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  1. Content type: Research article

    Proliferating cell nuclear antigen (PCNA), a conserved trimeric ring complex, is loaded onto replication fork through a hetero-pentameric AAA+ ATPase complex termed replication factor C (RFC) to maintain genom...

    Authors: Jie Qian, Yueyue Chen, Yaxing Xu, Xiufeng Zhang, Zhuang Kang, Jinxia Jiao and Jie Zhao

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2019 19:257

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    Appropriate brassinosteroid (BR) signal strength caused by exogenous application or endogenous regulation of BR-related genes can increase crop yield. However, precise control of BR signals is difficult and ca...

    Authors: Shufen Wang, Jianwei Liu, Tong Zhao, Chenxi Du, Shuming Nie, Yanyu Zhang, Siqi Lv, Shuhua Huang and Xiaofeng Wang

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2019 19:256

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    Understanding the mechanisms of crops in response to elevated CO2 concentrations is pivotal to estimating the impacts of climate change on the global agricultural production. Based on earlier results of the “doub...

    Authors: Yunpu Zheng, Fei Li, Lihua Hao, Jingjin Yu, Lili Guo, Haoran Zhou, Chao Ma, Xixi Zhang and Ming Xu

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2019 19:255

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  4. Content type: Research article

    Asian citrus psyllid (ACP) is the primary vector responsible for the transmission of the phloem-limited bacteria Candidatus Liberibacter spp., associated with huanglongbing (HLB), which causes great loss to the c...

    Authors: Zao-Fa Zhong, Xiao-Juan Zhou, Jin-Bei Lin, Xin-Jun Liu, Jia Shao, Ba-Lian Zhong and Ting Peng

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2019 19:254

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  5. Content type: Research article

    Because of their broad applications in our life, nanoparticles are expected to be present in the environment raising many concerns about their possible adverse effects on the ecosystem of plants. The aim of th...

    Authors: Rami Alkhatib, Batool Alkhatib, Nour Abdo, Laith AL-Eitan and Rebecca Creamer

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2019 19:253

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  6. Content type: Research article

    Thermo-sensitive male-sterility based on Aegilops kotschyi cytoplasm (K-TCMS) plays an important role in hybrid wheat breeding. This has important possible applications in two-line hybrid wheat breeding but the g...

    Authors: Sha Li, Zihan Liu, Yulin Jia, Jiali Ye, Xuetong Yang, Lingli Zhang and Xiyue Song

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2019 19:252

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  7. Content type: Research article

    Compared with annual herbaceous plants, woody perennials require a longer period of juvenile phase to flowering, and many traits can be only expressed in adulthood, which seriously makes the breeding efficienc...

    Authors: Rongkai Wang, Ling Zhu, Yi Zhang, Junfeng Fan and Lingli Li

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2019 19:251

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  8. Content type: Research article

    Cadmium (Cd) is a widespread toxic heavy metal pollutant in agricultural soil, and Cd accumulation in rice grains is a major intake source of Cd for Asian populations that adversely affect human health. Howeve...

    Authors: Zhen Zhen Cao, Xiao Yan Lin, Yong Jie Yang, Mei Yan Guan, Ping Xu and Ming Xue Chen

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2019 19:250

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  9. Content type: Research article

    As an elite japonica rice variety, Kongyu-131 has been cultivated for over 20 years in the third accumulated temperature zone of Heilongjiang Province, China. However, the cultivated area of Kongyu-131 has decrea...

    Authors: Xiaomin Feng, Kangxue Lin, Wenqi Zhang, Jianzong Nan, Xiaohui Zhang, Chen Wang, Rongsheng Wang, Guoqiang Jiang, Qingbo Yuan and Shaoyang Lin

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2019 19:249

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  10. Content type: Research article

    ZF-HD is a family of genes that play an important role in plant growth, development, some studies have found that after overexpression AtZHD1 in Arabidopsis thaliana, florescence advance, the seeds get bigger and...

