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  1. Content type: Research article

    Heat stress is a severe environmental stress that affects plant growth and reduces yield. Bax inhibitor-1 (BI-1) is a cytoprotective protein that is involved in the response to biotic and abiotic stresses. The Ar...

    Authors: Pan-Pan Lu, Wei-Jun Zheng, Chang-Tao Wang, Wen-Yan Shi, Jin-Dong Fu, Ming Chen, Jun Chen, Yong-Bin Zhou, Ya-Jun Xi and Zhao-Shi Xu

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2018 18:259

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    Facilitated by the rapid progress of sequencing technology, comparative genomic studies in plants have unveiled recurrent whole genome duplication (i.e. polyploidization) events throughout plant evolution. The...

    Authors: Bei Gao, Moxian Chen, Xiaoshuang Li, Yuqing Liang, Fuyuan Zhu, Tieyuan Liu, Daoyuan Zhang, Andrew J. Wood, Melvin J. Oliver and Jianhua Zhang

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2018 18:256

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    Waterlogging (WL) is a key factor hindering soybean crop productivity worldwide. Plants utilize various hormones to avoid various stress conditions, including WL stress; however, the physiological mechanisms a...

    Authors: Yoonha Kim, Chang-Woo Seo, Abdul Latif Khan, Bong-Gyu Mun, Raheem Shahzad, Jeung-Woo Ko, Byung-Wook Yun, Soon-Ki Park and In-Jung Lee

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2018 18:254

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    Nitrilases are nitrile-converting enzymes commonly found within the plant kingdom that play diverse roles in nitrile detoxification, nitrogen recycling, and phytohormone biosynthesis. Although nitrilases are p...

    Authors: Jan Günther, Sandra Irmisch, Nathalie D. Lackus, Michael Reichelt, Jonathan Gershenzon and Tobias G. Köllner

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2018 18:251

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    Plant transformation via Agrobacterium tumefaciens is characterized by integration of commonly low number of T-DNAs at random positions in the genome. When integrated into an active gene region, promoterless repo...

    Authors: Vojtěch Čermák and Lukáš Fischer

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2018 18:252

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    As central regulators of the gibberellic acid (GA) signaling pathway in plants, DELLA proteins function as growth repressors and affect diverse biological processes. The wheat RHT-B1b and RHT-D1b semi-dwarfing...

    Authors: Youngjun Mo, Stephen Pearce and Jorge Dubcovsky

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2018 18:253

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    Salinity severely limits wheat production in many parts of the world. Development of salt tolerant varieties represents the most practical option for enhancing wheat production from these areas. Application of...

    Authors: Amit Kumar Singh, Shiksha Chaurasia, Sundeep Kumar, Rakesh Singh, Jyoti Kumari, Mahesh C. Yadav, Nidhi Singh, Sonam Gaba and Sherry Rachel Jacob

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2018 18:249

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    Sugarcane is an important sugar and energy crop that is widely planted in the world. Among the environmental stresses, the water-deficit stress is the most limiting to plant productivity. Some groups have used...

    Authors: Xihui Liu, Ronghua Zhang, Huiping Ou, Yiyun Gui, Jinju Wei, Hui Zhou, Hongwei Tan and Yangrui Li

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2018 18:250

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    Malania oleifera Chun et Lee (Olacaceae), an evergreen broad-leaved woody tree native to southwest China, is an important oilseed tree. Its seed oil has a high level of nervonic acid (cis-tetracos-15-enoic acid, ...

    Authors: Tianquan Yang, Qian Yu, Wei Xu, De-zhu Li, Fu Chen and Aizhong Liu

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2018 18:247

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    Crop landraces embody a source of beneficial genes potentially providing endurance to environmental stress and other agronomic qualities including yield. Our study included 88 snake melon accessions (Cucumis melo

    Authors: Salam Y. Abu Zaitoun, Rana M. Jamous, Munqez J. Shtaya, Omar B. Mallah, Imad S. Eid and Mohammed S. Ali-Shtayeh

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2018 18:246

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    Extremely high temperatures are becoming an increasingly severe threat to crop yields. It is well documented that salicylic acid (SA) can enhance the stress tolerance of plants; however, its effect on the repr...

