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  1. Content type: Research article

    Soybean (Glycine max L. Merril) crop is major source of edible oil and protein for human and animals besides its various industrial uses including biofuels. Phytoplasma induced floral bud distortion syndrome (FBD...

    Authors: Sarika Jaiswal, Pravin V. Jadhav, Rahul Singh Jasrotia, Prashant B. Kale, Snehal K. Kad, Mangesh P. Moharil, Mahendra S. Dudhare, Jashminkumar Kheni, Amit G. Deshmukh, Shyamsundar S. Mane, Ravindra S. Nandanwar, Suprasanna Penna, Joy G. Manjaya, Mir Asif Iquebal, Rukam Singh Tomar, Prashant G. Kawar…

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2019 19:26

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    Seed germination is a crucial process in the plant life cycle when a dramatic variation of type and sugar content occurs just as the seed is hydrated. The production of hexose 6 phosphate is a key node in diff...

    Authors: Giovanna Paulina Aguilera-Alvarado, Ángel Arturo Guevara-García, Samuel Abraham Estrada-Antolín and Sobeida Sánchez-Nieto

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2019 19:27

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    De novo DNA methylation triggered by short interfering RNAs is called RNA-directed DNA methylation (RdDM). Transcriptional gene silencing (TGS) through RdDM can be induced using a viral vector. We have previou...

    Authors: Wataru Matsunaga, Hanako Shimura, Senri Shirakawa, Reika Isoda, Tsuyoshi Inukai, Takeshi Matsumura and Chikara Masuta

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2019 19:24

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  4. Content type: Correction

    Following publication of the original article [1], the author reported that their given name was misspelled.

    Authors: Shengyang Wu, Pinghui Zhu, Bowei Jia, Junkai Yang, Yang Shen, Xiaoxi Cai, Xiaoli Sun, Yanming Zhu and Mingzhe Sun

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2019 19:25

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    The original article was published in BMC Plant Biology 2018 18:234

  5. Content type: Research article

    Rapeseed (Brassica napus, B. napus) is an important oil seed crop in the world. Previous studies showed that seed germination vigor might be correlated with seed oil content in B. napus, but the regulation mechan...

    Authors: Jianwei Gu, Dalin Hou, Yonghong Li, Hongbo Chao, Kai Zhang, Hao Wang, Jun Xiang, Nadia Raboanatahiry, Baoshan Wang and Maoteng Li

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2019 19:21

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    Water stress seriously constrains plant growth and yield. Long non-coding RNAs (lncRNAs) serve as versatile regulators in various biological regulatory processes. To date, the systematic screening and potentia...

    Authors: Qi Yan, Fan Wu, Zhuanzhuan Yan, Jie Li, Tiantian Ma, Yufei Zhang, Yufeng Zhao, Yanrong Wang and Jiyu Zhang

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2019 19:23

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    Real-time RT-PCR has become a common and robust technique to detect and quantify low-abundance mRNA expression and is a prefered tool when examining fungal gene expression in infected host tissues. However, co...

    Authors: Yang Song, Yan Wang, Dandan Guo and Lan Jing

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2019 19:20

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  8. Content type: Research article

    Verticillium wilt (VW), also known as “cotton cancer,” is one of the most destructive diseases in global cotton production that seriously impacts fiber yield and quality. Despite numerous attempts, little sign...

    Authors: Peng-tao Li, Md. Harun or Rashid, Ting-ting Chen, Quan-wei Lu, Qun Ge, Wan-kui Gong, Ai-ying Liu, Ju-wu Gong, Hai-hong Shang, Xiao-ying Deng, Jun-wen Li, Shao-qi Li, Xiang-hui Xiao, Rui-xian Liu, Qi Zhang, Li Duan…

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2019 19:19

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  9. Content type: Research article

    Trichoderma species, a class of plant beneficial fungi, may provide opportunistic symbionts to induce plant tolerance to abiotic stresses. Here, we determined the possible mechanisms responsible for the indole ac...

