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  1. Guar, Cyamopsis tetragonoloba (L.) Taub, is a member of the Leguminosae (Fabaceae) family and is economically the most important of the four species in the genus. The endosperm of guar seed is a rich source of mu...

    Authors: Marina Naoumkina, Ivone Torres-Jerez, Stacy Allen, Ji He, Patrick X Zhao, Richard A Dixon and Gregory D May
    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2007 7:62
  2. Elicitations are considered to be an important strategy towards improved in vitro production of secondary metabolites. In cell cultures, biotic and abiotic elicitors have effectively stimulated the production of ...

    Authors: Shilpa Ramani and Jayabaskaran Chelliah
    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2007 7:61
  3. Hydroperoxide lyase (HPL) is a key enzyme in plant oxylipin metabolism that catalyses the cleavage of polyunsaturated fatty acid hydroperoxides produced by the action of lipoxygenase (LOX) to volatile aldehyde...

    Authors: Stefania De Domenico, Nicolas Tsesmetzis, Gian Pietro Di Sansebastiano, Richard K Hughes, Rod Casey and Angelo Santino
    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2007 7:58
  4. Plastid genome content and protein sequence are highly conserved across land plants and their closest algal relatives. Parasitic plants, which obtain some or all of their nutrition through an attachment to a h...

    Authors: Joel R McNeal, Jennifer V Kuehl, Jeffrey L Boore and Claude W de Pamphilis
    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2007 7:57
  5. Nucleotide binding site-leucine rich repeat (NBS-LRR)-encoding genes comprise the largest class of plant disease resistance genes. The 149 NBS-LRR-encoding genes and the 58 related genes that do not encode LRR...

    Authors: Xiaoping Tan, Blake C Meyers, Alexander Kozik, Marilyn AL West, Michele Morgante, Dina A St Clair, Andrew F Bent and Richard W Michelmore
    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2007 7:56
  6. Alternative splicing (AS) contributes significantly to protein diversity, by selectively using different combinations of exons of the same gene under certain circumstances. One particular type of AS is the use...

    Authors: Wei-Hua Chen, Guanting Lv, Congying Lv, Changqing Zeng and Songnian Hu
    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2007 7:55
  7. Saffron (Crocus sativus L., Iridaceae) flowers have been used as a spice and medicinal plant ever since the Greek-Minoan civilization. The edible part – the stigmas – are commonly considered the most expensive sp...

    Authors: Nunzio D'Agostino, Daniele Pizzichini, Maria Luisa Chiusano and Giovanni Giuliano
    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2007 7:53
  8. Vascular plants respond to pathogens by activating a diverse array of defense mechanisms. Studies with these plants have provided a wealth of information on pathogen recognition, signal transduction and the ac...

    Authors: Inés Ponce de León, Juan Pablo Oliver, Alexandra Castro, Carina Gaggero, Marcel Bentancor and Sabina Vidal
    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2007 7:52
  9. Inorganic polyphosphate (poly P), linear chains of phosphate residues linked by energy rich phosphoanhydride bonds, is found in every cell and organelle and is abundant in algae. Depending on its localization ...

    Authors: Thomas P Werner, Nikolaus Amrhein and Florian M Freimoser
    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2007 7:51
  10. Real-time RT-PCR has become a powerful technique to monitor low-abundance mRNA expression and is a useful tool when examining bacterial gene expression inside infected host tissues. However, correct evaluation...

    Authors: Gunnhild W Takle, Ian K Toth and May B Brurberg
    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2007 7:50
  11. It was proposed that differentially-expressed genes, aside from genetic variations affecting protein processing and functioning, between hybrid and its parents provide essential candidates for studying heteros...

    Authors: Shuhui Song, Hongzhu Qu, Chen Chen, Songnian Hu and Jun Yu
    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2007 7:49
  12. The cyclic nucleotide-gated ion channels (CNGCs) maintain cation homeostasis essential for a wide range of physiological processes in plant cells. However, the precise subcellular locations and trafficking of ...

    Authors: David A Christopher, Tamas Borsics, Christen YL Yuen, Wendy Ullmer, Christine Andème-Ondzighi, Marilou A Andres, Byung-Ho Kang and L Andrew Staehelin
    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2007 7:48
  13. Most transcription factors fulfill their role in complexes and regulate their target genes upon binding to DNA motifs located in upstream regions or introns. To date, knowledge about transcription factor targe...

    Authors: Stefan de Folter, Susan L Urbanus, Lisette GC van Zuijlen, Kerstin Kaufmann and Gerco C Angenent
    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2007 7:47
  14. Fruit coloration of red-skinned grapevines is mainly due to anthocyanin pigments. We analysed a panel of nine cultivars that included extreme phenotypes for berry colour, ranging from green (absence of anthocy...

    Authors: Simone D Castellarin and Gabriele Di Gaspero
    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2007 7:46
  15. The holoparasitic plant genus Cuscuta comprises species with photosynthetic capacity and functional chloroplasts as well as achlorophyllous and intermediate forms with restricted photosynthetic activity and degen...

