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  1. Content type: Research article

    Aflatoxin contamination in peanut seeds is still a serious problem for the industry and human health. No stable aflatoxin resistant cultivars have yet been produced, and given the narrow genetic background of ...

    Authors: Renee S. Arias, Victor S. Sobolev, Alicia N. Massa, Valerie A. Orner, Travis E. Walk, Linda L. Ballard, Sheron A. Simpson, Naveen Puppala, Brian E. Scheffler, Francisco de Blas and Guillermo J. Seijo

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2018 18:170

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    Root systems play important roles in crop growth and stress responses. Although genetic mechanism of root traits in maize (Zea mays L.) has been investigated in different mapping populations, root traits have rar...

    Authors: Chuanli Ju, Wei Zhang, Ya Liu, Yufeng Gao, Xiaofan Wang, Jianbing Yan, Xiaohong Yang and Jiansheng Li

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2018 18:171

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    Sesamia nonagrioides Lefebvere (Mediterranean corn borer, MCB) is the main pest of maize in the Mediterranean area. QTL for MCB stalk tunneling and grain yield under high MCB infestation had been located at bin 8...

    Authors: José Cruz Jiménez-Galindo, Rosa Ana Malvar, Ana Butrón, Marlon Caicedo and Bernardo Ordás

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2018 18:169

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  4. Content type: Research article

    Curds are the main edible organs, which exhibit remarkable yield heterosis in F1 hybrid broccoli. However, the molecular basis underlying heterosis in broccoli remains elusive.

    Authors: Hui Li, Jiye Yuan, Mei Wu, Zhanpin Han, Lihong Li, Hanmin Jiang, Yinglan Jia, Xue Han, Min Liu, Deling Sun, Chengbin Chen, Wenqin Song and Chunguo Wang

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2018 18:168

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  5. Content type: Research article

    Nitrate (NO3) is the major source of nitrogen (N) for higher plants aside from its function in transducing the N signaling. Improving N use efficiency of crops has been an effective strategy for promotion of the...

    Authors: Zhipeng Liu, Yingjia Zhao, Xiaoying Wang, Mengya Yang, Chengjin Guo and Kai Xiao

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2018 18:167

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    Somatic embryogenesis in nucellar tissues is widely recognized to induce polyembryony in major citrus varieties such as sweet oranges, satsuma mandarins and lemons. This capability for apomixis is attractive i...

    Authors: Takehiko Shimada, Tomoko Endo, Hiroshi Fujii, Michiharu Nakano, Aiko Sugiyama, Genya Daido, Satoshi Ohta, Terutaka Yoshioka and Mitsuo Omura

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2018 18:166

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  7. Content type: Research article

    Ripening of fleshy fruits has been classically defined as climacteric or non-climacteric. Both types of ripening are controlled by plant hormones, notably by ethylene in climacteric ripening and by abscisic ac...

    Authors: Bing-Zhu Hou, Chun-Li Li, Ying-Yan Han and Yuan-Yue Shen

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2018 18:162

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  8. Content type: Research article

    Rice (Oryza sativa L.) is a thermophilic crop vulnerable to chilling stress. However, common wild rice (Oryza rufipogon Griff.) in Guangxi (China) has the ability to tolerate chilling stress. To better understand...

    Authors: Weijian Cen, Jianbin Liu, Siyuan Lu, Peilong Jia, Kai Yu, Yue Han, Rongbai Li and Jijing Luo

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2018 18:163

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  9. Content type: Research article

    Trichoderma fungi live in the soil rhizosphere and are beneficial for plant growth and pathogen resistance. Several species and strains are currently used worldwide in co-cultivation with crops as a biocontrol al...

    Authors: Bradley R. Dotson, Dia Soltan, John Schmidt, Mariam Areskoug, Kenny Rabe, Corné Swart, Susanne Widell and Allan G. Rasmusson

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2018 18:165

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  10. Content type: Research article

    To explore poorly understood differences between primary and subsequent somatic embryogenic lines of plants, we induced secondary (2ry) and tertiary (3ry) lines from cotyledonary somatic embryos (SEs) of two Doug...

