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  1. To understand the gene expression networks controlling flower color formation in alfalfa, flowers anthocyanins were identified using two materials with contrasting flower colors, namely Defu and Zhongtian No. ...

    Authors: Hui-Rong Duan, Li-Rong Wang, Guang-Xin Cui, Xue-Hui Zhou, Xiao-Rong Duan and Hong-Shan Yang

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2020 20:110

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  2. The steroidal hormones brassinosteroids (BRs) play important roles in plant growth and development. The pathway and genes involved in BR biosynthesis have been identified primarily in model plants like Arabidopsi...

    Authors: Xiaodong Zheng, Yuxiong Xiao, Yike Tian, Shaolan Yang and Caihong Wang

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2020 20:109

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  3. Pear fruit exhibit a single sigmoid pattern during development, while peach and strawberry fruits exhibit a double sigmoid pattern. However, little is known about the differences between these two patterns.

    Authors: Mao-Song Pei, Su-Hao Cao, Lei Wu, Guo-Ming Wang, Zhi-Hua Xie, Chao Gu and Shao-Ling Zhang

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2020 20:108

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  4. Both drought and heat stress are serious global problems, leading to agricultural production loss. MicroRNAs (miRNAs) play important roles in plant species responding to individual drought and heat stress. How...

    Authors: Rong Zhou, Xiaqing Yu, Carl-Otto Ottosen, Tingling Zhang, Zhen Wu and Tongmin Zhao

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2020 20:107

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  5. The Eurasian steppe is an important vegetation type characterized by cold, arid and nitrogen poor conditions. At the Eastern edge, including in the Songnen grassland, the vegetation is dominated by Leymus chinens...

    Authors: Song Gao, Junfeng Wang, Johannes M. H. Knops and Jiao Wang

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2020 20:106

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  6. “Bairihua”, a variety of the Catalpa bungei, has a large amount of flowers and a long flowering period which make it an excellent material for flowering researches in trees. SPL is one of the hub genes that regul...

    Authors: Zhi Wang, Tianqing Zhu, Wenjun Ma, Erqin Fan, Nan Lu, Fangqun Ouyang, Nan Wang, Guijuan Yang, Lisheng Kong, Guanzheng Qu, Shougong Zhang and Junhui Wang

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2020 20:105

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  7. Loss of vigor caused by seed aging adversely affects agricultural production under natural conditions. However, priming is an economical and effective method for improving the vigor of aged seeds. The objectiv...

    Authors: Fangshan Xia, Hang Cheng, Lingling Chen, Huisen Zhu, Peisheng Mao and Mingya Wang

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2020 20:104

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  8. Aroma is an important organoleptic quality for fruit and has a large influence on consumer preference. Kiwifruit esters undergo rapid and substantial changes contributing to the flavor during fruit ripening. P...

    Authors: Aidi Zhang, Qiuyun Zhang, Jianzhao Li, Hansheng Gong, Xinguang Fan, Yanqing Yang, Xiaofen Liu and Xueren Yin

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2020 20:103

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  9. Brassinolide (BR), as a new type of plant hormones, is involved in the processes of plant growth and stress response. Previous studies have reported the roles of BR in regulating plant developmental processes ...

    Authors: Yutong Li, Yue Wu, Weibiao Liao, Linli Hu, Mohammed Mujitaba Dawuda, Xin Jin, Zhongqi Tang, Jianjun Yang and Jihua Yu

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2020 20:102

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  10. Studies have indicated that graphene oxide (GO) could regulated Brassica napus L. root growth via abscisic acid (ABA) and indole-3-acetic acid (IAA). To study the mechanism and interaction between GO and IAA furt...

    Authors: Lingli Xie, Fan Chen, Hewei Du, Xuekun Zhang, Xingang Wang, Guoxin Yao and Benbo Xu

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2020 20:101

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  11. Fenclorim (Fen) can effectively protect rice from pretilachlor (Pre) injury, but its effects on rice have not been formally evaluated; thus, the Fen mode of action for alleviating the phytotoxicity caused by P...

    Authors: Lifeng Hu, Ying Yao, Ruwen Cai, Lang Pan, Kailin Liu and Lianyang Bai

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2020 20:100

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  12. Long non-coding RNAs (lncRNAs) play important roles in the regulation of plant responses to environmental stress by acting as essential regulators of gene expression. However, whether and how lncRNAs are invol...

    Authors: Mingui Zhao, Tianzuo Wang, Tianyang Sun, Xiaoxi Yu, Rui Tian and Wen-Hao Zhang

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2020 20:99

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  13. Shoot orientation is important for plant architecture formation, and zigzag-shaped shoots are a special trait found in many plants. Zigzag-shaped shoots have been selected and thoroughly studied in Arabidopsis; h...