    Authors: Helena T Funk, Sabine Berg, Karin Krupinska, Uwe G Maier and Kirsten Krause
    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2007 7:45
  16. Association analysis is an alternative way for QTL mapping in ryegrass. So far, knowledge on nucleotide diversity and linkage disequilibrium in ryegrass is lacking, which is essential for the efficiency of ass...

    Authors: Yongzhong Xing, Uschi Frei, Britt Schejbel, Torben Asp and Thomas Lübberstedt
    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2007 7:43
  17. Calcium is commonly involved as intracellular messenger in the transduction by plants of a wide range of biotic stimuli, including signals from pathogenic and symbiotic fungi. Trichoderma spp. are largely used in...

    Authors: Lorella Navazio, Barbara Baldan, Roberto Moscatiello, Anna Zuppini, Sheridan L Woo, Paola Mariani and Matteo Lorito
    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2007 7:41
  18. Molecular genetic maps provide a means to link heritable traits with underlying genome sequence variation. Several genetic maps have been constructed for Brassica species, yet to date, there has been no simple me...

    Authors: Geraldine AC Lim, Erica G Jewell, Xi Li, Timothy A Erwin, Christopher Love, Jacqueline Batley, German Spangenberg and David Edwards
    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2007 7:40
  19. Microarray technologies now belong to the standard functional genomics toolbox and have undergone massive development leading to increased genome coverage, accuracy and reliability. The number of experiments e...

    Authors: Nikoleta Dupl'áková, David Reňák, Patrik Hovanec, Barbora Honysová, David Twell and David Honys
    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2007 7:39
  20. Proper development of plastids in embryo and seedling tissues is critical for plant development. During germination, plastids develop to perform many critical functions that are necessary to establish the seed...

    Authors: Nicholas J Ruppel and Roger P Hangarter
    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2007 7:37
  21. Simple sequence repeat (SSR) markers are highly informative and widely used for genetic and breeding studies in several plant species. They are used for cultivar identification, variety protection, as anchor m...

    Authors: Torben Asp, Ursula K Frei, Thomas Didion, Klaus K Nielsen and Thomas Lübberstedt
    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2007 7:36
  22. The hypersensitive necrosis response (HR) of resistant plants to avirulent pathogens is a form of programmed cell death in which the plant sacrifices a few cells under attack, restricting pathogen growth into ...

    Authors: Sonja Vorwerk, Celine Schiff, Marjorie Santamaria, Serry Koh, Marc Nishimura, John Vogel, Chris Somerville and Shauna Somerville
    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2007 7:35
  23. Translation initiation factors of the 4E and 4G protein families mediate resistance to several RNA plant viruses in the natural diversity of crops. Particularly, a single point mutation in melon eukaryotic tra...

    Authors: Cristina Nieto, Florence Piron, Marion Dalmais, Cristina F Marco, Enrique Moriones, Ma Luisa Gómez-Guillamón, Verónica Truniger, Pedro Gómez, Jordi Garcia-Mas, Miguel A Aranda and Abdelhafid Bendahmane
    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2007 7:34
  24. Metal hyperaccumulators, including various Thlaspi species, constitutively express the putative metal transporter MTP1 to high levels in shoots. Here we present data on the transcriptional regulation and localiza...

    Authors: Balasubramaniam Muthukumar, Bakhtiyor Yakubov and David E Salt
    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2007 7:32
  25. Cell elongation is mainly limited by the extensibility of the cell wall. Dicotyledonous primary (growing) cell walls contain cellulose, xyloglucan, pectin and proteins, but little is known about how each polym...

    Authors: Paul Derbyshire, Maureen C McCann and Keith Roberts
    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2007 7:31
  26. Tef [Eragrostis tef (Zucc.) Trotter] is the major cereal crop in Ethiopia. Tef is an allotetraploid with a base chromosome number of 10 (2n = 4× = 40) and a genome size of 730 Mbp. The goal of this study was to i...

    Authors: Ju-Kyung Yu, Elizabeth Graznak, Flavio Breseghello, Hailu Tefera and Mark E Sorrells
    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2007 7:30
  27. Musa species contain the fourth most important crop in developing countries. Here, we report the analysis of 6,252 BAC end-sequences, in order to view the sequence composition of the Musa acuminata genome in a co...

    Authors: Foo Cheung and Christopher D Town
    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2007 7:29
  28. Somatic embryogenesis (SE) is an asexual propagation pathway requiring a somatic-to-embryonic transition of differentiated somatic cells toward embryogenic cells capable of producing embryos in a process resem...

    Authors: Sylvain Legrand, Theo Hendriks, Jean-Louis Hilbert and Marie-Christine Quillet
    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2007 7:27
  29. The eukaryotic TOR pathway controls translation, growth and the cell cycle in response to environmental signals such as nutrients or growth-stimulating factors. The TOR protein kinase can be inactivated by the...

