, and floral organ development and spike germination affect rice reproductio...

    Authors: Dewei Yang, Niqing He, Xianghua Zheng, Yanmei Zhen, Zhenxin Xie, Chaoping Cheng and Fenghuang Huang

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2020 20:561

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  17. Pomegranate (Punica granatum L.) is an important commercial fruit tree, with moderate tolerance to salinity. The balance of Cl and other anions in pomegranate tissues are affected by salinity, however, the accum...

    Authors: Cuiyu Liu, Yujie Zhao, Xueqing Zhao, Jianmei Dong and Zhaohe Yuan

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2020 20:560

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  18. The 29-member Arabidopsis AHL gene family is classified into three main classes based on nucleotide and protein sequence evolutionary differences. These differences include the presence or absence of introns, typ...

    Authors: Reuben Tayengwa, Pushpa Sharma Koirala, Courtney F. Pierce, Breanna E. Werner and Michael M. Neff

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2020 20:559

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  19. Previous studies have shown that ABFs (abscisic acid-responsive transcription factors) are important ABA-signaling components that participate in abiotic stress response. However, little is known about the fun...

    Authors: Fangfang Li, Fangming Mei, Yifang Zhang, Shumin Li, Zhensheng Kang and Hude Mao

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2020 20:558

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  20. Elucidation of the regulatory mechanism of kiwifruit response to gray mold disease caused by Botrytis cinerea can provide the basis for its molecular breeding to impart resistance against this disease. In this st...

    Authors: Zhe-Xin Li, Jian-Bin Lan, Yi-Qing Liu, Li-Wang Qi and Jian-Min Tang

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2020 20:557

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  21. Nitrogen application can effectively mitigate the damage to crop growth and yield caused by drought. However, the efficiency of heavy nitrogen application before drought (NBD) and heavy nitrogen application af...

    Authors: Jie Du, Tianhua Shen, Qiangqiang Xiong, Changlan Zhu, Xiaosong Peng, Xiaopeng He, Junru Fu, Linjuan Ouyang, Jianmin Bian, Lifang Hu, Xiaotang Sun, Dahu Zhou, Haohua He, Lei Zhong and Xiaorong Chen

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2020 20:556

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  22. The degradation of intracellular proteins plays an essential role in plant responses to stressful environments. ClpS1 and E3 ubiquitin ligase function as adaptors for selecting target substrates in caseinolyti...

    Authors: Qian Yang, Md Ashraful Islam, Kunyan Cai, Shuxin Tian, Yan Liu, Zhensheng Kang and Jun Guo

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2020 20:555

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  23. Closely related hybridizing species are ideal systems for identifying genomic regions underlying adaptive divergence. Although gene expression plays a central role in determining ecologically-based phenotypic ...

    Authors: Bárbara Simões Santos Leal, Marcelo Mendes Brandão, Clarisse Palma-Silva and Fabio Pinheiro

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2020 20:554

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  24. Pentatricopeptide repeat (PPR) proteins compose a large protein family whose members are involved in both RNA processing in organelles and plant growth. Previous reports have shown that E-subgroup PPR proteins...

    Authors: Ru Chang Ren, Xu Wei Yan, Ya Jie Zhao, Yi Ming Wei, Xiaoduo Lu, Jie Zang, Jia Wen Wu, Guang Ming Zheng, Xin Hua Ding, Xian Sheng Zhang and Xiang Yu Zhao

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2020 20:553

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  25. Tansy plants (Tanacetum vulgare L.) are known for their high intraspecific chemical variation, especially of volatile organic compounds (VOC) from the terpenoid compound group. These VOCs are closely involved in ...

    Authors: Mary V. Clancy, Georg Haberer, Werner Jud, Bishu Niederbacher, Simon Niederbacher, Matthias Senft, Sharon E. Zytynska, Wolfgang W. Weisser and Jörg-Peter Schnitzler

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2020 20:551

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  26. Cadmium (Cd) accumulation in crops affects the yield and quality of crops and harms human health. The application of selenium (Se) can reduce the absorption and transport of Cd in winter wheat.

    Authors: Jiaojiao Zhu, Peng Zhao, Zhaojun Nie, Huazhong Shi, Chang Li, Yi Wang, Shiyu Qin, Xiaoming Qin and Hongen Liu

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2020 20:550

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  27. Nitrate plays an important role in grapevines vegetative and reproductive development. However, how grapevines uptake, translocate and utilize nitrate and the molecular mechanism still remains to be investigated.

