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  1. Lignin is a phenolic heteropolymer in secondary cell walls that plays a major role in the development of plants and their defense against pathogens. The biosynthesis of monolignols, which represent the main co...

    Authors: Abdelali Barakat, Agnieszka Bagniewska-Zadworna, Alex Choi, Urmila Plakkat, Denis S DiLoreto, Priyadarshini Yellanki and John E Carlson

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2009 9:26

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  2. Pollen, the male partner in the reproduction of flowering plants, comprises either two or three cells at maturity. The current knowledge of the pollen transcriptome is limited to the model plant systems Arabidops...

    Authors: Farzad Haerizadeh, Chui E Wong, Prem L Bhalla, Peter M Gresshoff and Mohan B Singh

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2009 9:25

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  3. Bet v 1 is an important cause of hay fever in northern Europe. Bet v 1 isoforms from the European white birch (Betula pendula) have been investigated extensively, but the allergenic potency of other birch species...

    Authors: Martijn F Schenk, Jan HG Cordewener, Antoine HP America, Wendy PC van't Westende, Marinus JM Smulders and Luud JWJ Gilissen

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2009 9:24

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  4. Concern over land use for non-food bioenergy crops requires breeding programmes that focus on producing biomass on the minimum amount of land that is economically-viable. To achieve this, the maximum potential...

    Authors: Anne M Rae, Nathaniel Robert Street, Kathryn Megan Robinson, Nicole Harris and Gail Taylor

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2009 9:23

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  5. Coffea canephora, also called Robusta, belongs to the Rubiaceae, the fourth largest angiosperm family. This diploid species (2x = 2n = 22) has a fairly small genome size of ≈ 690 Mb and despite its extreme econom...

    Authors: Romain Guyot, Marion de la Mare, Véronique Viader, Perla Hamon, Olivier Coriton, José Bustamante-Porras, Valérie Poncet, Claudine Campa, Serge Hamon and Alexandre de Kochko

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2009 9:22

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  6. The wild potato Solanum ruiz-lealii Brüch. (2n = 2x = 24), a species of hybrid origin, is endemic to Mendoza province, Argentina. Recurrent flower malformations, which varied among inflorescences of the same plan...

    Authors: Carlos F Marfil, Elsa L Camadro and Ricardo W Masuelli

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2009 9:21

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  7. Databases for either sequence, annotation, or microarray experiments data are extremely beneficial to the research community, as they centrally gather information from experiments performed by different scient...

    Authors: Kolja Henckel, Kai J Runte, Thomas Bekel, Michael Dondrup, Tobias Jakobi, Helge Küster and Alexander Goesmann

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2009 9:19

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  8. Differentiation of long and short shoots is an important developmental trait in several species of the Rosaceae family. However, the physiological mechanisms controlling this differentiation are largely unknow...

    Authors: Timo Hytönen, Paula Elomaa, Thomas Moritz and Olavi Junttila

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2009 9:18

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  9. High-molecular-weight glutenin subunits (HMW-GSs) have been considered as most important seed storage proteins for wheat flour quality. 1Ay subunits are of great interest because they are always silent in comm...

    Authors: Qian-Tao Jiang, Yu-Ming Wei, Feng Wang, Ji-Rui Wang, Ze-Hong Yan and You-Liang Zheng

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2009 9:16

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  10. The potyviruses sugarcane mosaic virus (SCMV) and maize dwarf mosaic virus (MDMV) are major pathogens of maize worldwide. Two loci, Scmv1 and Scmv2, have ealier been shown to confer complete resistance to SCMV. C...

    Authors: Anna Użarowska, Giuseppe Dionisio, Barbara Sarholz, Hans-Peter Piepho, Mingliang Xu, Christina Rønn Ingvardsen, Gerhard Wenzel and Thomas Lübberstedt

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2009 9:15

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  11. The industrial chicory, Cichorium intybus, is a member of the Asteraceae family that accumulates fructan of the inulin type in its root. Inulin is a low calories sweetener, a texture agent and a health promoting ...

    Authors: Nicolas Dauchot, Dominique Mingeot, Bénédicte Purnelle, Céline Muys, Bernard Watillon, Marc Boutry and Pierre Van Cutsem

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2009 9:14

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  12. Sorghum genome mapping based on DNA markers began in the early 1990s and numerous genetic linkage maps of sorghum have been published in the last decade, based initially on RFLP markers with more recent maps i...