    Authors: Baohua Feng, Caixia Zhang, Tingting Chen, Xiufu Zhang, Longxing Tao and Guanfu Fu

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2018 18:245

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    Oil from seeds of the tung tree (Vernicia fordii) has unique drying properties that are industrially important. We found that the extended oil accumulation period was related to the high seed oil content at matur...

    Authors: Lingling Zhang, Pan Wu, Wenying Lu and Shiyou Lü

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2018 18:248

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    Asymmetric somatic hybridization is an efficient crop breeding approach by introducing several exogenous chromatin fragments, which leads to genomic shock and therefore induces genome-wide genetic variation. H...

    Authors: Mengcheng Wang, Yujie Ji, Shiting Feng, Chun Liu, Zhen Xiao, Xiaoping Wang, Yanxia Wang and Guangmin Xia

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2018 18:244

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    WRKY transcription factors, so named because of the WRKYGQK heptapeptide at the N-terminal end, are widely distributed in plants and play an important role in physiological changes and response to biotic and a...

    Authors: Hui Song, Weihong Sun, Guofeng Yang and Juan Sun

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2018 18:243

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    Arachis contains 80 species that carry many beneficial genes that can be utilized in the genetic improvement of peanut (Arachis hypogaea L. 2n = 4x = 40, genome AABB). Chromosome engineering is a powerful techniq...

    Authors: Pei Du, Lina Li, Hua Liu, Liuyang Fu, Li Qin, Zhongxin Zhang, Caihong Cui, Ziqi Sun, Suoyi Han, Jing Xu, Xiaodong Dai, Bingyan Huang, Wenzhao Dong, Fengshou Tang, Lifang Zhuang, Yonghua Han…

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2018 18:240

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    Cytoplasmic male sterility (CMS) in flowering plants is usually caused by incompatibility between mitochondrial and nuclear genomes, and can be restored by nuclear genes known as restorer-of-fertility (Rf). Altho...

    Authors: Bingbing Zhang, Xuexian Zhang, Guoyuan Liu, Liping Guo, Tingxiang Qi, Meng Zhang, Xue Li, Hailin Wang, Huini Tang, Xiuqin Qiao, Wenfeng Pei, Kashif Shahzad, Chaozhu Xing, Jinfa Zhang and Jianyong Wu

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2018 18:242

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    Phosphate (Pi) and Nitrogen (N) are essential macronutrients required for plant growth and development. In Arabidopsis thaliana (Arabidopsis), the transcription factor PHR1 acts as a Pi central regulator. PHL1 is...

    Authors: Yafei Sun, Wenzhen Luo, Ajay Jain, Lu Liu, Hao Ai, Xiuli Liu, Bing Feng, Liang Zhang, Zhantian Zhang, Xu Guohua and Shubin Sun

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2018 18:241

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    Forest species ranges are confined by environmental limitations such as cold stress. The natural range shifts of pine forests due to climate change and proactive-assisted population migration may each be const...

    Authors: Khaled Taïbi, Antonio D. Del Campo, Alberto Vilagrosa, José María Bellés, M.P. López-Gresa, José M. López-Nicolás and José M. Mulet

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2018 18:236

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    In plants, the basic helix-loop-helix (bHLH) transcription factors play key roles in diverse biological processes. Genome-wide comprehensive and systematic analyses of bHLH proteins have been well conducted in Ar...

    Authors: Tingting Zhang, Wei Lv, Haisen Zhang, Lin Ma, Pinghua Li, Lei Ge and Gang Li

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2018 18:235

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    Among cereals, durum wheat (Triticum turgidum L. subsp. durum) accumulates cadmium (Cd) at higher concentration if grown in Cd-polluted soils. Since cadmium accumulation is a risk for human health, the internatio...

