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  1. Content type: Research article

    ‘Fengzao’ is an early-ripening bud mutant of ‘Kyoho’, which matures nearly 30 days earlier than ‘Kyoho’. To gain a better understanding of the regulatory role of miRNAs in early-ripening of grape berry, high-t...

    Authors: Da-Long Guo, Qiong Li, Wen-Qing Lv, Guo-Hai Zhang and Yi-He Yu

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2018 18:285

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    Small RNAs (sRNAs), especially miRNAs, act as crucial regulators of plant growth and development. Two other sRNA groups, trans-acting short-interfering RNAs (tasiRNAs) or phased siRNAs (phasiRNAs), are also em...

    Authors: Kirtikumar Ramesh Kondhare, Nilam Namdeo Malankar, Ravi Suresh Devani and Anjan Kumar Banerjee

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2018 18:284

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    Yield improvement is an important issue for rice breeding. Panicle architecture is one of the key components of rice yield and exhibits a large diversity. To identify the morphological and genetic determinants...

    Authors: Kim Nhung TA, Ngan Giang KHONG, Thi Loan HA, Dieu Thu NGUYEN, Duc Chung MAI, Thi Giang HOANG, Thi Phuong Nhung PHUNG, Isabelle BOURRIE, Brigitte COURTOIS, Thi Thu Hoai TRAN, Bach Yen DINH, Tuan Nghia LA, Nang Vinh DO, Michel LEBRUN, Pascal GANTET and Stefan JOUANNIC

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2018 18:282

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    Lead (Pb) and mercury (Hg) are persistent hazardous metals in industrially polluted soils which can be toxic in low quantities. Metal toxicity can cause changes at cellular and molecular level which should be ...

    Authors: Mohd Affan Baig, Javed Ahmad, Rita Bagheri, Arlene Asthana Ali, Asma Abdulkareem Al-Huqail, Mohamed Mohamed Ibrahim and Mohammad Irfan Qureshi

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2018 18:283

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    Common bunt (caused by Tilletia caries and T. foetida) has been considered as a major disease in wheat (Triticum aestivum) following rust (Puccinia spp.) in the Near East and is economically important in the Grea...

    Authors: Amira M. I. Mourad, Ahmed Sallam, Vikas Belamkar, Ezzat Mahdy, Bahy Bakheit, Atif Abo El-Wafaa and P. Stephen Baenziger

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2018 18:280

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  6. Content type: Research article

    Leucine-rich repeat (LRR)-containing genes are involved in responses to various diseases. Recently, RNA-seq data from A. duranensis after nematode (Meloidogyne arenaria) infection were released. However, the numb...

    Authors: Hui Song, Zhonglong Guo, Tao Chen, Juan Sun and Guofeng Yang

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2018 18:279

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  7. Content type: Research article

    The macaúba palm is a novel feedstock for oil production suitable for multiple uses, including as biodiesel and in the food and cosmetic industries. As an efficient alternative, the macaúba palm has limited ge...

    Authors: Bárbara Regina Bazzo, Lucas Miguel de Carvalho, Marcelo Falsarella Carazzolle, Gonçalo Amarante Guimarães Pereira and Carlos Augusto Colombo

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2018 18:276

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  8. Content type: Research article

    Most ABC transporters are engaged in transport of various compounds, but its subfamily F lacks transmembrane domain essential for chemical transportation. Thus the function of subfamily F remains further elusive.

    Authors: Tong-Tong Han, Wen-Cheng Liu and Ying-Tang Lu

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2018 18:274

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  9. Content type: Research article

    The phenylpropanoid pathway is responsible for the synthesis of numerous compounds important for plant growth and responses to the environment. In the first committed step of phenylpropanoid biosynthesis, the ...

    Authors: Jasmina Kurepa, Timothy E. Shull, Sumudu S. Karunadasa and Jan A. Smalle

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2018 18:278

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  10. Content type: Research article

    Cannabis possesses a rich spectrum of phytochemicals i.e. cannabinoids, terpenes and phenolic compounds of industrial and medicinal interests. Most of these high-value plant products are synthesised in the disk c...

