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  1. Plants exhibit phenotypic plasticity and respond to differences in environmental conditions by acclimation. We have systematically compared leaves of Arabidopsis thaliana plants grown in the field and under contr...

    Authors: Yogesh Mishra, Hanna Johansson Jänkänpää, Anett Z Kiss, Christiane Funk, Wolfgang P Schröder and Stefan Jansson
    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2012 12:6
  2. The Arabidopsis thaliana dgat1 mutant, AS11, has an oil content which is decreased by 30%, and a strongly increased ratio of 18:3/20:1, compared to wild type. Despite lacking a functional DGAT1, AS11 still manage...

    Authors: Jingyu Xu, Anders S Carlsson, Tammy Francis, Meng Zhang, Travis Hoffman, Michael E Giblin and David C Taylor
    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2012 12:4
  3. Previous studies on the reproductive biology of ferns showed that mating strategies vary among species, and that polyploid species often show higher capacity for self-fertilization than diploid species. Howeve...

    Authors: G Arjen de Groot, Betty Verduyn, ER Jasper Wubs, Roy HJ Erkens and Heinjo J During
    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2012 12:3
  4. Recent reports suggest that vitamin B1 (thiamine) participates in the processes underlying plant adaptations to certain types of abiotic and biotic stress, mainly oxidative stress. Most of the genes coding for en...

    Authors: Maria Rapala-Kozik, Natalia Wolak, Marta Kujda and Agnieszka K Banas
    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2012 12:2
  5. The oil palm (Elaeis guineensis Jacq.) is a perennial monocotyledonous tropical crop species that is now the world's number one source of edible vegetable oil, and the richest dietary source of provitamin A. Whil...

    Authors: Timothy John Tranbarger, Wanwisa Kluabmongkol, Duangjai Sangsrakru, Fabienne Morcillo, W James Tregear, Somvong Tragoonrung and Norbert Billotte
    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2012 12:1
  6. Eukaryotic cilia are complex, highly conserved microtubule-based organelles with a broad phylogenetic distribution. Cilia were present in the last eukaryotic common ancestor and many proteins involved in cilia...

    Authors: Matthew E Hodges, Bill Wickstead, Keith Gull and Jane A Langdale
    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2011 11:185
  7. Narciclasine (NCS) is an Amaryllidaceae alkaloid isolated from Narcissus tazetta bulbs. NCS has inhibitory effects on a broad range of biological activities and thus has various potential practical applications. ...

    Authors: Xiaofan Na, Yanfeng Hu, Kun Yue, Hongxia Lu, Pengfei Jia, Huahua Wang, Xiaomin Wang and Yurong Bi
    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2011 11:184
  8. Association studies are of great interest to identify genes explaining trait variation since they deal with more than just a few alleles like classical QTL analyses. They are usually performed using collection...

    Authors: Jérôme Auzanneau, Christian Huyghe, Abraham J Escobar-Gutiérrez, Bernadette Julier, François Gastal and Philippe Barre
    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2011 11:183
  9. With the advent of high throughput genomic tools, it is now possible to undertake detailed molecular studies of individual species outside traditional model organisms. Combined with a good understanding of phy...

    Authors: Annette C Richardson, Helen L Boldingh, Peter A McAtee, Kularajathevan Gunaseelan, Zhiwei Luo, Ross G Atkinson, Karine M David, Jeremy N Burdon and Robert J Schaffer
    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2011 11:182
  10. In the violaxanthin (V) cycle, V is de-epoxidized to zeaxanthin (Z) when strong light or light combined with other stressors lead to an overexcitation of photosystems. However, plants can also suffer stress in...

    Authors: Beatriz Fernández-Marín, Fátima Míguez, José María Becerril and José Ignacio García-Plazaola
    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2011 11:181
  11. Sesame (Sesamum indicum) is one of the most important oilseed crops with high oil contents and rich nutrient value. However, genetic improvement efforts in sesame could not get benefit from molecular biology tech...

    Authors: Tao Ke, Caihua Dong, Han Mao, Yingzhong Zhao, Hong Chen, Hongyan Liu, Xuyan Dong, Chaobo Tong and Shengyi Liu
    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2011 11:180
  12. Plant color variation is due not only to the global pigment concentration but also to the proportion of different types of pigment. Variation in the color spectrum may arise from secondary modifications, such ...

