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    GaMYB85, an R2R3 MYB gene, in transgenic Arabidopsis plays an important role in drought tolerance

    MYB transcription factors (TFs) are one of the largest families of TFs in higher plants and are involved in diverse biological, functional, and structural processes. Previously, very few functional validation ...

    Hamama Islam Butt, Zhaoen Yang, Qian Gong, Eryong Chen, Xioaqian Wang, Ge Zhao, Xiaoyang Ge, Xueyan Zhang and Fuguang Li

    BMC Plant Biology 2017 17:142

    Published on: 22 August 2017

  2. Research article

    Comparative transcriptome analysis reveals differentially expressed genes associated with sex expression in garden asparagus (Asparagus officinalis)

    Garden asparagus (Asparagus officinalis) is a highly valuable vegetable crop of commercial and nutritional interest. It is also commonly used to investigate the mechanisms of sex determination and differentiation...

    Shu-Fen Li, Guo-Jun Zhang, Xue-Jin Zhang, Jin-Hong Yuan, Chuan-Liang Deng and Wu-Jun Gao

    BMC Plant Biology 2017 17:143

    Published on: 22 August 2017

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    Mapping of a major QTL for salt tolerance of mature field-grown maize plants based on SNP markers

    Salt stress significantly restricts plant growth and production. Maize is an important food and economic crop but is also a salt sensitive crop. Identification of the genetic architecture controlling salt tole...

    Meijie Luo, Yanxin Zhao, Ruyang Zhang, Jinfeng Xing, Minxiao Duan, Jingna Li, Naishun Wang, Wenguang Wang, Shasha Zhang, Zhihui Chen, Huasheng Zhang, Zi Shi, Wei Song and Jiuran Zhao

    BMC Plant Biology 2017 17:140

    Published on: 15 August 2017

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    Overexpression of Arabidopsis P3B increases heat and low temperature stress tolerance in transgenic sweetpotato

    Sweetpotato (Ipomoea batatas [L.] Lam) is suitable for growth on marginal lands due to its abiotic stress tolerance. However, severe environmental conditions including low temperature pose a serious threat to the...

    Chang Yoon Ji, Rong Jin, Zhen Xu, Ho Soo Kim, Chan-Ju Lee, Le Kang, So-Eun Kim, Hyeong-Un Lee, Joon Seol Lee, Chang Ho Kang, Yong Hun Chi, Sang Yeol Lee, Yiping Xie, Hongmin Li, Daifu Ma and Sang-Soo Kwak

    BMC Plant Biology 2017 17:139

    Published on: 14 August 2017

  5. Research article

    Genetic architecture and temporal patterns of biomass accumulation in spring barley revealed by image analysis

    Genetic mapping of phenotypic traits generally focuses on a single time point, but biomass accumulates continuously during plant development. Resolution of the temporal dynamics that affect biomass recently be...

    Kerstin Neumann, Yusheng Zhao, Jianting Chu, Jens Keilwagen, Jochen C. Reif, Benjamin Kilian and Andreas Graner

    BMC Plant Biology 2017 17:137

    Published on: 10 August 2017

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    Characterization of molecular diversity and genome-wide mapping of loci associated with resistance to stripe rust and stem rust in Ethiopian bread wheat accessions

    The narrow genetic basis of resistance in modern wheat cultivars and the strong selection response of pathogen populations have been responsible for periodic and devastating epidemics of the wheat rust disease...

    Kebede T. Muleta, Matthew N. Rouse, Sheri Rynearson, Xianming Chen, Bedada G. Buta and Michael O. Pumphrey

    BMC Plant Biology 2017 17:134

    Published on: 4 August 2017

  7. Research article

    Effect of volatile compounds produced by Ralstonia solanacearum on plant growth promoting and systemic resistance inducing potential of Bacillus volatiles

    Microbial volatiles play an expedient role in the agricultural ecological system by enhancing plant growth and inducing systemic resistance against plant pathogens, without causing hazardous effects on the env...

    Hafiz Abdul Samad Tahir, Qin Gu, Huijun Wu, Waseem Raza, Asma Safdar, Ziyang Huang, Faheem Uddin Rajer and Xuewen Gao

    BMC Plant Biology 2017 17:133

    Published on: 2 August 2017

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    Association mapping of starch chain length distribution and amylose content in pea (Pisum sativum L.) using carbohydrate metabolism candidate genes

    Although starch consists of large macromolecules composed of glucose units linked by α-1,4-glycosidic linkages with α-1,6-glycosidic branchpoints, variation in starch structural and functional properties is fo...

    Margaret A. Carpenter, Martin Shaw, Rebecca D. Cooper, Tonya J. Frew, Ruth C. Butler, Sarah R. Murray, Leire Moya, Clarice J. Coyne and Gail M. Timmerman-Vaughan

    BMC Plant Biology 2017 17:132

    Published on: 1 August 2017

  9. Research article

    New insights into the roles of cucumber TIR1 homologs and miR393 in regulating fruit/seed set development and leaf morphogenesis

    TIR1-like proteins act as auxin receptors and play essential roles in auxin-mediated plant development processes. The number of auxin receptor family members varies among species. While the functions of auxin ...

    Jian Xu, Ji Li, Li Cui, Ting Zhang, Zhe Wu, Pin-Yu Zhu, Yong-Jiao Meng, Kai-Jing Zhang, Xia-Qing Yu, Qun-Feng Lou and Jin-Feng Chen

    BMC Plant Biology 2017 17:130

    Published on: 26 July 2017

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    Comparative RNA-seq based transcriptome profiling of waterlogging response in cucumber hypocotyls reveals novel insights into the de novo adventitious root primordia initiation

    Waterlogging is a serious abiotic stress to plant growth because it results in the decline in the supplement of oxygen to submerged tissues. Although cucumber (Cucumis sativus L.) is sensitive to waterlogging, it...

