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  1. Content type: Research article

    Arsenic is toxic to plants and a common environmental pollutant. There is a strong chemical similarity between arsenate [As (V)] and phosphate (Pi). Whole genome oligonucleotide microarrays were employed to in...

    Authors: Jason M Abercrombie, Matthew D Halfhill, Priya Ranjan, Murali R Rao, Arnold M Saxton, Joshua S Yuan and C Neal Stewart Jr

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2008 8:87

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    Ribulose-1,5-bisphosphate is the rate-limiting enzyme in photosynthesis. The catalytic large subunit of the green-algal enzyme from Chlamydomonas reinhardtii is ~90% identical to the flowering-plant sequences, al...

    Authors: Sriram Satagopan and Robert J Spreitzer

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2008 8:85

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    Many plant β-galactosidases (Bgals) have been well characterized and their deduced biological functions mainly involve degradation of structural pectins, xyloglucans or arabinogalactoproteins in plant cell wal...

    Authors: Waraporn Tanthanuch, Mallika Chantarangsee, Janjira Maneesan and James Ketudat-Cairns

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2008 8:84

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  4. Content type: Research article

    The MYB superfamily constitutes the most abundant group of transcription factors described in plants. Members control processes such as epidermal cell differentiation, stomatal aperture, flavonoid synthesis, c...

    Authors: José Tomás Matus, Felipe Aquea and Patricio Arce-Johnson

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2008 8:83

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  5. Content type: Software

    An increased understanding of leaf area development is important in a number of fields: in food and non-food crops, for example short rotation forestry as a biofuels feedstock, leaf area is intricately linked ...

    Authors: Max Bylesjö, Vincent Segura, Raju Y Soolanayakanahally, Anne M Rae, Johan Trygg, Petter Gustafsson, Stefan Jansson and Nathaniel R Street

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2008 8:82

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  6. Content type: Research article

    Single-repeat R3 MYB transcription factors are critical components of the lateral inhibition machinery that mediates epidermal cell patterning in plants. Sequence analysis of the Arabidopsis genome using the B...

    Authors: Shucai Wang, Leah Hubbard, Ying Chang, Jianjun Guo, John Schiefelbein and Jin-Gui Chen

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2008 8:81

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  7. Content type: Research article

    Plant cells divide by the formation of new cross walls, known as cell plates, from the center to periphery of each dividing cell. Formation of the cell plate occurs in the phragmoplast, a complex structure com...

    Authors: Takumi Higaki, Natsumaro Kutsuna, Toshio Sano and Seiichiro Hasezawa

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2008 8:80

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  8. Content type: Research article

    In plant organelles, specific messenger RNAs (mRNAs) are subjected to conversion editing, a process that often converts the first or second nucleotide of a codon and hence the encoded amino acid. No systematic...

    Authors: Kei Yura and Mitiko Go

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2008 8:79

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  9. Content type: Research article

    The Arabidopsis response regulator 22 (ARR22) is one of two members of a recently defined novel group of two-component system (TCS) elements. TCSs are stimulus perception and response modules of prokaryotic origi...

    Authors: Jakub Horák, Christopher Grefen, Kenneth W Berendzen, Achim Hahn, York-Dieter Stierhof, Bettina Stadelhofer, Mark Stahl, Csaba Koncz and Klaus Harter

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2008 8:77

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  10. Content type: Research article

    Elucidating metabolic network structures and functions in multicellular organisms is an emerging goal of functional genomics. We describe the co-expression network of three core metabolic processes in the gene...

    Authors: Wieslawa I Mentzen, Jianling Peng, Nick Ransom, Basil J Nikolau and Eve Syrkin Wurtele

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2008 8:76

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  11. Content type: Research article

    The cytoskeletal mechanisms that underlie organelle transport in plants are intimately linked to acto-myosin function. This function is mediated by the attachment of myosin heads to F-actin and the binding of ...

    Authors: Nadine Walter and Carola L Holweg

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2008 8:74

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  12. Content type: Research article

    Despite the importance of the shoot apical meristem (SAM) in plant development and organ formation, our understanding of the molecular mechanisms controlling its function is limited. Genomic tools have the pot...