    Authors: Yani He, Xiaojun Xi, Qian Zha, Yuting Lu and Aili Jiang

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2020 20:549

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  28. Prolonged mechanical stress (MS) causes thigmomorphogenesis, a stress acclimation response associated with increased disease resistance. What remains unclear is if; 1) plants pre-exposed to a short period of r...

    Authors: Eric Brenya, Zhong-Hua Chen, David Tissue, Alexie Papanicolaou and Christopher Ian Cazzonelli

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2020 20:548

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  29. Organ shape and size covariation (allometry) factors are essential concepts for the study of evolution and development. Although ample research has been conducted on organ shape and size, little research has c...

    Authors: Xin Li, Yaohua Zhang, Suxin Yang, Chunxia Wu, Qun Shao and Xianzhong Feng

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2020 20:547

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  30. Brassica napus is an important oilseed crop cultivated worldwide. During domestication and breeding of B. napus, flowering time has been a target of selection because of its substantial impact on yield. Here we u...

    Authors: Armin Scheben, Anita A. Severn-Ellis, Dhwani Patel, Aneeta Pradhan, Stephen J. Rae, Jacqueline Batley and David Edwards

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2020 20:546

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  31. Under natural conditions, soil nutrients are heterogeneously distributed, and plants have developed adaptation strategies to efficiently forage patchily distributed nutrient. Most previous studies examined eit...

    Authors: Liping Cai, Yuzhen Wang, Mulualem Tigabu, Xiaolong Hou, Pengfei Wu, Chuifan Zhou and Xiangqing Ma

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2020 20:545

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  32. Grape buds and leaves are directly associated with the physiology and metabolic activities of the plant, which is monitored by epigenetic modifications induced by environment and endogenous factors. Methylatio...

    Authors: Haoran Jia, Zibo Zhang, Ehsan Sadeghnezhad, Qianqian Pang, Shangyun Li, Tariq Pervaiz, Ziwen Su, Tianyu Dong, Jinggui Fang and Haifeng Jia

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2020 20:544

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  33. Transcription factors GATAs are involved in plant developmental processes and respond to environmental stresses through binding DNA regulatory regions to regulate their downstream genes. However, little informati...

    Authors: Weizhuo Zhu, Yiyi Guo, Yeke Chen, Dezhi Wu and Lixi Jiang

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2020 20:543

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  34. The basic helix-loop-helix (bHLH) proteins, a large transcription factors family, are involved in plant growth and development, and defensive response to various environmental stresses. The resurrection plant Myr...

    Authors: Jia-Rui Qiu, Zhuo Huang, Xiang-Ying Xiang, Wen-Xin Xu, Jia-Tong Wang, Jia Chen, Li Song, Yao Xiao, Xi Li, Jun Ma, Shi-Zhen Cai, Ling-Xia Sun and Cai-Zhong Jiang

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2020 20:542

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  35. Zhengdan 958 (Zheng 58 × Chang 7–2), a commercial hybrid that is produced in a large area in China, is the result of the successful use of the heterotic pattern of Reid × Tang-SPT. The jointing stage of maize ...

    Authors: Gege Hou, Yahui Dong, Fangfang Zhu, Qiannan Zhao, Tianyi Li, Dandan Dou, Xingli Ma, Liancheng Wu, Lixia Ku and Yanhui Chen

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2020 20:541

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  36. Apple (Malus ssp.), one of the most important temperate fruit crops, has a long cultivation history and is economically important. To identify the genetic relationships among the apple germplasm accessions, whole...

    Authors: Xuan Wang, Fei Shen, Yuan Gao, Kun Wang, Ruiting Chen, Jun Luo, Lili Yang, Xi Zhang, Changpeng Qiu, Wei Li, Ting Wu, Xuefeng Xu, Yi Wang, Peihua Cong, Zhenhai Han and Xinzhong Zhang

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2020 20:540

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  37. RNA sequencing has been widely used to profile genome-wide gene expression and identify candidate genes controlling disease resistance and other important traits in plants. Gerbera daisy is one of the most imp...