    Authors: Paul Ebersbach, Felix Stehle, Oliver Kayser and Erik Freier

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2018 18:275

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  11. Content type: Research article

    Temperature is one of the most important abiotic factors limiting plant growth and productivity. Many plants exhibit cold acclimation to prepare for the likelihood of freezing as temperatures decrease towards ...

    Authors: Matthew P. Davey, Ben G. Palmer, Emily Armitage, Philippine Vergeer, William E. Kunin, F. Ian Woodward and W. Paul Quick

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2018 18:277

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  12. Content type: Research article

    The flag leaf of rice (Oryza sativa L.) is an important determinant of plant type characteristics and grain yield. Identification of flag leaf mutants of rice is crucial to elucidate the molecular mechanism of fl...

    Authors: Peilong He, Xiaowen Wang, Xiaobo Zhang, Yudong Jiang, Weijiang Tian, Xiaoqiong Zhang, Yangyang Li, Ying Sun, Jia Xie, Jile Ni, Guanghua He and Xianchun Sang

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2018 18:273

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  13. Content type: Research article

    Aegilops umbellulata Zhuk. (2n = 14), a wild diploid wheat relative, has been the source of trait improvement in wheat breeding. Intraspecific genetic variation of Ae. umbellulata, however, has not been well stud...

    Authors: Moeko Okada, Kentaro Yoshida, Ryo Nishijima, Asami Michikawa, Yuka Motoi, Kazuhiro Sato and Shigeo Takumi

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2018 18:271

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  14. Content type: Research article

    Isodon amethystoides (Ben-th) Cy Wu et Hsuan is an important traditional medicinal plant endowed with pharmacological properties effective in the treatment of various diseases, including pulmonary tuberculosis. T...

    Authors: Fenglan Zhao, Mengchu Sun, Wanjun Zhang, Chunli Jiang, Jingtong Teng, Wei Sheng, Mingzhi Li, Aimin Zhang, Yongbo Duan and Jianping Xue

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2018 18:272

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  15. Content type: Research article

    The SWEET (Sugars Will Eventually be Exported Transporters) gene family is a recently identified group of sugar transporters that play an indispensable role in sugar efflux, phloem loading, plant-pathogen inte...

    Authors: Weichang Hu, Xiuting Hua, Qing Zhang, Jianping Wang, Qiaochu Shen, Xingtan Zhang, Kai Wang, Qingyi Yu, Yann-Rong Lin, Ray Ming and Jisen Zhang

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2018 18:270

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  16. Content type: Research article

    Cucumbers (Cucumis sativus) are known for their plasticity in sex expression. DNA methylation status determines gene activity but is susceptible to environmental condition changes. Thus, DNA methylation-based epi...

    Authors: Yun-Song Lai, Di Shen, Wei Zhang, Xiaohui Zhang, Yang Qiu, Haiping Wang, Xinxin Dou, Sigeng Li, Yuanqi Wu, Jiangping Song, Guanyu Ji and Xixiang Li

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2018 18:268

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  17. Content type: Research article

    Sugarcane has recently attracted increased attention for its potential as a source of bioethanol and methane. However, a narrow genetic base has limited germplasm enhancement of sugarcane. Erianthus arundinaceus ...

    Authors: Fan Yu, Yongji Huang, Ling Luo, Xueting Li, Jiayun Wu, Rukai Chen, Muqing Zhang and Zuhu Deng

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2018 18:269

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  18. Content type: Research article

    While the role of ethylene in fruit ripening has been widely studied, the contributions of additional plant hormones are less clear. Here we examined the interactions between the transcription factor MaMADS2-b...

    Authors: Esther Yakir, Fei Zhangjun, Noa Sela, Yimin Xu, Vikram Singh, Anurag Dagar, Janak Raj Joshi, Maren Müller, Sergi Munné-Bosch, James J. Giovannoni, Julia Vrebalov and Haya Friedman

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2018 18:267

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  19. Content type: Research article

    Alternative splicing (AS) regulates mRNA at the post-transcriptional level to change gene function in organisms. However, little is known about the AS and its roles in tea plant (Camellia sinensis), widely cultiv...

