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  1. Drought stress can severely affect plant growth and crop yield. The cloning and identification of drought-inducible promoters would be of value for genetically-based strategies to improve resistance of crops t...

    Authors: Yi Xu, Zhiqiang Jin, Biyu Xu, Jingyang Li, Yujia Li, Xiaoyi Wang, Anbang Wang, Wei Hu, Dongmei Huang, Qing Wei, Zhuye Xu and Shun Song

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2020 20:278

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

    Authors: Zhaoren Wang, Yufei Zhao, Yuanyuan Zhang, Baoshan Zhao, Zhen’an Yang and Lijia Dong

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2020 20:276

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    The original article was published in BMC Plant Biology 2019 19:538

  3. Human demand for wheat will continue to increase together with the continuous global population growth. Agronomic traits in wheat are susceptible to environmental conditions. Therefore, in breeding practice, p...

    Authors: Weiguo Chen, Daizhen Sun, Runzhi Li, Shuguang Wang, Yugang Shi, Wenjun Zhang and Ruilian Jing

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2020 20:275

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  4. Foxtail millet [Setaria italica (L.) P. Beauv.] is an excellent crop known for its superior level of drought tolerance across the world. Especially, less water is needed during its germination period than the oth...

    Authors: Aili Yu, Jinfeng Zhao, Zhenhua Wang, Kai Cheng, Peng Zhang, Gang Tian, Xin Liu, Erhu Guo, Yanwei Du and Yuwen Wang

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2020 20:274

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  5. The basic/helix-loop-helix (bHLH) transcription factor family exists in all three eukaryotic kingdoms as important participants in biological growth and development. To date, the comprehensive genomic and func...

    Authors: Jialin Li, Ting Wang, Jing Han and Zhonghai Ren

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2020 20:272

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  6. As a unique sulfated polysaccharide, fucoidan is an important component of cell wall in brown seaweeds. Its biochemical properties are determined by the positions and quantity of sulfate groups. Sulfotransfera...

    Authors: Chang Lu, Zhanru Shao, Pengyan Zhang and Delin Duan

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2020 20:271

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  7. ABC1K (Activity of BC1 complex Kinase) is an evolutionarily primitive atypical kinase family widely distributed among prokaryotes and eukaryotes. The ABC1K protein kinases in Arabidopsis are predicted to localize...

    Authors: Xiaohui Qin, Zhikun Duan, Yuan Zheng, Wen-Cheng Liu, Siyi Guo, José Ramón Botella and Chun-Peng Song

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2020 20:270

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  8. Cunninghamia lanceolata (C. lanceolata) is the main fast-growing timber species in southern China. As an alternative to conventional lighting systems, LED has been demonstrated to be an artificial flexible lighti...

    Authors: Yuanyuan Xu, Mei Yang, Fei Cheng, Shinan Liu and Yuyao Liang

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2020 20:269

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  9. Short episodes of high temperature (HT) stress during reproductive stages of development cause significant yield losses in wheat (Triticum aestivum L.). Two independent experiments were conducted to quantify the ...

    Authors: M. Djanaguiraman, S. Narayanan, E. Erdayani and P. V. V. Prasad

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2020 20:268

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  10. Soil and water pollution due to nitrate are becoming increasingly serious worldwide. The government also put forward relevant governance policies, and a large number of scholars studied chemical physics and ot...

    Authors: Derong Lin, Yichen Huang, Jingjing Zhao, Zhijun Wu, Shuliang Liu, Wen Qin, Dingtao Wu, Hong Chen and Qing Zhang

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2020 20:267

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  11. Cellular membranes are dynamic structures, continuously adjusting their composition, allowing plants to respond to developmental signals, stresses, and changing environments. To facilitate transmembrane transp...

    Authors: Annamaria De Rosa, Alexander Watson-Lazowski, John R. Evans and Michael Groszmann

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2020 20:266

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  12. As the main form of photoassimilates transported from vegetative tissues to the reproductive organs, sucrose and its degradation products are crucial for cell fate determination and development of maize kernel...

    Authors: Ke Zhang, Li Guo, Wen Cheng, Baiyu Liu, Wendi Li, Fei Wang, Changzheng Xu, Xiangyu Zhao, Zhaohua Ding, Kewei Zhang and Kunpeng Li

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2020 20:264

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  13. Ethylene Responsive Factor (ERF) is involved in various processes of plant development and stress responses. In wheat, several ERFs have been identified and their roles in mediating biotic or abiotic stresses ...

    Authors: Lei Zhang, Pan Liu, Jing Wu, Linyi Qiao, Guangyao Zhao, Jizeng Jia, Lifeng Gao and Jianming Wang

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2020 20:263

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  14. Calligonum (Polygonaceae) is distributed from southern Europe through northern Africa to central Asia, and is typically found in arid, desert regions. Previous studies have revealed that standard DNA barcodes fai...

    Authors: Feng Song, Ting Li, Kevin S. Burgess, Ying Feng and Xue-Jun Ge

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2020 20:261

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  15. Extreme weather events are predicted to increase, such as combined heat and drought. The CO2 concentration ([CO2]) is predicted to approximately double by 2100. We aim to explore how tomato physiology, especially...

    Authors: Rong Zhou, Xiaqing Yu, Junqin Wen, Nikolaj Bjerring Jensen, Thayna Mendanha dos Santos, Zhen Wu, Eva Rosenqvist and Carl-Otto Ottosen

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2020 20:260

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  16. As functional proteins, dehydrins are found in many maturing seeds and vegetable tissues under adverse environmental conditions. However, the regulation of dehydrin expression remains unclear.

