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  1. Content type: Research article

    Developing monocots that accumulate more vegetative tissue protein is one strategy for improving nitrogen-sequestration and nutritive value of forage and silage crops. In soybeans (a dicotyledonous legume), the v...

    Authors: Magali F Grando, Rex L Smith, Cristina Moreira, Brian T Scully and Robert G Shatters Jr

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2005 5:3

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  2. Content type: Research article

    TOR, the target of the antibiotic rapamycin in both yeast and mammalian cells, is a potent cell growth regulator in all eukaryotes. It acts through the phosphorylation of downstream effectors that are recruited t...

    Authors: Garrett H Anderson and Maureen R Hanson

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2005 5:2

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  3. Content type: Research article

    Even though the catecholamines (dopamine, norepinephrine and epinephrine) have been detected in plants their role is poorly documented. Correlations between norepinephrine, soluble sugars and starch concentrat...

    Authors: Aleksandra Skirycz, Anna Świędrych and Jan Szopa

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2005 5:1

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  4. Content type: Research article

    The stimulatory effect of CO2 on ethylene evolution in plants is known, but the extent to which ethylene controls photosynthesis is not clear. Studies on the effects of ethylene on CO2 metabolism have shown confl...

    Authors: NA Khan

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2004 4:21

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  5. Content type: Methodology article

    All living organisms emit spontaneous low-level bioluminescence, which can be increased in response to stress. Methods for imaging this ultra-weak luminescence have previously been limited by the sensitivity o...

    Authors: Michel Flor-Henry, Tulene C McCabe, Guy L de Bruxelles and Michael R Roberts

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2004 4:19

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  6. Content type: Research article

    Isopentenyl diphosphate (IPP), a common biosynthetic precursor to the labdane diterpene forskolin, has been biosynthesised via a non-mevalonate pathway. Geranylgeranyl diphosphate (GGPP) synthase is an importa...

    Authors: Surang Engprasert, Futoshi Taura, Makoto Kawamukai and Yukihiro Shoyama

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2004 4:18

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  7. Content type: Research article

    A wide range of cellular responses occur when plants are exposed to elevated temperature, including adjustments in the unsaturation level of membrane fatty acids. Although membrane bound desaturase enzymes med...

    Authors: Deane L Falcone, Joseph P Ogas and Chris R Somerville

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2004 4:17

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  8. Content type: Research article

    Following on from recent advances in plant AsA biosynthesis there is increasing interest in elucidating the factors contributing to the L-ascorbic acid (AsA) content of edible crops. One main objective is to esta...

    Authors: Luigi Tedone, Robert D Hancock, Salvatore Alberino, Sophie Haupt and Roberto Viola

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2004 4:16

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  9. Content type: Research article

    Infection of plants by necrotizing pathogens can lead to the rapid and localized induction of a complex set of defense responses resulting in a restriction of pathogen growth and spread. Subsequently, an incre...

    Authors: Catherine Bovie, Marc Ongena, Philippe Thonart and Jacques Dommes

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2004 4:15

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  10. Content type: Research article

    Various species of genus Trigonella are important from medical and culinary aspect. Among these, Trigonella foenum-graecum is commonly grown as a vegetable. This anti-diabetic herb can lower blood glucose and cho...

    Authors: Rakhee S Dangi, Meena D Lagu, Lal B Choudhary, Prabhakar K Ranjekar and Vidya S Gupta

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2004 4:13

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  11. Content type: Methodology article

    Going from a gene sequence to its function in the context of a whole organism requires a strategy for targeting mutations, referred to as reverse genetics. Reverse genetics is highly desirable in the modern ge...

    Authors: Bradley J Till, Steven H Reynolds, Clifford Weil, Nathan Springer, Chris Burtner, Kim Young, Elisabeth Bowers, Christine A Codomo, Linda C Enns, Anthony R Odden, Elizabeth A Greene, Luca Comai and Steven Henikoff

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2004 4:12

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  12. Content type: Research article

    The genus Arachis is native to a region that includes Central Brazil and neighboring countries. Little is known about the genetic variability of the Brazilian cultivated peanut (Arachis hypogaea, genome AABB) ger...

    Authors: Marcio de Carvalho Moretzsohn, Mark S Hopkins, Sharon E Mitchell, Stephen Kresovich, Jose Francisco Montenegro Valls and Marcio Elias Ferreira

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2004 4:11

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  13. Content type: Research article

    Most genes in Arabidopsis thaliana are members of gene families. How do the members of gene families arise, and how are gene family copy numbers maintained? Some gene families may evolve primarily through tandem ...

    Authors: Steven B Cannon, Arvind Mitra, Andrew Baumgarten, Nevin D Young and Georgiana May

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2004 4:10

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  14. Content type: Research article

    Despite the great advances in genomic technology observed in several crop species, the availability of molecular tools such as microsatellite markers has been limited in melon (Cucumis melo L.) and cucurbit speci...

