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  1. The importance of maize for human and animal nutrition, but also as a source for bio-energy is rapidly increasing. Maize yield is a quantitative trait controlled by many genes with small effects, spread throug...

    Authors: Junjie Fu, Alexander Thiemann, Tobias A Schrag, Albrecht E Melchinger, Stefan Scholten and Matthias Frisch
    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2010 10:63
  2. The Brassicaceae family includes the model plant Arabidopsis thaliana as well as a number of agronomically important species such as oilseed crops (in particular Brassica napus, B. juncea and B. rapa) and vegetab...

    Authors: Pauline Stephenson, David Baker, Thomas Girin, Amandine Perez, Stephen Amoah, Graham J King and Lars Østergaard
    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2010 10:62
  3. Carotenoids are a group of C40 isoprenoid molecules that play diverse biological and ecological roles in plants. Tomato is an important vegetable in human diet and provides the vitamin A precursor β-carotene. Gen...

    Authors: Monika Dalal, Viswanathan Chinnusamy and Kailash C Bansal
    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2010 10:61
  4. Polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs) are toxic, widely-distributed, environmentally persistent, and carcinogenic byproducts of carbon-based fuel combustion. Previously, plant studies have shown that PAHs in...

    Authors: David Weisman, Merianne Alkio and Adán Colón-Carmona
    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2010 10:59
  5. Excessive soil salinity is an important problem for agriculture, however, salt tolerance is a complex trait that is not easily bred into plants. Exposure of cultivated tomato to salt stress has been reported t...

    Authors: Anne Frary, Deniz Göl, Davut Keleş, Bilal Ökmen, Hasan Pınar, Hasan Ö Şığva, Ahmet Yemenicioğlu and Sami Doğanlar
    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2010 10:58
  6. Reminiscent of their free-living cyanobacterial ancestor, chloroplasts proliferate by division coupled with the partition of nucleoids (DNA-protein complexes). Division of the chloroplast envelope membrane is ...

    Authors: Yukihiro Kabeya, Hiromitsu Nakanishi, Kenji Suzuki, Takanari Ichikawa, Youichi Kondou, Minami Matsui and Shin-ya Miyagishima
    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2010 10:57
  7. Reference genes are widely used to normalise transcript abundance data determined by quantitative RT-PCR and microarrays. However, the approaches taken to define reference genes can be variable. Although Oryza sa...

    Authors: Reena Narsai, Aneta Ivanova, Sophia Ng and James Whelan
    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2010 10:56
  8. The obligate parasitic plant witchweed (Striga hermonthica) infects major cereal crops such as sorghum, maize, and millet, and is the most devastating weed pest in Africa. An understanding of the nature of its pa...

    Authors: Satoko Yoshida, Juliane K Ishida, Nasrein M Kamal, Abdelbagi M Ali, Shigetou Namba and Ken Shirasu
    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2010 10:55
  9. Mitochondria are dynamic organelles that move along actin filaments, and serve as calcium stores in plant cells. The positioning and dynamics of mitochondria depend on membrane-cytoskeleton interactions, but i...

    Authors: Yuqing Wang, Yingfang Zhu, Yu Ling, Haiyan Zhang, Peng Liu, František Baluška, Jozef Šamaj, Jinxing Lin and Qinli Wang
    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2010 10:53
  10. Polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs) are of particular concern due to their hydrophobic, recalcitrant, persistent, potentially carcinogenic, mutagenic and toxic properties, and their ubiquitous occurrence i...

    Authors: Xin-Hua Zhan, Heng-Liang Ma, Li-Xiang Zhou, Jian-Ru Liang, Ting-Hui Jiang and Guo-Hua Xu
    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2010 10:52
  11. Plant natriuretic peptides (PNPs) belong to a novel class of peptidic signaling molecules that share some structural similarity to the N-terminal domain of expansins and affect physiological processes such as ...

    Authors: Betiana S Garavaglia, Ludivine Thomas, Tamara Zimaro, Natalia Gottig, Lucas D Daurelio, Bongani Ndimba, Elena G Orellano, Jorgelina Ottado and Chris Gehring
    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2010 10:51
  12. The control of plant anthocyanin accumulation is via transcriptional regulation of the genes encoding the biosynthetic enzymes. A key activator appears to be an R2R3 MYB transcription factor. In apple fruit, s...

