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  1. Content type: Research article

    There are two plant phosphorus (P)-uptake pathways, namely the direct P uptake by roots and the indirect P uptake through arbuscular mycorrhizal fungi (AMF). Maximizing the efficiency of root and AMF processes...

    Authors: Wenxuan Mai, Xiangrong Xue, Gu Feng and Changyan Tian

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2018 18:334

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    The glycogen synthase kinase 3/shaggy kinase (GSK3) is a serine/threonine kinase with important roles in animals. Although GSK3 genes have been studied for more than 30 years, plant GSK genes have been studied on...

    Authors: Lingling Wang, Zhaoen Yang, Bin Zhang, Daoqian Yu, Ji Liu, Qian Gong, Ghulam Qanmber, Yi Li, Lili Lu, Yongjun Lin, Zuoren Yang and Fuguang Li

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2018 18:330

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    CC-type glutaredoxins (GRXs) are plant-specific glutaredoxin, play regulatory roles in response of biotic and abiotic stress. However, it is not clear whether the CC-type GRXs are involve in drought response i...

    Authors: Meng-Bin Ruan, Yi-Ling Yang, Kai-Mian Li, Xin Guo, Bin Wang, Xiao-Ling Yu and Ming Peng

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2018 18:329

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    Rapeseed (Brassica napus L.) and soybean (Glycine max L.) seeds are rich in both protein and oil, which are major sources of biofuels and nutrition. Although the difference in seed oil content between soybean (~ ...

    Authors: Zhibin Zhang, Jim M. Dunwell and Yuan-Ming Zhang

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2018 18:328

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    Grain weight (GW) is a key component of sunflower yield and quality, but may be limited by maternal tissues. Cell growth is influenced by expansin proteins that loosen the plant cell wall. This study aimed to ...

    Authors: Francisca M. Castillo, Javier Canales, Alejandro Claude and Daniel F. Calderini

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2018 18:327

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    Phosphorus (Pi) deficiency induces root morphological remodeling in plants. The primary root length of rice increased under Pi deficiency stress; however, the underlying mechanism is not well understood. In th...

    Authors: Yan Ding, Zegang Wang, Menglian Ren, Ping Zhang, Zhongnan Li, Sheng Chen, Cailin Ge and Yulong Wang

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2018 18:326

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    Soybean is a paleopolyploid that has undergone two whole genome duplication events. Gene duplication is a type of genomic change that can lead to novel functions of pre-existing genes. Chalcone synthase (CHS) ...

    Authors: Arun Kumaran Anguraj Vadivel, Kevin Krysiak, Gang Tian and Sangeeta Dhaubhadel

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2018 18:325

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    Melon shows a broad diversity in fruit morphology and quality, which is still underexploited in breeding programs. The knowledge of the genetic basis of fruit quality traits is important for identifying new al...

    Authors: L. Pereira, V. Ruggieri, S. Pérez, K. G. Alexiou, M. Fernández, T. Jahrmann, M. Pujol and J. Garcia-Mas

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2018 18:324

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    Observations of precocious (early bearing) genotypes of walnut (Juglans regia L.) under natural conditions encouraged us to study the origin and genetic control of these fascinating traits.

    Authors: Lingna Chen, Runquan Dong, Qingguo Ma, Yu Zhang, Shizhong Xu, Delu Ning, Qin Chen and Dong Pei

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2018 18:323

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    Nitrogen (N) is a macronutrient that is essential for optimal plant growth and seed yield. Allotetraploid rapeseed (AnAnCnCn, 2n = 4x = 38) has a higher requirement for N fertilizers whereas exhibiting a lower N ...

    Authors: Zhen-hua Zhang, Ting Zhou, Qiong Liao, Jun-yue Yao, Gui-hong Liang, Hai-xing Song, Chun-yun Guan and Ying-peng Hua

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2018 18:322

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    Comparative analyses of chloroplast and mitochondrial genomes have shown that organelle genomes in bryophytes evolve slowly. However, in contrast to seed plants, the organellar genomes are yet poorly explored ...

    Authors: Kamil Myszczyński, Piotr Górski, Monika Ślipiko and Jakub Sawicki

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2018 18:321

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    Abiotic stress severely influences plant growth and development. MYB transcription factors (TFs), which compose one of the largest TF families, play an important role in abiotic stress responses.

    Authors: Yong-Tao Du, Meng-Jie Zhao, Chang-Tao Wang, Yuan Gao, Yan-Xia Wang, Yong-Wei Liu, Ming Chen, Jun Chen, Yong-Bin Zhou, Zhao-Shi Xu and You-Zhi Ma

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2018 18:320

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    High-molecular-weight glutenin subunits (HMW-GS) play important roles in the elasticity of dough made from wheat. The HMW-GS null line is useful for studying the contribution of HMW-GS to the end-use quality o...