    Authors: Shuwu Zhang, Yantai Gan and Bingliang Xu

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2019 19:22

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  10. Content type: Research article

    Plant glycerol-3-phosphate dehydrogenase (GPDH) catalyzes the reduction of dihydroxyacetone phosphate (DHAP) to produce glycerol-3-phosphate (G-3-P), and plays a key role in glycerolipid metabolism as well as ...

    Authors: Ying Zhao, Meng Liu, Lin He, Xin Li, Feng Wang, Bowei Yan, Jinpeng Wei, Changjiang Zhao, Zuotong Li and Jingyu Xu

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2019 19:16

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    Despite increasing characterization of DEAD-box RNA helicases (RHs) in chloroplast gene expression regulation at posttranscriptional levels in plants, their functional roles in growth responses of crops, inclu...

    Authors: Ghazala Nawaz and Hunseung Kang

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2019 19:17

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  12. Content type: Research article

    Algal biofuel has a potential for reducing dependence on fossil fuel while curbing CO2 emissions. Despite these potential benefits, a scalable, sustainable, and commercially viable system has not yet been develop...

    Authors: Temesgen Garoma and Ramin E. Yazdi

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2019 19:18

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  13. Content type: Research article

    Plasmodiophora brassicae is a soil-borne plant pathogen that causes clubroot disease, which results in crop yield loss in cultivated Brassica species. Here, we investigated whether a quantitative trait locus (QTL...

    Authors: Rawnak Laila, Jong-In Park, Arif Hasan Khan Robin, Sathishkumar Natarajan, Harshavardhanan Vijayakumar, Kenta Shirasawa, Sachiko Isobe, Hoy-Taek Kim and Ill-Sup Nou

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2019 19:13

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  14. Content type: Research article

    Nitrogen (N) is a major input cost in rice production, in addition to causing severe pollution to agricultural and ecological environments. Root dry weight has been considered the most important component rela...

    Authors: Galal Bakr Anis, Yingxin Zhang, Anowerul Islam, Yue Zhang, Yongrun Cao, Weixun Wu, Liyong Cao and Shihua Cheng

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2019 19:12

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  15. Content type: Research article

    Leaf mold, one of the major diseases of tomato caused by Cladosporium fulvum (C. fulvum), can dramatically reduce the yield and cause multimillion dollar losses annually worldwide. Mapping the resistance genes (R

    Authors: Guan Liu, Tingting Zhao, Xiaoqing You, Jingbin Jiang, Jingfu Li and Xiangyang Xu

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2019 19:15

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  16. Content type: Research article

    Lychnis kiusiana Makino is an endangered perennial herb native to wetland areas in Korea and Japan. Despite its conservational and evolutionary significance, population genetic resources are lacking for this spec...

    Authors: Seongjun Park, Sungwon Son, Myungju Shin, Noriyuki Fujii, Takuji Hoshino and SeonJoo Park

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2019 19:14

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  17. Content type: Research article

    Cryptic peptides (cryptides) are small bioactive molecules generated via degradation of functionally active proteins. Only a few examples of plant cryptides playing an important role in plant defense have been...

    Authors: Igor Fesenko, Regina Azarkina, Ilya Kirov, Andrei Kniazev, Anna Filippova, Ekaterina Grafskaia, Vassili Lazarev, Victor Zgoda, Ivan Butenko, Olga Bukato, Irina Lyapina, Dmitry Nazarenko, Sergey Elansky, Anna Mamaeva, Vadim Ivanov and Vadim Govorun

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2019 19:9

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  18. Content type: Research article

    Although the wound response of plants has been extensively studied, little is known of the rapid occlusion of wounded cell itself. The laticifer in rubber tree is a specific type of tissue for natural rubber b...

    Authors: Minjing Shi, Yan Li, Shunnan Deng, Dongdong Wang, Yueyi Chen, Shuguang Yang, Jilin Wu and Wei-Min Tian

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2019 19:8

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  19. Content type: Research article

    The flowering transition which is controlled by a complex and intricate gene regulatory network plays an important role in the reproduction for offspring of plants. It is a challenge to identify the critical t...