    Authors: Alessio Aprile, Erika Sabella, Marzia Vergine, Alessandra Genga, Maria Siciliano, Eliana Nutricati, Patrizia Rampino, Mariarosaria De Pascali, Andrea Luvisi, Antonio Miceli, Carmine Negro and Luigi De Bellis

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2018 18:238

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    Small non-coding RNA (sRNA) short sequences regulate various biological processes in all organisms, including bacteria that are animal or plant pathogens. Virulent or pathogenicity-associated sRNAs have been i...

    Authors: Yiqun Hu, Liyuan Zhang, Xuan Wang, Fengli Sun, Xiangxin Kong, Hansong Dong and Heng Xu

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2018 18:237

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    Plant architecture is a critical factor that affects planting density and, consequently, grain yield in maize. The genes or loci that determine organ size are the key regulators of plant architecture. Thus, un...

    Authors: Weiya Li, Zhixing Yang, Jieyuan Yao, Jiansheng Li, Weibin Song and Xiaohong Yang

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2018 18:239

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    Even though bicarbonate alkaline stress is a serious threat to crop growth and yields, it attracts much fewer researches than high salinity stress. The basic leucine zipper (bZIP) transcription factors have be...

    Authors: Shengyang Wu, Pinghui Zhu, Bowei Jia, Junkai Yang, Yang Shen, Xiaoxi Cai, Xiaoli Sun, Yanming Zhu and Mingzhe Sun

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2018 18:234

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    The Correction to this article has been published in BMC Plant Biology 2019 19:25

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    In Arabidopsis, a long day flowering plant, CONSTANS (CO) acts as a transcriptional activator of flowering under long day (LD) condition. In rice, a short day flowering plant, Hd1, the ortholog of CO, plays dual ...

    Authors: Guohui Xiao, Bingjuan Li, Hongjun Chen, Wei Chen, Zhengyi Wang, Bizeng Mao, Renyi Gui and Xiaoqin Guo

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2018 18:232

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    Outbreaks of spruce budworm (SBW, Choristoneura fumiferana Clem.) cause major recurrent damage in boreal conifers such as white spruce (Picea glauca [Moench] Voss) and large losses of forest biomass in North Amer...

    Authors: Mebarek Lamara, Geneviève J. Parent, Isabelle Giguère, Jean Beaulieu, Jean Bousquet and John J. MacKay

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2018 18:231

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    Tea is the most popular nonalcoholic beverage worldwide for its pleasant characteristics and healthful properties. Catechins, theanine and caffeine are the major natural products in tea buds and leaves that de...

    Authors: Linlin Liu, Yingying Li, Guangbiao She, Xianchen Zhang, Brian Jordan, Qi Chen, Jian Zhao and Xiaochun Wan

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2018 18:233

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    Exposing imbibed seeds to high temperatures may lead to either thermo-inhibition of germination or thermo-dormancy responses. In thermo-inhibition, seed germination is inhibited but quickly resumed when temper...

    Authors: Nafiseh Geshnizjani, Farshid Ghaderi-Far, Leo A J Willems, Henk W M Hilhorst and Wilco Ligterink

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2018 18:229

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    Water chickweed (Myosoton aquaticum (L.)) is a dicot broadleaf weed that is widespread in winter fields in China, and has evolved serious resistance to acetolactate synthase (ALS) inhibiting herbicides.

    Authors: Weitang Liu, Shuang Bai, Ning Zhao, Sisi Jia, Wei Li, Lele Zhang and Jinxin Wang

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2018 18:225

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    Histone deacetylases (HDACs) function as key epigenetic factors in repressing the expression of genes in multiple aspects of plant growth, development and plant response to abiotic or biotic stresses. To date,...

    Authors: Chao Yang, Wenjin Shen, Hongfeng Chen, Liutian Chu, Yingchao Xu, Xiaochen Zhou, Chuanliang Liu, Chunmiao Chen, Jiahui Zeng, Jin Liu, Qianfeng Li, Caiji Gao, Jean-Benoit Charron and Ming Luo

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2018 18:226

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    Neem tree serves as a cornucopia for triterpenoids called limonoids that are of profound interest to humans due to their diverse biological activities. However, the biosynthetic pathway that plant employs for ...

