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  1. Content type: Research article

    NCA1 (NO CATALASE ACTIVITY 1) was recently identified in Arabidopsis as a chaperone protein to regulate catalase (CAT) activity through maintaining the folding of CAT. The gene exists mainly in higher plants; som...

    Authors: Jianzhe Liu, Lili Cui, Zongwang Xie, Zhisheng Zhang, Ee Liu and Xinxiang Peng

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2019 19:105

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    During pollen wall formation in flowering plants, a conserved metabolon consisting of acyl-CoA synthetase (ACOS), polyketide synthase (PKS) and tetraketide α-pyrone reductase (TKPR), is required for sporopolle...

    Authors: Dawei Xu, Shuying Qu, Matthew R. Tucker, Dabing Zhang, Wanqi Liang and Jianxin Shi

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2019 19:104

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    Only a small percentage of the genome sequence is involved in regulation of gene expression, but to biochemically identify this portion is expensive and laborious. In species like maize, with diverse intergeni...

    Authors: María Katherine Mejía-Guerra and Edward S. Buckler

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2019 19:103

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    Elymus nutans and E. sibiricus are two important forage grasses of the genus Elymus. But they are difficult to grow for commercial seed production due to serious seed shattering. We conducted a comparative transc...

    Authors: Yongqiang Zhao, Junchao Zhang, Zongyu Zhang and Wengang Xie

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2019 19:102

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    Valencene is a major sesquiterpene in citrus oil and biosynthesized by valencene synthase (Cstps1; EC: 4.2.3.73) from the 15-carbon substrate farnesyl diphosphate. It is abundant in juice of some mandarins (e.g.

    Authors: Qibin Yu, Ming Huang, Hongge Jia, Yuan Yu, Anne Plotto, Elizabeth A. Baldwin, Jinhe Bai, Nian Wang and Frederick G. Gmitter Jr

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2019 19:101

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  6. Content type: Research article

    MicroRNA (miRNA) are key players in regulating expression of target genes at post-transcriptional level. A number of miRNAs are implicated in modulating tolerance to various abiotic stresses. Waterlogging is a...

    Authors: Yabing Hou, Fangling Jiang, Xiaolan Zheng and Zhen Wu

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2019 19:100

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  7. Content type: Research article

    Adventitious roots (ARs) are roots that are generated from nonrooting tissues. ARs are usually produced both during normal development and in response to stress conditions, such as flooding, nutrient deprivati...

    Authors: Yan Zhang, Zheng’ang Xiao, Chang Zhan, Meifeng Liu, Wenxiu Xia and Nian Wang

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2019 19:99

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  8. Content type: Research article

    Dry pea production has increased substantially in North America over the last few decades. With this expansion, significant yield losses have been attributed to an escalation in Fusarium root rots in pea field...

    Authors: Clarice J. Coyne, Lyndon D. Porter, Gilles Boutet, Yu Ma, Rebecca J. McGee, Angélique Lesné, Alain Baranger and Marie-Laure Pilet-Nayel

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2019 19:98

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  9. Content type: Research article

    Regulation of lignin biosynthesis is known to occur at the level of transcription factors (TFs), of which R2R3-MYB family members have been proposed to play a central role via the AC cis-elements. Despite the imp...

    Authors: Lin Zheng, Yajuan Chen, Dong Ding, Ying Zhou, Liping Ding, Jianhua Wei and Hongzhi Wang

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2019 19:97

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  10. Content type: Research article

    Plants are sessile organisms and are unable to relocate to favorable locations under extreme environmental conditions. Hence they have no choice but to acclimate and eventually adapt to the severe conditions t...

    Authors: Aditya Lahiri, Priyadharshini S. Venkatasubramani and Aniruddha Datta

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2019 19:96

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  11. Content type: Research article

    Seeds of domesticated barley are grouped into two distinct types, which differ in morphology. Caryopses covered by adaxial (palea) and abaxial (lemma) hulls that tightly adhere to the pericarp at maturity give ri...

