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  1. Sealed Chlamydomonas reinhardtii cultures evolve significant amounts of hydrogen gas under conditions of sulfur depletion. However, the eukaryotic green alga goes through drastic metabolic changes during this nut...

    Authors: Thilo Rühle, Anja Hemschemeier, Anastasios Melis and Thomas Happe
    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2008 8:107
  2. Plant genetic resources (PGR) are the basic raw materials for future genetic progress and an insurance against unforeseen threats to agricultural production. An extensive characterization of PGR provides an op...

    Authors: Hari D Upadhyaya, Sangam L Dwivedi, Michael Baum, Rajeev K Varshney, Sripada M Udupa, Cholenahalli LL Gowda, David Hoisington and Sube Singh
    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2008 8:106
  3. Plants from temperate regions are able to withstand freezing temperatures due to a process known as cold acclimation, which is a prior exposure to low, but non-freezing temperatures. During acclimation, a larg...

    Authors: Heather I McKhann, Carine Gery, Aurélie Bérard, Sylvie Lévêque, Ellen Zuther, Dirk K Hincha, S De Mita, Dominique Brunel and Evelyne Téoulé
    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2008 8:105
  4. The levels of soluble sugars, such as glucose and sucrose, help regulate many plant metabolic, physiological and developmental processes. Genetic screens are helping identify some of the loci involved in plant...

    Authors: Yadong Huang, Chun Yao Li, Kelly D Biddle and Susan I Gibson
    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2008 8:104
  5. Sorghum [Sorghum bicolor (L.) Moench] is ranked as the fifth most important grain crop and serves as a major food staple and fodder resource for much of the world, especially in arid and semi-arid regions. The re...

    Authors: Zhanguo Xin, Ming Li Wang, Noelle A Barkley, Gloria Burow, Cleve Franks, Gary Pederson and John Burke
    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2008 8:103
  6. Rice (Oryza sativa) productivity is adversely impacted by numerous biotic and abiotic factors. An approximate 52% of the global production of rice is lost annually owing to the damage caused by biotic factors, of...

    Authors: Bharathi Yarasi, Vijayakumar Sadumpati, China Pasalu Immanni, Dasavantha Reddy Vudem and Venkateswara Rao Khareedu
    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2008 8:102
  7. There is no dedicated database available for Expressed Sequence Tags (EST) of the chili pepper (Capsicum annuum), although the interest in a chili pepper EST database is increasing internationally due to the nutr...

    Authors: Hyun-Jin Kim, Kwang-Hyun Baek, Seung-Won Lee, JungEun Kim, Bong-Woo Lee, Hye-Sun Cho, Woo Taek Kim, Doil Choi and Cheol-Goo Hur
    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2008 8:101
  8. Aromatic rice is popular worldwide because of its characteristic fragrance. Genetic studies and physical fine mapping reveal that a candidate gene (fgr/OsBADH2) homologous to betaine aldehyde dehydrogenase is res...

    Authors: Xiangli Niu, Wei Tang, Weizao Huang, Guangjun Ren, Qilin Wang, Di Luo, Yingyong Xiao, Shimei Yang, Feng Wang, Bao-Rong Lu, Fangyuan Gao, Tiegang Lu and Yongsheng Liu
    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2008 8:100
  9. Despite the mounting research on Arabidopsis transcriptome and the powerful tools to explore biology of this model plant, the organization of expression of Arabidopsis genome is only partially understood. Here...

    Authors: Wieslawa I Mentzen and Eve Syrkin Wurtele
    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2008 8:99
  10. Starch is of great importance to humans as a food and biomaterial, and the amount and structure of starch made in plants is determined in part by starch synthase (SS) activity. Five SS isoforms, SSI, II, III, ...

    Authors: Marina Leterrier, Lynn D Holappa, Karen E Broglie and Diane M Beckles
    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2008 8:98
  11. Hordeum chilense, a native South American diploid wild barley, is a potential source of useful genes for cereal breeding. The use of this wild species to increase genetic variation in cereals will be greatly faci...