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

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2019 19:248

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  11. Content type: Research article

    MiRNAs (microRNA) are 18–24 nt endogenous noncoding RNAs that regulate gene expression at the post-transcriptional level, including tissue-specific, developmental timing and evolutionary conservation gene expr...

    Authors: Sufang Zhang, Shanshan Yan, Jiali Zhao, Huanhuan Xiong, Peiqi An, Junhui Wang, Hanguo Zhang and Lei Zhang

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2019 19:247

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  12. Content type: Methodology article

    Rapid-cycling Brassica rapa (RCBr), also known as Wisconsin Fast Plants, are small robust plants with a short lifecycle that are widely used in biology teaching. RCBr have been used for decades but there are no p...

    Authors: Die Hu, Andrew F. Bent, Xilin Hou and Ying Li

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2019 19:246

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  13. Content type: Research article

    Studies have demonstrated that BBX (B-BOX) genes play crucial roles in regulatory networks controlling plant growth, developmental processes and stress response. Nevertheless, comprehensive study of BBX genes in ...

    Authors: Yunpeng Cao, Dandan Meng, Yahui Han, Tianzhe Chen, Chunyan Jiao, Yu Chen, Qing Jin and Yongping Cai

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2019 19:245

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  14. Content type: Research article

    Even though the roles of pentatricopeptide repeat (PPR) proteins are essential in plant organelles, the function of many chloroplast-targeted PPR proteins remains unknown. Here, we characterized the function o...

    Authors: Kwanuk Lee, Su Jung Park, Ji Hoon Han, Young Jeon, Hyun-Sook Pai and Hunseung Kang

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2019 19:244

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  15. Content type: Research article

    Green flesh color, resulting from the accumulation of chlorophyll, is one of the most important commercial traits for the fruits. The genetic network regulating green flesh formation has been studied in tomato...

    Authors: Kailiang Bo, Shuang Wei, Weiping Wang, Han Miao, Shaoyun Dong, Shengping Zhang and Xingfang Gu

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2019 19:243

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  16. Content type: Research article

    Recurrent drought associated with climate change is a major constraint to wheat (Triticum aestivum L.) productivity. This study aimed to (i) quantify the effects of addition/substitution/translocation of chromoso...

    Authors: M. Djanaguiraman, P. V. V. Prasad, J. Kumari, S. K. Sehgal, B. Friebe, I. Djalovic, Y. Chen, K. H. M. Siddique and B. S. Gill

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2019 19:242

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  17. Content type: Research article

    Plant chloroplasts and mitochondria utilize nuclear encoded proteins to replicate their DNA. These proteins are purposely built for replication in the organelle environment and are distinct from those involved...

    Authors: Stewart A. Morley, Antolín Peralta-Castro, Luis G. Brieba, Justin Miller, Kai Li Ong, Perry G. Ridge, Amanda Oliphant, Stephen Aldous and Brent L. Nielsen

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2019 19:241

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  18. Content type: Research article

    Red maple (Acer rubrum L.) is one of the most common and widespread trees with colorful leaves. We found a mutant with red, yellow, and green leaf phenotypes in different branches, which provided ideal materials ...

    Authors: Zhu Chen, Xiaoyu Lu, Yun Xuan, Fei Tang, Jingjing Wang, Dan Shi, Songling Fu and Jie Ren

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2019 19:240

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  19. Content type: Research article

    Ammonium transporters (AMTs), a family of proteins transporting ammonium salt and its analogues, have been studied in many aspects. Although numerous studies have found that ammonium affects the interaction be...

    Authors: Junpeng Jiang, Jing Zhao, Wanlu Duan, Song Tian, Xiaodong Wang, Hua Zhuang, Jing Fu and Zhensheng Kang

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2019 19:239

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  20. Content type: Research article

    Papaya (Carica papaya L.) is a popular climacteric fruit, undergoing various physico-chemical changes during ripening. Although papaya is widely cultivated and consumed, few studies on the changes in metabolism d...

