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  1. Heat stress factors (Hsfs) play vital roles in signal transduction pathways operating in responses to environmental stresses. However, Hsf gene family has not been thoroughly explored in tea plant (Camellia sinen...

    Authors: Xuyang Zhang, Wenluan Xu, Dejiang Ni, Mingle Wang and Guiyi Guo

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2020 20:244

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  2. Molecular research revealed that some of the European Calypogeia species described on the basis of morphological criteria are genetically heterogeneous and, in fact, are species complexes. DNA barcoding is alread...

    Authors: Monika Ślipiko, Kamil Myszczyński, Katarzyna Buczkowska, Alina Bączkiewicz, Monika Szczecińska and Jakub Sawicki

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2020 20:243

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  3. Physalis L. is a genus of herbaceous plants of the family Solanaceae, which has important medicinal, edible, and ornamental values. The morphological characteristics of Physalis species are similar, and it is dif...

    Authors: Shangguo Feng, Kaixin Zheng, Kaili Jiao, Yuchen Cai, Chuanlan Chen, Yanyan Mao, Lingyan Wang, Xiaori Zhan, Qicai Ying and Huizhong Wang

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2020 20:242

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  4. Expansins (EXPs) facilitate non-enzymatic cell wall loosening during several phases of plant growth and development including fruit growth, internode expansion, pollen tube growth, leaf and root development, a...

    Authors: Andrés Mayorga-Gómez and Savithri U. Nambeesan

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2020 20:241

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  5. Low temperature is a major factor influencing the growth and development of Chinese jujube (Ziziphus jujuba Mill.) in cold winter and spring. Little is known about the molecular mechanisms enabling jujube to cope...

    Authors: Heying Zhou, Ying He, Yongsheng Zhu, Meiyu Li, Shuang Song, Wenhao Bo, Yingyue Li and Xiaoming Pang

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2020 20:240

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  6. Utilization of heterosis has greatly improved the productivity of many crops worldwide. Understanding the potential molecular mechanism about how hybridization produces superior yield in upland cotton is criti...

    Authors: Kashif Shahzad, Xuexian Zhang, Liping Guo, Tingxiang Qi, Lisheng Bao, Meng Zhang, Bingbing Zhang, Hailin Wang, Huini Tang, Xiuqin Qiao, Juanjuan Feng, Jianyong Wu and Chaozhu Xing

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2020 20:239

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  7. Sheepgrass (Leymus chinensis (Trin.) Tzvel) is a perennial forage grass that can survive extreme freezing winters (− 47.5 °C) in China. In this study, we isolated an unknown function MYB transcription factor gene...

    Authors: Xiaoxia Li, Junting Jia, Pincang Zhao, Xiufang Guo, Shuangyan Chen, Dongmei Qi, Liqin Cheng and Gongshe Liu

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2020 20:238

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  8. Understanding of gravity sensing and response is critical to long-term human habitation in space and can provide new advantages for terrestrial agriculture. To this end, the altered gene expression profile ind...

    Authors: Colin P. S. Kruse, Alexander D. Meyers, Proma Basu, Sarahann Hutchinson, Darron R. Luesse and Sarah E. Wyatt

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2020 20:237

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  9. Rice is a chilling-sensitive crop that would suffer serious damage from low temperatures. Overexpression of the Lsi1 gene (Lsi1-OX) in rice enhances its chilling tolerance. This study revealed that a serine hydro...

    Authors: Changxun Fang, Pengli Zhang, Lanlan Li, Luke Yang, Dan Mu, Xue Yan, Zhong Li and Wenxiong Lin

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2020 20:236

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  10. Cereal grains, including wheat (Triticum aestivum L.), are major sources of food and feed, with wheat being dominant in temperate zones. These end uses exploit the storage reserves in the starchy endosperm of the...

    Authors: Åsa Grimberg, Mark Wilkinson, Per Snell, Rebecca P. De Vos, Irene González-Thuillier, Ahmed Tawfike, Jane L. Ward, Anders S. Carlsson, Peter Shewry and Per Hofvander

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2020 20:235

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  11. Tobacco seed oil could be used as an appropriate feedstock for biodiesel production. However, the high linoleic acid content of tobacco seed oil makes it susceptible to oxidation. Altering the fatty acid profi...

    Authors: Yinshuai Tian, Kai Chen, Xiao Li, Yunpu Zheng and Fang Chen

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2020 20:233

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  12. Tea plant (Camellia sinensis) is one of the most popular non-alcoholic beverages worldwide. In tea, lateral roots (LRs) are the main organ responsible for the absorption of moisture and mineral nutrients from the...