    Authors: Almudena Castillo, Hikmet Budak, Rajeev K Varshney, Gabriel Dorado, Andreas Graner and Pilar Hernandez
    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2008 8:97
  12. The biochemical mechanisms that determine the molecular architecture of amylopectin are central in plant biology because they allow long-term storage of reduced carbon. Amylopectin structure imparts the abilit...

    Authors: Xiaoli Zhang, Nicolas Szydlowski, David Delvallé, Christophe D'Hulst, Martha G James and Alan M Myers
    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2008 8:96
  13. Rye (Secale cereale L.) belongs to tribe Triticeae and is an important temperate cereal. It is one of the parents of man-made species Triticale and has been used as a source of agronomically important genes for w...

    Authors: Jan Bartoš, Etienne Paux, Robert Kofler, Miroslava Havránková, David Kopecký, Pavla Suchánková, Jan Šafář, Hana Šimková, Christopher D Town, Tamas Lelley, Catherine Feuillet and Jaroslav Doležel
    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2008 8:95
  14. Cell elongation in plants requires addition and re-arrangements of cell wall components. Even if some protein families have been shown to play roles in these events, a global picture of proteins present in cel...

    Authors: Muhammad Irshad, Hervé Canut, Gisèle Borderies, Rafael Pont-Lezica and Elisabeth Jamet
    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2008 8:94
  15. The involvement of small RNAs in cotton fiber development is under explored. The objective of this work was to directly clone, annotate, and analyze small RNAs of developing ovules to reveal the candidate smal...

    Authors: Ibrokhim Y Abdurakhmonov, Eric J Devor, Zabardast T Buriev, Lingyan Huang, Abdusalom Makamov, Shukhrat E Shermatov, Tohir Bozorov, Fakhriddin N Kushanov, Gafurjon T Mavlonov and Abdusattor Abdukarimov
    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2008 8:93
  16. Pathogenesis-related proteins belonging to group 10 (PR10) are elevated in response to biotic and abiotic stresses in plants. Previously, we have shown a drastic salinity-induced increase in the levels of ABR1...

    Authors: Sowmya S Krishnaswamy, Sanjeeva Srivastava, Mohsen Mohammadi, Muhammad H Rahman, Michael K Deyholos and Nat NV Kav
    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2008 8:91
  17. Aluminum (Al) toxicity is an important factor limiting crop production on acid soils. However, little is known about the mechanisms by which legumes respond to and resist Al stress. To explore the mechanisms o...

    Authors: Divya Chandran, Natasha Sharopova, Kathryn A VandenBosch, David F Garvin and Deborah A Samac
    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2008 8:89
  18. The patterns of expression of homoeologous genes in hexaploid bread wheat have been intensively studied in recent years, but the interaction between structural genes and their homoeologous regulatory genes rem...

    Authors: Elena K Khlestkina, Marion S Röder and Elena A Salina
    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2008 8:88
  19. Arsenic is toxic to plants and a common environmental pollutant. There is a strong chemical similarity between arsenate [As (V)] and phosphate (Pi). Whole genome oligonucleotide microarrays were employed to in...

    Authors: Jason M Abercrombie, Matthew D Halfhill, Priya Ranjan, Murali R Rao, Arnold M Saxton, Joshua S Yuan and C Neal Stewart Jr
    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2008 8:87
  20. Ribulose-1,5-bisphosphate is the rate-limiting enzyme in photosynthesis. The catalytic large subunit of the green-algal enzyme from Chlamydomonas reinhardtii is ~90% identical to the flowering-plant sequences, al...

    Authors: Sriram Satagopan and Robert J Spreitzer
    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2008 8:85
  21. Many plant β-galactosidases (Bgals) have been well characterized and their deduced biological functions mainly involve degradation of structural pectins, xyloglucans or arabinogalactoproteins in plant cell wal...

    Authors: Waraporn Tanthanuch, Mallika Chantarangsee, Janjira Maneesan and James Ketudat-Cairns
    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2008 8:84
  22. The MYB superfamily constitutes the most abundant group of transcription factors described in plants. Members control processes such as epidermal cell differentiation, stomatal aperture, flavonoid synthesis, c...