    Authors: Chui E Wong, Prem L Bhalla, Harald Ottenhof and Mohan B Singh

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2008 8:73

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  13. Content type: Database

    The recent rapid accumulation of sequence resources of various crop species ensures an improvement in the genetics approach, including quantitative trait loci (QTL) analysis as well as the holistic population ...

    Authors: Keiichi Mochida, Daisuke Saisho, Takuhiro Yoshida, Tetsuya Sakurai and Kazuo Shinozaki

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2008 8:72

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  14. Content type: Research article

    Silage maize is a major forage and energy resource for cattle feeding, and several studies have shown that lignin content and structure are the determining factors in forage maize feeding value. In maize, four...

    Authors: Sabine Guillaumie, Deborah Goffner, Odile Barbier, Jean-Pierre Martinant, Magalie Pichon and Yves Barrière

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2008 8:71

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  15. Content type: Research article

    The recent determination of complete chloroplast (cp) genomic sequences of various plant species has enabled numerous comparative analyses as well as advances in plant and genome evolutionary studies. In angio...

    Authors: Tomonori Hirao, Atsushi Watanabe, Manabu Kurita, Teiji Kondo and Katsuhiko Takata

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2008 8:70

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  16. Content type: Research article

    The recent development of novel repeat-fruiting types of blackberry (Rubus L.) cultivars, combined with a long history of morphological marker-assisted selection for thornlessness by blackberry breeders, has give...

    Authors: Kim S Lewers, Chris A Saski, Brandon J Cuthbertson, David C Henry, Meg E Staton, Dorrie S Main, Anik L Dhanaraj, Lisa J Rowland and Jeff P Tomkins

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2008 8:69

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  17. Content type: Research article

    Plant WRKY DNA-binding transcription factors are involved in plant responses to biotic and abiotic responses. It has been previously shown that Arabidopsis WRKY3 and WRKY4, which encode two structurally similar W...

    Authors: Zhibing Lai, KM Vinod, Zuyu Zheng, Baofang Fan and Zhixiang Chen

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2008 8:68

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  18. Content type: Research article

    The Rosaceae encompass a large number of economically-important diploid and polyploid fruit and ornamental species in many different genera. The basic chromosome numbers of these genera are x = 7, 8 and 9 and all...

    Authors: Santiago Vilanova, Daniel J Sargent, Pere Arús and Amparo Monfort

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2008 8:67

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  19. Content type: Research article

    Whole-genome physical maps facilitate genome sequencing, sequence assembly, mapping of candidate genes, and the design of targeted genetic markers. An automated protocol was used to construct a Vitis vinifera 'Ca...

    Authors: Marco Moroldo, Sophie Paillard, Raffaella Marconi, Legeai Fabrice, Aurelie Canaguier, Corinne Cruaud, Veronique De Berardinis, Cecile Guichard, Veronique Brunaud, Isabelle Le Clainche, Simone Scalabrin, Raffaele Testolin, Gabriele Di Gaspero, Michele Morgante and Anne-Francoise Adam-Blondon

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2008 8:66

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  20. Content type: Research article

    Chlorophyll b is a major photosynthetic pigment in green plants that is synthesized by chlorophyllide a oxygenase (CAO). The regulation of chlorophyll b biosynthesis is an important determinant for the antenna si...

    Authors: Akihiro Yamasato, Ryouichi Tanaka and Ayumi Tanaka

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2008 8:64

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  21. Content type: Research article

    Plant cells respond to the presence of potential fungal or oomycete pathogens by mounting a basal defence response that involves aggregation of cytoplasm, reorganization of cytoskeletal, endomembrane and other...

    Authors: Adrienne R Hardham, Daigo Takemoto and Rosemary G White

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2008 8:63

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  22. Content type: Research article

    Oil palm (Elaeis guineensis Jacq.) is one of the most important oil bearing crops in the world. However, genetic improvement of oil palm through conventional breeding is extremely slow and costly, as the breeding...