    Authors: Shunkai Hu, Mi Zhang, Yiqing Yang, Wei Xuan, Zhongwei Zou, Emmanuel Arkorful, Yi Chen, Qingping Ma, Anburaj Jeyaraj, Xuan Chen and Xinghui Li

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2020 20:232

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  13. Melatonin can regulate plant growth, development and biotic responses by causing global changes in gene expression; however, the melatonin-induced changes in gene expression via the modification of DNA methyla...

    Authors: Shiwei Gao, Wanyun Ma, Xinning Lyu, Xiaolei Cao and Yuxin Yao

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2020 20:231

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  14. Pumilio RNA-binding proteins are evolutionarily conserved throughout eukaryotes and are involved in RNA decay, transport, and translation repression in the cytoplasm. Although a majority of Pumilio proteins fu...

    Authors: Su Hyun Park, Hyung-Sae Kim, Prakash Jyoti Kalita and Sang-Bong Choi

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2020 20:230

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  15. The axillary bud is an important index of cotton plant-type traits, and the molecular mechanism of axillary bud development in upland cotton has not yet been reported. We obtained a mutant (designated mZ571) w...

    Authors: Jianbin Shi, Ning Wang, Hong Zhou, Qinghua Xu and Gentu Yan

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2020 20:228

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  16. Long noncoding RNAs (lncRNAs) play crucial roles in regulating numerous biological processes in which complicated mechanisms are involved. Nonetheless, little is known about the number, features, sequences, an...

    Authors: Chunlei Zou, Yubo Wang, Bin Wang, Dan Liu, Lei Liu, Zhijia Gai and Caifeng Li

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2020 20:227

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  17. α-Tocopherol is one of the most important vitamin E components present in plant. α-Tocopherol is a potent antioxidant, which can deactivate photoproduced reactive oxygen species (ROS) and prevent lipids from o...

    Authors: Jiangtao Ma, Deyun Qiu, Hongwen Gao, Hongyu Wen, Yudi Wu, Yongzhen Pang, Xuemin Wang and Yuchang Qin

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2020 20:226

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  18. In this study, response surface methodology (RSM) and artificial neural network (ANN) was used to construct the predicted models of linear, quadratic and interactive effects of two independent variables viz. s...

    Authors: Prabhjot Kaur, R. C. Gupta, Abhijit Dey, Tabarak Malik and Devendra Kumar Pandey

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2020 20:225

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  19. Global warming will expand the range of new and invasive pathogens in orchards, and subsequently increase the risk of disease epidemics and economic losses. The development of new resistant plant varieties can...

    Authors: Tomoko Endo, Hiroshi Fujii, Mitsuo Omura and Takehiko Shimada

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2020 20:224

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  20. Expansins (EXPs), a group of proteins that loosen plant cell walls and cellulosic materials, are involved in regulating cell growth and diverse developmental processes in plants. However, the biological functions...

    Authors: Li-Min Lv, Dong-Yun Zuo, Xing-Fen Wang, Hai-Liang Cheng, You-Ping Zhang, Qiao-Lian Wang, Guo-Li Song and Zhi-Ying Ma

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2020 20:223

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  21. Rice yellow mottle virus (RYMV) is a major rice pathogen in Africa. Three resistance genes, i.e. RYMV1, RYMV2 and RYMV3, have been previously described. RYMV1 encodes the translation initiation factor eIF(iso)4G1...

    Authors: Hélène Pidon, Sophie Chéron, Alain Ghesquière and Laurence Albar

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2020 20:222

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  22. Arabinogalactan-proteins (AGPs) are one of the most complex protein families in the plant kingdom and are present in the cell walls of all land plants. AGPs are implicated in diverse biological processes such ...

    Authors: Yuan Zhang, Michael A. Held and Allan M. Showalter

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2020 20:221

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  23. Nitrogen is an essential element for sugarcane growth and development and is generally applied in the form of urea often much more than at recommended rates, causing serious soil degradation, particularly soil...

    Authors: Rajesh Kumar Singh, Pratiksha Singh, Hai-Bi Li, Qi-Qi Song, Dao-Jun Guo, Manoj K. Solanki, Krishan K. Verma, Mukesh K. Malviya, Xiu-Peng Song, Prakash Lakshmanan, Li-Tao Yang and Yang-Rui Li

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2020 20:220

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  24. Phased small interfering RNA (phasiRNA) is primarily derived from the 22-nt miRNA targeting loci. GhMYB2, a gene with potential roles in cotton fiber cell fate determination, is a target gene of miR828 and miR858...

    Authors: Ting Zhao, Xiaoyuan Tao, Menglin Li, Mengtao Gao, Jiedan Chen, Na Zhou, Gaofu Mei, Lei Fang, Linyun Ding, Baoliang Zhou, Tianzhen Zhang and Xueying Guan

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2020 20:219

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  25. Water deficiency is likely to become more frequent and intense as a result of global climate change, which may severely impact agricultural production in the world. The positive effects of melatonin (MEL) on a...