    Authors: Patricia Silva Ritschel, Tulio Cesar de Lima Lins, Rodrigo Lourenço Tristan, Gláucia Salles Cortopassi Buso, José Amauri Buso and Márcio Elias Ferreira

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2004 4:9

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  15. Content type: Research article

    The plant respiratory chain contains several energy-dissipating enzymes, these being type II NAD(P)H dehydrogenases and the alternative oxidase, not present in mammals. The physiological functions of type II N...

    Authors: Daniela A Geisler, Fredrik I Johansson, Å Staffan Svensson and Allan G Rasmusson

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2004 4:8

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  16. Content type: Methodology article

    Ceratopteris richardii is a useful experimental system for studying gametophyte development and sexual reproduction in plants. However, few tools for cloning mutant genes or disrupting gene function exist for thi...

    Authors: George Rutherford, Milos Tanurdzic, Mitsuyasu Hasebe and Jo Ann Banks

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2004 4:6

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  17. Content type: Research article

    Assembly of stable light-harvesting complexes (LHCs) in the chloroplast of green algae and plants requires synthesis of chlorophyll (Chl) b, a reaction that involves oxygenation of the 7-methyl group of Chl a to ...

    Authors: Laura L Eggink, Russell LoBrutto, Daniel C Brune, Judy Brusslan, Akihiro Yamasato, Ayumi Tanaka and J Kenneth Hoober

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2004 4:5

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  18. Content type: Research article

    Cadmium (Cd) concentrations in durum wheat (Triticum turgidum L. var durum) grain grown in North American prairie soils often exceed proposed international trade standards. To understand the physiological process...

    Authors: Neil S Harris and Gregory J Taylor

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2004 4:4

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  19. Content type: Research article

    Acetabularia acetabulum is a giant unicellular green alga whose size and complex life cycle make it an attractive model for understanding morphogenesis and subcellular compartmentalization. The life cycle of this...

    Authors: Isabelle M Henry, Mark D Wilkinson, J Marcela Hernandez, Zsuzsanna Schwarz-Sommer, Erich Grotewold and Dina F Mandoli

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2004 4:3

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  20. Content type: Research article

    It has become increasingly evident that dietary Se plays a significant role in reducing the incidence of lung, colorectal and prostate cancer in humans. Different forms of Se vary in their chemopreventative ef...

    Authors: Danielle R Ellis, Thomas G Sors, Dennis G Brunk, Carrie Albrecht, Cindy Orser, Brett Lahner, Karl V Wood, Hugh H Harris, Ingrid J Pickering and David E Salt

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2004 4:1

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  21. Content type: Research article

    Alfalfa (Medicago sativa) is a major forage crop. The genetic progress is slow in this legume species because of its autotetraploidy and allogamy. The genetic structure of this species makes the construction of g...

    Authors: Bernadette Julier, Sandrine Flajoulot, Philippe Barre, Gaëlle Cardinet, Sylvain Santoni, Thierry Huguet and Christian Huyghe

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2003 3:9

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  22. Content type: Research article

    Plant phloem consists of an interdependent cell pair, the sieve element / companion cell complex. Sucrose transporters are localized to enucleate sieve elements (SE), despite being transcribed in companion cel...

    Authors: Sylvie Lalonde, Andreas Weise, Rama Panford Walsh, John M Ward and Wolf B Frommer

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2003 3:8

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  23. Content type: Research article

    Although plants are the main source of vitamin C in the human diet, we still have a limited understanding of how plants synthesise L-ascorbic acid (AsA) and what regulates its concentration in different plant tis...

    Authors: Robert D Hancock, Diane McRae, Sophie Haupt and Roberto Viola

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2003 3:7

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  24. Content type: Research article

    The genetics of spikelet formation, a feature unique to grasses such as rice and maize, is yet to be fully understood, although a number of meristem and organ identity mutants have been isolated and investigat...

    Authors: Qian-Hao Zhu, Mohammad Shamsul Hoque, Elizabeth S Dennis and Narayana M Upadhyaya

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2003 3:6

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  25. Content type: Research article

    Particle bombardment has been successfully employed for obtaining transgenics in cereals in general and wheat in particular. Most of these procedures employ immature embryos which are not available throughout ...

    Authors: Debasis Patnaik and Paramjit Khurana

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2003 3:5

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  26. Content type: Research article

    Genomic research of cultivated peanut has lagged behind other crop species because of the paucity of polymorphic DNA markers found in this crop. It is necessary to identify additional DNA markers for further g...

    Authors: Guohao He, Ronghua Meng, Melanie Newman, Guoqing Gao, Roy N Pittman and CS Prakash

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2003 3:3

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  27. Content type: Methodology article

    Arabidopsis thaliana is now the model organism for genetic and molecular plant studies, but growing conditions may still impair the significance and reproducibility of the experimental strategies developed. Besid...