    Authors: Eng-Ti L Low, Halimah Alias, Soo-Heong Boon, Elyana M Shariff, Chi-Yee A Tan, Leslie CL Ooi, Suan-Choo Cheah, Abdul-Rahim Raha, Kiew-Lian Wan and Rajinder Singh

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2008 8:62

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  23. Content type: Research article

    Genomic studies are routinely performed on young plants in controlled environments which is very different from natural conditions. In reality plants in temperate countries are exposed to large fluctuations in...

    Authors: Andreas Sjödin, Kirsten Wissel, Max Bylesjö, Johan Trygg and Stefan Jansson

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2008 8:61

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  24. Content type: Research article

    Molecular probes are required to detect cell wall polymers in-situ to aid understanding of their cell biology and several studies have shown that cell wall epitopes have restricted occurrences across sections of ...

    Authors: Susan E Marcus, Yves Verhertbruggen, Cécile Hervé, José J Ordaz-Ortiz, Vladimir Farkas, Henriette L Pedersen, William GT Willats and J Paul Knox

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2008 8:60

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  25. Content type: Research article

    Chloroplast genome sequences are extremely informative about species-interrelationships owing to its non-meiotic and often uniparental inheritance over generations. The subject of our study, Fagopyrum esculentum,...

    Authors: Maria D Logacheva, Tahir H Samigullin, Amit Dhingra and Aleksey A Penin

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2008 8:59

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  26. Content type: Research article

    The Arabidopsis thaliana CONSTITUTIVE EXPRESSOR OF PATHOGENESIS-RELATED GENES5 (CPR5) gene has been previously implicated in disease resistance, cell proliferation, cell death, and sugar sensing, and encodes a pu...

    Authors: Ginger Brininstool, Remmy Kasili, L Alice Simmons, Viktor Kirik, Martin Hülskamp and John C Larkin

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2008 8:58

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  27. Content type: Research article

    Formation of plant root hairs originating from epidermal cells involves selection of a polar initiation site and production of an initial hair bulge which requires local cell wall loosening. In Arabidopsis the...

    Authors: Sunil K Singh, Urs Fischer, Manoj Singh, Markus Grebe and Alan Marchant

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2008 8:57

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  28. Content type: Research article

    Cryptophytes are highly compartmentalized organisms, expressing a secondary minimized eukaryotic genome in the nucleomorph and its surrounding remnant cytoplasm, in addition to the cell nucleus, the mitochondr...

    Authors: Kathrin Bolte, Oliver Kawach, Julia Prechtl, Nicole Gruenheit, Julius Nyalwidhe and Uwe-G Maier

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2008 8:56

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  29. Content type: Research article

    Cultivated peanut or groundnut (Arachis hypogaea L.) is the fourth most important oilseed crop in the world, grown mainly in tropical, subtropical and warm temperate climates. Due to its origin through a single a...

    Authors: Luu M Cuc, Emma S Mace, Jonathan H Crouch, Vu D Quang, Tran D Long and Rajeev K Varshney

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2008 8:55

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  30. Content type: Research article

    Chromatin dynamics and stability are both required to control normal development of multicellular organisms. Chromatin assembly factor CAF-1 is a histone chaperone that facilitates chromatin formation and the ...

    Authors: Vivien Exner, Wilhelm Gruissem and Lars Hennig

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2008 8:54

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  31. Content type: Research article

    Vitis vinifera (V. vinifera) is the primary grape species cultivated for wine production, with an industry valued annually in the billions of dollars worldwide. In order to sustain and increase grape production, ...

    Authors: Alberto Iandolino, Kan Nobuta, Francisco Goes da Silva, Douglas R Cook and Blake C Meyers

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2008 8:53

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  32. Content type: Research article

    Species-specific microsatellite markers are desirable for genetic studies and to harness the potential of MAS-based breeding for genetic improvement. Limited availability of such markers for coffee, one of the...

    Authors: Prasad Suresh Hendre, Regur Phanindranath, V Annapurna, Albert Lalremruata and Ramesh K Aggarwal

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2008 8:51

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  33. Content type: Research article

    NEP1-like proteins (NLPs) are a novel family of microbial elicitors of plant necrosis. Some NLPs induce a hypersensitive-like response in dicot plants though the basis for this response remains unclear. In add...