    Authors: Alexandre Fournier-Level, Philippe Hugueney, Clotilde Verriès, Patrice This and Agnès Ageorges
    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2011 11:179
  13. Accumulated evidence suggest that specific patterns of histone posttranslational modifications (PTMs) and their crosstalks may determine transcriptional outcomes. However, the regulatory mechanisms of these "h...

    Authors: Tao Wu, Er-Xu Pi, Sau-Na Tsai, Hon-Ming Lam, Sai-Ming Sun, Yiu Wa Kwan and Sai-Ming Ngai
    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2011 11:178
  14. Single-repeat R3 MYB transcription factors (single-repeat MYBs) play important roles in controlling trichome patterning in Arabidopsis. It was proposed that single-repeat MYBs negatively regulate trichome formati...

    Authors: Lijun Gan, Kai Xia, Jin-Gui Chen and Shucai Wang
    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2011 11:176
  15. Plant roots are important organs to uptake soil water and nutrients, perceiving and transducing of soil water deficit signals to shoot. The current knowledge of drought stress transcriptomes in rice are mostly...

    Authors: Ali Moumeni, Kouji Satoh, Hiroaki Kondoh, Takayuki Asano, Aeni Hosaka, Ramiah Venuprasad, Rachid Serraj, Arvind Kumar, Hei Leung and Shoshi Kikuchi
    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2011 11:174
  16. NAC domain transcription factors initiate secondary cell wall biosynthesis in Arabidopsis fibres and vessels by activating numerous transcriptional regulators and biosynthetic genes. NAC family member SND2 is an ...

    Authors: Steven G Hussey, Eshchar Mizrachi, Antanas V Spokevicius, Gerd Bossinger, Dave K Berger and Alexander A Myburg
    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2011 11:173
  17. Rice is a major source of dietary intake of cadmium (Cd) for populations that consume rice as a staple food. Understanding how Cd is transported into grains through the whole plant body is necessary for reduci...

    Authors: Satoru Ishikawa, Nobuo Suzui, Sayuri Ito-Tanabata, Satomi Ishii, Masato Igura, Tadashi Abe, Masato Kuramata, Naoki Kawachi and Shu Fujimaki
    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2011 11:172
  18. Common bean is an important legume crop with only a moderate number of short expressed sequence tags (ESTs) made with traditional methods. The goal of this research was to use full-length cDNA technology to de...

    Authors: Matthew W Blair, Andrea C Fernandez, Manabu Ishitani, Danilo Moreta, Motoaki Seki, Sarah Ayling and Kazuo Shinozaki
    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2011 11:171
  19. Plants involved in highly complex and well-coordinated systems have evolved a considerable degree of developmental plasticity, thus minimizing the damage caused by stress. MicroRNAs (miRNAs) have recently emer...

    Authors: Haiyan Li, Yuanyuan Dong, Hailong Yin, Nan Wang, Jing Yang, Xiuming Liu, Yanfang Wang, Jinyu Wu and Xiaokun Li
    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2011 11:170
  20. Chloroplasts are the green plastids where photosynthesis takes place. The biogenesis of chloroplasts requires the coordinate expression of both nuclear and chloroplast genes and is regulated by developmental a...

    Authors: Xiangjun Zhou, Zhangjun Fei, Theodore W Thannhauser and Li Li
    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2011 11:169
  21. Sucrose is the primary photosynthesis product and the principal translocating form within higher plants. Sucrose transporters (SUC/SUT) play a critical role in phloem loading and unloading. Photoassimilate transp...

    Authors: Fupeng Li, Chaozhi Ma, Xia Wang, Changbin Gao, Jianfeng Zhang, Yuanyuan Wang, Na Cong, Xinghua Li, Jing Wen, Bin Yi, Jinxiong Shen, Jinxing Tu and Tingdong Fu
    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2011 11:168
  22. Avocado (Persea americana) belongs to the Lauraceae family and is an important commercial fruit crop in over 50 countries. The most serious pathogen affecting avocado production is Phytophthora cinnamomi which ca...

    Authors: Waheed Mahomed and Noëlani van den Berg
    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2011 11:167
  23. Iron-sulfur [Fe-S] clusters are prosthetic groups required to sustain fundamental life processes including electron transfer, metabolic reactions, sensing, signaling, gene regulation and stabilization of prote...