    Authors: Florian Gautier, Kateřina Eliášová, Jean-Charles Leplé, Zuzana Vondráková, Anne-Marie Lomenech, Claire Le Metté, Philippe Label, Guy Costa, Jean-François Trontin, Caroline Teyssier and Marie-Anne Lelu-Walter

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2018 18:164

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  11. Content type: Research article

    NADPH oxidase (Nox) is a critical enzyme involved in the generation of apoplastic superoxide (O2 ), a type of reactive oxygen species (ROS) and hence regulate a wide range of biological functions in many organis...

    Authors: Gurpreet Kaur and Pratap Kumar Pati

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2018 18:161

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  12. Content type: Research article

    Flax is an important field crop that can be used for either oilseed or fiber production. Plant height and technical length are important characters for flax. For linseed flax, plants usually have a short techn...

    Authors: Jianping Zhang, Yan Long, Liming Wang, Zhao Dang, Tianbao Zhang, Xiaxia Song, Zhanhai Dang and Xinwu Pei

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2018 18:160

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  13. Content type: Research article

    Under cultivation, many outcrossing fruit tree species have switched from sexual reproduction to vegetative propagation. Traditional production systems have persisted, where cultivar propagation is based on a ...

    Authors: Bariaa Hamadeh, Lamis Chalak, Geo Coppens d’Eeckenbrugge, Laure Benoit and Hélène I. Joly

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2018 18:155

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  14. Content type: Research article

    Wood basic density (WBD), the biomass of plant cell walls per unit volume, is an important trait for elite tree selection in kraft pulp production. Here, we investigated the correlation between WBD and wood vo...

    Authors: Katsuhiko Nakahama, Nobuaki Urata, Tomotaka Shinya, Kazunori Hayashi, Kazuya Nanto, Antonio C. Rosa and Akiyoshi Kawaoka

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2018 18:156

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  15. Content type: Research article

    Phytochromes are dimeric proteins with critical roles in perceiving day length and the environmental signals that trigger flowering. Night break (NB) and the red to far-red light ratio (R:FR) have been used ex...

    Authors: Kai Cao, Fei Yan, Dawei Xu, Kaiqi Ai, Jie Yu, Encai Bao and Zhirong Zou

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2018 18:158

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  16. Content type: Research article

    The Root-Knot Nematode (RKN), Meloidogyne arenaria, significantly reduces peanut grain quality and yield worldwide. Whilst the cultivated species has low levels of resistance to RKN and other pests and diseases, ...

    Authors: Ana Paula Zotta Mota, Bruna Vidigal, Etienne G. J. Danchin, Roberto Coiti Togawa, Soraya C. M. Leal-Bertioli, David John Bertioli, Ana Claudia Guerra Araujo, Ana Cristina Miranda Brasileiro and Patricia Messenberg Guimaraes

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2018 18:159

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  17. Content type: Research article

    Flowering time is a key trait for regional adaption and seed production in rice (Oryza sativa L.). Forward and reverse genetic studies have characterized a number of flowering-time genes. However, co-expression a...

    Authors: Liping Zeng, Xue Liu, Zhuangzhi Zhou, Dayong Li, Xianfeng Zhao, Lihuang Zhu, Yingfeng Luo and Songnian Hu

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2018 18:157

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  18. Content type: Research article

    The grass family (Poaceae), ca. 12,075 species, is a focal point of many recent studies that aim to use complete plastomes to reveal and strengthen relationships within the family. The use of Next Generation S...

    Authors: Sean V. Burke, Mark C. Ungerer and Melvin R. Duvall

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2018 18:152

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  19. Content type: Research article

    Plant anther development is a systematic and complex process precisely controlled by genes. Regulation genes and their regulatory mechanisms for this process remain elusive. In contrast to numerous researches ...