    Authors: Adelmo L Cechin, Marialva Sinigaglia, Ney Lemke, Sérgio Echeverrigaray, Odalys G Cabrera, Gonçalo AG Pereira and José CM Mombach

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2008 8:50

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  34. Content type: Research article

    Plants respond to extracellularly perceived abiotic stresses such as low temperature, drought, and salinity by activation of complex intracellular signaling cascades that regulate acclimatory biochemical and p...

    Authors: Calliste J Diédhiou, Olga V Popova, Karl-Josef Dietz and Dortje Golldack

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2008 8:49

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  35. Content type: Research article

    The regulation of the chloroplast antioxidant capacity depends on nuclear gene expression. For the 2-Cys peroxiredoxin-A gene (2CPA) a cis-regulatory element was recently characterized, which responds to photosyn...

    Authors: Jehad Shaikhali, Isabelle Heiber, Thorsten Seidel, Elke Ströher, Heiko Hiltscher, Stefan Birkmann, Karl-Josef Dietz and Margarete Baier

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2008 8:48

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  36. Content type: Research article

    Sequencing of the first plant genomes has revealed that cytochromes P450 have evolved to become the largest family of enzymes in secondary metabolism. The proportion of P450 enzymes with characterized biochemi...

    Authors: Jürgen Ehlting, Vincent Sauveplane, Alexandre Olry, Jean-François Ginglinger, Nicholas J Provart and Danièle Werck-Reichhart

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2008 8:47

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  37. Content type: Research article

    Tropospheric ozone, the most abundant air pollutant is detrimental to plant and animal health including humans. In sensitive plant species even a few hours of exposure to this potent oxidant (200–300 nL. L-1) lea...

    Authors: Michael C Puckette, Yuhong Tang and Ramamurthy Mahalingam

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2008 8:46

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  38. Content type: Research article

    In bacteria, such as Salmonella typhimurium, tryptophan is synthesized from indole-3-glycerole phosphate (IGP) by a tryptophan synthase αββα heterotetramer. Plants have evolved multiple α (TSA) and β (TSB) homolo...

    Authors: Verena Kriechbaumer, Linda Weigang, Andreas Fießelmann, Thomas Letzel, Monika Frey, Alfons Gierl and Erich Glawischnig

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2008 8:44

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  39. Content type: Research article

    We have further characterized floral organ-localized gene expression in the inflorescence of Arabidopsis thaliana by comparison of massively parallel signature sequencing (MPSS) data. Six libraries of RNA sequenc...

    Authors: Jason A Peiffer, Shail Kaushik, Hajime Sakai, Mario Arteaga-Vazquez, Nidia Sanchez-Leon, Hassan Ghazal, Jean-Philippe Vielle-Calzada and Blake C Meyers

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2008 8:43

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  40. Content type: Research article

    StWhy1, a member of the plant-specific Whirly single-stranded DNA-binding protein family, was first characterized as a transcription factor involved in the activation of the nuclear PR-10a gene following defense-...

    Authors: Alexandre Maréchal, Jean-Sébastien Parent, Mohammed Sabar, Félix Véronneau-Lafortune, Charbel Abou-Rached and Normand Brisson

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2008 8:42

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  41. Content type: Research article

    In Arabidopsis, INDOLE-3-BUTYRIC ACID RESPONSE5 (IBR5), a putative dual-specificity protein phosphatase, is a positive regulator of auxin response. Mutations in IBR5 result in decreased plant height, defective va...

    Authors: Lucia C Strader, Melanie Monroe-Augustus and Bonnie Bartel

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2008 8:41

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  42. Content type: Research article

    The timing of grape ripening initiation, length of maturation period, berry size and seed content are target traits in viticulture. The availability of early and late ripening varieties is desirable for stagge...

    Authors: Laura Costantini, Juri Battilana, Flutura Lamaj, Girolamo Fanizza and Maria Stella Grando

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2008 8:38

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