    Authors: Yujie Qiao, Jianhong Ren, Lina Yin, Yijian Liu, Xiping Deng, Peng Liu and Shiwen Wang

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2020 20:218

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  26. Mitogen-activated protein kinase kinase kinases (MAPKKKs) are significant components in the MAPK signal pathway and play essential roles in regulating plants against drought stress. To explore MAPKKK gene family ...

    Authors: Jing-Bo Zhang, Xin-Peng Wang, Ya-Chao Wang, Yi-Hao Chen, Jing-Wen Luo, Deng-Di Li and Xue-Bao Li

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2020 20:217

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  27. Camellia sinensis ‘Huangjinju’ is an albino tea variety developed recently in China. Young leaves of ‘Huangjinju’ demonstrate bright yellow when cultivated under natural sunlight, but regreens under reduced light...

    Authors: Xinfeng Jiang, Hua Zhao, Fei Guo, Xuping Shi, Chuan Ye, Puxiang Yang, Benying Liu and Dejiang Ni

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2020 20:216

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  28. MicroRNAs are important gene expression regulators in plants immune system. Aspergillus flavus is the most common causal agents of aflatoxin contamination in peanuts, but information on the function of miRNA in p...

    Authors: Chuanzhi Zhao, Tingting Li, Yuhan Zhao, Baohong Zhang, Aiqin Li, Shuzhen Zhao, Lei Hou, Han Xia, Shoujin Fan, Jingjing Qiu, Pengcheng Li, Ye Zhang, Baozhu Guo and Xingjun Wang

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2020 20:215

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  29. Members of the cytochrome P450 (CYP450) and UDP-glycosyltransferase (UGT) gene superfamily have been shown to play essential roles in regulating secondary metabolite biosynthesis. However, the systematic ident...

    Authors: Yao Cheng, Hanbing Liu, Xuejiao Tong, Zaimin Liu, Xin Zhang, Dalong Li, Xinmei Jiang and Xihong Yu

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2020 20:214

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  30. Muscadine (Muscadinia rotundifolia) is known as a resistance source to many pests and diseases in grapevine. The genetics of its resistance to two major grapevine pests, the phylloxera D. vitifoliae and the dagge...

    Authors: Bernadette Rubio, Guillaume Lalanne-Tisné, Roger Voisin, Jean-Pascal Tandonnet, Ulysse Portier, Cyril Van Ghelder, Maria Lafargue, Jean-Pierre Petit, Martine Donnart, Benjamin Joubard, Pierre-François Bert, Daciana Papura, Loïc Le Cunff, Nathalie Ollat and Daniel Esmenjaud

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2020 20:213

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  31. Phalaenopsis represents an important cash crop worldwide. Abundant flower colors observed in Phalaenopsis orchids range from red-purple, purple, purple-violet, violet, and violet-blue. However, violet-blue orchid...

    Authors: Che-Yu Liang, Krishna Preethi Rengasamy, Li-Min Huang, Chia-Chi Hsu, Mei-Fen Jeng, Wen-Huei Chen and Hong-Hwa Chen

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2020 20:212

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  32. The tree peony (Paeonia suffruticosa Andr.) cultivar ‘Er Qiao’ is appreciated for its unstable variegated flower coloration, with cyanic and acyanic flowers appearing on different branches of the same plant and o...

    Authors: Yanzhao Zhang, Yanwei Cheng, Shuzhen Xu, Huiping Ma, Jianming Han and Yan Zhang

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2020 20:211

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  33. Most studies of crop salinity tolerance are conducted under short-term stress condition within one growth stage. Understanding of the mechanisms of crop response to long-term salinity stress (LSS) is valuable ...

    Authors: Nadeem Bhanbhro, Binbin Xiao, Lei Han, Huiying Lu, Huan Wang and Chunwu Yang

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2020 20:210

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  34. Flowering is a crucial stage during plant development. Plants may respond to unfavorable conditions by accelerating reproductive processes like flowering. In a recent study, we showed that PRECOCIOUS1 (POCO1) ...

    Authors: Hossein Emami, Abhishek Kumar and Frank Kempken

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2020 20:209

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  35. Agrobacterium rhizogenes-mediated (ARM) transformation is a highly efficient technique for generating composite plants composed of transgenic roots and wild-type shoot, providing a powerful tool for studying root...

    Authors: Ying-lun Fan, Xing-hui Zhang, Li-jing Zhong, Xiu-yuan Wang, Liang-shen Jin and Shan-hua Lyu

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2020 20:208

    Content type: Methodology article

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  36. Plants use light wavelength, intensity, direction and duration to predict imminent seasonal changes and to determine when to initiate physiological and developmental processes. Among them, crop responses to li...