    Authors: Fuping Zhang, Xiaoping Liu, Aidi Zhang, Zhonglin Jiang, Luonan Chen and Xiujun Zhang

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2019 19:11

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  20. Content type: Research article

    Magna Graecia is the ancient name for the modern geopolitical region of South Italy extensively populated by Greek colonizers, shown by archeological and historical evidence to be the oldest wine growing region o...

    Authors: Gabriella De Lorenzis, Francesco Mercati, Carlo Bergamini, Maria Francesca Cardone, Antonio Lupini, Antonio Mauceri, Angelo Raffaele Caputo, Loredana Abbate, Maria Gabriella Barbagallo, Donato Antonacci, Francesco Sunseri and Lucio Brancadoro

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2019 19:7

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  21. Content type: Research article

    Root and butt rot of conifer trees caused by fungi belonging to the Heterobasidion annosum species complex is one of the most economically important fungal diseases in commercial conifer plantations throughout th...

    Authors: Andriy Kovalchuk, Zhen Zeng, Rajendra P. Ghimire, Minna Kivimäenpää, Tommaso Raffaello, Mengxia Liu, Mukrimin Mukrimin, Risto Kasanen, Hui Sun, Riitta Julkunen-Tiitto, Jarmo K. Holopainen and Fred O. Asiegbu

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2019 19:2

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  22. Content type: Review

    The extensive adaptability of polyploidy wheat is attributed to its complex genome, and accurately controlling heading stage is a prime target in wheat breeding process. Wheat heading stage is an essential gro...

    Authors: Chaonan Shi, Lei Zhao, Xiangfen Zhang, Guoguo Lv, Yubo Pan and Feng Chen

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2019 19:6

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  23. Content type: Research article

    Head formation of broccoli (Brassica oleracea var. italica) is greatly reduced under high temperature (22 °C and 27 °C). Broccoli inbred lines that are capable of producing heads at high temperatures in summer ar...

    Authors: Chung-Wen Lin, Shih-Feng Fu, Yu-Ju Liu, Chi-Chien Chen, Ching-Han Chang, Yau-Wen Yang and Hao-Jen Huang

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2019 19:3

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  24. Content type: Research article

    Plants, fungi, and bacteria form complex, mutually-beneficial communities within the soil environment. In return for photosynthetically derived sugars in the form of exudates from plant roots, the microbial sy...

    Authors: Shalaka Shinde, Sarah Zerbs, Frank R. Collart, Jonathan R. Cumming, Philippe Noirot and Peter E. Larsen

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2019 19:4

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  25. Content type: Research article

    Wheat breeding over the last 100 years has increased productivity by adapting genotypes to local conditions, but the genomic changes and selection signals that caused phenotypic change during breeding are esse...

    Authors: Junjie Zhao, Zhiwei Wang, Hongxia Liu, Jing Zhao, Tian Li, Jian Hou, Xueyong Zhang and Chenyang Hao

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2019 19:5

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  26. Content type: Research article

    Stevia rebaudiana produces sweet-tasting steviol glycosides (SGs) in its leaves which can be used as natural sweeteners. Metabolic engineering of Stevia would offer an alternative approach to conventional breedin...

    Authors: Junshi Zheng, Yan Zhuang, Hui-Zhu Mao and In-Cheol Jang

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2019 19:1

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  27. Content type: Research article

    Protein kinases play a key role in plant cell homeostasis and the activation of defense mechanisms. Partial resistance to fungi in plants is interesting because of its durability. However, the variable number ...

    Authors: Yolanda Loarce, Pilar Dongil, Araceli Fominaya, Juan M. González and Esther Ferrer

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2018 18:376

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  28. Content type: Research article

    Basal stem rot (BSR) caused by hemibiotroph Ganoderma boninense is a devastating disease resulting in a major loss to the oil palm industry. Since there is no physical symptom in oil palm at the early stage of G....