    Authors: Jin Chen, Pin Su, Pengyun Chen, Qiong Li, Xiaoling Yuan and Zhi Liu

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2018 18:154

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  20. Content type: Research article

    Transcription factors operate as important switches of transcription networks, and NAC (NAM, ATAF, and CUC) transcription factors are a plant-specific family involved in multiple biological processes. However,...

    Authors: Heng Sun, Meiling Hu, Jianying Li, Lin Chen, Meng Li, Shuqin Zhang, Xianlong Zhang and Xiyan Yang

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2018 18:150

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  21. Content type: Research article

    Ubiquitination is a major post-translational protein modification that regulates essentially all cellular and physiological pathways in eukaryotes. The ubiquitination process typically involves three distinct ...

    Authors: Chunyu Zhang, Li Song, Mani Kant Choudhary, Bangjun Zhou, Guangchao Sun, Kyle Broderick, Loren Giesler and Lirong Zeng

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2018 18:149

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  22. Content type: Correction

    Following publication of the original article [1], the author reported a formatting error and an error in the figure caption. The original article has been corrected. The details of the errors are as follows:

    Authors: Rabia F. El-Hawaz, Mary H. Grace, Alan Janbey, Mary Ann Lila and Jeffrey W. Adelberg

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2018 18:148

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    The original article was published in BMC Plant Biology 2018 18:122

  23. Content type: Research article

    SEVEN IN ABSENTIA (SINA) is a RING domain-containing ubiquitin ligase involved in Drosophila eye formation. SINA-like proteins in plants are involved in several signaling pathways. Of the 18 SINA-like proteins id...

    Authors: Yang Chen, Mohamed Fokar, Miyoung Kang, Naichong Chen, Randy D. Allen and Yaofeng Chen

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2018 18:147

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  24. Content type: Research article

    This study assessed the effects of 24-epibrassinolide (EBL, 10–7M) and silicon (2 mM) on the alleviation of cadmium (Cd, 150 mg L–1) toxicity in Pisum sativum L. seedlings via the modulation of growth, antioxidan...

    Authors: Sumira Jan, Mohammed Nasser Alyemeni, Leonard Wijaya, Pravej Alam, Kadambot H. Siddique and Parvaiz Ahmad

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2018 18:146

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  25. Content type: Research article

    Long non-coding RNAs (lncRNAs) have emerged as new class of regulatory molecules in animals where they regulate gene expression at transcriptional and post-transcriptional level. Recent studies also identified...

    Authors: Edouard Severing, Luigi Faino, Suraj Jamge, Marco Busscher, Yang Kuijer-Zhang, Francesca Bellinazzo, Jacqueline Busscher-Lange, Virginia Fernández, Gerco C. Angenent, Richard G. H. Immink and Alice Pajoro

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2018 18:145

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  26. Content type: Research article

    Jasmintides jS1 and jS2 from Jasminum sambac were previously identified as a novel family of cysteine-rich peptides (CRPs) with an unusual disulfide connectivity. However, very little else is known about jasminti...

    Authors: Geeta Kumari, Ka Ho Wong, Aida Serra, Joon Shin, Ho Sup Yoon, Siu Kwan Sze and James P. Tam

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2018 18:144

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  27. Content type: Research article

    Flowers open at sunrise and close at sunset, establishing a circadian floral movement rhythm to facilitate pollination as part of reproduction. By the coordination of endogenous factors and environmental stimu...

    Authors: Meiyu Ke, Zhen Gao, Jianqing Chen, Yuting Qiu, Liangsheng Zhang and Xu Chen

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2018 18:143

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  28. Content type: Research article

    Pongamia (Millettia pinnata syn. Pongamia pinnata), an oilseed legume species, is emerging as potential feedstock for sustainable biodiesel production. Breeding Pongamia for favorable traits in commercial applica...