    Authors: Celestine Wabila, Kerstin Neumann, Benjamin Kilian, Volodymyr Radchuk and Andreas Graner

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2019 19:95

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  12. Content type: Research article

    Insufficient production of flower buds is an intractable problem in ‘Fuji’ apple orchards. Although cytokinin (CK) promotes flower bud formation in apple trees, little is known about the mechanisms regulating ...

    Authors: Youmei Li, Dong Zhang, Na An, Sheng Fan, Xiya Zuo, Xin Zhang, Lizhi Zhang, Cai Gao, Mingyu Han and Libo Xing

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2019 19:93

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  13. Content type: Research article

    Hydrogen cyanide (HCN) is a small gaseous molecule that is predominantly produced as an equimolar co-product of ethylene (ET) biosynthesis in plants. The function of ET is of great concern and is well studied;...

    Authors: Lulu Yu, Yang Liu and Fei Xu

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2019 19:92

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    Previously, we demonstrated that pollen chamber formation (PCF) in G. biloba ovules was a process of programmed cell death (PCD) within the nucellar cells at the micropylar end. However, the signal triggering the...

    Authors: Dahui Li, Di Wu, Shizhou Li, Ning Guo, Junshan Gao, Xu Sun and Yongping Cai

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2019 19:91

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  15. Content type: Research article

    NIN-LIKE PROTEIN (NLP) transcription factors are master regulators of nitrate-inducible gene expression in higher plants. NLP transcription factors contain a nitrate signal-responsive domain in the amino-termi...

    Authors: Mineko Konishi and Shuichi Yanagisawa

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2019 19:90

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  16. Content type: Research article

    HMA4 transporters are involved in the transport and binding of divalent heavy metals (Cd, Zn, Pb [lead] and Co [cobalt]). In general, as efflux pumps, HMA4 transporters can increase the heavy metal tolerance o...

    Authors: Jianwu Wang, Shuang Liang, Weiwei Xiang, Huiping Dai, Yizhong Duan, Furen Kang and Tuanyao Chai

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2019 19:89

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  17. Content type: Research article

    Zygophyllum xanthoxylum is a succulent xerophyte with remarkable tolerance to diverse abiotic stresses. Previous studies have revealed important physiological mechanisms and identified functional genes associated...

    Authors: Hongju Yin, Mengzhan Li, Dingding Li, Sardar-Ali Khan, Shelley R. Hepworth and Suo-Min Wang

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2019 19:88

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  18. Content type: Research article

    Phosphorus (P) fixation on aluminum (Al) and iron (Fe) oxides in soil clays restricts P availability for crops cultivated on highly weathered tropical soils, which are common in developing countries. Hence, P ...

    Authors: Karine C. Bernardino, Maria Marta Pastina, Cícero B. Menezes, Sylvia M. de Sousa, Laiane S. Maciel, Geraldo Carvalho Jr, Claudia T. Guimarães, Beatriz A. Barros, Luciano da Costa e Silva, Pedro C. S. Carneiro, Robert E. Schaffert, Leon V. Kochian and Jurandir V. Magalhaes

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2019 19:87

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  19. Content type: Research article

    Brassinosteroids (BRs) play a crucial role in plant vegetative growth and reproductive development. The transcription factors BZR1 and BES1/BZR2 are well characterized as downstream regulators of the BR signal...

    Authors: Li Song, Wei Chen, Biao Wang, Qiu-Ming Yao, Babu Valliyodan, Ming-Yi Bai, Ming-Zhe Zhao, Heng Ye, Zhi-Yong Wang and Henry T. Nguyen

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2019 19:86

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  20. Content type: Research article

    As a class of natural antioxidants in plants, fruit flavonol metabolites are beneficial to human health. However, the regulatory networks for flavonol biosynthesis in most fruits are largely unknown. Previousl...