    Authors: Arantxa Monteagudo, Tibor Kiss, Marianna Mayer, Ana M. Casas, Ernesto Igartua and Ildikó Karsai

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2020 20:207

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  37. Fungus infection in staple grains affects the food storage and threatens food security. The Aspergillus flavus is known to infect multiple grains and produce mycotoxin Aflatoxin B1, which is mutagenic, teratogeni...

    Authors: Guomin Han, Cuiping Li, Fangzhi Xiang, Qianqian Zhao, Yang Zhao, Ronghao Cai, Beijiu Cheng, Xuewen Wang and Fang Tao

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2020 20:206

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  38. Many conifer breeding programs are paying increasing attention to breeding for resistance to needle disease due to the increasing importance of climate change. Phenotyping of traits related to resistance has m...

    Authors: Jaroslav Klápště, Heidi S. Dungey, Natalie J. Graham and Emily J. Telfer

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2020 20:205

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  39. Frequent freeze-thaw phenomena, together with widely used deicing salt and intense acid precipitation, often occur in northeastern China, causing damage to various aspects of plants, such as the permeability o...

    Authors: Guozhang Bao, Wenyi Tang, Qirui An, Yaoxin Liu, Jiaqi Tian, Nan Zhao and Saning Zhu

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2020 20:204

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  40. Striga hermonthica (Benth.) parasitism militates against increased maize production and productivity in savannas of sub-Saharan Africa (SSA). Identification of Striga resistance genes is important in developing g...

    Authors: Samuel Adeyemi Adewale, Baffour Badu-Apraku, Richard Olutayo Akinwale, Agre Angelot Paterne, Melaku Gedil and Ana Luísa Garcia-Oliveira

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2020 20:203

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  41. The interactions between Growth-regulating factors (GRFs) and GRF-Interacting Factors (GIFs) have been well demonstrated but it remains unclear whether different combinations of GRF and GIF play distinctive ro...

    Authors: Yuzhu Lu, Yunlong Meng, Jia Zeng, Ying Luo, Zhen Feng, Liying Bian and Suyun Gao

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2020 20:200

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  42. With three origins of holoparasitism, Orobanchaceae provides an ideal system to study the evolution of holoparasitic lifestyle in plants. The evolution of holoparasitism can be revealed by plastid genome degra...

    Authors: Jingfang Chen, Runxian Yu, Jinhong Dai, Ying Liu and Renchao Zhou

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2020 20:199

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  43. Abscisic acid (ABA) and proline play important roles in rice acclimation to different stress conditions. To study whether cross-talk exists between ABA and proline, their roles in rice acclimation to hypoxia, ...

    Authors: Xiaochuang Cao, Longlong Wu, Meiyan Wu, Chunquan Zhu, Qianyu Jin and Junhua Zhang

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2020 20:198

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  44. N is an important macronutrient required for plant development and significantly influences axillary bud outgrowth, which affects tillering and grain yield of rice. However, how different N concentrations affe...

    Authors: Rongna Wang, Junjie Qian, Zhongming Fang and Jihua Tang

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2020 20:197

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  45. Maize is one of the most important staple crops and is widely grown throughout the world. Stalk lodging can cause enormous yield losses in maize production. However, rind penetrometer resistance (RPR), which i...

    Authors: Xiaogang Liu, Xiaojiao Hu, Kun Li, Zhifang Liu, Yujin Wu, Hongwu Wang and Changling Huang

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2020 20:196

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  46. Sclerotinia stem rot (SSR), caused by Sclerotinia sclerotiorum (Lib.) de Bary, is an important cause of yield loss in soybean. Although many papers have reported different loci contributing to partial resistance,...

    Authors: Chiheb Boudhrioua, Maxime Bastien, Davoud Torkamaneh and François Belzile

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2020 20:195

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  47. The mitogen-activated protein kinases (MAPKs), as a part of the MAPKKK-MAPKK-MAPK cascade, play crucial roles in plant development as an intracellular signal transduction pathway to respond various environment...

    Authors: Gang Wang, Ying-hai Liang, Ji-yu Zhang and Zong-Ming ( Max) Cheng

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2020 20:194

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  48. Long noncoding RNAs (lncRNAs) have several known functions involving various biological regulatory processes in plant. However, the possible roles of lncRNAs during peanut seed development have not been fully ...

    Authors: Xingli Ma, Xingguo Zhang, Sy Mamadou Traore, Zeyu Xin, Longlong Ning, Ke Li, Kunkun Zhao, Zhongfeng Li, Guohao He and Dongmei Yin

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2020 20:192

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