    Authors: José Tomás Matus, Felipe Aquea and Patricio Arce-Johnson
    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2008 8:83
  23. An increased understanding of leaf area development is important in a number of fields: in food and non-food crops, for example short rotation forestry as a biofuels feedstock, leaf area is intricately linked ...

    Authors: Max Bylesjö, Vincent Segura, Raju Y Soolanayakanahally, Anne M Rae, Johan Trygg, Petter Gustafsson, Stefan Jansson and Nathaniel R Street
    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2008 8:82
  24. Single-repeat R3 MYB transcription factors are critical components of the lateral inhibition machinery that mediates epidermal cell patterning in plants. Sequence analysis of the Arabidopsis genome using the B...

    Authors: Shucai Wang, Leah Hubbard, Ying Chang, Jianjun Guo, John Schiefelbein and Jin-Gui Chen
    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2008 8:81
  25. Plant cells divide by the formation of new cross walls, known as cell plates, from the center to periphery of each dividing cell. Formation of the cell plate occurs in the phragmoplast, a complex structure com...

    Authors: Takumi Higaki, Natsumaro Kutsuna, Toshio Sano and Seiichiro Hasezawa
    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2008 8:80
  26. In plant organelles, specific messenger RNAs (mRNAs) are subjected to conversion editing, a process that often converts the first or second nucleotide of a codon and hence the encoded amino acid. No systematic...

    Authors: Kei Yura and Mitiko Go
    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2008 8:79
  27. The Arabidopsis response regulator 22 (ARR22) is one of two members of a recently defined novel group of two-component system (TCS) elements. TCSs are stimulus perception and response modules of prokaryotic origi...

    Authors: Jakub Horák, Christopher Grefen, Kenneth W Berendzen, Achim Hahn, York-Dieter Stierhof, Bettina Stadelhofer, Mark Stahl, Csaba Koncz and Klaus Harter
    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2008 8:77
  28. Elucidating metabolic network structures and functions in multicellular organisms is an emerging goal of functional genomics. We describe the co-expression network of three core metabolic processes in the gene...

    Authors: Wieslawa I Mentzen, Jianling Peng, Nick Ransom, Basil J Nikolau and Eve Syrkin Wurtele
    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2008 8:76
  29. The cytoskeletal mechanisms that underlie organelle transport in plants are intimately linked to acto-myosin function. This function is mediated by the attachment of myosin heads to F-actin and the binding of ...

    Authors: Nadine Walter and Carola L Holweg
    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2008 8:74
  30. Despite the importance of the shoot apical meristem (SAM) in plant development and organ formation, our understanding of the molecular mechanisms controlling its function is limited. Genomic tools have the pot...

    Authors: Chui E Wong, Prem L Bhalla, Harald Ottenhof and Mohan B Singh
    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2008 8:73
  31. The recent rapid accumulation of sequence resources of various crop species ensures an improvement in the genetics approach, including quantitative trait loci (QTL) analysis as well as the holistic population ...

    Authors: Keiichi Mochida, Daisuke Saisho, Takuhiro Yoshida, Tetsuya Sakurai and Kazuo Shinozaki
    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2008 8:72
  32. Silage maize is a major forage and energy resource for cattle feeding, and several studies have shown that lignin content and structure are the determining factors in forage maize feeding value. In maize, four...

    Authors: Sabine Guillaumie, Deborah Goffner, Odile Barbier, Jean-Pierre Martinant, Magalie Pichon and Yves Barrière
    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2008 8:71
  33. The recent determination of complete chloroplast (cp) genomic sequences of various plant species has enabled numerous comparative analyses as well as advances in plant and genome evolutionary studies. In angio...

    Authors: Tomonori Hirao, Atsushi Watanabe, Manabu Kurita, Teiji Kondo and Katsuhiko Takata
    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2008 8:70
  34. The recent development of novel repeat-fruiting types of blackberry (Rubus L.) cultivars, combined with a long history of morphological marker-assisted selection for thornlessness by blackberry breeders, has give...