    Authors: Rui Zhai, Yingxiao Zhao, Meng Wu, Jie Yang, Xieyu Li, Hanting Liu, Ting Wu, Fangfang Liang, Chengquan Yang, Zhigang Wang, Fengwang Ma and Lingfei Xu

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2019 19:85

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  21. Content type: Research article

    AP2/ERF transcription factors perform indispensable functions in various biological processes, such as plant growth, development, biotic and abiotic stresses responses. The AP2/ERF transcription factor family has...

    Authors: Moyang Liu, Wenjun Sun, Zhaotang Ma, Tianrun Zheng, Li Huang, Qi Wu, Gang Zhao, Zizhong Tang, Tongliang Bu, Chenglei Li and Hui Chen

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2019 19:84

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  22. Content type: Research article

    Cytokinin is a negative regulator of root growth, and a reduction of the cytokinin content or signalling causes the formation a larger root system in model plants, improves their growth under drought and nutri...

    Authors: Erika Nehnevajova, Eswarayya Ramireddy, Andrea Stolz, Maria Gerdemann-Knörck, Ondřej Novák, Miroslav Strnad and Thomas Schmülling

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2019 19:83

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  23. Content type: Research article

    There exist differences in morphological traits and phytochemical compositions between field- and mountain-cultivated Panax ginseng (FCG and MCG), which might be attributed to variations of terpenoids metabolism ...

    Authors: Hang Fan, Ke Li, Fan Yao, Liwei Sun and Yujun Liu

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2019 19:82

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  24. Content type: Research article

    Collenchyma cells occur widely in eudicotyledons and provide mechanical support for growing organs. At maturity, the cells are elongated and have thick, non-lignified walls, which in celery contain cellulose a...

    Authors: Da Chen, Laurence D. Melton, Zoran Zujovic and Philip J. Harris

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2019 19:81

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  25. Content type: Research article

    Continuous cropping stress involves such factors as biological barriers, allelopathic autotoxicity, deterioration of soil physicochemical properties, and soil fertility imbalance and is regarded as a kind of c...

    Authors: Xilong Liang, Xue Hou, Jianying Li, Yiqiang Han, Yuxian Zhang, Naijie Feng, Jidao Du, Wenhui Zhang, Dianfeng Zheng and Shumei Fang

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2019 19:79

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  26. Content type: Research article

    MiRNAs have emerged as key regulators of stress response in plants, suggesting their potential as candidates for knock-in/out to improve stress tolerance in agricultural crops. Although diverse assays have bee...

    Authors: Alejandro Sanz-Carbonell, María Carmen Marques, Antonio Bustamante, Mario A. Fares, Guillermo Rodrigo and Gustavo Gomez

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2019 19:78

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  27. Content type: Research article

    Clementine mandarin (Citrus clementina Hort. ex Tan.) is one of the most famous and widely grown citrus cultivars worldwide. Variations in relation to the composition and distribution of repetitive DNA sequences ...

    Authors: Honghong Deng, Suqiong Xiang, Qigao Guo, Weiwei Jin, Zexi Cai and Guolu Liang

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2019 19:77

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  28. Content type: Research article

    Magnesium (Mg)-deficiency is one of the most prevalent physiological disorders causing a reduction in Citrus yield and quality. ‘Xuegan’ (Citrus sinensis) seedlings were irrigated for 16 weeks with nutrient solut...

    Authors: Yan-Tong Cai, Han Zhang, Yi-Ping Qi, Xin Ye, Zeng-Rong Huang, Jiu-Xin Guo, Li-Song Chen and Lin-Tong Yang

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2019 19:76

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  29. Content type: Research article

    Lipoxygenases (LOXs) play significant roles in abiotic stress responses, and identification of LOX gene promoter function can make an important contribution to elucidating resistance mechanisms. Here, we cloned t...

    Authors: Chenghui Wang, Ge Gao, Songxiao Cao, Qunjie Xie and Hongyan Qi

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2019 19:75

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  30. Content type: Research

    Leaves of Poaceae have a unique morphological feature: they consist of a proximal sheath and a distal blade separated by a ligular region. The sheath provides structural support and protects young developing l...