    Authors: Kui Lin-Wang, Karen Bolitho, Karryn Grafton, Anne Kortstee, Sakuntala Karunairetnam, Tony K McGhie, Richard V Espley, Roger P Hellens and Andrew C Allan
    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2010 10:50
  13. Normalizing through reference genes, or housekeeping genes, can make more accurate and reliable results from reverse transcription real-time quantitative polymerase chain reaction (qPCR). Recent studies have s...

    Authors: Sinara Artico, Sarah M Nardeli, Osmundo Brilhante, Maria Fátima Grossi-de-Sa and Marcio Alves-Ferreira
    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2010 10:49
  14. Linkage maps are useful tools for examining both the genetic architecture of quantitative traits and the evolution of reproductive incompatibilities. We describe the generation of two genetic maps using recipr...

    Authors: Shunxue Tang, Rebecca A Okashah, Steven J Knapp, Michael L Arnold and Noland H Martin
    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2010 10:48
  15. Plants respond to abiotic stress through complex regulation of transcription, including both transcriptional activation and repression. Dehydration-responsive-element binding protein (DREB)-type transcription ...

    Authors: Chun-Juan Dong and Jin-Yuan Liu
    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2010 10:47
  16. Evolution of unisexual flowers entails one of the most extreme changes in plant development. Cultivated spinach, Spinacia oleracea L., is uniquely suited for the study of unisexual flower development as it is dio...

    Authors: D Noah Sather, Maja Jovanovic and Edward M Golenberg
    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2010 10:46
  17. Pigeonpea (Cajanus cajan (L.) Millsp) is one of the major grain legume crops of the tropics and subtropics, but biotic stresses [Fusarium wilt (FW), sterility mosaic disease (SMD), etc.] are serious challenges fo...

    Authors: Nikku L Raju, Belaghihalli N Gnanesh, Pazhamala Lekha, Balaji Jayashree, Suresh Pande, Pavana J Hiremath, Munishamappa Byregowda, Nagendra K Singh and Rajeev K Varshney
    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2010 10:45
  18. Puf proteins have important roles in controlling gene expression at the post-transcriptional level by promoting RNA decay and repressing translation. The Pumilio homology domain (PUM-HD) is a conserved region ...

    Authors: Patrick PC Tam, Isabelle H Barrette-Ng, Dawn M Simon, Michael WC Tam, Amanda L Ang and Douglas G Muench
    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2010 10:44
  19. DnaJ proteins participate in many metabolic pathways through dynamic interactions with various components of these processes. The role of three small chloroplast-targeted DnaJ proteins, AtJ8 (At1 g80920), AtJ1...

    Authors: Kun-Ming Chen, Maija Holmström, Wuttinun Raksajit, Marjaana Suorsa, Mirva Piippo and Eva-Mari Aro
    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2010 10:43
  20. Very little is known about the effects of manganese (Mn)-excess on citrus photosynthesis and antioxidant systems. Seedlings of sour pummelo (Citrus grandis) were irrigated for 17 weeks with nutrient solution cont...

    Authors: Qing Li, Li-Song Chen, Huan-Xin Jiang, Ning Tang, Lin-Tong Yang, Zheng-He Lin, Yan Li and Gang-Hua Yang
    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2010 10:42
  21. The nutritional and economic value of many crops is effectively a function of seed protein and oil content. Insight into the genetic and molecular control mechanisms involved in the deposition of these constit...

    Authors: Yung-Tsi Bolon, Bindu Joseph, Steven B Cannon, Michelle A Graham, Brian W Diers, Andrew D Farmer, Gregory D May, Gary J Muehlbauer, James E Specht, Zheng Jin Tu, Nathan Weeks, Wayne W Xu, Randy C Shoemaker and Carroll P Vance
    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2010 10:41
  22. The application of hybrid rice technology has significantly increased global rice production during the last three decades. Approximately 90% of the commercially cultivated rice hybrids have been derived throu...

    Authors: Srirupa Das, Supriya Sen, Anirban Chakraborty, Papia Chakraborti, Mrinal K Maiti, Asitava Basu, Debabrata Basu and Soumitra K Sen
    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2010 10:39
  23. The Botrytis cinerea xylanase Xyn11A has been previously shown to be required for full virulence of this organism despite its poor contribution to the secreted xylanase activity and the low xylan content of B. ci...

    Authors: Judith Noda, Nélida Brito and Celedonio González
    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2010 10:38
  24. Exploring the genetic mechanisms underlying speciation is a hot topic in modern genetics and evolutionary studies. Distortion of marker transmission ratio is frequently ascribed to selection against alleles th...