    Authors: Thiagarayaselvam Aarthy, Fayaj A. Mulani, Avinash Pandreka, Ashish Kumar, Sharvani S. Nandikol, Saikat Haldar and Hirekodathakallu V. Thulasiram

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2018 18:230

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    Vacuolar invertases (VINs) have been reported to regulate plant growth and development and respond to abiotic stresses such as drought and cold. With our best knowledge, the functions of VIN genes little have ...

    Authors: Wenjun Qian, Bin Xiao, Lu Wang, Xinyuan Hao, Chuan Yue, Hongli Cao, Yuchun Wang, Nana Li, Youben Yu, Jianming Zeng, Yajun Yang and Xinchao Wang

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2018 18:228

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    Hydrogen gas (H2) is the most abundant element in the universe, and has been reported to act as a novel beneficial gaseous molecule in plant adaptive responses. Radish sprouts are popular because they contain sub...

    Authors: Xiaoyan Zhang, Nana Su, Li Jia, Jiyuan Tian, Han Li, Lisha Huang, Zhenguo Shen and Jin Cui

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2018 18:227

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    Meiosis is a specialized cell division critical for gamete production in the sexual reproduction of eukaryotes. It ensures genome integrity and generates genetic variability as well. The Rec8-like cohesin is a...

    Authors: Guojia Ma, Wei Zhang, Liwang Liu, Wun S. Chao, Yong Qiang Gu, Lili Qi, Steven S. Xu and Xiwen Cai

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2018 18:224

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    Rubber tree is cultivated in mainly Southeast Asia and is by far the most significant source of natural rubber production worldwide. However, the genetic architecture underlying the primary agronomic traits of...

    Authors: João Ricardo Bachega Feijó Rosa, Camila Campos Mantello, Dominique Garcia, Lívia Moura de Souza, Carla Cristina da Silva, Rodrigo Gazaffi, Cícero Casimiro da Silva, Guilherme Toledo-Silva, Philippe Cubry, Antonio Augusto Franco Garcia, Anete Pereira de Souza and Vincent Le Guen

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2018 18:223

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  35. Content type: Research article

    Branch canker caused by Macrophoma theicola is a major stem disease of tea plants (Camellia spp.). In tea plantations, this disease causes crop loss and it is one of the major limiting factor for yield stagnation...

    Authors: Mareeswaran Jeyaraman and Premkumar Samuel Asir Robert

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2018 18:222

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  36. Content type: Research article

    The performance and survival of deciduous trees depends on their innate ability to anticipate seasonal change. A key event is the timely production of short photoperiod-induced terminal and axillary buds that ...

    Authors: Päivi L. H. Rinne, Laju K. Paul and Christiaan van der Schoot

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2018 18:220

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    PLATZ proteins are a novel class of plant-specific zinc-dependent DNA-binding proteins that are classified as transcription factors (TFs). However, their common biochemical features and functions are poorly un...

    Authors: Jiechen Wang, Chen Ji, Qi Li, Yong Zhou and Yongrui Wu

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2018 18:221

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    Zinc-finger transcription factors play central roles in plant growth, development and abiotic stress responses. PLATZ encodes a class of plant-specific zinc-finger transcription factor. However, biological fun...

    Authors: Shicai Zhang, Rui Yang, Yanqing Huo, Shasha Liu, Guodong Yang, Jinguang Huang, Chengchao Zheng and Changai Wu

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2018 18:218

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    Most plant viruses depend on vector insects for transmission. Upon viral infection, virus-derived small interfering RNAs (vsiRNAs) can target both viral and host transcripts. Rice stripe virus (RSV) is a persiste...

    Authors: Meiling Yang, Zhongtian Xu, Wan Zhao, Qing Liu, Qiong Li, Lu Lu, Renyi Liu, Xiaoming Zhang and Feng Cui

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2018 18:219

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    Post-translational modification of receptor proteins is involved in activation and de-activation of signalling systems in plants. Both ubiquitination and deubiquitination have been implicated in plant interact...