    Authors: Hao Liu, Ying Yang, Dandan Liu, Xiaoyu Wang and Linsheng Zhang

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2020 20:259

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  17. Anthocyanins, which have important biological functions and have a beneficial effect on human health, notably account for pigmentation in purple-fleshed sweet potato tuberous roots. Individual regulatory facto...

    Authors: Zeng-Zheng Wei, Kang-Di Hu, Dong-Lan Zhao, Jun Tang, Zhong-Qin Huang, Peng Jin, Yan-Hong Li, Zhuo Han, Lan-Ying Hu, Gai-Fang Yao and Hua Zhang

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2020 20:258

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  18. The grain yield of cereals is determined by the synergistic interaction between source activity and sink capacity. However, source-sink interactions are far from being fully understood. Therefore, a field expe...

    Authors: Xuemei Lv, Yan Zhang, Yunxiu Zhang, Shoujin Fan and Lingan Kong

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2020 20:257

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  19. Plant transcription factors (TFs) are key transcriptional regulators to manipulate the regulatory network of host immunity. However, the globally transcriptional reprogramming of plant TF families in response ...

    Authors: Wei Cheng, Yan Jiang, Jiangtao Peng, Jianwen Guo, Menglan Lin, Chengting Jin, Jinfeng Huang, Weiqi Tang, Deyi Guan and Shuilin He

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2020 20:256

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  20. Limonoids are major bioactive compounds that are produced by the triterpenoid metabolic pathway. The detailed biochemical process of limonoid biosynthesis and the mechanism of its molecular regulation remain e...

    Authors: Pan Zhang, Xiaofeng Liu, Xin Yu, Fusheng Wang, Junhong Long, Wanxia Shen, Dong Jiang and Xiaochun Zhao

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2020 20:254

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    The Correction to this article has been published in BMC Plant Biology 2020 20:316

  21. Plant absorption of ultraviolet (UV) radiation can result in multiple deleterious effects to plant tissues. As a result, plants have evolved an array of strategies to protect themselves from UV radiation, part...

    Authors: Kim Valenta, Kristin Dimac-Stohl, Frances Baines, Todd Smith, Greg Piotrowski, Norman Hill, Jonas Kuppler and Omer Nevo

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2020 20:253

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  22. Heterosis is biologically important but the molecular basis of the phenomenon is poorly understood. We characterized intergeneric hybrids between B. rapa cv. Chiifu and R. sativus cv. WK10039 as an extreme exampl...

    Authors: Gibum Yi, Hosub Shin, Hye Rang Park, Jeong Eun Park, Jong Hwa Ahn, Sooyeon Lim, Jeong Gu Lee, Eun Jin Lee and Jin Hoe Huh

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2020 20:252

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  23. Recombinant carbohydrases genes are used to produce transgenic woody plants with improved phenotypic traits. However, cultivation of such plants in open field is challenging due to a number of problems. Theref...

    Authors: Elena O. Vidyagina, Natalia M. Subbotina, Vladimir A. Belyi, Vadim G. Lebedev, Konstantin V. Krutovsky and Konstantin A. Shestibratov

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2020 20:251

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  24. Both selection effects and whole genome duplication played very important roles in plant speciation and evolution, and to decipher the corresponding molecular footprint has always been a central task of geneti...

    Authors: Yunsheng Wang, Fei Nie, Muhammad Qasim Shahid and Faheem Shehzad Baloch

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2020 20:250

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  25. Web blotch is one of the most important foliar diseases worldwide in peanut (Arachis hypogaea L.). The identification of quantitative trait loci (QTLs) for peanut web blotch resistance represents the basis for ge...

    Authors: Hua Liu, Ziqi Sun, Xinyou Zhang, Li Qin, Feiyan Qi, Zhenyu Wang, Pei Du, Jing Xu, Zhongxin Zhang, Suoyi Han, Shaojian Li, Meng Gao, Lina Zhang, Yujie Cheng, Zheng Zheng, Bingyan Huang…

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2020 20:249

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  26. Abiotic stresses (e.g., heat or limited water and nutrient availability) limit crop production worldwide. With the progression of climate change, the severity and variation of these stresses are expected to in...

    Authors: Adil Khan, Abdul Latif Khan, Muhammad Imran, Sajjad Asaf, Yoon-Ha Kim, Saqib Bilal, Muhammad Numan, Ahmed Al-Harrasi, Ahmed Al-Rawahi and In-Jung Lee

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2020 20:248

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  27. Allelic variation underlying the quantitative traits in plants is caused by the extremely complex regulation process. Tree peony originated in China is a peculiar ornamental, medicinal and oil woody plant. Paeoni...

    Authors: Na Liu and Fangyun Cheng

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2020 20:245

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  28. Tuber color is an important trait for Helianthus tuberosus L. (Jerusalem artichoke). Usually, purple tubers with high anthocyanin content are more nutritious than white tuber. But, the molecular mechanism underly...

    Authors: Jieming Gao, Xuemei Sun, Yuan Zong, Shipeng Yang, Lihui Wang and Baolong Liu

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2020 20:247

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  29. Two-line hybrid wheat system using thermo-photo sensitive genic male sterility (TPSGMS) is currently the most promising approach for wheat heterosis utilization in China. However, during past 20 years only few...

    Authors: Hongsheng Li, Shaoxiang Li, Sedhom Abdelkhalik, Armaghan Shahzad, Jian Gu, Zhonghui Yang, Mingliang Ding, Kun Liu, Hong Zhao and Mujun Yang

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2020 20:246

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  30. 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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  31. 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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  32. 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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  33. 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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  34. 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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  35. 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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  36. 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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  37. 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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  38. 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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  39. 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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  40. 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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  41. 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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  42. 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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  43. 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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  44. 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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  45. 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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  46. 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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