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  1. Flowering time is an important trait for productivity in legumes, which include many food and fodder plants. Medicago truncatula (Medicago) is a model temperate legume used to study flowering time pathways. Like

    Authors: Mauren Jaudal, Jiangqi Wen, Kirankumar S. Mysore and Joanna Putterill

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2020 20:329

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  2. Cotton (Gossypium hirsutum L.) is one of the most important cash crops worldwide. Fine roots are the central part of the root system that contributes to plant water and nutrient uptake. However, the mechanisms un...

    Authors: Shuang Xiao, Liantao Liu, Yongjiang Zhang, Hongchun Sun, Ke Zhang, Zhiying Bai, Hezhong Dong, Yuchun Liu and Cundong Li

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2020 20:328

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  3. The calcicole or calcifuge behavior of wild plants has been related to element deficiency or toxicity. For fern species, however, knowledge about their adaptive differences and responses to soil environmental ...

    Authors: Jian Xiong Liao, Dan Yang Liang, Qian Wen Jiang, Ling Mo, Gao Zhong Pu and Deng Zhang

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2020 20:327

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  4. The DnaJ proteins play critical roles in plant development and stress responses. Recently, seventy-six DnaJ genes were identified through a comprehensive bioinformatics analysis in the pepper genome. However, ...

    Authors: Fang Fei Fan, Fawan Liu, Xian Yang, Hongjian Wan and Yunyan Kang

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2020 20:326

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  5. This study aimed to assess whether licorice (Glycyrrhiza uralensis) can benefit from dual inoculation by Trichoderma viride and dark septate endophytes (DSE) isolated from other medicinal plants.

    Authors: Chao He, Wenquan Wang and Junling Hou

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2020 20:325

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  6. Frequently occurring drought stress negatively affects the production of maize worldwide. Numerous efforts have been made to develop drought-tolerant maize lines and to explore drought tolerant mechanisms in m...

    Authors: Qinbin Zhang, Hui Liu, Xiaolin Wu and Wei Wang

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2020 20:315

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  7. Plastid gene loss and pseudogenization has been widely documented in parasitic and mycoheterotrophic plants, which have relaxed selective constraints on photosynthetic function. More enigmatic are sporadic rep...

    Authors: Ryan A. Folk, Neeka Sewnath, Chun-Lei Xiang, Brandon T. Sinn and Robert P. Guralnick

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2020 20:324

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  8. Heat and drought are serious threats for crop growth and development. As the sixth largest cereal crop in the world, pearl millet can not only be used for food and forage but also as a source of bioenergy. Pea...

    Authors: Min Sun, Dejun Huang, Ailing Zhang, Imran Khan, Haidong Yan, Xiaoshan Wang, Xinquan Zhang, Jian Zhang and Linkai Huang

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2020 20:323

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  9. Sclerotinia sclerotiorum is a necrotrophic fungus that causes Sclerotinia head rot (SHR) in sunflower, with epidemics leading to severe yield losses. In this work, we present an association mapping (AM) approach ...

    Authors: C. V. Filippi, J. E. Zubrzycki, J. A. Di Rienzo, F. J. Quiroz, A. F. Puebla, D. Alvarez, C. A. Maringolo, A. R. Escande, H. E. Hopp, R. A. Heinz, N. B. Paniego and V. V. Lia

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2020 20:322

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  10. Drought is a major limiting factor seriously influencing worldwide soybean production and its impact on yield, morphological and physiological traits depend on the timing it occurs and the intensity of water s...

    Authors: Chunjuan Yan, Shuhong Song, Wenbin Wang, Changling Wang, Haibo Li, Feng Wang, Shengyou Li and Xugang Sun

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2020 20:321

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  11. The non-coding small RNA tRFs (tRNA-derived fragments) and phasiRNAs (plant-specific) exert important roles in plant growth, development and stress resistances. However, whether the tRFs and phasiRNAs respond ...

    Authors: Wei Luan, Ya Dai, Xin-Yu Li, Yan Wang, Xiang Tao, Cai-Xia Li, Ping Mao and Xin-Rong Ma

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2020 20:320

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  12. Suppression and activation of plant defense genes is comprehensively regulated by WRKY family transcription factors. Chickpea, the non-model crop legume suffers from wilt caused by Fusarium oxysporum f. sp. cicer...

    Authors: Joydeep Chakraborty, Senjuti Sen, Prithwi Ghosh, Akansha Jain and Sampa Das

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2020 20:319

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  13. The red (R) and blue (B) light wavelengths are known to influence many plant physiological processes during growth and development, particularly photosynthesis. To understand how R and B light influences plant...