    Authors: Junyan Zhu, Xuewen Wang, Qingshan Xu, Shiqi Zhao, Yuling Tai and Chaoling Wei

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2018 18:266

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  20. Content type: Research article

    ‘Zhongshanshan’ is the general designation for the superior interspecific hybrid clones of Taxodium species, which is widely grown for economic and ecological purposes in southern China. Growth is the priority ob...

    Authors: Ying Yang, Lei Xuan, Chaoguang Yu, Ziyang Wang, Jianhua Xu, Wencai Fan, Jinbo Guo and Yunlong Yin

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2018 18:263

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  21. Content type: Research article

    Spotted-leaf mutants are important to reveal programmed cell death and defense-related pathways in rice. We previously characterized the phenotype performance of a rice spotted-leaf mutant spl21 and narrowed down...

    Authors: Xia Xu, Zheng Chen, Yong-feng Shi, Hui-mei Wang, Yan He, Lei Shi, Ting Chen, Jian-li Wu and Xiao-bo Zhang

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2018 18:264

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  22. Content type: Research article

    Celiac disease (CD) is an autoimmune disorder affecting genetically predisposed individuals whose dietary gluten proteins trigger an inflammatory reaction in the small intestine. Gluten is found in the seeds o...

    Authors: Benjamin Dubois, Pierre Bertin, Louis Hautier, Yordan Muhovski, Emmanuelle Escarnot and Dominique Mingeot

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2018 18:262

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  23. Content type: Research article

    Plants have evolved excellent ability of flexibly regulating the growth of organs to adapt to changing environment, for example, the modulation of lateral root development in response to environmental stresses...

    Authors: Yuzhu Lu, Zhen Feng, Xuanyu Liu, Liying Bian, Hong Xie, Changlun Zhang, Kirankumar S. Mysore and Jiansheng Liang

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2018 18:261

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  24. Content type: Research article

    Senescence, despite its destructive character, is a process that is precisely-regulated. The control of senescence is required to achieve remobilization of resources, a principle aspect of senescence. Remobili...

    Authors: Natalia Wojciechowska, Katarzyna Marzec-Schmidt, Ewa M Kalemba, Aleksandra Zarzyńska-Nowak, Andrzej M Jagodziński and Agnieszka Bagniewska-Zadworna

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2018 18:260

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  25. Content type: Research article

    Heat stress is a severe environmental stress that affects plant growth and reduces yield. Bax inhibitor-1 (BI-1) is a cytoprotective protein that is involved in the response to biotic and abiotic stresses. The Ar...

    Authors: Pan-Pan Lu, Wei-Jun Zheng, Chang-Tao Wang, Wen-Yan Shi, Jin-Dong Fu, Ming Chen, Jun Chen, Yong-Bin Zhou, Ya-Jun Xi and Zhao-Shi Xu

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2018 18:259

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  26. Content type: Research article

    Facilitated by the rapid progress of sequencing technology, comparative genomic studies in plants have unveiled recurrent whole genome duplication (i.e. polyploidization) events throughout plant evolution. The...

    Authors: Bei Gao, Moxian Chen, Xiaoshuang Li, Yuqing Liang, Fuyuan Zhu, Tieyuan Liu, Daoyuan Zhang, Andrew J. Wood, Melvin J. Oliver and Jianhua Zhang

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2018 18:256

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  27. Content type: Research article

    Bioactive compounds, vitamins, phenolic acids, flavonoids of A. tricolor are the sources of natural antioxidant that had a great importance for the food industry as these detoxify ROS in the human body. These nat...

    Authors: Umakanta Sarker and Shinya Oba

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2018 18:258

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  28. Content type: Research article

    WRKY proteins are one of the largest gene families and are well-known for their regulatory roles in many aspects of plant development, including plant response to both biotic and abiotic stresses. Although the...

