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  1. 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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  2. 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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  3. 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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  4. 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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  5. 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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  6. 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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  7. 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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  8. 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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  9. 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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  10. 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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  11. 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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  12. 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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  13. 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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  14. 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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  15. 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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  16. 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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  17. 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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  18. 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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  19. 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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  20. 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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  21. 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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  22. 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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  23. 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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  24. 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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  25. 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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  26. 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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  27. 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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  28. 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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  29. 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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  30. 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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  31. 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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  32. The Arabidopsis outer ovule integument is a simple two-cell layered structure that grows around the developing embryo and develops into the outer layer of the seed coat. As one of the functions of the seed coat i...

    Authors: Elisabeth Truernit and Jim Haseloff

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2008 8:35

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  33. Tomato (Solanum lycopersicon) and potato (S. tuberosum) are two economically important crop species, the genomes of which are currently being sequenced. This study presents a first genome-wide analysis of these t...

    Authors: Erwin Datema, Lukas A Mueller, Robert Buels, James J Giovannoni, Richard GF Visser, Willem J Stiekema and Roeland CHJ van Ham

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2008 8:34

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  34. Heterosis is the superior performance of F1 hybrid progeny relative to the parental phenotypes. Maize exhibits heterosis for a wide range of traits, however the magnitude of heterosis is highly variable depending...

    Authors: Robert M Stupar, Jack M Gardiner, Aaron G Oldre, William J Haun, Vicki L Chandler and Nathan M Springer

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2008 8:33

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  35. Previous work showed that the maize primary root adapts to low Ψw (-1.6 MPa) by maintaining longitudinal expansion in the apical 3 mm (region 1), whereas in the adjacent 4 mm (region 2) longitudinal expansion rea...

    Authors: William G Spollen, Wenjing Tao, Babu Valliyodan, Kegui Chen, Lindsey G Hejlek, Jong-Joo Kim, Mary E LeNoble, Jinming Zhu, Hans J Bohnert, David Henderson, Daniel P Schachtman, Georgia E Davis, Gordon K Springer, Robert E Sharp and Henry T Nguyen

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2008 8:32

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  36. The first high quality draft of the grape genome sequence has just been published. This is a critical step in accessing all the genes of this species and increases the chances of exploiting the natural genetic...

    Authors: Loïc Le Cunff, Alexandre Fournier-Level, Valérie Laucou, Silvia Vezzulli, Thierry Lacombe, Anne-Françoise Adam-Blondon, Jean-Michel Boursiquot and Patrice This

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2008 8:31

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  37. Knowledge of the genetic basis of plant resistance to necrotrophic pathogens is incomplete and has been characterised in relatively few pathosystems. In this study, the cytology and genetics of resistance to s...

    Authors: Lars G Kamphuis, Judith Lichtenzveig, Richard P Oliver and Simon R Ellwood

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2008 8:30

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  38. A series of Rps (resistance to P ytophthora s ojae) genes have been protecting soybean from the root and stem rot disease caused by the Oomycete pathogen, Phytophthora sojae. Five Rps genes were mapped to the Rps...

    Authors: Hongyu Gao and Madan K Bhattacharyya

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2008 8:29

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  39. To obtain important expressed sequence tags (ESTs) located on specific chromosomes is currently difficult. Construction of single-chromosome EST library could be an efficient strategy to isolate important ESTs...

    Authors: Ruo-Nan Zhou, Rui Shi, Shu-Mei Jiang, Wei-Bo Yin, Huang-Huang Wang, Yu-Hong Chen, Jun Hu, Richard RC Wang, Xiang-Qi Zhang and Zan-Min Hu

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2008 8:28

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  40. Tall fescue (Festuca arundinacea Schreb) is a major cool season forage and turf grass species grown in the temperate regions of the world. In this paper we report the generation of a tall fescue expressed sequenc...

    Authors: MA Rouf Mian, Yan Zhang, Zeng-Yu Wang, Ji-Yi Zhang, Xiaofei Cheng, Lei Chen, Konstantin Chekhovskiy, Xinbin Dai, Chunhong Mao, Foo Cheung, Xuechun Zhao, Ji He, Angela D Scott, Christopher D Town and Gregory D May

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2008 8:27

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  41. The effects of viral infection involve concomitant plant gene variations and cellular changes. A simple system is required to assess the complexity of host responses to viral infection. The genome of the Rice ...

    Authors: Marjolaine Ventelon-Debout, Christine Tranchant-Dubreuil, Thi-Thu-Huang Nguyen, Martine Bangratz, Christelle Siré, Michel Delseny and Christophe Brugidou

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2008 8:26

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  42. Small RNA-guided gene silencing at the transcriptional and post-transcriptional levels has emerged as an important mode of gene regulation in plants and animals. Thus far, conventional sequencing of small RNA ...

    Authors: Ramanjulu Sunkar, Xuefeng Zhou, Yun Zheng, Weixiong Zhang and Jian-Kang Zhu

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2008 8:25

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  43. Plant natriuretic peptides (PNPs) are a class of systemically mobile molecules distantly related to expansins. While several physiological responses to PNPs have been reported, their biological role has remain...

    Authors: Stuart Meier, René Bastian, Lara Donaldson, Shane Murray, Vladimir Bajic and Chris Gehring

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2008 8:24

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