    Authors: Pierre Tocquin, Laurent Corbesier, Andrée Havelange, Alexandra Pieltain, Emile Kurtem, Georges Bernier and Claire Périlleux

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2003 3:2

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  28. Content type: Research article

    Arginine and citrulline serve as nitrogen storage forms, but are also involved in biosynthetic and catabolic pathways. Metabolism of arginine, citrulline and ornithine is distributed between mitochondria and c...

    Authors: Elisabetta Catoni, Marcelo Desimone, Melanie Hilpert, Daniel Wipf, Reinhard Kunze, Anja Schneider, Ulf-Ingo Flügge, Karin Schumacher and Wolf B Frommer

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2003 3:1

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  29. Content type: Research article

    Agave tequilana Weber var. azul, is the only one variety permitted by federal law in México to be used for tequila production which is the most popular contemporary alcoholic beverage made from agave and recogniz...

    Authors: Domingo Ruvalcaba-Ruiz and Benjamin Rodríguez-Garay

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2002 2:10

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  30. Content type: Research article

    Local infection with necrotizing pathogens induces whole plant immunity to secondary challenge. Pathogenesis-related genes are induced in parallel with this systemic acquired resistance response and thought to...

    Authors: Chu Zhang and Allan D Shapiro

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2002 2:9

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  31. Content type: Research article

    Hard red winter wheat (HRWW; Triticum aestivm L.) plants from genotypes selected in the Northern Great Plains of the U.S. have less tissue water after exposure to cool autumn temperatures than plants from the Sou...

    Authors: Donald G Kenefick, James A Koepke and Fedora Sutton

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2002 2:8

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  32. Content type: Methodology article

    The moss Physcomitrella patens is an attractive model system for plant biology and functional genome analysis. It shares many biological features with higher plants but has the unique advantage of an efficient ho...

    Authors: Tanja Egener, José Granado, Marie-Christine Guitton, Annette Hohe, Hauke Holtorf, Jan M Lucht, Stefan A Rensing, Katja Schlink, Julia Schulte, Gabriele Schween, Susanne Zimmermann, Elke Duwenig, Bodo Rak and Ralf Reski

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2002 2:6

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  33. Content type: Research article

    Dehydrins are known as Group II late embryogenesis abundant proteins. Their high hydrophilicity and thermostability suggest that they may be structure stabilizers with detergent and chaperone-like properties. ...

    Authors: Genadii B Borovskii, Irina V Stupnikova, Anna I Antipina, Svetlana V Vladimirova and Victor K Voinikov

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2002 2:5

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  34. Content type: Research article

    Soluble sugar levels must be closely regulated in germinating seeds to ensure an adequate supply of energy and building materials for the developing seedling. Studies on germinating cereal seeds indicate that ...

    Authors: Jennifer PC To, Wolf-Dieter Reiter and Susan I Gibson

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2002 2:4

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  35. Content type: Research article

    Vacuolar type H+-ATPases play a critical role in the maintenance of vacuolar homeostasis in plant cells. V-ATPases are also involved in plants' defense against environmental stress. This research examined the exp...

    Authors: Scot M Magnotta and Johann Peter Gogarten

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2002 2:3

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  36. Content type: Research article

    The tropical plant Ficus microcarpa L. f. cv. Golden Leaves (GL) is a high-light sensitive tropical fig tree in which sun-leaves are yellow and shade-leaves are green. We compared the response of photosynthetic a...

    Authors: Shunichi Takahashi, Ayumu Tamashiro, Yasuko Sakihama, Yasusi Yamamoto, Yoshinobu Kawamitsu and Hideo Yamasaki

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2002 2:2

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  37. Content type: Research article

    The legume Medicago truncatula has emerged as a model plant for the molecular and genetic dissection of various plant processes involved in rhizobial, mycorrhizal and pathogenic plant-microbe interactions. Aiming...

    Authors: Philippe Thoquet, Michele Ghérardi, Etienne-Pascal Journet, Attila Kereszt, Jean-Michel Ané, Jean-Marie Prosperi and Thierry Huguet

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2002 2:1

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  38. Content type: Hypothesis

    The physico-chemical properties of chlorophylls b and c have been known for decades. Yet the mechanisms by which these secondary chlorophylls support assembly and accumulation of light-harvesting complexes in viv...

    Authors: Laura L Eggink, Hyoungshin Park and J Kenneth Hoober

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2001 1:2

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  39. Content type: Research article

    The development of chilling and freezing injury symptoms in plants is known to frequently coincide with peroxidation of free fatty acids. Mitochondria are one of the major sources of reactive oxygen species du...

    Authors: Aleksey V Kolesnichenko, Victoria V Zykova, Olga I Grabelnych, Nina A Koroleva, Tamara P Pobezhimova, Yury M Konstantinov and Victor K Voinikov

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2001 1:1

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