    Authors: Emma S Mace, Jean-Francois Rami, Sophie Bouchet, Patricia E Klein, Robert R Klein, Andrzej Kilian, Peter Wenzl, Ling Xia, Kirsten Halloran and David R Jordan

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2009 9:13

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  13. Plant performance is affected by the level of expression of PsbS, a key photoprotective protein involved in the process of feedback de-excitation (FDE), or the qE component of non-photochemical quenching, NPQ.

    Authors: Martin Frenkel, Carsten Külheim, Hanna Johansson Jänkänpää, Oskar Skogström, Luca Dall'Osto, Jon Ågren, Roberto Bassi, Thomas Moritz, Jon Moen and Stefan Jansson

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2009 9:12

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  14. Cotton (Gossypium hirsutum L) is an important crop worldwide that provides fiber for the textile industry. Cotton is a perennial plant that stores starch in stems and roots to provide carbohydrates for growth in ...

    Authors: Earl W Taliercio, Gabriela Romano, Jodi Scheffler and Brian G Ayre

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2009 9:11

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  15. Most vascular flowering plants have the capacity to form symbiotic associations with arbuscular mycorrhizal (AM) fungi. The symbiosis develops in the roots where AM fungi colonize the root cortex and form arbu...

    Authors: S Karen Gomez, Hélène Javot, Prasit Deewatthanawong, Ivone Torres-Jerez, Yuhong Tang, Elison B Blancaflor, Michael K Udvardi and Maria J Harrison

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2009 9:10

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  16. Induced resistance is a state of enhanced defensive capacity developed by a plant reacting to specific biotic or chemical stimuli. Over the years, several forms of induced resistance have been characterized, i...

    Authors: David De Vleesschauwer, Leonid Chernin and Monica M Höfte

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2009 9:9

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  17. Cadmium (Cd) translocation and accumulation in the grain and aerial plant parts of rice (Oryza sativa L.) is an important aspect of food safety and phytoextraction in areas with contaminated soil. Because control...

    Authors: Takayuki Kashiwagi, Kumiko Shindoh, Naoki Hirotsu and Ken Ishimaru

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2009 9:8

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  18. AtSUC2 (At1g22710) from Arabidopsis thaliana encodes a phloem-localized sucrose/proton symporter required for efficient photoassimilate transport from source tissues to sink tissues. AtSUC2 plays a key role in co...

    Authors: Avinash C Srivastava, Savita Ganesan, Ihab O Ismail and Brian G Ayre

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2009 9:7

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  19. Different strategies (genetics, biochemistry, and proteomics) can be used to study proteins involved in cell biogenesis. The availability of the complete sequences of several plant genomes allowed the developm...

    Authors: Zoran Minic, Elisabeth Jamet, Hélène San-Clemente, Sandra Pelletier, Jean-Pierre Renou, Christophe Rihouey, Denis PO Okinyo, Caroline Proux, Patrice Lerouge and Lise Jouanin

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2009 9:6

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  20. MADS domain transcription factors play important roles in various developmental processes in flowering plants. Members of this family play a prominent role in the transition to flowering and the specification ...

    Authors: Susan L Urbanus, Stefan de Folter, Anna V Shchennikova, Kerstin Kaufmann, Richard GH Immink and Gerco C Angenent

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2009 9:5

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  21. Barley (Hordeum vulgare L.) seed development is a highly regulated process with fine-tuned interaction of various tissues controlling distinct physiological events during prestorage, storage and dessication phase...

    Authors: Christof Pietsch, Nese Sreenivasulu, Ulrich Wobus and Marion S Röder

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2009 9:4

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  22. A decline in chloroplast DNA (cpDNA) during leaf maturity has been reported previously for eight plant species, including Arabidopsis thaliana. Recent studies, however, concluded that the amount of cpDNA during l...

    Authors: Beth A Rowan, Delene J Oldenburg and Arnold J Bendich

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2009 9:3

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  23. White lupin (Lupinus albus L.) roots efficiently take up and accumulate (heavy) metals, adapt to phosphate deficiency by forming cluster roots, and secrete antimicrobial prenylated isoflavones during development....

    Authors: Li Tian, Gregory J Peel, Zhentian Lei, Naveed Aziz, Xinbin Dai, Ji He, Bonnie Watson, Patrick X Zhao, Lloyd W Sumner and Richard A Dixon

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2009 9:1

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  24. Phosphorylation of eIF2α provides a key mechanism for down-regulating protein synthesis in response to nutrient starvation or stresses in mammalian and yeast cells. However, this process has not been well char...