    Authors: Hongli Cao, Feiquan Wang, Hongzheng Lin, Yijun Ye, Yucheng Zheng, Jiamin Li, Zhilong Hao, Naixing Ye and Chuan Yue

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2020 20:98

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  14. In contrast to most animal species, polyploid plant species are quite tolerant of aneuploidy. Here, the global transcriptome of four aneuploid derivatives of a synthetic hexaploid wheat line was acquired, with...

    Authors: Deying Zeng, Jiantao Guan, Jiangtao Luo, Laibin Zhao, Yazhou Li, Wenshuai Chen, Lianquan Zhang, Shunzong Ning, Zhongwei Yuan, Aili Li, Youliang Zheng, Long Mao, Dengcai Liu and Ming Hao

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2020 20:97

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  15. The perturbance of chloroplast proteins is a major cause of photosynthesis inhibition under drought stress. The exogenous application of 5-aminolevulinic acid (ALA) mitigates the damage caused by drought stres...

    Authors: Yuexia Wang, Xiaoyan Li, Nana Liu, Shimei Wei, Jianan Wang, Fujun Qin and Biao Suo

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2020 20:96

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  16. In plants, the key roles played by RopGEF-mediated ROP signaling in diverse processes, including polar tip growth, have been identified. Despite their important roles in reproduction, a comprehensive analysis ...

    Authors: Eui-Jung Kim, Sung-Wook Park, Woo-Jong Hong, Jeniffer Silva, Wanqi Liang, Dabing Zhang, Ki-Hong Jung and Yu-Jin Kim

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2020 20:95

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  17. Small ROP (also called RAC) GTPases are key factors in polar cell development and in interaction with the environment. ROP-Interactive Partner (RIP) proteins are predicted scaffold or ROP-effector proteins, wh...

    Authors: Caroline Hoefle, Christopher McCollum and Ralph Hückelhoven

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2020 20:94

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  18. The shade represents one of the major environmental limitations for turfgrass growth. Shade influences plant growth and alters plant metabolism, yet little is known about how shade affects the structure of rhi...

    Authors: Juanjuan Fu, Yilan Luo, Pengyue Sun, Jinzhu Gao, Donghao Zhao, Peizhi Yang and Tianming Hu

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2020 20:92

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  19. Eremophila R.Br. (Scrophulariaceae) is a diverse genus of plants with species distributed across semi-arid and arid Australia. It is an ecologically important genus that also holds cultural significance for many ...

    Authors: Oliver Gericke, Nikolaj Lervad Hansen, Gustav Blichfeldt Pedersen, Louise Kjaerulff, Dan Luo, Dan Staerk, Birger Lindberg Møller, Irini Pateraki and Allison Maree Heskes

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2020 20:91

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  20. The heterotrimeric G protein complex, consisting of Gα, Gβ, and Gγ subunits, are conserved signal transduction mechanism in eukaryotes. Recent molecular researches had demonstrated that G protein signaling par...

    Authors: Yue Cui, Nan Jiang, Zhengjin Xu and Quan Xu

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2020 20:90

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  21. Verticillium wilt of cotton is a serious soil-borne disease that causes a substantial reduction in cotton yields. A previous study showed that the endophytic fungus Chaetomium globosum CEF-082 could control Verti...

    Authors: Yun Zhang, Na Yang, Lihong Zhao, Heqin Zhu and Canming Tang

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2020 20:89

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  22. Gossypol is a specific secondary metabolite in Gossypium species. It not only plays a critical role in development and self-protection of cotton plants, but also can be used as important anti-cancer and male cont...

    Authors: Tianlun Zhao, Qianwen Xie, Cong Li, Cheng Li, Lei Mei, John Z. Yu, Jinhong Chen and Shuijin Zhu

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2020 20:88

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  23. MicroRNAs (miRNAs) play crucial roles in the regulation of plant development and growth, but little information is available concerning their roles during grain development under different nitrogen (N) applica...

    Authors: Gege Hou, Chenyang Du, Honghuan Gao, Sujun Liu, Wan Sun, Hongfang Lu, Juan Kang, Yingxin Xie, Dongyun Ma and Chenyang Wang

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2020 20:87

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  24. Elevated temperature as a result of global climate warming, either in form of sudden heatwave (heat shock) or prolonged warming, has profound effects on the growth and development of plants. However, how plant...

    Authors: Li Wang, Kai-Biao Ma, Zhao-Geng Lu, Shi-Xiong Ren, Hui-Ru Jiang, Jia-Wen Cui, Gang Chen, Nian-Jun Teng, Hon-Ming Lam and Biao Jin

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2020 20:86

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  25. Phosphorus (P) deficiency is one of the major constraints limiting plant growth, especially in acid soils. Stylosanthes (stylo) is a pioneer tropical legume with excellent adaptability to low P stress, but its un...