    Authors: Qing Liu, Xia Li, Shijuan Yan, Ting Yu, Jianyuan Yang, Jingfang Dong, Shaohong Zhang, Junliang Zhao, Tifeng Yang, Xingxue Mao, Xiaoyuan Zhu and Bin Liu

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2018 18:257

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  29. Content type: Research article

    Waterlogging (WL) is a key factor hindering soybean crop productivity worldwide. Plants utilize various hormones to avoid various stress conditions, including WL stress; however, the physiological mechanisms a...

    Authors: Yoonha Kim, Chang-Woo Seo, Abdul Latif Khan, Bong-Gyu Mun, Raheem Shahzad, Jeung-Woo Ko, Byung-Wook Yun, Soon-Ki Park and In-Jung Lee

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2018 18:254

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  30. Content type: Research article

    Nitrilases are nitrile-converting enzymes commonly found within the plant kingdom that play diverse roles in nitrile detoxification, nitrogen recycling, and phytohormone biosynthesis. Although nitrilases are p...

    Authors: Jan Günther, Sandra Irmisch, Nathalie D. Lackus, Michael Reichelt, Jonathan Gershenzon and Tobias G. Köllner

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2018 18:251

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  31. Content type: Research article

    Plant transformation via Agrobacterium tumefaciens is characterized by integration of commonly low number of T-DNAs at random positions in the genome. When integrated into an active gene region, promoterless repo...

    Authors: Vojtěch Čermák and Lukáš Fischer

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2018 18:252

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  32. Content type: Research article

    As central regulators of the gibberellic acid (GA) signaling pathway in plants, DELLA proteins function as growth repressors and affect diverse biological processes. The wheat RHT-B1b and RHT-D1b semi-dwarfing...

    Authors: Youngjun Mo, Stephen Pearce and Jorge Dubcovsky

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2018 18:253

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  33. Content type: Research article

    Salinity severely limits wheat production in many parts of the world. Development of salt tolerant varieties represents the most practical option for enhancing wheat production from these areas. Application of...

    Authors: Amit Kumar Singh, Shiksha Chaurasia, Sundeep Kumar, Rakesh Singh, Jyoti Kumari, Mahesh C. Yadav, Nidhi Singh, Sonam Gaba and Sherry Rachel Jacob

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2018 18:249

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  34. Content type: Research article

    Sugarcane is an important sugar and energy crop that is widely planted in the world. Among the environmental stresses, the water-deficit stress is the most limiting to plant productivity. Some groups have used...

    Authors: Xihui Liu, Ronghua Zhang, Huiping Ou, Yiyun Gui, Jinju Wei, Hui Zhou, Hongwei Tan and Yangrui Li

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2018 18:250

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  35. Content type: Research article

    Malania oleifera Chun et Lee (Olacaceae), an evergreen broad-leaved woody tree native to southwest China, is an important oilseed tree. Its seed oil has a high level of nervonic acid (cis-tetracos-15-enoic acid, ...

    Authors: Tianquan Yang, Qian Yu, Wei Xu, De-zhu Li, Fu Chen and Aizhong Liu

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2018 18:247

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  36. Content type: Research article

    Crop landraces embody a source of beneficial genes potentially providing endurance to environmental stress and other agronomic qualities including yield. Our study included 88 snake melon accessions (Cucumis melo

    Authors: Salam Y. Abu Zaitoun, Rana M. Jamous, Munqez J. Shtaya, Omar B. Mallah, Imad S. Eid and Mohammed S. Ali-Shtayeh

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2018 18:246

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  37. Content type: Research article

    Extremely high temperatures are becoming an increasingly severe threat to crop yields. It is well documented that salicylic acid (SA) can enhance the stress tolerance of plants; however, its effect on the repr...

    Authors: Baohua Feng, Caixia Zhang, Tingting Chen, Xiufu Zhang, Longxing Tao and Guanfu Fu

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2018 18:245

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  38. Content type: Research article

    Oil from seeds of the tung tree (Vernicia fordii) has unique drying properties that are industrially important. We found that the extended oil accumulation period was related to the high seed oil content at matur...

    Authors: Lingling Zhang, Pan Wu, Wenying Lu and Shiyou Lü

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2018 18:248

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  39. Content type: Research article

    Asymmetric somatic hybridization is an efficient crop breeding approach by introducing several exogenous chromatin fragments, which leads to genomic shock and therefore induces genome-wide genetic variation. H...