    Authors: Sébastien Lageix, Elodie Lanet, Marie-Noëlle Pouch-Pélissier, Marie-Claude Espagnol, Christophe Robaglia, Jean-Marc Deragon and Thierry Pélissier

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2008 8:134

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  25. Soybean lipoxygenases (Lxs) play important roles in plant resistance and in conferring the distinct bean flavor. Lxs comprise a multi-gene family that includes GmLx1, GmLx2 and GmLx3, and many of these genes have...

    Authors: Jin Hee Shin, Kyujung Van, Dong Hyun Kim, Kyung Do Kim, Young Eun Jang, Beom-Soon Choi, Moon Young Kim and Suk-Ha Lee

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2008 8:133

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  26. Exposure of Medicago truncatula cell suspension cultures to pathogen or wound signals leads to accumulation of various classes of flavonoid and/or triterpene defense molecules, orchestrated via a complex signalli...

    Authors: Marina A Naoumkina, XianZhi He and Richard A Dixon

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2008 8:132

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  27. The elucidation of gene expression patterns leads to a better understanding of biological processes. Real-time quantitative RT-PCR has become the standard method for in-depth studies of gene expression. A biol...

    Authors: Marino Expósito-Rodríguez, Andrés A Borges, Andrés Borges-Pérez and José A Pérez

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2008 8:131

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  28. The natural phenotypic variability present in the germplasm of cultivated plants can be linked to molecular polymorphisms using association genetics. However it is necessary to consider the genetic structure o...

    Authors: Nicolas Ranc, Stéphane Muños, Sylvain Santoni and Mathilde Causse

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2008 8:130

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  29. Verticillium longisporum is one of the most important pathogens of Brassicaceae that remains strictly in the xylem during most stages of its development. It has been suggested that disease symptoms are associated...

    Authors: Saskia Floerl, Christine Druebert, Andrzej Majcherczyk, Petr Karlovsky, Ursula Kües and Andrea Polle

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2008 8:129

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  30. Efforts to sequence the genomes of different organisms continue to increase. The DNA sequence is usually decoded for one individual and its application is for the whole species. The recent sequencing of the hi...

    Authors: Silvia Vezzulli, Diego Micheletti, Summaira Riaz, Massimo Pindo, Roberto Viola, Patrice This, M Andrew Walker, Michela Troggio and Riccardo Velasco

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2008 8:128

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  31. Individual fingerprinting based on molecular markers has become a popular tool for studies of population genetics and analysis of genetic diversity in germplasm collections, including the solution of synonymy/...

    Authors: Guido Cipriani, Maria Teresa Marrazzo, Gabriele Di Gaspero, Antonella Pfeiffer, Michele Morgante and Raffaele Testolin

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2008 8:127

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  32. Mineral nutrients are one of the most basic components of plant tissue culture media. Nitrogen in the form of NH4+ and NO3- is the dominant mineral nutrient in most plant tissue culture formulations, with effects...

    Authors: Randall P Niedz and Terence J Evens

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2008 8:126

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  33. Drought is a major social and economic problem resulting in huge yield reduction in the field. Today's challenge is to develop plants with reduced water requirements and stable yields in fluctuating environmen...

    Authors: Oumaya Bouchabke-Coussa, Marie-Luce Quashie, Jose Seoane-Redondo, Marie-Noelle Fortabat, Carine Gery, Agnes Yu, Daphné Linderme, Jacques Trouverie, Fabienne Granier, Evelyne Téoulé and Mylène Durand-Tardif

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2008 8:125

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  34. The molecular organization of very few genetically defined CACTA transposon systems have been characterized thoroughly as those of Spm/En in maize, Tam1 of Antirrhinum majus Candystripe1 (Cs1) from Sorghum bicolo...

    Authors: Gracia Zabala and Lila Vodkin

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2008 8:124

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  35. The plant miRNAs represent an important class of endogenous small RNAs that guide cleavage of an mRNA target or repress its translation to control development and adaptation to stresses. MiRNAs are nuclear-enc...

    Authors: Séverine Lacombe, Hiroshi Nagasaki, Carole Santi, David Duval, Benoît Piégu, Martine Bangratz, Jean-Christophe Breitler, Emmanuel Guiderdoni, Christophe Brugidou, Judith Hirsch, Xiaofeng Cao, Claire Brice, Olivier Panaud, Wojciech M Karlowski, Yutaka Sato and Manuel Echeverria

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2008 8:123

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  36. With a cultivation area of 1.75 Mio ha and sugar yield of 16.7 Mio tons in 2006, sugar beet is a crop of great economic importance in Europe. The productivity of sugar beet is determined significantly by seed ...