    Authors: Jiajia Luo, Yunxi Liu, Huikai Zhang, Jinpeng Wang, Zhijian Chen, Lijuan Luo, Guodao Liu and Pandao Liu

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2020 20:85

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  26. Membrane lipid composition associates closely with membrane stability and fluidity under water stress. In this study, lipidomic analyses based on electrospray ionization mass spectrometry (ESI-MS/MS) were carr...

    Authors: Yajing Wang, Xinying Zhang, Guirong Huang, Fu Feng, Xiaoying Liu, Rui Guo, Fengxue Gu, Xiuli Zhong and Xurong Mei

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2020 20:84

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  27. Neo-tetraploid rice, which is a new germplasm developed from autotetraploid rice, has a powerful biological and yield potential and could be used for commercial utilization. The length of panicle, as a part of...

    Authors: Mohammed Abdullah Abdulraheem Ghaleb, Cong Li, Muhammad Qasim Shahid, Hang Yu, Junhong Liang, Ruoxin Chen, Jinwen Wu and Xiangdong Liu

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2020 20:83

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  28. Autotetraploid rice is a useful germplasm for polyploid rice breeding. Our previous research showed that non-coding RNAs might be associated with low fertility in autotetraploid rice. However, little informati...

    Authors: Xiang Li, Muhammad Qasim Shahid, Minsi Wen, Shuling Chen, Hang Yu, Yamin Jiao, Zijun Lu, Yajing Li and Xiangdong Liu

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2020 20:82

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  29. Drought stress is a major abiotic factor that affects rapeseed (Brassica napus L.) productivity. Though previous studies indicated that long non-coding RNAs (lncRNAs) play a key role in response to drought stress...

    Authors: Xiaoyu Tan, Su Li, Liyong Hu and Chunlei Zhang

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2020 20:81

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  30. Blueberry (Vaccinium spp.) is a small berry with high economic value. Although cold storage can extend the storage time of blueberry to more than 60 days, it leads to chilling injury (CI) displaying as pedicle pi...

    Authors: Fan Zhang, Shujuan Ji, Baodong Wei, Shunchang Cheng, Yajuan Wang, Jia Hao, Siyao Wang and Qian Zhou

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2020 20:80

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  31. The olive tree is of particular economic interest in the Mediterranean basin. Researchers have conducted several studies on one of the most devastating disorders affecting this tree, the Verticillium wilt, whi...

    Authors: Jose Manuel Martí, Luis F. Arias-Giraldo, Wladimiro Díaz-Villanueva, Vicente Arnau, Antonio Rodríguez-Franco and Carlos P. Garay

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2020 20:79

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  32. The optimized illumination of plants using light-emitting diodes (LEDs) is beneficial to their photosynthetic performance, and in recent years, LEDs have been widely used in horticultural facilities. However, ...

    Authors: Song Gao, Xuena Liu, Ying Liu, Bili Cao, Zijing Chen and Kun Xu

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2020 20:78

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  33. Geophytes possess specialized storage organs - bulbs, tubers, corms or rhizomes, which allow their survival during unfovarable periods and provide energy support for sprouting and sexual and vegetative reprodu...

    Authors: Tomer E. Ben Michael, Adi Faigenboim, Einat Shemesh-Mayer, Itzhak Forer, Chen Gershberg, Hadass Shafran, Haim D. Rabinowitch and Rina Kamenetsky-Goldstein

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2020 20:77

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  34. Rice ratooning has traditionally been an important component of the rice cropping system in China. However, compared with the rice of the first harvest, few studies on factors effecting ratoon rice yield have ...

    Authors: Huibin Xu, Ling Lian, Fuxiang Wang, Jiahuan Jiang, Qiang Lin, Hongguang Xie, Xi Luo, Yongsheng Zhu, Chuanying Zhuo, Jinlan Wang, Huaan Xie, Zhaowei Jiang and Jianfu Zhang

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2020 20:76

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  35. The major fleshy tissues of the apple fruit are spatially separable into cortex and pith. These tissues display differential growth during development. Key features of such differential growth, and sink metabo...

    Authors: Shan Jing and Anish Malladi

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2020 20:75

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  36. Pigeon pea (Cajanus cajan L.) is the sixth major legume crop widely cultivated in the Indian sub-continent, Africa, and South-east Asia. Cytoplasmic male-sterility (CMS) is the incompetence of flowering plants to...