    Authors: Yingjun Zhang, Mengyun Hu, Qian Liu, Lijing Sun, Xiyong Chen, Liangjie Lv, Yuping Liu, Xu Jia and Hui Li

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2018 18:319

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    The anther cuticle, which is primarily composed of lipid polymers, is crucial for pollen development and plays important roles in sexual reproduction in higher plants. However, the mechanism underlying the bio...

    Authors: Lei Zhang, Hongbing Luo, Yue Zhao, Xiaoyang Chen, Yumin Huang, Shuangshuang Yan, Suxing Li, Meishan Liu, Wei Huang, Xiaolan Zhang and Weiwei Jin

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2018 18:318

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    Hybridization of species with porous genomes can eventually lead to introgression via repeated backcrossing. The potential for introgression between species is reflected by the extent of segregation distortion...

    Authors: Susanne Gramlich, Natascha Dorothea Wagner and Elvira Hörandl

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2018 18:317

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  16. Content type: Research article

    Betanins have become excellent replacers for artificial red-purple food colourants. Red beet (Beta vulgaris L. spp. vulgaris) known as beetroot, is a rich source of betalains, which major forms are betanin (red t...

    Authors: Gregorio Barba-Espin, Stephan Glied-Olsen, Tsaneta Dzhanfezova, Bjarne Joernsgaard, Henrik Lütken and Renate Müller

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2018 18:316

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  17. Content type: Research article

    Foxtail millet (Setaria italica L. P. Beauv) has been considered as a tractable model crop in recent years due to its short growing cycle, lower amount of repetitive DNA, inbreeding nature, small diploid genome, ...

    Authors: Jiaowen Pan, Zhen Li, Qingguo Wang, Anna K. Garrell, Min Liu, Yanan Guan, Wenqing Zhou and Wei Liu

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2018 18:315

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    Polyploidy, or whole-genome duplication (WGD) promotes genetic diversification in plants. However, whether WGD is accompanied by epigenetic regulation especially DNA methylation remains yet elusive. Methylatio...

    Authors: Hongyu Zhang, Asif Ali, Feixue Hou, Tingkai Wu, Daiming Guo, Xiufeng Zeng, Fangfang Wang, Huixia Zhao, Xiaoqiong Chen, Peizhou Xu and Xianjun Wu

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2018 18:314

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    In vivo haploid induction (HI) based on Stock6-derived inducer lines has been the most prevalent means of producing haploids. Nevertheless, the biological mechanism of HI is not fully understood, the twin-embryo ...

    Authors: Liwei Liu, Wei Li, Chenxu Liu, Baojian Chen, Xiaolong Tian, Chen Chen, Jinlong Li and Shaojiang Chen

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2018 18:313

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    Photosynthesis is able to convert solar energy into chemical energy in the form of biomass, but the efficiency of photosynthetic solar energy conversion is low. Chlorophyll fluorescence measurements are rapid,...

    Authors: Matthew Herritt, Arun Prabhu Dhanapal, Larry C. Purcell and Felix B. Fritschi

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2018 18:312

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    Productivity of important crop rice is greatly affected by salinity. The plant hormone jasmonate plays a vital role in salt stress adaptation, but also evokes detrimental side effects if not timely shut down a...

    Authors: Preshobha K. Peethambaran, René Glenz, Sabrina Höninger, S. M. Shahinul Islam, Sabine Hummel, Klaus Harter, Üner Kolukisaoglu, Donaldo Meynard, Emmanuel Guiderdoni, Peter Nick and Michael Riemann

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2018 18:311

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    Common rust, caused by Puccinia sorghi, is an important foliar disease of maize that has been associated with up to 50% grain yield loss. Development of resistant maize germplasm is the ideal strategy to combat P...

    Authors: Hongjian Zheng, Jiafa Chen, Chunhua Mu, Dan Makumbi, Yunbi Xu and George Mahuku

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2018 18:310

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    Cold stress is one of the most severe abiotic stresses affecting the banana production. Although some miRNAs have been identified, little is known about the role of miRNAs in response to cold stress in banana,...

    Authors: Weihua Liu, Chunzhen Cheng, Fanglan Chen, Shanshan Ni, Yuling Lin and Zhongxiong Lai

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2018 18:308

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    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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  26. Content type: Research article

    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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  28. 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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  29. 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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  30. 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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  31. 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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  32. 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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    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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    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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  35. Content type: Research article

    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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  36. 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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    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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  38. 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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  39. 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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  40. 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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  41. 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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  42. 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

  43. 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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  44. 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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  45. 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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  46. 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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  47. 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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  48. 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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