    Authors: Mengcheng Wang, Yujie Ji, Shiting Feng, Chun Liu, Zhen Xiao, Xiaoping Wang, Yanxia Wang and Guangmin Xia

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2018 18:244

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  40. Content type: Research article

    WRKY transcription factors, so named because of the WRKYGQK heptapeptide at the N-terminal end, are widely distributed in plants and play an important role in physiological changes and response to biotic and a...

    Authors: Hui Song, Weihong Sun, Guofeng Yang and Juan Sun

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2018 18:243

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  41. Content type: Research article

    Arachis contains 80 species that carry many beneficial genes that can be utilized in the genetic improvement of peanut (Arachis hypogaea L. 2n = 4x = 40, genome AABB). Chromosome engineering is a powerful techniq...

    Authors: Pei Du, Lina Li, Hua Liu, Liuyang Fu, Li Qin, Zhongxin Zhang, Caihong Cui, Ziqi Sun, Suoyi Han, Jing Xu, Xiaodong Dai, Bingyan Huang, Wenzhao Dong, Fengshou Tang, Lifang Zhuang, Yonghua Han…

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2018 18:240

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  42. Content type: Research article

    Cytoplasmic male sterility (CMS) in flowering plants is usually caused by incompatibility between mitochondrial and nuclear genomes, and can be restored by nuclear genes known as restorer-of-fertility (Rf). Altho...

    Authors: Bingbing Zhang, Xuexian Zhang, Guoyuan Liu, Liping Guo, Tingxiang Qi, Meng Zhang, Xue Li, Hailin Wang, Huini Tang, Xiuqin Qiao, Wenfeng Pei, Kashif Shahzad, Chaozhu Xing, Jinfa Zhang and Jianyong Wu

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2018 18:242

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  43. Content type: Research article

    Phosphate (Pi) and Nitrogen (N) are essential macronutrients required for plant growth and development. In Arabidopsis thaliana (Arabidopsis), the transcription factor PHR1 acts as a Pi central regulator. PHL1 is...

    Authors: Yafei Sun, Wenzhen Luo, Ajay Jain, Lu Liu, Hao Ai, Xiuli Liu, Bing Feng, Liang Zhang, Zhantian Zhang, Xu Guohua and Shubin Sun

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2018 18:241

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  44. Content type: Research article

    In plants, the basic helix-loop-helix (bHLH) transcription factors play key roles in diverse biological processes. Genome-wide comprehensive and systematic analyses of bHLH proteins have been well conducted in Ar...

    Authors: Tingting Zhang, Wei Lv, Haisen Zhang, Lin Ma, Pinghua Li, Lei Ge and Gang Li

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2018 18:235

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  45. Content type: Research article

    Among cereals, durum wheat (Triticum turgidum L. subsp. durum) accumulates cadmium (Cd) at higher concentration if grown in Cd-polluted soils. Since cadmium accumulation is a risk for human health, the internatio...

    Authors: Alessio Aprile, Erika Sabella, Marzia Vergine, Alessandra Genga, Maria Siciliano, Eliana Nutricati, Patrizia Rampino, Mariarosaria De Pascali, Andrea Luvisi, Antonio Miceli, Carmine Negro and Luigi De Bellis

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2018 18:238

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  46. Content type: Research article

    Small non-coding RNA (sRNA) short sequences regulate various biological processes in all organisms, including bacteria that are animal or plant pathogens. Virulent or pathogenicity-associated sRNAs have been i...

    Authors: Yiqun Hu, Liyuan Zhang, Xuan Wang, Fengli Sun, Xiangxin Kong, Hansong Dong and Heng Xu

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2018 18:237

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  47. Content type: Research article

    Plant architecture is a critical factor that affects planting density and, consequently, grain yield in maize. The genes or loci that determine organ size are the key regulators of plant architecture. Thus, un...

    Authors: Weiya Li, Zhixing Yang, Jieyuan Yao, Jiansheng Li, Weibin Song and Xiaohong Yang

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2018 18:239

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