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  1. Fruit development, maturation and ripening consists of a complex series of biochemical and physiological changes that in climacteric fruits, including apple and tomato, are coordinated by the gaseous hormone e...

    Authors: Fabrizio Costa, Rob Alba, Henk Schouten, Valeria Soglio, Luca Gianfranceschi, Sara Serra, Stefano Musacchi, Silviero Sansavini, Guglielmo Costa, Zhangjun Fei and James Giovannoni
    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2010 10:229
  2. Plant infestation with parasitic weeds like Cuscuta reflexa induces morphological as well as biochemical changes in the host and the parasite. These modifications could be caused by a change in protein or gene ac...

    Authors: Marc Bleischwitz, Markus Albert, Hans-Lothar Fuchsbauer and Ralf Kaldenhoff
    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2010 10:227
  3. Terpenoids are among the most important constituents of grape flavour and wine bouquet, and serve as useful metabolite markers in viticulture and enology. Based on the initial 8-fold sequencing of a nearly hom...

    Authors: Diane M Martin, Sébastien Aubourg, Marina B Schouwey, Laurent Daviet, Michel Schalk, Omid Toub, Steven T Lund and Jörg Bohlmann
    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2010 10:226
  4. Increased Al concentration causes reduction of mitotic activity, induction of nucleolar alteration, increase of the production of ROS and alteration of several antioxidant enzyme activities in plant cells. Allium...

    Authors: Rong Qin, Yunqiu Jiao, Shanshan Zhang, Wusheng Jiang and Donghua Liu
    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2010 10:225
  5. Ultraviolet-B radiation (UV-B, 280-315 nm) is a natural component of sunlight, which has numerous regulatory effects on plant physiology. The nature of the response to UV-B is dependent on fluence rate, dose, ...

    Authors: Mariela A Pontin, Patricia N Piccoli, Rita Francisco, Ruben Bottini, Jose M Martinez-Zapater and Diego Lijavetzky
    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2010 10:224
  6. Research on citrus fruit ripening has received considerable attention because of the importance of citrus fruits for the human diet. Organic acids are among the main determinants of taste and organoleptic qual...

    Authors: Javier Terol, Guillermo Soler, Manuel Talon and Manuel Cercos
    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2010 10:222
  7. The clock-controlled RNA-binding protein AtGRP7 influences circadian oscillations of its own transcript at the post-transcriptional level. To identify additional targets that are regulated by AtGRP7, transcript p...

    Authors: Corinna Streitner, Lars Hennig, Christin Korneli and Dorothee Staiger
    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2010 10:221
  8. Expression of exogenous sequences in plants is often suppressed through one of the earliest described RNA silencing pathways, sense post-transcriptional gene silencing (S-PTGS). This type of suppression has ma...

    Authors: Christos Kotakis, Nicholas Vrettos, Dimitrios Kotsis, Mina Tsagris, Kiriakos Kotzabasis and Kriton Kalantidis
    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2010 10:220
  9. The phloem of dicotyledonous plants contains specialized P-proteins (phloem proteins) that accumulate during sieve element differentiation and remain parietally associated with the cisternae of the endoplasmic...

    Authors: Boris Rüping, Antonia M Ernst, Stephan B Jekat, Steffen Nordzieke, Anna R Reineke, Boje Müller, Erich Bornberg-Bauer, Dirk Prüfer and Gundula A Noll
    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2010 10:219
  10. Oil palm is the world's most productive oil-food crop despite yielding well below its theoretical maximum. This maximum could be approached with the introduction of elite F1 varieties. The development of such eli...

    Authors: Jim M Dunwell, Mike J Wilkinson, Stephen Nelson, Sri Wening, Andrew C Sitorus, Devi Mienanti, Yuzer Alfiko, Adam E Croxford, Caroline S Ford, Brian P Forster and Peter DS Caligari
    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2010 10:218
  11. Plants are subjected to continuous stimuli from the environment and have evolved an ability to respond through various growth and development processes. Phototropism and gravitropism responses enable the plant...