    Authors: Jianzi Huang, Xuehong Hao, Ye Jin, Xiaohuan Guo, Qing Shao, Kavitha S. Kumar, Yogesh K. Ahlawat, David E. Harry, Chandrashekhar P. Joshi and Yizhi Zheng

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2018 18:140

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  29. Content type: Research article

    Switchgrass breeders need to improve the rates of genetic gain in many bioenergy-related traits in order to create improved cultivars that are higher yielding and have optimal biomass composition. One way to a...

    Authors: Jason D. Fiedler, Christina Lanzatella, Serge J. Edmé, Nathan A. Palmer, Gautam Sarath, Rob Mitchell and Christian M. Tobias

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2018 18:142

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  30. Content type: Research article

    Water permeability governed by seed coat is a major facet of seed crops, especially soybean, whose seeds lack physiological dormancy and experience rapid deterioration in seed viability under prolonged storage...

    Authors: G. Ramakrishna, Parampreet Kaur, Deepti Nigam, Pavan K. Chaduvula, Sangita Yadav, Akshay Talukdar, Nagendra Kumar Singh and Kishor Gaikwad

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2018 18:141

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  31. Content type: Research article

    The green peach aphid (GPA), Myzus persicae, is economically one of the most threatening pests in pepper cultivation, which not only causes direct damage but also transmits many viruses. Breeding aphid resistant ...

    Authors: Mengjing Sun, Roeland E. Voorrips, Greet Steenhuis-Broers, Wendy van’t Westende and Ben Vosman

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2018 18:138

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  32. Content type: Research article

    The mountainous region between the Caucasus and China is considered to be the center of domestication for grapevine. Despite the importance of Central Asia in the history of grape growing, information about th...

    Authors: Summaira Riaz, Gabriella De Lorenzis, Dianne Velasco, Anne Koehmstedt, David Maghradze, Zviad Bobokashvili, Mirza Musayev, Goran Zdunic, Valerie Laucou, M. Andrew Walker, Osvaldo Failla, John E. Preece, Mallikarjuna Aradhya and Rosa Arroyo-Garcia

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2018 18:137

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  33. Content type: Research article

    Improvement of water-use efficiency (WUE) can effectively reduce production losses caused by drought stress. A better understanding of the genetic determination of WUE in crops under drought stress has great p...

    Authors: Haibo Wang, Shuang Zhao, Ke Mao, Qinglong Dong, Bowen Liang, Chao Li, Zhiwei Wei, Mingjun Li and Fengwang Ma

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2018 18:136

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  34. Content type: Methodology article

    The relatively low efficiency of biolistic transformation and subsequent integration of multiple copies of the introduced gene/s significantly complicate the genetic modification of wheat (Triticum aestivum) and ...

    Authors: Ainur Ismagul, Nannan Yang, Elina Maltseva, Gulnur Iskakova, Inna Mazonka, Yuri Skiba, Huihui Bi, Serik Eliby, Satyvaldy Jatayev, Yuri Shavrukov, Nikolai Borisjuk and Peter Langridge

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2018 18:135

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  35. Content type: Research article

    Correct flower formation requires highly specific temporal and spatial regulation of gene expression. In Arabidopsis thaliana the majority of the master regulators that determine flower organ identity belong to t...

    Authors: Niels Aerts, Suzanne de Bruijn, Hilda van Mourik, Gerco C. Angenent and Aalt D. J. van Dijk

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2018 18:131

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  36. Content type: Research article

    Plastome mutants are ideal resources for elucidating the functions of plastid genes. Numerous studies have been conducted for the function of plastid genes in barley and tobacco; however, related information i...

    Authors: Xiaoyan Tang, Yiheng Wang, Yun Zhang, Shengnan Huang, Zhiyong Liu, Danli Fei and Hui Feng

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2018 18:130

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  37. Content type: Research article

    Trichomes and phenylpropanoid-derived phenolics are structural and chemical protection against many adverse conditions. Their production is regulated by a network that includes a TTG1/bHLH/MYB tri-protein comp...