    Authors: Kim S Lewers, Chris A Saski, Brandon J Cuthbertson, David C Henry, Meg E Staton, Dorrie S Main, Anik L Dhanaraj, Lisa J Rowland and Jeff P Tomkins
    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2008 8:69
  35. Plant WRKY DNA-binding transcription factors are involved in plant responses to biotic and abiotic responses. It has been previously shown that Arabidopsis WRKY3 and WRKY4, which encode two structurally similar W...

    Authors: Zhibing Lai, KM Vinod, Zuyu Zheng, Baofang Fan and Zhixiang Chen
    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2008 8:68
  36. The Rosaceae encompass a large number of economically-important diploid and polyploid fruit and ornamental species in many different genera. The basic chromosome numbers of these genera are x = 7, 8 and 9 and all...

    Authors: Santiago Vilanova, Daniel J Sargent, Pere Arús and Amparo Monfort
    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2008 8:67
  37. Whole-genome physical maps facilitate genome sequencing, sequence assembly, mapping of candidate genes, and the design of targeted genetic markers. An automated protocol was used to construct a Vitis vinifera 'Ca...

    Authors: Marco Moroldo, Sophie Paillard, Raffaella Marconi, Legeai Fabrice, Aurelie Canaguier, Corinne Cruaud, Veronique De Berardinis, Cecile Guichard, Veronique Brunaud, Isabelle Le Clainche, Simone Scalabrin, Raffaele Testolin, Gabriele Di Gaspero, Michele Morgante and Anne-Francoise Adam-Blondon
    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2008 8:66
  38. Chlorophyll b is a major photosynthetic pigment in green plants that is synthesized by chlorophyllide a oxygenase (CAO). The regulation of chlorophyll b biosynthesis is an important determinant for the antenna si...

    Authors: Akihiro Yamasato, Ryouichi Tanaka and Ayumi Tanaka
    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2008 8:64
  39. Plant cells respond to the presence of potential fungal or oomycete pathogens by mounting a basal defence response that involves aggregation of cytoplasm, reorganization of cytoskeletal, endomembrane and other...

    Authors: Adrienne R Hardham, Daigo Takemoto and Rosemary G White
    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2008 8:63
  40. Oil palm (Elaeis guineensis Jacq.) is one of the most important oil bearing crops in the world. However, genetic improvement of oil palm through conventional breeding is extremely slow and costly, as the breeding...

    Authors: Eng-Ti L Low, Halimah Alias, Soo-Heong Boon, Elyana M Shariff, Chi-Yee A Tan, Leslie CL Ooi, Suan-Choo Cheah, Abdul-Rahim Raha, Kiew-Lian Wan and Rajinder Singh
    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2008 8:62
  41. Genomic studies are routinely performed on young plants in controlled environments which is very different from natural conditions. In reality plants in temperate countries are exposed to large fluctuations in...

    Authors: Andreas Sjödin, Kirsten Wissel, Max Bylesjö, Johan Trygg and Stefan Jansson
    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2008 8:61
  42. Molecular probes are required to detect cell wall polymers in-situ to aid understanding of their cell biology and several studies have shown that cell wall epitopes have restricted occurrences across sections of ...

    Authors: Susan E Marcus, Yves Verhertbruggen, Cécile Hervé, José J Ordaz-Ortiz, Vladimir Farkas, Henriette L Pedersen, William GT Willats and J Paul Knox
    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2008 8:60
  43. Chloroplast genome sequences are extremely informative about species-interrelationships owing to its non-meiotic and often uniparental inheritance over generations. The subject of our study, Fagopyrum esculentum,...

    Authors: Maria D Logacheva, Tahir H Samigullin, Amit Dhingra and Aleksey A Penin
    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2008 8:59
  44. Formation of plant root hairs originating from epidermal cells involves selection of a polar initiation site and production of an initial hair bulge which requires local cell wall loosening. In Arabidopsis the...

    Authors: Sunil K Singh, Urs Fischer, Manoj Singh, Markus Grebe and Alan Marchant
    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2008 8:57

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