    Authors: Yan Li, Guofeng Xin, Chang Liu, Qinghua Shi, Fengjuan Yang and Min Wei

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2020 20:318

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  14. NAC (NAM, ATAF1–2, and CUC2) family is one of the largest plant-specific transcription factor families known to play significant roles in plant development processes and stress responses.

    Authors: Wenjing Yao, Chuanzhe Li, Shuyan Lin, Jianping Wang, Boru Zhou and Tingbo Jiang

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2020 20:317

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  15. The genetics of resistance to loose smut of wheat (Triticum aestivum L.) caused by the fungus Ustilago tritici (Pers.) Rostr. is not well understood. This study examines loose smut resistance in Sonop (TD-14), a ...

    Authors: Dinushika Thambugala, Jim G. Menzies, Ron E. Knox, Heather L. Campbell and Curt A. McCartney

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2020 20:314

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  16. Bacterial blight of rice, caused by Xanthomonas oryzae pv. oryzae (Xoo), is a devastating rice disease in Southeast Asia and West Africa. OsSWEET14, encoding a sugar transporter, is known to be a major susceptibl...

    Authors: Xuan Zeng, Yufen Luo, Nga Thi Quynh Vu, Shujuan Shen, Kuaifei Xia and Mingyong Zhang

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2020 20:313

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  17. Male sterility is an efficient trait for hybrid seed production and germplasm innovation. Until now, most studies on male sterility were on cytoplasmic and recessive genic sterility, with few on dominant genic...

    Authors: Xin-Qi Cheng, Xin-Yu Zhang, Fei Xue, Shou-Hong Zhu, Yan-Jun Li, Qian-Hao Zhu, Feng Liu and Jie Sun

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2020 20:312

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  18. Aquatic Euryale ferox Salisb. is an economically important crop in China and India. Unfortunately, low yield limitations seriously hinder market growth. Unveiling the control of seed size is of remarkable importa...

    Authors: Zhiheng Huang, Ke Bao, Zonghui Jing, Qian Wang, Huifang Duan, Yaying Zhu, Sen Zhang and Qinan Wu

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2020 20:311

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  19. Tissue culture and rapid propagation technology is an important way to solve the difficulties of plant propagation. This experiment aims to explore the appropriate conditions at each stage of the red maple’s t...

    Authors: Chong-wen Dai, Yang-yang Yan, Yu-min Liu, Ya-min Liu, Yuan-wei Deng and Hong-yu Yao

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2020 20:309

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  20. Long noncoding RNAs (lncRNAs), which are typically > 200 nt in length, are involved in numerous biological processes. Studies on lncRNAs in the cultivated peanut (Arachis hypogaea L.) largely remain unknown.

    Authors: Haiying Tian, Feng Guo, Zhimeng Zhang, Hong Ding, Jingjing Meng, Xinguo Li, Zhenying Peng and Shubo Wan

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2020 20:308

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  21. An amendment to this paper has been published and can be accessed via the original article.

    Authors: Gabriella De Lorenzis, Francesco Mercati, Carlo Bergamini, Maria Francesca Cardone, Antonio Lupini, Antonio Mauceri, Angelo Raffaele Caputo, Loredana Abbate, Maria Gabriella Barbagallo, Donato Antonacci, Francesco Sunseri and Lucio Brancadoro

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2020 20:307

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    The original article was published in BMC Plant Biology 2019 19:7

  22. Gibberellin (GA) is one of the most essential phytohormones that modulate plant growth and development. Jute (Corchorus sp.) is the second most important source of bast fiber. Our result has shown that exogenous ...

    Authors: Ummay Honi, Md. Ruhul Amin, Shah Md Tamim Kabir, Kazi Khayrul Bashar, Md. Moniruzzaman, Rownak Jahan, Sharmin Jahan, Md. Samiul Haque and Shahidul Islam

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2020 20:306

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  23. Nicotiana benthamiana is widely used as a model plant to study plant-pathogen interactions. Fasciclin-like arabinogalactan proteins (FLAs), a subclass of arabinogalactan proteins (AGPs), participate in mediating ...

    Authors: Xinyang Wu, Yuchao Lai, Lanqing Lv, Mengfei Ji, Kelei Han, Dankan Yan, Yuwen Lu, Jiejun Peng, Shaofei Rao, Fei Yan, Hongying Zheng and Jianping Chen

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2020 20:305

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  24. Alfalfa has been cultivated in many regions around the world as an important forage crop due to its nutritive value to livestock and ability to adapt to various environments. However, the genetic basis by whic...