    Authors: Swati Saxena, Sarika Sahu, Tanvi Kaila, Deepti Nigam, Pavan K. Chaduvla, A. R. Rao, Sandhya Sanand, N. K. Singh and Kishor Gaikwad

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2020 20:74

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  37. Root-knot nematodes transform vascular host cells into permanent feeding structures to withdraw nutrients from the host plant. Ecotypes of Arabidopsis thaliana can display large quantitative variation in suscepti...

    Authors: Sonja Warmerdam, Mark G. Sterken, Octavina C. A. Sukarta, Casper C. van Schaik, Marian E. P. Oortwijn, Jose L. Lozano-Torres, Jaap Bakker, Geert Smant and Aska Goverse

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2020 20:73

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  38. The B-BOX (BBX) proteins are the class of zinc-finger transcription factors and can regulate plant growth, development, and endure stress response. In plants, the BBX gene family has been identified in Arabidopsi...

    Authors: Hongru Wei, Peipei Wang, Jianqing Chen, Changjun Li, Yongzhang Wang, Yongbing Yuan, Jinggui Fang and Xiangpeng Leng

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2020 20:72

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  39. Common vetch (Vicia sativa L.) is a forage grain legume of high protein content and high nitrogen fixation, relevant in sustainable agriculture systems. Drought is the main limiting factor of this crop yield. Gen...

    Authors: Lucía De la Rosa, Encarnación Zambrana and Elena Ramirez-Parra

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2020 20:71

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  40. Acetolactate synthase (ALS)-inhibiting herbicides from the chemical families of sulfonylureas and imidazolinones are used worldwide. However, drift or sprayer contamination from some sulfonylurea herbicides ca...

    Authors: Cheng-Yu Yu, Jing-long Lian, Qiong Gong, Li-Suo Ren, Zhen Huang, Ai-Xia Xu and Jun-Gang Dong

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2020 20:69

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  41. Leaf color is a major agronomic trait, which has a strong influence on crop yields. Isolating leaf color mutants can represent valuable materials for research in chlorophyll (Chl) biosynthesis and metabolism r...

    Authors: Kun Zhang, Yu Mu, Weijia Li, Xiaofei Shan, Nan Wang and Hui Feng

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2020 20:68

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  42. Exserohilum turcicum is an important pathogen of both sorghum and maize, causing sorghum leaf blight and northern corn leaf blight. Because the same pathogen can infect and cause major losses for two of the most ...

    Authors: Xiaoyue Zhang, Samuel B. Fernandes, Christopher Kaiser, Pragya Adhikari, Patrick J. Brown, Santiago X. Mideros and Tiffany M. Jamann

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2020 20:67

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  43. Gibberellins (GA3) are the most sprayed growth regulator for table grape production worldwide, increasing berry size of seedless varieties through pericarp cell expansion. However, these treatments also exacerbat...

    Authors: Marco Meneses, Miguel García-Rojas, Claudia Muñoz-Espinoza, Tomás Carrasco-Valenzuela, Bruno Defilippi, Mauricio González-Agüero, Claudio Meneses, Rodrigo Infante and Patricio Hinrichsen

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2020 20:66

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  44. Soybean is native to the temperate zones of East Asia. Poor yields of soybean in West African countries may be partially attributed to inadequate adaptation of soybean to tropical environments. Adaptation will...

    Authors: Carrie Miranda, Andrew Scaboo, Elroy Cober, Nicholas Denwar and Kristin Bilyeu

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2020 20:65

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  45. Gibberellin (GA) and jasmonate (JA) are two essential phytohormones for filament elongation in Arabidopsis. GA and JA trigger degradation of DELLAs and JASMONATE ZIM-domain (JAZ) proteins through SCFSLY1 and SCFC...

    Authors: Huang Huang, Yilong Gong, Bei Liu, Dewei Wu, Min Zhang, Daoxin Xie and Susheng Song

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2020 20:64

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  46. Microbes isolated from hyperaccumulating plants have been reported to be effective in achieving higher phytoextraction efficiency. The plant growth-promoting bacteria (PGPB) SaMR12 from the cadmium (Cd)/zinc h...

    Authors: Qiong Wang, Chaofeng Ge, Shun’an Xu, Yingjie Wu, Zulfiqar Ali Sahito, Luyao Ma, Fengshan Pan, Qiyao Zhou, Lukuan Huang, Ying Feng and Xiaoe Yang

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2020 20:63

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  47. Cold stress is one of the primary environmental factors that affect plant growth and productivity, especially for crops like Brassica napus that live through cold seasons. Till recently, although a number of gene...

    Authors: Liping Ke, Weixia Lei, Weiguang Yang, Jinyu Wang, Janfang Gao, Jinhua Cheng, Yuqiang Sun, Zhixiong Fan and Dongliang Yu

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2020 20:62

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