    Authors: Shuxian Li, Ying Chen, Handong Gao and Tongming Yin
    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2010 10:37
  25. Recent studies have shown that reactive oxygen species (ROS) and nitric oxide (NO) are involved in the signalling processes taking place during the interactions pollen-pistil in several plants. The olive tree (Ol...

    Authors: Adoración Zafra, María Isabel Rodríguez-García and Juan de Dios Alché
    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2010 10:36
  26. Land plant genomes contain multiple members of a eukaryote-specific gene family encoding proteins with pentatricopeptide repeat (PPR) motifs. Some PPR proteins were shown to participate in post-transcriptional...

    Authors: José R Hernandez Mora, Eric Rivals, Hakim Mireau and Françoise Budar
    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2010 10:35
  27. Although the effect of salicylic acid (SA) on photosynthesis of plants including grapevines has been investigated, very little is yet known about the effects of SA on carbon assimilation and several components...

    Authors: Li-Jun Wang, Ling Fan, Wayne Loescher, Wei Duan, Guo-Jie Liu, Jian-Shan Cheng, Hai-Bo Luo and Shao-Hua Li
    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2010 10:34
  28. LePRK1 and LePRK2 are two pollen receptor kinases localized to the plasma membrane, where they are present in a high molecular weight complex (LePRK complex). LePRK2 is phosphorylated in mature and germinated ...

    Authors: Diego L Wengier, María A Mazzella, Tamara M Salem, Sheila McCormick and Jorge P Muschietti
    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2010 10:33
  29. Plant biologists have long speculated about the mechanisms that guide pollen tubes to ovules. Although there is now evidence that ovules emit a diffusible attractant, little is known about how this attractant ...

    Authors: Shannon F Stewman, Matthew Jones-Rhoades, Prabhakar Bhimalapuram, Martin Tchernookov, Daphne Preuss and Aaron R Dinner
    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2010 10:32
  30. Recessively inherited natural and induced mutations in the barley Mlo gene confer durable broad-spectrum resistance against the powdery mildew pathogen, Blumeria graminis f.sp. hordei. Mlo codes for a member of a...

    Authors: Anja Reinstädler, Judith Müller, Jerzy H Czembor, Pietro Piffanelli and Ralph Panstruga
    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2010 10:31
  31. Arabidopsis thaliana transthyretin-like (TTL) protein is a potential substrate in the brassinosteroid signalling cascade, having a role that moderates plant growth. Moreover, sequence homology revealed two sequen...

    Authors: João Pessoa, Zsuzsa Sárkány, Frederico Ferreira-da-Silva, Sónia Martins, Maria R Almeida, Jianming Li and Ana M Damas
    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2010 10:30
  32. The function of the cortical microtubules, composed of αβ-tubulin heterodimers, is linked to their organizational state which is subject to spatial and temporal modulation by environmental cues. The role of tu...

    Authors: Yaroslav Blume, Alla Yemets, Yarina Sheremet, Alexey Nyporko, Vadym Sulimenko, Tetyana Sulimenko and Pavel Dráber
    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2010 10:29
  33. Traditional agroecosystems are known to host both large crop species diversity and high within crop genetic diversity. In a context of global change, this diversity may be needed to feed the world. Are these a...

    Authors: Hafid Achtak, Mohammed Ater, Ahmed Oukabli, Sylvain Santoni, Finn Kjellberg and Bouchaib Khadari
    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2010 10:28
  34. OMT (O-methyltransferase) genes are involved in lignin biosynthesis, which relates to stover cell wall digestibility. Reduced lignin content is an important determinant of both forage quality and ethanol conve...

    Authors: Everton A Brenner, Imad Zein, Yongsheng Chen, Jeppe R Andersen, Gerhard Wenzel, Milena Ouzunova, Joachim Eder, Birte Darnhofer, Uschi Frei, Yves Barrière and Thomas Lübberstedt
    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2010 10:27
  35. Iron is an important micronutrient for all living organisms. Almost 25% of the world population is affected by iron deficiency, a leading cause of anemia. In plants, iron deficiency leads to chlorosis and redu...

    Authors: Cristina Cvitanich, Wojciech J Przybyłowicz, Dorian F Urbanski, Anna M Jurkiewicz, Jolanta Mesjasz-Przybyłowicz, Matthew W Blair, Carolina Astudillo, Erik Ø Jensen and Jens Stougaard
    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2010 10:26
  36. In many tree species the perception of short days (SD) can trigger growth cessation, dormancy entrance, and the establishment of a chilling requirement for bud break. The molecular mechanisms connecting photop...