    Authors: Shu Wei, Xiang Li, Margaret Y. Gruber, Biruk A. Feyissa, Lisa Amyot and Abdelali Hannoufa

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2018 18:134

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  38. Content type: Methodology article

    Quantitative measurement of actual auxin levels in plant tissue is complimentary to molecular methods measuring the expression of auxin related genes. Current analytical methods to quantify auxin have pushed t...

    Authors: Luz G. Muñoz-Sanhueza, YeonKyeong Lee, Molly Tillmann, Jerry D. Cohen and Anne Kathrine Hvoslef-Eide

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2018 18:133

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  39. Content type: Research article

    MADS-box genes are key regulators of plant reproductive development and members of most lineages of this gene family have been extensively studied. However, the function and diversification of the ancient TM8 lin...

    Authors: Heleen Coenen, Tom Viaene, Michiel Vandenbussche and Koen Geuten

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2018 18:129

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  40. Content type: Research article

    Moso bamboo (Phyllostachys edulis) is a well-known bamboo species of high economic value in the textile industry due to its rapid growth. Phytohormones, which are master regulators of growth and development, serv...

    Authors: Hangxiao Zhang, Huihui Wang, Qiang Zhu, Yubang Gao, Huiyuan Wang, Liangzhen Zhao, Yongsheng Wang, Feihu Xi, Wenfei Wang, Yanqiu Yang, Chentao Lin and Lianfeng Gu

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2018 18:125

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  41. Content type: Research article

    Salinity is a major abiotic stress that limits upland cotton growth and reduces fibre production worldwide. To reveal genetic regulation via transcript and protein levels after salt stress, we comprehensively ...

    Authors: Zhen Peng, Shoupu He, Wenfang Gong, Feifei Xu, Zhaoe Pan, Yinhua Jia, Xiaoli Geng and Xiongming Du

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2018 18:128

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  42. Content type: Research article

    Roots play a central role in plant response to water stress (WS). They are involved in its perception and signalling to the leaf as well as in allowing the plant to adapt to maintaining an adequate water balan...

    Authors: Bhakti Prinsi, Alfredo Simone Negri, Osvaldo Failla, Attilio Scienza and Luca Espen

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2018 18:126

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  43. Content type: Research article

    Numerous regulatory genes participate in plant thermotolerance. In Arabidopsis, HEAT-INDUCED TAS1 TARGET2 (HTT2) is an important thermotolerance gene that is silenced by ta-siR255, a trans-acting siRNA. ta-siR255...

    Authors: Jianxia Jiang, Jinjuan Bai, Shuxia Li, Xiaorong Li, Liyong Yang and Yuke He

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2018 18:127

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  44. Content type: Research article

    Rab proteins form the largest family of the Ras superfamily of small GTP-binding proteins and regulate intracellular trafficking pathways. However, the function of the Rab proteins in woody species is still an...

    Authors: Jin Zhang, Yu Li, Bobin Liu, Lijuan Wang, Li Zhang, Jianjun Hu, Jun Chen, Huanquan Zheng and Mengzhu Lu

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2018 18:124

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  45. Content type: Research article

    Tea plants [Camellia sinensis (L.) O. Kuntze] can produce one of the three most widely popular non-alcoholic beverages throughout the world. Polyphenols and volatiles are the main functional ingredients determini...

    Authors: Yumei Qian, Shuxiang Zhang, Shengbo Yao, Jinxin Xia, Yanzhi Li, Xinlong Dai, Wenzhao Wang, Xiaolan Jiang, Yajun Liu, Mingzhuo Li, Liping Gao and Tao Xia

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2018 18:121

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  46. Content type: Methodology article

    Although the draft genome of sorghum is available, the understanding of gene function is limited due to the lack of extensive mutant resources. Virus-induced gene silencing (VIGS) is an alternative to mutant r...

    Authors: Dharmendra Kumar Singh, Hee-Kyung Lee, Ismail Dweikat and Kirankumar S. Mysore

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2018 18:123

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