    Authors: Bian Jiang, Siyan Ou, Ling Xu, Wanyi Mai, Meijun Ye, Haiping Gu, Tao Zhang, Changchun Yuan, Chenjia Shen, Jinxiang Wang and Kaidong Liu

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2019 19:238

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  21. Content type: Methodology article

    The Agrobacterium-mediated transient transformation is a versatile and indispensable way of rapid analyzing gene function in plants. Despite this transient expression system has been successfully applied in a num...

    Authors: Kun Liu, Qi Yang, Tianrui Yang, Yang Wu, Guangxia Wang, Feiyun Yang, Ruigang Wang, Xiaofei Lin and Guojing Li

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2019 19:237

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  22. Content type: Research article

    Development and ripening of tomato (Solanum lycopersicum) fruit are important processes for the study of crop biology related to industrial horticulture. Versatile uses of tomato fruit lead to its harvest at vari...

    Authors: Paul Skolik, Camilo L. M. Morais, Francis L. Martin and Martin R. McAinsh

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2019 19:236

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  23. Content type: Research article

    Elymus L. is the largest genus in the tribe Triticeae Dumort., encompassing approximately 150 polyploid perennial species widely distributed in the temperate regions of the world. It is considered to be an import...

    Authors: Zongyu Zhang, Wengang Xie, Yongqiang Zhao, Junchao Zhang, Na Wang, Fabrice Ntakirutimana, Jiajun Yan and Yanrong Wang

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2019 19:235

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  24. Content type: Research article

    YABBY genes play important roles in the growth and polar establishment of lateral organs such as leaves and floral organs in angiosperms. However, the functions of YABBY homologous genes are largely unknown in so...

    Authors: Hui Yang, Guixia Shi, Xiao Li, Dezhou Hu, Yanmei Cui, Jinfeng Hou, Deyue Yu and Fang Huang

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2019 19:234

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  25. Content type: Research article

    Auxin conjugates are hydrolyzed to release free auxin to ensure defined cellular auxin levels or gradients within tissues for proper development or response to environmental signals. The auxin concentration in...

    Authors: Xin Fu, Zihang Shi, Yun Jiang, Lingling Jiang, Mingfang Qi, Tao Xu and Tianlai Li

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2019 19:233

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  26. Content type: Research article

    Compared with white-fleshed sweetpotato (WFSP), purple-fleshed sweetpotato (PFSP) is a desirable resource for functional food development because of the abundant anthocyanin accumulation in its tuberous roots....

    Authors: Liheng He, Ruimin Tang, Xiaowen Shi, Wenbing Wang, Qinghe Cao, Xiayu Liu, Ting Wang, Yan Sun, Hongmei Zhang, Runzhi Li and Xiaoyun Jia

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2019 19:232

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  27. Content type: Research article

    Four-Coumarate:CoA ligase gene (4CL) plays multiple important roles in plant growth and development by catalyzing the formation of CoA ester. 4CL belongs to the plant phenylpropane derivative, which is related to...

    Authors: Xiaohui Chen, Hengtao Wang, Xiaoyi Li, Kai Ma, Yaguang Zhan and Fansuo Zeng

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2019 19:231

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  28. Content type: Research article

    Interspecific hybridisation resulting in polyploidy is one of the major driving forces in plant evolution. Here, we present data from the molecular cytogenetic analysis of three cytotypes of Elytrigia ×mucronata ...

    Authors: Ladislava Paštová, Alexander Belyayev and Václav Mahelka

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2019 19:230

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  29. Content type: Research article

    The close planting of dwarfing self-rooted rootstocks is currently a widely used method for apple production; however, self-rooted rootstocks are weak with shallow roots and poor grounding. Therefore, understa...

    Authors: Zenghui Wang, Jialin Li, Yunfei Mao, Manman Zhang, Rong Wang, Yanli Hu, Zhiquan Mao and Xiang Shen

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2019 19:229

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  30. Content type: Research article

    Some broccoli (Brassica oleracea L. italic) accessions have purple sepals and cold weather would deepen the purple color, while the sepals of other broccoli lines are always green even in cold winter. The related...