    Authors: Sergio Jiménez, Zhigang Li, Gregory L Reighard and Douglas G Bielenberg
    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2010 10:25
  37. Chickpea (C. arietinum L.) ranks third in food legume crop production in the world. However, drought poses a serious threat to chickpea production, and development of drought-resistant varieties is a necessity. U...

    Authors: Deepti Jain and Debasis Chattopadhyay
    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2010 10:24
  38. Cattail (Typha domingensis) has been spreading in phosphorus (P) enriched areas of the oligotrophic Florida Everglades at the expense of sawgrass (Cladium mariscus spp. jamaicense). Abundant evidence in the liter...

    Authors: Hans Brix, Bent Lorenzen, Irving A Mendelssohn, Karen L McKee and ShiLi Miao
    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2010 10:23
  39. In the studies incorporating worldwide sampling of A. thaliana populations, the samples from East Asia, especially from China, were very scattered; and the studies focused on global patterns of cpDNA genetic vari...

    Authors: Ping Yin, Juqing Kang, Fei He, Li-Jia Qu and Hongya Gu
    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2010 10:22
  40. Understanding the regulation of the flavonoid pathway is important for maximising the nutritional value of crop plants and possibly enhancing their resistance towards pathogens. The flavonoid 3'5'-hydroxylase ...

    Authors: Kristine M Olsen, Alain Hehn, Hélène Jugdé, Rune Slimestad, Romain Larbat, Frédéric Bourgaud and Cathrine Lillo
    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2010 10:21
  41. GABA (γ-aminobutyric acid) is a non protein amino acid that has been reported to accumulate in a number of plant species when subjected to high salinity and many other environmental constraints. However, no ex...

    Authors: Hugues Renault, Valérie Roussel, Abdelhak El Amrani, Matthieu Arzel, David Renault, Alain Bouchereau and Carole Deleu
    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2010 10:20
  42. Japanese knotweed, Reynoutria japonica, is known for its high growth rate, even on adverse substrates, and for containing organic substances that are beneficial to human health. Its hybrid, Reynoutria × bohemica,...

    Authors: Marcela Kovářová, Kristýna Bartůňková, Tomáš Frantík, Helena Koblihová, Kateřina Prchalová and Miroslav Vosátka
    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2010 10:19
  43. CBL1 is a calcium sensor that regulates drought, cold and salt signals in Arabidopsis. Overexpression of CBL1 gene in Arabidopsis and in Ammopiptanthus mongolicus showed different tolerant activities. We are inte...

    Authors: Lili Guo, Yanhua Yu, Xinli Xia and Weilun Yin
    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2010 10:18
  44. The construction of genetic linkage maps for cultivated peanut (Arachis hypogaea L.) has and continues to be an important research goal to facilitate quantitative trait locus (QTL) analysis and gene tagging for u...

    Authors: Yanbin Hong, Xiaoping Chen, Xuanqiang Liang, Haiyan Liu, Guiyuan Zhou, Shaoxiong Li, Shijie Wen, C Corley Holbrook and Baozhu Guo
    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2010 10:17
  45. The transcriptional regulatory network involved in low temperature response leading to acclimation has been established in Arabidopsis. In japonica rice, which can only withstand transient exposure to milder cold...

    Authors: Kil-Young Yun, Myoung Ryoul Park, Bijayalaxmi Mohanty, Venura Herath, Fuyu Xu, Ramil Mauleon, Edward Wijaya, Vladimir B Bajic, Richard Bruskiewich and Benildo G de los Reyes
    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2010 10:16
  46. The genus Arachis, originated in South America, is divided into nine taxonomical sections comprising of 80 species. Most of the Arachis species are diploids (2n = 2x = 20) and the tetraploid species (2n = 2x = 40...

    Authors: Ravi Koppolu, Hari D Upadhyaya, Sangam L Dwivedi, David A Hoisington and Rajeev K Varshney
    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2010 10:15
  47. Transcription factors play the crucial rule of regulating gene expression and influence almost all biological processes. Systematically identifying and annotating transcription factors can greatly aid further ...

    Authors: Zheng Wang, Marc Libault, Trupti Joshi, Babu Valliyodan, Henry T Nguyen, Dong Xu, Gary Stacey and Jianlin Cheng
    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2010 10:14

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