    Authors: Sen Lin, Cesar Augusto Medina, Bill Boge, Jinguo Hu, Steven Fransen, Steven Norberg and Long-Xi Yu

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2020 20:303

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  25. Berry color is an important trait in grapes and is mainly determined by the anthocyanin content and composition. To further explore the coloring mechanism of grape berries, the F1 population of Vitis vinifera ‘Re...

    Authors: Lei Sun, Shenchang Li, Jianfu Jiang, Xiaoping Tang, Xiucai Fan, Ying Zhang, Jihong Liu and Chonghuai Liu

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2020 20:302

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  26. Distant hybridization is an important way to create interspecific genetic variation and breed new varieties in rice. A lot of backcross introgression lines (BILs) had been constructed for the scientific issues...

    Authors: Mengdi Li, Aqin Cao, Ruihua Wang, Zeyu Li, Shaoqing Li and Jianbo Wang

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2020 20:300

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  27. Sweet potato (Ipomoea batatas (L.) Lam.) is a highly heterozygous autohexaploid crop with high yield and high anthocyanin content. Purple sweet potato is the main source of anthocyanins, and the mechanism of anth...

    Authors: Zhen Qin, Fuyun Hou, Aixian Li, Shuxu Dong, Chengxing Huang, Qingmei Wang and Liming Zhang

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2020 20:299

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  28. Cold stress causes dynamic changes in gene expression that are partially caused by small non-coding RNAs since they regulate protein coding transcripts and act in epigenetic gene silencing pathways. Thus, a de...

    Authors: Bhavika Tiwari, Kristin Habermann, M. Asif Arif, Heinrich Lukas Weil, Antoni Garcia-Molina, Tatjana Kleine, Timo Mühlhaus and Wolfgang Frank

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2020 20:298

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  29. Photoperiod signals provide important cues by which plants regulate their growth and development in response to predictable seasonal changes. Phytochromes, a family of red and far-red light receptors, play cri...

    Authors: Nestor Kippes, Carl VanGessel, James Hamilton, Ani Akpinar, Hikmet Budak, Jorge Dubcovsky and Stephen Pearce

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2020 20:297

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  30. Lead (Pb) is a harmful pollutant that disrupts normal functions from the cell to organ levels. Salix babylonica is characterized by high biomass productivity, high transpiration rates, and species specific Pb. Be...

    Authors: Wenxiu Xue, Yi Jiang, Xiaoshuo Shang and Jinhua Zou

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2020 20:296

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  31. The Arabidopsis CONSTITUTIVE EXPRESSER of PATHOGENESIS-RELATED GENES 5 (CPR5) has recently been shown to play a role in gating as part of the nuclear pore complex (NPC). Mutations in CPR5 cause multiple defects, ...

    Authors: Muhammad B. Faisal, Tsanko S. Gechev, Bernd Mueller-Roeber and Paul P. Dijkwel

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2020 20:295

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  32. Catechins, caffeine, and theanine as three important metabolites in the tea leaves play essential roles in the formation of specific taste and shows potential health benefits to humans. However, the knowledge ...

    Authors: An-Dong Gong, Shuai-Bin Lian, Nan-Nan Wu, Yong-Jie Zhou, Shi-Qi Zhao, Li-Min Zhang, Lin Cheng and Hong-Yu Yuan

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2020 20:294

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  33. Nitrogen (N) is an essential component of photosynthetic apparatus. However, the mechanism that photosynthetic capacity is suppressed by N is not completely understood. Photosynthetic capacity and photosynthes...

    Authors: Jin-Yan Zhang, Zhu Cun and Jun-Wen Chen

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2020 20:273

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  34. Leguminous plants alter patterns of gene expression in response to symbiotic colonization and infection by their cognate rhizobial bacteria, but the extent of the transcriptomic response has rarely been examin...

    Authors: Wenjuan Kang, Zhehao Jiang, Yonggang Chen, Fang Wu, Chang Liu, Haifang Wang, Shangli Shi and Xue-Xian Zhang

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2020 20:293

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  35. Starch is synthesized during daylight for temporary storage in leaves and then degraded during the subsequent night to support plant growth and development. Impairment of starch degradation leads to stunted gr...