    Authors: Huifang Yu, Jiansheng Wang, Xiaoguang Sheng, Zhenqing Zhao, Yusen Shen, Ferdinando Branca and Honghui Gu

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2019 19:228

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  31. Content type: Research article

    Persimmon (Diospyros kaki) is the most economically cultivated species belonging to the genus Diospyros. However, little is known about the interspecific diversity and mechanism of domestication, partly due to th...

    Authors: Changfei Guan, Shuyuan Liu, Mengke Wang, Hao Ji, Xiaofeng Ruan, Renzi Wang and Yong Yang

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2019 19:227

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  32. Content type: Research article

    Repetitive DNA motifs – not coding genetic information and repeated millions to hundreds of times – make up the majority of many genomes. Here, we identify the nature, abundance and organization of all the rep...

    Authors: Qing Liu, Xiaoyu Li, Xiangying Zhou, Mingzhi Li, Fengjiao Zhang, Trude Schwarzacher and John Seymour Heslop-Harrison

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2019 19:226

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  33. Content type: Research article

    Suboptimal root zone temperature (RZT) causes a remarkable reduction in growth of horticultural crops during winter cultivation under greenhouse production. However, limited information is available on the eff...

    Authors: Ali Anwar, Yansu Li, Chaoxing He and Xianchang Yu

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2019 19:225

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  34. Content type: Research article

    Clubroot, caused by Plasmodiophora brassicae Woronin, is a very important disease of Brassica species. Management of clubroot relies heavily on genetic resistance. In a cross of Brassica nigra lines PI 219576 (hi...

    Authors: Adrian Chang, Mebarek Lamara, Yangdou Wei, Hao Hu, Isobel A. P. Parkin, Bruce D. Gossen, Gary Peng and Fengqun Yu

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2019 19:224

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  35. Content type: Research article

    MADS-box genes play crucial roles in plant floral organ formation and plant reproductive development. However, there is still no information on genome-wide identification and classification of MADS-box genes i...

    Authors: Chunmei He, Can Si, Jaime A. Teixeira da Silva, Mingzhi Li and Jun Duan

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2019 19:223

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  36. Content type: Research article

    Forage and turf grasses are routinely cut and grazed upon throughout their lifecycle. When grasses are cut or damaged, they rapidly release a volatile chemical cocktail called green leaf volatiles (GLV). Previ...

    Authors: James E. Dombrowski, Brent A. Kronmiller, Vicky G. Hollenbeck, Adelaide C. Rhodes, John A. Henning and Ruth C. Martin

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2019 19:222

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  37. Content type: Research article

    Drought stress negatively affects plant growth and productivity. Plants sense soil drought at the root level but the underlying mechanisms remain unclear. At the cell level, we aim to reveal the short-term roo...

    Authors: Mégane Couchoud, Christophe Der, Sylvie Girodet, Vanessa Vernoud, Marion Prudent and Nathalie Leborgne-Castel

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2019 19:221

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  38. Content type: Research article

    Brassinosteroids (BRs) play crucial roles in drought tolerance, but the underlying molecular mechanisms remain unclear in the important oilseed and fiber crop, cotton (Gossypium hirsutum L.).

    Authors: Eryong Chen, Xueyan Zhang, Zuoren Yang, Chaojun Zhang, Xiaoqian Wang, Xiaoyang Ge and Fuguang Li

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2019 19:220

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  39. Content type: Research article

    Mature fruit cracking during the normal season in African Pride (AP) atemoya is a major problem in postharvest storage. Our current understanding of the molecular mechanism underlying fruit cracking is limited...

    Authors: Jingjing Chen, Yajie Duan, Yulin Hu, Weiming Li, Dequan Sun, Huigang Hu and Jianghui Xie

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2019 19:219

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  40. Content type: Research article

    Color directly affects fruit quality and consumer preference. In fig syconia, the female flower tissue is contained in a receptacle. Anthocyanin pigmentation of this tissue and the peel differs temporally and ...