    Authors: Marta D Heis, Elisabeth M Ditmer, Luisa A de Oliveira, Ana Paula G Frazzon, Rogério Margis and Jeverson Frazzon
    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2011 11:166
  24. The composition of grapevine berry at harvest is a major determinant of wine quality. Optimal oenological maturity of berries is characterized by a high sugar/acidity ratio, high anthocyanin content in the ski...

    Authors: Sabine Guillaumie, Romain Fouquet, Christian Kappel, Céline Camps, Nancy Terrier, Dominique Moncomble, Jake D Dunlevy, Christopher Davies, Paul K Boss and Serge Delrot
    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2011 11:165
  25. Understanding the adaptation of cereals to environmental conditions is one of the key areas in which plant science can contribute to tackling challenges presented by climate change. Temperature and day length ...

    Authors: M Cristina Casao, Ildiko Karsai, Ernesto Igartua, M Pilar Gracia, Otto Veisz and Ana M Casas
    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2011 11:164
  26. The natural environment for plants is composed of a complex set of abiotic stresses and biotic stresses. Plant responses to these stresses are equally complex. Systems biology approaches facilitate a multi-tar...

    Authors: Grant R Cramer, Kaoru Urano, Serge Delrot, Mario Pezzotti and Kazuo Shinozaki
    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2011 11:163
  27. We previously demonstrated that the Arabidopsis thaliana AtMYB60 protein is an R2R3MYB transcription factor required for stomatal opening. AtMYB60 is specifically expressed in guard cells and down-regulated at th...

    Authors: Eleonora Cominelli, Massimo Galbiati, Alessandra Albertini, Fabio Fornara, Lucio Conti, George Coupland and Chiara Tonelli
    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2011 11:162
  28. Heavy-ion mutagenesis is recognised as a powerful technology to generate new mutants, especially in higher plants. Heavy-ion beams show high linear energy transfer (LET) and thus more effectively induce DNA do...

    Authors: Yusuke Kazama, Tomonari Hirano, Hiroyuki Saito, Yang Liu, Sumie Ohbu, Yoriko Hayashi and Tomoko Abe
    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2011 11:161
  29. Rice Xa3/Xa26 disease-resistance gene encodes a leucine-rich repeat (LRR) receptor kinase-type protein against Xanthomonas oryzae pv. oryzae (Xoo) and belongs to a multigene family. However, the functions of most...

    Authors: Haitao Zhang, Yinglong Cao, Jing Zhao, Xianghua Li, Jinghua Xiao and Shiping Wang
    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2011 11:160
  30. Citrus canker disease caused by the bacterial pathogen Xanthomonas citri subsp. citri (Xcc) has become endemic in areas where high temperature, rain, humidity, and windy conditions provide a favourable environmen...

    Authors: Abeer A Khalaf, Frederick G Gmitter Jr, Ana Conesa, Joaquin Dopazo and Gloria A Moore
    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2011 11:159
  31. Although there has been considerable progress made towards understanding the molecular mechanisms of bud dormancy, the roles of protein phosphorylation in the process of dormancy regulation in woody plants rem...

    Authors: Chang-Cai Liu, Chang-Fu Liu, Hong-Xia Wang, Zhi-Ying Shen, Chuan-Ping Yang and Zhi-Gang Wei
    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2011 11:158
  32. Manipulation of the amylose-amylopectin ratio in cereal starch has been identified as a major target for the production of starches with novel functional properties. In wheat, silencing of starch branching enz...

    Authors: Ermelinda Botticella, Francesco Sestili, Antonio Hernandez-Lopez, Andrew Phillips and Domenico Lafiandra
    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2011 11:156
  33. Although modern soybean cultivars feature yellow seed coats, with the only color variation found at the hila, the ancestral condition is black seed coats. Both seed coat and hila coloration are due to the pres...

    Authors: Jason D Gillman, Ashley Tetlow, Jeong-Deong Lee, J Grover Shannon and Kristin Bilyeu
    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2011 11:155
  34. Norway spruce [Picea abies (L.) Karst.] is one of the most important conifer species in Europe. The wood is economically important and infections by wood-rotting fungi cause substantial losses to the industry.

    Authors: Marie Danielsson, Karl Lundén, Malin Elfstrand, Jiang Hu, Tao Zhao, Jenny Arnerup, Katarina Ihrmark, Gunilla Swedjemark, Anna-Karin Borg-Karlson and Jan Stenlid
    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2011 11:154
  35. Rapid and consistent genotyping is an important requirement for cultivar identification in many crop species. Among them grapevine cultivars have been the subject of multiple studies given the large number of ...