    Authors: Long Xiao, Shanshan Jiang, Penghui Huang, Fulu Chen, Xu Wang, Zhiyuan Cheng, Yuchen Miao, Liangyu Liu, Iain Searle, Chunyan Liu, Xiao-Xia Wu, Yong-Fu Fu, Qingshan Chen and Xiao-Mei Zhang

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2020 20:292

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  36. N6-Methyladenosine (m6A) is the most widespread RNA modification that plays roles in the regulation of genes and genome stability. YT521-B homology (YTH) domain-containing RNA-binding proteins are important RN...

    Authors: Jing Sun, Xiao Min Bie, Ning Wang, Xian Sheng Zhang and Xin-Qi Gao

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2020 20:351

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  37. Nanoparticles (NPs) serve various industrial and household purposes, and their increasing use creates an environmental hazard because of their uncontrolled release into ecosystems. An important aspect of the r...

    Authors: Rita Jurkow, Robert Pokluda, Agnieszka Sękara and Andrzej Kalisz

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2020 20:290

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  38. Sea island cotton (Gossypium barbadense) has markedly superior high quality fibers, which plays an important role in the textile industry and acts as a donor for upland cotton (G. hirsutum) fiber quality improvem...

    Authors: Xiujuan Su, Guozhong Zhu, Xiaohui Song, Haijiang Xu, Weixi Li, Xinzhu Ning, Quanjia Chen and Wangzhen Guo

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2020 20:289

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  39. Environmental stress is a crucial factor restricting plant growth as well as crop productivity, thus influencing the agricultural sustainability. Biochar addition is proposed as an effective management to impr...

    Authors: Yaojun Zhang, Jiaqi Ding, Hong Wang, Lei Su and Cancan Zhao

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2020 20:288

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  40. In the previous study, we investigated the alleviation effect of grafting on potassium uptake in roots and tobacco growth inhibition under low potassium stress. However, the effect of grafting on the low potas...

    Authors: Wei Hu, Qing Di, Jie Zhang, Jia Liu and Xiaojun Shi

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2020 20:286

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  41. Nicotine is a stimulant and potent parasympathomimetic alkaloid that accounts for 96–98% of alkaloid content. A reduction in the amount of nicotine in cigarettes to achieve a non-addictive level is necessary. ...

    Authors: Mengjuan Ren, Mengyue Zhang, Huijuan Yang and Hongzhi Shi

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2020 20:285

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  42. The development of CRISPR/Cas9 technology has facilitated targeted mutagenesis in an efficient and precise way. Previously, RNAi silencing of the susceptibility (S) gene PowderyMildewResistance 4 (PMR4) in tomato...

    Authors: Miguel I. Santillán Martínez, Valentina Bracuto, Eleni Koseoglou, Michela Appiano, Evert Jacobsen, Richard G. F. Visser, Anne-Marie A. Wolters and Yuling Bai

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2020 20:284

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  43. MicroRNAs (miRNAs) are short non-coding RNAs that can influence gene expression via diverse mechanisms. Tomato is a fruit widely consumed for its flavor, culinary attributes, and high nutritional quality. Toma...

    Authors: Mi-Young Chung, Ujjal Kumar Nath, Julia Vrebalov, Nigel Gapper, Je Min Lee, Do-Jin Lee, Chang Kil Kim and James Giovannoni

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2020 20:283

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  44. The combination of mulch with N fertilizer application is a common agronomic technique used in the production of rainfed maize (Zea mays L.) to achieve higher yields under conditions of optimum planting density a...

    Authors: Xiukang Wang, Ge Wang, Neil C. Turner, Yingying Xing, Meitian Li and Tao Guo

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2020 20:282

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  45. Cultivated grasses are an important source of food for domestic animals worldwide. Increased knowledge of their genomes can speed up the development of new cultivars with better quality and greater resistance ...

    Authors: Jana Zwyrtková, Alžběta Němečková, Jana Čížková, Kateřina Holušová, Veronika Kapustová, Radim Svačina, David Kopecký, Bradley John Till, Jaroslav Doležel and Eva Hřibová

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2020 20:280

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  46. To gain a better understanding of anthocyanin biosynthesis in mulberry fruit, we analyzed the transcriptome of the mulberry varieties Da 10 (Morus atropurpurea Roxb., black fruit) and Baisang (Morus alba L., whit...

    Authors: Gaiqun Huang, Yichun Zeng, Ling Wei, Yongquan Yao, Jie Dai, Gang Liu and Zhongzheng Gui

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2020 20:279

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  47. Theoretically, paralogous genes generated through whole genome duplications should share identical expression levels due to their identical sequences and chromatin environments. However, functional divergences...

    Authors: Shuaibin Lian, Yongjie Zhou, Zixiao Liu, Andong Gong and Lin Cheng

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2020 20:277

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