    Authors: Ziran Wang, Miaoyu Song, Yunze Li, Shangwu Chen and Huiqin Ma

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2019 19:217

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  41. Content type: Research article

    Adaptation to drought-prone environments requires robust root architecture. Genotypes with a more vigorous root system have the potential to better adapt to soils with limited moisture content. However, root a...

    Authors: Adel H. Abdel-Ghani, Rajiv Sharma, Celestine Wabila, Sidram Dhanagond, Saed J. Owais, Mahmud A. Duwayri, Saddam A. Al-Dalain, Christian Klukas, Dijun Chen, Thomas Lübberstedt, Nicolaus von Wirén, Andreas Graner, Benjamin Kilian and Kerstin Neumann

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2019 19:216

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  42. Content type: Research article

    Sugarcane is a tropical crop that can accumulate high concentration of sucrose in the stem as a storage carbohydrate. For that reason, sugarcane accounts for approximately 75% of all the sugar produced in the ...

    Authors: Leonardo Cardoso Alves, Juan Pablo Portilla Llerena, Paulo Mazzafera and Renato Vicentini

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2019 19:215

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  43. Content type: Research article

    MicroRNA319 (miR319) acts as an essential regulator of gene expression during plant development and under stress conditions. Although the role of miR319a in regulating leaf development has been well studied in...

    Authors: Xiaopu Shi, Fangling Jiang, Junqin Wen and Zhen Wu

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2019 19:214

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  44. Content type: Research article

    Atriplex canescens is a typical C4 secretohalophyte with salt bladders on the leaves. Accumulating excessive Na+ in tissues and salt bladders, maintaining intracellular K+ homeostasis and increasing leaf organic ...

    Authors: Huan Guo, Le Zhang, Yan-Nong Cui, Suo-Min Wang and Ai-Ke Bao

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2019 19:213

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  45. Content type: Research article

    Manganese (Mn), an essential element for plants, can be toxic when present in excess. Stylo (Stylosanthes) is a pioneer tropical legume with great potential for Mn tolerance, but its Mn tolerance mechanisms remai...

    Authors: Pandao Liu, Rui Huang, Xuan Hu, Yidan Jia, Jifu Li, Jiajia Luo, Qin Liu, Lijuan Luo, Guodao Liu and Zhijian Chen

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2019 19:212

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  46. Content type: Research article

    Banana (Musa spp.) is one of the world’s most important fruits and its production is largely limited by diverse stress conditions. SROs (SIMILAR TO RCD-ONE) have important functions in abiotic stress resistance a...

    Authors: Lu Zhang, Dengbo Zhou, Huigang Hu, Weiming Li, Yulin Hu, Jianghui Xie, Shangzhi Huang and Wei Wang

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2019 19:211

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  47. Content type: Research article

    Taxus cuspidata is well known worldwide for its ability to produce Taxol, one of the top-selling natural anticancer drugs. However, current Taxol production cannot match the increasing needs of the market, and no...

    Authors: Xuejun Kuang, Sijie Sun, Jianhe Wei, Ying Li and Chao Sun

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2019 19:210

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  48. Content type: Research article

    By sensing environmental cues indicative of pathogens or herbivores, plants can “prime” appropriate defenses and deploy faster, stronger responses to subsequent attack. Such priming presumably entails costs—el...

    Authors: Eric C. Yip, John F. Tooker, Mark C. Mescher and Consuelo M. De Moraes

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2019 19:209

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  49. Content type: Research article

    Cotton fiber is a single cell that arises from the epidermis of ovule. It is not only a main economic product of cotton, but an ideal material for studying on the growth and development of plant cell. Our prev...

    Authors: Qi Niu, Kunling Tan, Zhenle Zang, Zhongyi Xiao, Kuijun Chen, Mingyu Hu and Ming Luo

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2019 19:208

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