    Authors: Elena Pestsova, Juliane Meinhard, Andreas Menze, Uwe Fischer, Andrea Windhövel and Peter Westhoff

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2008 8:122

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  37. Histone acetyltransferases (HATs) play critical roles in the regulation of chromatin structure and gene expression. Arabidopsis genome contains 12 HAT genes, but the biological functions of many of them are st...

    Authors: David Latrasse, Moussa Benhamed, Yves Henry, Séverine Domenichini, Wanhui Kim, Dao-Xiu Zhou and Marianne Delarue

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2008 8:121

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  38. Starch accumulation and degradation in chloroplasts is accomplished by a suite of over 30 enzymes. Recent work has emphasized the importance of multi-protein complexes amongst the metabolic enzymes, and the ac...

    Authors: Elke M Lohmeier-Vogel, David Kerk, Mhairi Nimick, Susan Wrobel, Lori Vickerman, Douglas G Muench and Greg BG Moorhead

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2008 8:120

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  39. Pearl millet [Pennisetum glaucum (L.) R. Br.] is a staple food and fodder crop of marginal agricultural lands of sub-Saharan Africa and the Indian subcontinent. It is also a summer forage crop in the southern USA...

    Authors: S Senthilvel, B Jayashree, V Mahalakshmi, P Sathish Kumar, S Nakka, T Nepolean and CT Hash

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2008 8:119

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  40. The Oryza sativa L. indica subspecies is the most widely cultivated rice. During the last few years, we have collected over 20,000 putative full-length cDNAs and over 40,000 ESTs isolated from various cDNA librar...

    Authors: Tingting Lu, Xuehui Huang, Chuanrang Zhu, Tao Huang, Qiang Zhao, Kabing Xie, Lizhong Xiong, Qifa Zhang and Bin Han

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2008 8:118

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  41. Tuberization in potato (Solanum tuberosum L.) represents a morphogenetic transition of stolon growth to tuber formation, which is under complex environmental and endogenous regulation. In the present work, we stu...

    Authors: Lukas Fischer, Helena Lipavska, Jean-Francois Hausman and Zdenek Opatrny

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2008 8:117

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  42. Mal d 1 is a major apple allergen causing food allergic symptoms of the oral allergy syndrome (OAS) in birch-pollen sensitised patients. The Mal d 1 gene family is known to have at least 7 intron-containing and 1...

    Authors: Zhongshan Gao, Eric W van de Weg, Catarina I Matos, Paul Arens, Suzanne THP Bolhaar, Andre C Knulst, Yinghui Li, Karin Hoffmann-Sommergruber and Luud JWJ Gilissen

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2008 8:116

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  43. Thellungiella halophila (also known as Thellungiella salsuginea) is a model halophyte with a small plant size, short life cycle, and small genome. It easily undergoes genetic transformation by the floral dipping ...

    Authors: Teruaki Taji, Tetsuya Sakurai, Keiichi Mochida, Atsushi Ishiwata, Atsushi Kurotani, Yasushi Totoki, Atsushi Toyoda, Yoshiyuki Sakaki, Motoaki Seki, Hirokazu Ono, Yoichi Sakata, Shigeo Tanaka and Kazuo Shinozaki

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2008 8:115

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  44. The mature embryo of rice (Oryza sativa, L.) is a synchronized and integrated tissue mass laying the foundation at molecular level for its growth, development, and differentiation toward a developing and ultimate...

    Authors: Xiaomeng Ge, Weihua Chen, Shuhui Song, Weiwei Wang, Songnian Hu and Jun Yu

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2008 8:114

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  45. Previous studies showed the ability of Pseudomonas putida strain BTP1 to promote induced systemic resistance (ISR) in different host plants. Since ISR is long-lasting and not conducive for development of resistan...

    Authors: Adam Akram, Marc Ongena, Francéline Duby, Jacques Dommes and Philippe Thonart

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2008 8:113

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  46. The wild grass species Brachypodium distachyon (Brachypodium hereafter) is emerging as a new model system for grass crop genomics research and biofuel grass biology. A draft nuclear genome sequence is expected to...

    Authors: Shin-Young Hong, Pil Joon Seo, Moon-Sik Yang, Fengning Xiang and Chung-Mo Park

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2008 8:112

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  47. CBF/DREB duplicate genes are widely distributed in higher plants and encode transcriptional factors, or CBFs, which bind a DNA regulatory element and impart responsiveness to low temperatures and dehydration.

    Authors: Yen-Heng Lin, Shih-Ying Hwang, Po-Yen Hsu, Yu-Chung Chiang, Chun-Lin Huang, Chun-Neng Wang and Tsan-Piao Lin

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2008 8:111

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