    Authors: Alina E. Dresvyannikova, Nobuyoshi Watanabe, Alexander F. Muterko, Alexander A. Krasnikov, Nikolay P. Goncharov and Oxana B. Dobrovolskaya

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2019 19(Suppl 1):55

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    This article is part of a Supplement: Volume 19 Supplement 1

  31. Content type: Research

    Flax (Linum usitatissimum L.) is grown for fiber and seed production. Unfavorable environments, such as nutrient deficiency and non-optimal soil acidity, decrease the quantity and quality of yield. Cultivation of...

    Authors: Alexey A. Dmitriev, George S. Krasnov, Tatiana A. Rozhmina, Alexander V. Zyablitsin, Anastasiya V. Snezhkina, Maria S. Fedorova, Elena N. Pushkova, Parfait Kezimana, Roman O. Novakovskiy, Liubov V. Povkhova, Marina I. Smirnova, Olga V. Muravenko, Nadezhda L. Bolsheva, Anna V. Kudryavtseva and Nataliya V. Melnikova

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2019 19(Suppl 1):54

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    This article is part of a Supplement: Volume 19 Supplement 1

  32. Content type: Research

    The variation in structure and function of gene regulatory networks (GRNs) participating in organisms development is a key for understanding species-specific evolutionary strategies. Even the tiniest modificat...

    Authors: Alexey V. Doroshkov, Dmitrii K. Konstantinov, Dmitrij A. Afonnikov and Konstantin V. Gunbin

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2019 19(Suppl 1):53

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    This article is part of a Supplement: Volume 19 Supplement 1

  33. Content type: Research

    Anthocyanins are plants secondary metabolites important for plant adaptation to severe environments and potentially beneficial to human health. Purple colour of barley grain is caused by the pigments synthesiz...

    Authors: Elena I. Gordeeva, Anastasiya Yu. Glagoleva, Tatjana V. Kukoeva, Elena K. Khlestkina and Olesya Yu. Shoeva

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2019 19(Suppl 1):52

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    This article is part of a Supplement: Volume 19 Supplement 1

  34. Content type: Research

    More than 70 cytoplasmic male sterility (CMS) types have been identified in Helianthus, but only for less than half of them, research of mitochondrial organization has been conducted. Moreover, complete mitochond...

    Authors: Maksim S. Makarenko, Alexander V. Usatov, Tatiana V. Tatarinova, Kirill V. Azarin, Maria D. Logacheva, Vera A. Gavrilova and Renate Horn

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2019 19(Suppl 1):51

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    This article is part of a Supplement: Volume 19 Supplement 1

  35. Content type: Research

    Myc-like regulatory factors carrying the basic helix–loop–helix (bHLH) domain belong to a large superfamily of transcriptional factors (TFs) present in all eukaryotic kingdoms. In plants, the representatives o...

    Authors: Ksenia V. Strygina and Elena K. Khlestkina

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2019 19(Suppl 1):50

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    This article is part of a Supplement: Volume 19 Supplement 1

  36. Content type: Research

    Transcriptome map is a powerful tool for a variety of biological studies; transcriptome maps that include different organs, tissues, cells and stages of development are currently available for at least 30 plan...

    Authors: Anna V. Klepikova, Ivan V. Kulakovskiy, Artem S. Kasianov, Maria D. Logacheva and Aleksey A. Penin

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2019 19(Suppl 1):49

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    This article is part of a Supplement: Volume 19 Supplement 1

  37. Content type: Research article

    Na+ extrusion from cells is important for plant growth in high saline environments. SOS1 (salt overly sensitive 1), an Na+/H+ antiporter located in the plasma membrane (PM), functions in toxic Na+ extrusion from ...

    Authors: Yafei Fan, Xiaochang Yin, Qing Xie, Youquan Xia, Zhenyu Wang, Jie Song, Yang Zhou and Xingyu Jiang

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2019 19:74

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  38. Content type: Research article

    The development and ripening of fresh fruits is an important trait for agricultural production and fundamental research. Almost all plant hormones participate in this process. Strigolactones (SLs) are a new cl...