    Authors: Daniela Tsikou, Estrella E. Ramirez, Ioanna S. Psarrakou, Jaslyn E. Wong, Dorthe B. Jensen, Erika Isono, Simona Radutoiu and Kalliope K. Papadopoulou

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2018 18:217

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    NAC proteins contribute to diverse plant developmental processes as well as tolerances to biotic and abiotic stresses. The pear genome had been decoded and provided the basis for the genome-wide analysis to fi...

    Authors: Mudassar Ahmad, Xinhui Yan, Jianzhao Li, Qinsong Yang, Wajeeha Jamil, Yuanwen Teng and Songling Bai

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2018 18:214

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  42. Content type: Research article

    Commercially available poinsettia (Euphorbia pulcherrima) varieties prevalently accumulate cyanidin derivatives and show intense red coloration. Orange-red bract color is less common. We investigated four cultiva...

    Authors: Daria Nitarska, Carmen Stefanini, Christian Haselmair-Gosch, Silvija Miosic, Benjamin Walliser, Maja Mikulic-Petkovsek, Ionela Regos, Ana Slatnar, Thomas Debener, Diro Terefe-Ayana, Vinicius Vilperte, Johannes Hadersdorfer, Karl Stich and Heidi Halbwirth

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2018 18:216

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  43. Content type: Research article

    The res (restored cell structure by salinity) mutant, recently identified as the first tomato mutant accumulating jasmonate in roots under non-stressful conditions, exhibits a remarkable growth inhibition and mor...

    Authors: Irene Albaladejo, Isabel Egea, Belen Morales, Francisco B. Flores, Carmen Capel, Rafael Lozano and Maria C. Bolarin

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2018 18:213

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  44. Content type: Research article

    Multidrug and toxic compound extrusion (MATE) transporters, which exist widely in plants, function as crucial regulators in plant resistance to aluminum (Al) toxicity by inducing citrate efflux. However, the f...

    Authors: Qibin Ma, Rong Yi, Lu Li, Zhongyi Liang, Tingting Zeng, Yu Zhang, He Huang, Xiao Zhang, Xiangli Yin, Zhandong Cai, Yinghui Mu, Yanbo Cheng, Qiaoying Zeng, Xiuping Li and Hai Nian

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2018 18:212

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  45. Content type: Research article

    ETHYLENE RESPONSE FACTOR (ERF) 8 is a member of one of the largest transcription factor families in plants, the APETALA2/ETHYLENE RESPONSIVE FACTOR (AP2/ERF) superfamily. Members of this superfamily have been ...

    Authors: Feng Yi Cao, Thomas A. DeFalco, Wolfgang Moeder, Bo Li, Yunchen Gong, Xiao-Min Liu, Masatoshi Taniguchi, Shelley Lumba, Shigeo Toh, Libo Shan, Brian Ellis, Darrell Desveaux and Keiko Yoshioka

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2018 18:211

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  46. Content type: Research article

    Fruits of persimmon plants are traditional healthy food in China, Korea and Japan. However, due to the shortage of morphological and DNA markers, the development of persimmon industry has been heavily inhibited.

    Authors: Wenqing Li, Yanlei Liu, Yong Yang, Xiaoman Xie, Yizeng Lu, Zhirong Yang, Xiaobai Jin, Wenpan Dong and Zhili Suo

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2018 18:210

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  47. Content type: Research article

    Asexual seed formation (apomixis) has been observed in diverse plant families but is rare in crop plants. The generation of apomictic crops would revolutionize agriculture, as clonal seed production provides a...

    Authors: Sophia Bräuning, Andrew Catanach, Janice M. Lord, Ross Bicknell and Richard C. Macknight

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2018 18:206

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    Osmotic stress is a major abiotic stress limiting crop production by affecting plant growth and development. Although previous reports discovered that methane (CH4) has a beneficial effect on osmotic stress, the ...

    Authors: Yihua Zhang, Jiuchang Su, Dan Cheng, Ren Wang, Yudong Mei, Huali Hu, Wenbiao Shen and Yaowen Zhang

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2018 18:207

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