    Authors: Krishna Bhattarai, Ana Conesa, Shunyuan Xiao, Natalia A. Peres, David G. Clark, Saroj Parajuli and Zhanao Deng

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2020 20:539

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  38. Pistil development is a complicated process in plants, and female sterile mutants are ideal material for screening and cloning pistil development-related genes. Using the female sterile mutant (fsm1), BraA04g0097...

    Authors: Shengnan Huang, Wenjie Liu, Junjie Xu, Zhiyong Liu, Chengyu Li and Hui Feng

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2020 20:538

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  39. Switchgrass (Panicum virgatum) undergoes winter dormancy by sensing photoperiod and temperature changes. It transitions to winter dormancy in early fall following at the end of reproduction and exits dormancy in ...

    Authors: Rasyidah M. Razar and Ali Missaoui

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2020 20:537

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  40. Melatonin (MT) is important for plant growth and development; however, it is not known whether MT is involved in apple adventitious root (AR) development. In this study, we treated Malus prunifolia (MP) at four d...

    Authors: Jiangping Mao, Chundong Niu, Ke Li, Shiyue Chen, Muhammad Mobeen Tahir, Mingyu Han and Dong Zhang

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2020 20:536

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  41. Small heat shock proteins (sHSPs) belong to the class of molecular chaperones that respond to biotic and abiotic stresses in plants. A previous study has showed strong induction of the gene GmHsp22.4 in response ...

    Authors: Suellen Mika Hishinuma-Silva, Valéria Stefania Lopes-Caitar, Rafael Bruno Guayato Nomura, Bruna Caroline Sercero, Aline Garcia da Silva, Mayra Costa da Cruz Gallo De Carvalho, Ivani de Oliveira Negrão Lopes, Waldir Pereira Dias and Francismar Corrêa Marcelino-Guimarães

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2020 20:535

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  42. Salinity severely inhibit crop growth, yield, and quality worldwide. Allotetraploid rapeseed (Brassica napus L.), a major glycophyte oil crop, is susceptible to salinity. Understanding the physiological and molec...

    Authors: Ying-na Feng, Jia-qian Cui, Ting Zhou, Ying Liu, Cai-peng Yue, Jin-yong Huang and Ying-peng Hua

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2020 20:534

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  43. The AP2/ERFs belong to a large family of transcription factors in plants. The AP2/ERF gene family has been identified as a key player involved in both biotic and abiotic stress responses in plants, however, no...

    Authors: Dandan Li, Xintong Liu, Lizhe Shu, Hua Zhang, Shiya Zhang, Yin Song and Zhao Zhang

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2020 20:533

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  44. Viruses are infectious pathogens, and plant virus epidemics can have devastating consequences to crop yield and quality. Sugarcane mosaic virus (SCMV, belonging to family Potyviridae) is one of the leading pathog...

    Authors: Sehrish Akbar, Yao Wei, Yuan Yuan, Muhammad Tahir Khan, Lifang Qin, Charles A. Powell, Baoshan Chen and Muqing Zhang

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2020 20:532

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  45. Gnetum is an economically important tropical and subtropical gymnosperm genus with various dietary, industrial and medicinal uses. Many carbohydrates, proteins and fibers accumulate during the ripening of Gnetum ...

    Authors: Nan Deng, Chen Hou, Boxiang He, Fengfeng Ma, Qingan Song, Shengqing Shi, Caixia Liu and Yuxin Tian

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2020 20:531

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  46. Appropriate information about genetic diversity and population structure of germplasm improves the efficiency of plant breeding. The low productivity of Nepali bread wheat (Triticum aestivum L.) is a major concer...

    Authors: Kamal Khadka, Davoud Torkamaneh, Mina Kaviani, Francois Belzile, Manish N. Raizada and Alireza Navabi

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2020 20:530

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  47. Kernel weight and morphology are important traits affecting cereal yields and quality. Dissecting the genetic basis of thousand kernel weight (TKW) and its related traits is an effective method to improve whea...

    Authors: Hong Liu, Xiaotao Zhang, Yunfeng Xu, Feifei Ma, Jinpeng Zhang, Yanwei Cao, Lihui Li and Diaoguo An

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2020 20:529

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  48. The characteristics of elephant grass, especially its stem lignocellulose, are of great significance for its quality as feed or other industrial raw materials. However, the research on lignocellulose biosynthe...

    Authors: Wenqing Zhang, Shengkui Zhang, Xianqin Lu, Can Li, Xingwang Liu, Geyu Dong and Tao Xia

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2020 20:528

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