    Authors: Raul Herrera, Catherine Krier, Celine Lalanne, ElHadji Maodo Ba, Alexia Stokes, Franck Salin, Thierry Fourcaud, Stéphane Claverol and Christophe Plomion
    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2010 10:217
  12. The distribution area of pearl millet in West and Central Africa (WCA) harbours a wide range of climatic and environmental conditions as well as diverse farmer preferences and pearl millet utilization habits w...

    Authors: Benjamin Stich, Bettina IG Haussmann, Raj Pasam, Sankalp Bhosale, C Tom Hash, Albrecht E Melchinger and Heiko K Parzies
    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2010 10:216
  13. Iron deficiency anemia is a global problem which often affects women and children of developing countries. Strategy I plants, such as common bean (Phaseolus vulgaris L.) take up iron through a process that involv...

    Authors: Matthew W Blair, Sharon JB Knewtson, Carolina Astudillo, Chee-Ming Li, Andrea C Fernandez and Michael A Grusak
    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2010 10:215
  14. Phosphomannomutase (PMM) is an essential enzyme in eukaryotes. However, little is known about PMM gene and function in crop plants. Here, we report molecular evolutionary and biochemical analysis of PMM genes in ...

    Authors: Chunmei Yu, Yiwen Li, Bin Li, Xin Liu, Lifang Hao, Jing Chen, Weiqiang Qian, Shiming Li, Guanfeng Wang, Shiwei Bai, Hua Ye, Huanju Qin, Qianhua Shen, Liangbiao Chen, Aimin Zhang and Daowen Wang
    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2010 10:214
  15. The roles of non-coding RNAs in regulating gene expression have been extensively studied in both prokaryotes and eukaryotes, however few reports exist as to their roles in organellar gene regulation. Evidence ...

    Authors: Amber M Hotto, Zoe E Huston and David B Stern
    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2010 10:213
  16. Isoprenylcysteine methylesterases (ICME) demethylate prenylated protein in eukaryotic cell. Until now, knowledge about their molecular information, localization and expression pattern is largely unavailable in...

    Authors: Ping Lan, Wenfeng Li, Huizhong Wang and Wujun Ma
    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2010 10:212
  17. The cultivated olive (Olea europaea L.) is the most agriculturally important species of the Oleaceae family. Although many studies have been performed on plastid polymorphisms to evaluate taxonomy, phylogeny and ...

    Authors: Roberto Mariotti, Nicolò GM Cultrera, Concepcion Muñoz Díez, Luciana Baldoni and Andrea Rubini
    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2010 10:211
  18. Because of the increasing quantity and high toxicity to humans of polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs) in the environment, several bioremediation mechanisms and protocols have been investigated to restore P...

    Authors: Fuxing Kang, Dongsheng Chen, Yanzheng Gao and Yi Zhang
    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2010 10:210
  19. Plants of the Huperziaceae family, which comprise the two genera Huperzia and Phlegmariurus, produce various types of lycopodium alkaloids that are used to treat a number of human ailments, such as contusions, sw...

    Authors: Hongmei Luo, Ying Li, Chao Sun, Qiong Wu, Jingyuan Song, Yongzhen Sun, André Steinmetz and Shilin Chen
    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2010 10:209
  20. Distant hybridization can result genome duplication and allopolyploid formation which may play a significant role in the origin and evolution of many plant species. It is unclear how the two or more divergent ...

    Authors: Xuanli Li, Weiwei Guo, Bing Wang, Xiangsong Li, Honggao Chen, Lihua Wei, Yanjie Wang, Jiangsheng Wu and Hong Long
    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2010 10:207
  21. Partial resistance to plant pathogens is extensively used in breeding programs since it could contribute to resistance durability. Partial resistance often builds up during plant development and confers quanti...

    Authors: Emilie Vergne, Xavier Grand, Elsa Ballini, Véronique Chalvon, P Saindrenan, D Tharreau, J-L Nottéghem and J-B Morel
    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2010 10:206
  22. Members of the aquatic monocot family Lemnaceae (commonly called duckweeds) represent the smallest and fastest growing flowering plants. Their highly reduced morphology and infrequent flowering result in a dearth...