    Xuewen Xu, Minyang Chen, Jing Ji, Qiang Xu, Xiaohua Qi and Xuehao Chen

    BMC Plant Biology 2017 17:129

    Published on: 26 July 2017

  11. Research article

    Identification and characterization of suppressor mutants of stop1

    Proton stress and aluminum (Al) toxicity are major constraints limiting crop growth and yields on acid soils (pH < 5). In Arabidopsis, STOP1 is a master transcription factor that controls the expression of a set ...

    Fei Jiang, Tao Wang, Yuqi Wang, Leon V. Kochian, Fang Chen and Jiping Liu

    BMC Plant Biology 2017 17:128

    Published on: 24 July 2017

  12. Research article

    Suppression of the phytoene synthase gene (EgcrtB) alters carotenoid content and intracellular structure of Euglena gracilis

    Photosynthetic organisms utilize carotenoids for photoprotection as well as light harvesting. Our previous study revealed that high-intensity light increases the expression of the gene for phytoene synthase (Egcr...

    Shota Kato, Mika Soshino, Shinichi Takaichi, Takahiro Ishikawa, Noriko Nagata, Masashi Asahina and Tomoko Shinomura

    BMC Plant Biology 2017 17:125

    Published on: 17 July 2017

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    Combined biotic stresses trigger similar transcriptomic responses but contrasting resistance against a chewing herbivore in Brassica nigra

    In nature, plants are frequently exposed to simultaneous biotic stresses that activate distinct and often antagonistic defense signaling pathways. How plants integrate this information and whether they priorit...

    Christelle Bonnet, Steve Lassueur, Camille Ponzio, Rieta Gols, Marcel Dicke and Philippe Reymond

    BMC Plant Biology 2017 17:127

    Published on: 17 July 2017

  14. Research article

    Spatial regulation of monolignol biosynthesis and laccase genes control developmental and stress-related lignin in flax

    Bast fibres are characterized by very thick secondary cell walls containing high amounts of cellulose and low lignin contents in contrast to the heavily lignified cell walls typically found in the xylem tissue...

    Julien Le Roy, Anne-Sophie Blervacq, Anne Créach, Brigitte Huss, Simon Hawkins and Godfrey Neutelings

    BMC Plant Biology 2017 17:124

    Published on: 14 July 2017

  15. Research article

    Identification of QTLs controlling grain protein concentration using a high-density SNP and SSR linkage map in barley (Hordeum vulgare L.)

    Grain protein concentration (GPC) is a major determinant of quality in barley (Hordeum vulgare L.). Breeding barley cultivars with high GPC has practical value for feed and food properties. The aim of the present...

    Chaofeng Fan, Huijie Zhai, Huifang Wang, Yafei Yue, Minghu Zhang, Jinghui Li, Shaozhe Wen, Ganggang Guo, Yawen Zeng, Zhongfu Ni and Mingshan You

    BMC Plant Biology 2017 17:122

    Published on: 11 July 2017

  16. Research article

    Validation of QTL mapping and transcriptome profiling for identification of candidate genes associated with nitrogen stress tolerance in sorghum

    Quantitative trait loci (QTLs) detected in one mapping population may not be detected in other mapping populations at all the time. Therefore, before being used for marker assisted breeding, QTLs need to be va...

    Malleswari Gelli, Anji Reddy Konda, Kan Liu, Chi Zhang, Thomas E. Clemente, David R. Holding and Ismail M. Dweikat

    BMC Plant Biology 2017 17:123

    Published on: 11 July 2017

  17. Research article

    Indole-3-butyric acid promotes adventitious rooting in Arabidopsis thaliana thin cell layers by conversion into indole-3-acetic acid and stimulation of anthranilate synthase activity

    Indole-3-acetic acid (IAA), and its precursor indole-3-butyric acid (IBA), control adventitious root (AR) formation in planta. Adventitious roots are also crucial for propagation via cuttings. However, IBA role(s...

    L. Fattorini, A. Veloccia, F. Della Rovere, S. D’Angeli, G. Falasca and M. M. Altamura

    BMC Plant Biology 2017 17:121

    Published on: 11 July 2017

  18. Research article

    Relationships between drought, heat and air humidity responses revealed by transcriptome-metabolome co-analysis

    Elevated temperature and reduced water availability are frequently linked abiotic stresses that may provoke distinct as well as interacting molecular responses. Based on non-targeted metabolomic and transcript...

    Elisabeth Georgii, Ming Jin, Jin Zhao, Basem Kanawati, Philippe Schmitt-Kopplin, Andreas Albert, J. Barbro Winkler and Anton R. Schäffner

    BMC Plant Biology 2017 17:120

    Published on: 10 July 2017

  19. Research article

    Three members of Medicago truncatula ST family are ubiquitous during development and modulated by nutritional status (MtST1) and dehydration (MtST2 and MtST3)

    ShooT specific/Specific Tissue (ST) belong to a protein family of unknown function characterized by the DUF2775 domain and produced in specific taxonomic plant families, mainly Fabaceae and Asteraceae, with the M...

    Lucía Albornos, Ignacio Martín, Emilia Labrador and Berta Dopico

    BMC Plant Biology 2017 17:117

    Published on: 10 July 2017

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