    Authors: Rodnay Sormani, Lei Yao, Benoît Menand, Najla Ennar, Cécile Lecampion, Christian Meyer and Christophe Robaglia
    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2007 7:26
  30. The economic and biological implications of plant invasion are overwhelming; however, the processes by which plants become successful invaders are not well understood. Limited genetic resources are available f...

    Authors: Amanda K Broz, Corey D Broeckling, Ji He, Xinbin Dai, Patrick X Zhao and Jorge M Vivanco
    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2007 7:25
  31. Endogenous pararetroviral sequences (EPRVs) are a recently discovered class of repetitive sequences that is broadly distributed in the plant kingdom. The potential contribution of EPRVs to plant pathogenicity ...

    Authors: Christina Staginnus, Wolfgang Gregor, M Florian Mette, Chee How Teo, Eduviges Glenda Borroto-Fernández, Margit Laimer da Câmara Machado, Marjori Matzke and Trude Schwarzacher
    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2007 7:24
  32. This study aimed to analyze the efficiency of three new microsatellite multiplex panels, which were designed to evaluate a total of 16 loci of the rice genome, based on single PCR reactions of each panel. A sa...

    Authors: Marco Pessoa-Filho, André Beló, António AN Alcochete, Paulo HN Rangel and Márcio E Ferreira
    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2007 7:23
  33. Cotton (Gossypium hirsutum L.) fibers are trichomes that initiate from the ovule epidermis. Little is known about the developmental pathway causing fiber to differentiate from ovular epidermal cells even though l...

    Authors: Earl W Taliercio and Deborah Boykin
    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2007 7:22
  34. Rhizobia symbionts elicit root nodule formation in leguminous plants. Nodule development requires local accumulation of auxin. Both plants and rhizobia synthesise auxin. We have addressed the effects of bacter...

    Authors: Youry Pii, Massimo Crimi, Giorgia Cremonese, Angelo Spena and Tiziana Pandolfini
    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2007 7:21
  35. The plant hormone auxin exerts many of its effects on growth and development by controlling transcription of downstream genes. The Arabidopsis gene AXR3/IAA17 encodes a member of the Aux/IAA family of auxin respo...

    Authors: Mimi Tanimoto, Jemma Jowett, Petra Stirnberg, Dean Rouse and Ottoline Leyser
    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2007 7:20
  36. Rice is both a food source for a majority of the world's population and an important model system. Available functional genomics resources include targeted insertion mutagenesis and transgenic tools. While the...

    Authors: Bradley J Till, Jennifer Cooper, Thomas H Tai, Peter Colowit, Elizabeth A Greene, Steven Henikoff and Luca Comai
    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2007 7:19
  37. AtNHX1, the most abundant vacuolar Na+/H+ antiporter in Arabidopsis thaliana, mediates the transport of Na+ and K+ into the vacuole, influencing plant development and contributing to salt tolerance. In this repor...

    Authors: Jordan B Sottosanto, Yehoshua Saranga and Eduardo Blumwald
    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2007 7:18
  38. Several members of the R2R3-MYB family of transcription factors act as regulators of lignin and phenylpropanoid metabolism during wood formation in angiosperm and gymnosperm plants. The angiosperm Arabidopsis has...

    Authors: Frank Bedon, Jacqueline Grima-Pettenati and John Mackay
    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2007 7:17
  39. Receptor-like kinases are a prominent class of surface receptors that regulate many aspects of the plant life cycle. Despite recent advances the function of most receptor-like kinases remains elusive. Therefor...

    Authors: Banu Eyüboglu, Karen Pfister, Georg Haberer, David Chevalier, Angelika Fuchs, Klaus FX Mayer and Kay Schneitz
    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2007 7:16
  40. Raspberry breeding programmes worldwide aim to produce improved cultivars to satisfy market demands and within these programmes there are many targets, including increased fruit quality, yield and season, and ...

    Authors: Daniel J Sargent, Felicidad Fernández-Fernández, Alicja Rys, Victoria H Knight, David W Simpson and Kenneth R Tobutt
    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2007 7:15
  41. Cynara cardunculus L. is an edible plant of pharmaceutical interest, in particular with respect to the polyphenolic content of its leaves. It includes three taxa: globe artichoke, cultivated cardoon, and wild car...

    Authors: Cinzia Comino, Sergio Lanteri, Ezio Portis, Alberto Acquadro, Annalisa Romani, Alain Hehn, Romain Larbat and Frédéric Bourgaud
    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2007 7:14
  42. MicroRNAs (miRNAs) are regulatory RNA molecules that are specified by their mode of action, the structure of primary transcripts, and their typical size of 20–24 nucleotides. Frequently, not only single miRNAs...

    Authors: Isam Fattash, Björn Voß, Ralf Reski, Wolfgang R Hess and Wolfgang Frank
    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2007 7:13

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