    Authors: José A Cabezas, Javier Ibáñez, Diego Lijavetzky, Dolores Vélez, Gema Bravo, Virginia Rodríguez, Iván Carreño, Angelica M Jermakow, Juan Carreño, Leonor Ruiz-García, Mark R Thomas and José M Martinez-Zapater
    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2011 11:153
  36. Improvement of α-tocopherol content is an important breeding aim to increase the nutritional value of crops. Several efforts have been conducted to improve the α-tocopherol content in soybean [Glycine max (L.) Me...

    Authors: Maria S Dwiyanti, Tetsuya Yamada, Masako Sato, Jun Abe and Keisuke Kitamura
    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2011 11:152
  37. The fungal pathogen Setosphaeria turcica causes turcicum or northern leaf blight disease on maize, sorghum and related grasses. A prevalent foliar disease found worldwide where the two host crops, maize and sorgh...

    Authors: Tom Martin, Moses Biruma, Ingela Fridborg, Patrick Okori and Christina Dixelius
    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2011 11:151
  38. The pistil is a place where multiple interactions between cells of different types, origin, and function occur. Ca2+ is one of the key signal molecules in plants and animals. Despite the numerous studies on Ca2+ ...

    Authors: Krzysztof Zienkiewicz, Juan D Rejón, Cynthia Suárez, Antonio J Castro, Juan de Dios Alché and María Isabel Rodríguez García
    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2011 11:150
  39. Grapes (Vitis vinifera L.) are economically the most important fruit crop worldwide. However, the complexity of molecular and biochemical events that lead to the onset of ripening of nonclimacteric fruits is not ...

    Authors: Ana M Fortes, Patricia Agudelo-Romero, Marta S Silva, Kashif Ali, Lisete Sousa, Federica Maltese, Young H Choi, Jerome Grimplet, José M Martinez- Zapater, Robert Verpoorte and Maria S Pais
    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2011 11:149
  40. Genetic mapping has proven to be powerful for studying the genetic architecture of complex traits by characterizing a network of the underlying interacting quantitative trait loci (QTLs). Current statistical m...

    Authors: Chunfa Tong, Bo Zhang, Zhong Wang, Meng Xu, Xiaoming Pang, Jingna Si, Minren Huang and Rongling Wu
    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2011 11:148
  41. Deep-level second generation sequencing (2GS) technologies are now being applied to non-model species as a viable and favourable alternative to Sanger sequencing. Large-scale SNP discovery was undertaken in bl...

    Authors: Joanne R Russell, Micha Bayer, Clare Booth, Linda Cardle, Christine A Hackett, Pete E Hedley, Linzi Jorgensen, Jenny A Morris and Rex M Brennan
    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2011 11:147
  42. Frost is an important abiotic stress that limits cereal production in the temperate zone. As the most frost tolerant small grain cereal, rye (Secale cereale L.) is an ideal cereal model for investigating the gene...

    Authors: Yongle Li, Andreas Böck, Grit Haseneyer, Viktor Korzun, Peer Wilde, Chris-Carolin Schön, Donna P Ankerst and Eva Bauer
    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2011 11:146
  43. Leaf rust, which is caused by the fungus Hemileia vastatrix (Pucciniales), is a devastating disease that affects coffee plants (Coffea arabica L.). Disadvantages that are associated with currently developed phyto...

    Authors: Jean-Luc Cacas, Anne-Sophie Petitot, Louis Bernier, Joan Estevan, Geneviève Conejero, Sébastien Mongrand and Diana Fernandez
    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2011 11:144
  44. Parthenocarpy is a desirable trait in Capsicum annuum production because it improves fruit quality and results in a more regular fruit set. Previously, we identified several C. annuum genotypes that already show ...

    Authors: Aparna Tiwari, Adam Vivian-Smith, Roeland E Voorrips, Myckel EJ Habets, Lin B Xue, Remko Offringa and Ep Heuvelink
    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2011 11:143
  45. Under drought, plants accumulate the signaling hormone abscisic acid (ABA), which induces the rapid closure of stomatal pores to prevent water loss. This event is trigged by a series of signals produced inside...

    Authors: Massimo Galbiati, José Tomás Matus, Priscilla Francia, Fabio Rusconi, Paola Cañón, Consuelo Medina, Lucio Conti, Eleonora Cominelli, Chiara Tonelli and Patricio Arce-Johnson
    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2011 11:142

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