    Authors: Mohammad Nazri Abdul Bahari, Nurshafika Mohd Sakeh, Siti Nor Akmar Abdullah, Redzyque Ramza Ramli and Saied Kadkhodaei

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2018 18:377

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  29. Content type: Research article

    Under high plant density, intensifying competition among individual plants led to overconsumption of energy and nutrients and resulted in an almost dark condition in the lower strata of the canopy, which suppr...

    Authors: Shanshan Wei, Xiangyu Wang, Dong Jiang and Shuting Dong

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2018 18:378

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  30. Content type: Research article

    There are clear differences in embryo development between angiosperm and gymnosperm species. Most of the current knowledge on gene expression and regulation during plant embryo development has derived from stu...

    Authors: Andreia S. Rodrigues, José J. De Vega and Célia M. Miguel

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2018 18:379

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  31. Content type: Research article

    Increasing the productivity of rapeseed as one of the widely cultivated oil crops in the world is of upmost importance. As flowering time and plant architecture play a key role in the regulation of rapeseed yi...

    Authors: Smit Shah, Nirosha L. Karunarathna, Christian Jung and Nazgol Emrani

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2018 18:380

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  32. Content type: Research article

    Salinization is a primary abiotic stress constraining global plant growth and production. Weedy rice, though highly homologous to cultivated rice, is more salt tolerant during seed germination and seedling gro...

    Authors: Yuhua Zhang, Jiapeng Fang, Xibao Wu and Liyao Dong

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2018 18:375

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  33. Content type: Research article

    Ubiquitous CCCH nucleic acid-binding motif is found in a wide-variety of organisms. CCCH genes are involved in plant developmental processes and biotic and abiotic stress responses. Brassica rapa is a vital econo...

    Authors: Boyi Pi, Xinghui He, Ying Ruan, Jyan-Chyun Jang and Yong Huang

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2018 18:373

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  34. Content type: Research article

    The precise identification of Winterness/Springness (growth habit) for bread wheat, which is determined by genes involved in vernalization and photoperiod, will contribute to the effective utilization of bread...

    Authors: Shulin Chen, Junsen Wang, Genwang Deng, Long Chen, Xiyong Cheng, Haixia Xu and Kehui Zhan

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2018 18:374

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  35. Content type: Research article

    Floral organs are specified by MADS-domain transcription factors that act in a combinatorial manner, as summarized in the (A)BCE model. However, this evolutionarily conserved model is in contrast to a remarkab...

    Authors: Suzanne de Bruijn, Tao Zhao, Jose M. Muiño, Eric M. Schranz, Gerco C. Angenent and Kerstin Kaufmann

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2018 18:368

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  36. Content type: Research article

    Floral induction is an important stage in the apple tree life cycle. In ‘Nagafu No. 2’, which was derived from a ‘Fuji’ bud sport, flower bud formation is associated with serious problems, such as fewer and in...

    Authors: Xilong Chen, Siyan Qi, Dong Zhang, Youmei Li, Na An, Caiping Zhao, Juan Zhao, Kamran Shah, Mingyu Han and Libo Xing

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2018 18:370

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  37. Content type: Research article

    Roses are important plants for human beings with pivotal economical and biological traits like continuous flowering, flower architecture, color and scent. Due to frequent hybridization and high genome heterozy...

    Authors: Shubin Li, Micai Zhong, Xue Dong, Xiaodong Jiang, Yuxing Xu, Yibo Sun, Fang Cheng, De-zhu Li, Kaixue Tang, Siqing Wang, Silan Dai and Jin-Yong Hu

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2018 18:371

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  38. Content type: Research article

    MicroRNAs (miRNAs) regulate numerous crucial abiotic stress processes in plants. However, information is limited on their involvement in cadmium (Cd) stress response and tolerance mechanisms in plants, includi...

    Authors: Kunmei Chen, Yongting Yu, Kai Sun, Heping Xiong, Chunming Yu, Ping Chen, Jikang Chen, Gang Gao and Aiguo Zhu

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2018 18:369

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  39. Content type: Research article

    GRAS transcription factor (TF) family is unique and numerous in higher plants with diverse functions that involving in plant growth and development processes, such as gibberellin (GA) signal transduction, root...