    Authors: Wenqin Wang, Yongrui Wu, Yiheng Yan, Marina Ermakova, Randall Kerstetter and Joachim Messing
    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2010 10:205
  23. Bananas and plantains (Musa spp.) are grown in more than a hundred tropical and subtropical countries and provide staple food for hundreds of millions of people. They are seed-sterile crops propagated clonally an...

    Authors: Eva Hřibová, Pavel Neumann, Takashi Matsumoto, Nicolas Roux, Jiří Macas and Jaroslav Doležel
    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2010 10:204
  24. The detrimental effects of mild winter temperatures on the consistency of cropping of blackcurrant (Ribes nigrum L.) in parts of Europe have led to increasing interest in the genetic control of dormancy release i...

    Authors: Peter E Hedley, Joanne R Russell, Linzi Jorgensen, Sandra Gordon, Jenny A Morris, Christine A Hackett, Linda Cardle and Rex Brennan
    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2010 10:202
  25. Phosphoenolpyruvate carboxylase (PEPC) is a critical enzyme catalyzing the β-carboxylation of phosphoenolpyruvate (PEP) to oxaloacetate, a tricarboxylic acid (TCA) cycle intermediate. PEPC typically exists as a C...

    Authors: Tomoko Igawa, Masayuki Fujiwara, Ichiro Tanaka, Yoichiro Fukao and Yuki Yanagawa
    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2010 10:200
  26. Upon appropriate stimulation, plants increase their level of resistance against future pathogen attack. This phenomenon, known as induced resistance, presents an adaptive advantage due to its reduced fitness c...

    Authors: Vicente Ramírez, Sjoerd Van der Ent, Javier García-Andrade, Alberto Coego, Corné MJ Pieterse and Pablo Vera
    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2010 10:199
  27. The Arabidopsis SEUSS (SEU) gene encodes a transcriptional adaptor protein that is required for a diverse set of developmental events, including floral organ identity specification, as well as gynoecium, ovule an...

    Authors: Staci Nole-Wilson, Elizabeth E Rueschhoff, Huda Bhatti and Robert G Franks
    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2010 10:198
  28. Multiple proteins containing BURP domain have been identified in many different plant species, but not in any other organisms. To date, the molecular function of the BURP domain is still unknown, and no system...

    Authors: Hongliang Xu, Yaxuan Li, Yueming Yan, Ke Wang, Ya Gao and Yingkao Hu
    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2010 10:197
  29. Aluminum (Al) toxicity is one of the most important yield-limiting factors of many crops worldwide. The primary symptom of Al toxicity syndrome is the inhibition of root growth leading to poor water and nutrie...

    Authors: Lucia Mattiello, Matias Kirst, Felipe R da Silva, Renato A Jorge and Marcelo Menossi
    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2010 10:196
  30. The alteration of fatty acid profiles in soybean [Glycine max (L.) Merr.] to improve soybean oil quality is an important and evolving theme in soybean research to meet nutritional needs and industrial criteria in...

    Authors: Anh-Tung Pham, Jeong-Dong Lee, J Grover Shannon and Kristin D Bilyeu
    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2010 10:195
  31. Postharvest losses of citrus fruit due to green mold decay, caused by the fungus Penicillium digitaum, have a considerable economic impact. However, little is known about the molecular processes underlying the re...

    Authors: Luis González-Candelas, Santiago Alamar, Paloma Sánchez-Torres, Lorenzo Zacarías and Jose F Marcos
    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2010 10:194
  32. Within the scanning model of translation initiation, reinitiation is a non-canonical mechanism that operates on mRNAs harboring upstream open reading frames. The h subunit of eukaryotic initiation factor 3 (eI...

    Authors: Fujun Zhou, Bijoyita Roy and Albrecht G von Arnim
    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2010 10:193
  33. The plant hormone abscisic acid (ABA) is ubiquitous among land plants where it plays an important role in plant growth and development. In seeds, ABA induces embryogenesis and seed maturation as well as seed d...

    Authors: Xiaoqin Wang, Tingyun Kuang and Yikun He
    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2010 10:192
  34. Two thaumatin-like proteins (TLPs) were previously identified in phloem exudate of hybrid poplar (Populus trichocarpa × P. deltoides) using proteomics methods, and their sieve element localization confirmed by im...