    Authors: Han Wu, Huihui Li, Hong Chen, Qi Qi, Qiangqiang Ding, Juan Xue, Jing Ding, Xiangning Jiang, Xilin Hou and Yi Li

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2019 19:73

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  39. Content type: Research article

    Drought is an important constraint on grapevine sustainability. Vitis riparia, widely used in rootstock and scion breeding, has been studied in isolated leaf drying response studies; however, it is essential to i...

    Authors: Vedbar Singh Khadka, Kimberley Vaughn, Juan Xie, Padmapriya Swaminathan, Qin Ma, Grant R. Cramer and Anne Y. Fennell

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2019 19:72

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  40. Content type: Research article

    Bilberry (Vaccinium myrtillus L.) is one of the most abundant wild berries in the Northern European ecosystems. This species plays an important ecological role as a food source for many vertebrate and invertebrat...

    Authors: Rafael Fonseca Benevenuto, Tarald Seldal, Stein Joar Hegland, Cesar Rodriguez-Saona, Joseph Kawash and James Polashock

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2019 19:70

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  41. Content type: Research article

    Grape leaves provide the biochemical substrates for berry development. Thus, understanding the regulation of grapevine leaf metabolism can aid in discerning processes fundamental to fruit development and berry...

    Authors: Asfaw Degu, Uri Hochberg, Darren C. J. Wong, Giorgio Alberti, Naftali Lazarovitch, Enrico Peterlunger, Simone D. Castellarin, Jose C. Herrera and Aaron Fait

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2019 19:69

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  42. Content type: Research article

    Development of crop cultivars with high low nitrogen (LN) tolerance or nitrogen use efficiency (NUE) is imperative for sustainable agriculture development. Tibetan wild barley is rich in genetic diversity and ...

    Authors: Xiaoyan Quan, Jianbin Zeng, Guang Chen and Guoping Zhang

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2019 19:68

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  43. Content type: Research article

    Soil salinization is one of the most crucial abiotic stresses that limit the growth and production of eggplant. The existing researches in eggplant were mostly focused on salt-induced morphological, biochemica...

    Authors: Jing Li, Zhen Gao, Lu Zhou, Linzhi Li, Junhao Zhang, Yang Liu and Huoying Chen

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2019 19:67

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  44. Content type: Research article

    Soil salinity is one of the major serious factors that affect agricultural productivity of almost all crops worldwide, including the important oilseed crop sesame. In order to improve salinity resistance in se...

    Authors: Yujuan Zhang, Donghua Li, Rong Zhou, Xiao Wang, Komivi Dossa, Linhai Wang, Yanxin Zhang, Jingyin Yu, Huihui Gong, Xiurong Zhang and Jun You

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2019 19:66

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  45. Content type: Research article

    Thermo-sensitive genetic male sterile (TGMS) lines have been widely used in two-line hybrid rice breeding. The two-line hybrids have increased rice yields substantially. However, the effect of environmental te...

    Authors: Siyao Wang, Qingyuan Tian, Shiqi Zhou, Dandan Mao and Liangbi Chen

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2019 19:65

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  46. Content type: Research article

    Long non-coding RNAs (lncRNAs) are transcripts more than 200 bp in length do not encode proteins. Up to the present, it has been reported that lncRNAs play an essential role in developmental processes through ...

    Authors: Xinxin Wu, Ting Shi, Shahid Iqbal, Yong Zhang, Lin Liu and Zhihong Gao

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2019 19:64

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  47. Content type: Research article

    Drought and nitrogen (N) deficiency are two major limiting factors for forest productivity in many ecosystems. Elucidating the mechanisms underlying the influence of soil N availability on drought responses of...

    Authors: Junyu Song, Yang Wang, Yuehan Pan, Jiayin Pang, Xin Zhang, Junfeng Fan and Yi Zhang

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2019 19:63

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