    Authors: Guiyan Yang, Xiangqian Gao, Kaiheng Ma, Dapei Li, Caixia Jia, Meizhi Zhai and Zhenggang Xu

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2018 18:367

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  40. Content type: Research article

    The pentatricopeptide repeat (PPR) gene family is one of the largest gene families in land plants (450 PPR genes in Arabidopsis, 477 PPR genes in rice and 486 PPR genes in foxtail millet) and is important for pla...

    Authors: Lin Chen, Yong-xiang Li, Chunhui Li, Yunsu Shi, Yanchun Song, Dengfeng Zhang, Yu Li and Tianyu Wang

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2018 18:366

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  41. Content type: Research article

    Bud sport mutants of apple (Malus domestica Borkh.) trees with a highly blushed colouring pattern are mainly caused by the accumulation of anthocyanins in the fruit skin. Hormones are important factors modulating...

    Authors: Wen-Fang Li, Juan Mao, Shi-Jin Yang, Zhi-Gang Guo, Zong-Huan Ma, Mohammed Mujitaba Dawuda, Cun-Wu Zuo, Ming-Yu Chu and Bai-Hong Chen

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2018 18:363

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  42. Content type: Research article

    Foliicolous algae are a common occurrence in tropical forests. They are referable to a few simple morphotypes (unicellular, sarcinoid-like or filamentous), which makes their morphology of limited usefulness fo...

    Authors: Huan Zhu, Shuyin Li, Zhengyu Hu and Guoxiang Liu

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2018 18:365

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  43. Content type: Research article

    Inconsistent pear fruit ripening resulting from variable harvest maturity within tree canopies can contribute to postharvest losses through senescence and spoilage that would otherwise be effectively managed u...

    Authors: Sara Serra, Nathanael Sullivan, James P. Mattheis, Stefano Musacchi and David R. Rudell

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2018 18:364

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  44. Content type: Research article

    Yams (Dioscorea spp.) are economically important food for millions of people in the humid and sub-humid tropics. Dioscorea dumetorum (Kunth) is the most nutritious among the eight-yam species, commonly grown and ...

    Authors: Christian Siadjeu, Eike Mayland-Quellhorst and Dirk C. Albach

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2018 18:359

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  45. Content type: Research article

    Mepiquat chloride (MC) is a plant growth regulator widely used in cotton (Gossypium hirsutum L.) production to suppress excessive vegetative growth, increase root growth and avoid yield losses. To increase root g...

    Authors: Xiaojiao Chen, Man Zhang, Mian Wang, Guiyu Tan, Mingcai Zhang, Yu Xia Hou, Baomin Wang and Zhaohu Li

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2018 18:361

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  46. Content type: Research article

    Melatonin and serotonin are well-known signaling molecules that mediate multiple physiological activities in plants, including stress defense, growth, development, and morphogenesis, but their underlying mecha...

    Authors: Jinpeng Wan, Ping Zhang, Ruling Wang, Liangliang Sun, Qiong Ju and Jin Xu

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2018 18:362

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  47. Content type: Research article

    Grape phylloxera (Daktulosphaira vitifoliae Fitch) is a major insect pest that negatively impacts commercial grapevine performance worldwide. Consequently, the use of phylloxera resistant rootstocks is an essenti...

    Authors: Harley M. Smith, Catherine W. Clarke, Brady P. Smith, Bernadette M. Carmody, Mark R. Thomas, Peter R. Clingeleffer and Kevin S. Powell

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2018 18:360

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  48. Content type: Research article

    Pinellia ternata is a Chinese traditional medicinal herb, used to cure diseases including insomnia, eclampsia and cervical carcinoma, for hundreds of years. Non-self-recognition in multicellular organisms can ini...

    Authors: Hafiz Muhammad Khalid Abbas, Jingshu Xiang, Zahoor Ahmad, Lilin Wang and Wubei Dong

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2018 18:357

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