    Authors: Nicole J Dafoe, Brent E Gowen and C Peter Constabel
    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2010 10:191
  35. It is widely recognized that interspecific hybridization may induce "genome shock", and lead to genetic and epigenetic instabilities in the resultant hybrids and/or backcrossed introgressants. A prominent comp...

    Authors: Ningning Wang, Hongyan Wang, Hui Wang, Di Zhang, Ying Wu, Xiufang Ou, Shuang Liu, Zhenying Dong and Bao Liu
    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2010 10:190
  36. Plants respond to low oxygen stress, particularly that caused by waterlogging, by altering transcription and translation. Previous studies have mostly focused on revealing the mechanism of the response at the ...

    Authors: Xiling Zou, Yuanyuan Jiang, Lei Liu, Zuxin Zhang and Yonglian Zheng
    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2010 10:189
  37. Drought is a common stressor in many regions of the world and current climatic global circulation models predict further increases in warming and drought in the coming decades in several of these regions, such...

    Authors: Jordi Sardans, Josep Peñuelas and Silvia Lope-Piedrafita
    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2010 10:188
  38. Symptoms of grapevine leafroll disease (GLRD) in red-fruited wine grape (Vitis vinifera L.) cultivars consist of green veins and red and reddish-purple discoloration of inter-veinal areas of leaves. The reddish-p...

    Authors: Linga R Gutha, Luis F Casassa, James F Harbertson and Rayapati A Naidu
    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2010 10:187
  39. Due to the variation and mutation of the races of Pseudoperonospora cubensis, downy mildew has in recent years become the most devastating leaf disease of cucumber worldwide. Novel resistance to downy mildew has ...

    Authors: Hongjian Wan, Zhenguo Zhao, Ahmed Abbas Malik, Chuntao Qian and Jinfeng Chen
    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2010 10:186
  40. Ionic aluminum (mainly Al3+) is rhizotoxic and can be present in acid soils at concentrations high enough to inhibit root growth. Many forest tree species grow naturally in acid soils and often tolerate high conc...

    Authors: Nadine Grisel, Stefan Zoller, Marzanna Künzli-Gontarczyk, Thomas Lampart, Martin Münsterkötter, Ivano Brunner, Lucien Bovet, Jean-Pierre Métraux and Christoph Sperisen
    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2010 10:185
  41. Genes belonging to the pathogenesis related 10 (PR10) group have been studied in several plant species, where they form multigene families. Until now, such an analysis has not been performed in Vitis vinifera, al...

    Authors: Sylvain Lebel, Paul Schellenbaum, Bernard Walter and Pascale Maillot
    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2010 10:184
  42. Nitrogen is a crucial nutrient that is both essential and rate limiting for plant growth and seed production. Glutamine synthetase (GS), occupies a central position in nitrogen assimilation and recycling, just...

    Authors: Ana R Seabra, Cristina P Vieira, Julie V Cullimore and Helena G Carvalho
    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2010 10:183
  43. The first two enzymatic steps of monoterpene indole alkaloid (MIA) biosynthetic pathway are catalysed by strictosidine synthase (STR) that condensates tryptamine and secologanin to form strictosidine and by st...

    Authors: Grégory Guirimand, Vincent Courdavault, Arnaud Lanoue, Samira Mahroug, Anthony Guihur, Nathalie Blanc, Nathalie Giglioli-Guivarc'h, Benoit St-Pierre and Vincent Burlat
    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2010 10:182
  44. Dehydrins represent hydrophilic proteins acting mainly during cell dehydration and stress response. Dehydrins are generally thermostable; however, the so-called dehydrin-like (dehydrin-related) proteins show v...

    Authors: Michal Rurek
    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2010 10:181
  45. The evolution of sex chromosomes is often accompanied by gene or chromosome rearrangements. Recently, the gene AP3 was characterized in the dioecious plant species Silene latifolia. It was suggested that this gen...

    Authors: Radim Cegan, Gabriel AB Marais, Hana Kubekova, Nicolas Blavet, Alex Widmer, Boris Vyskot, Jaroslav Doležel, Jan Šafář and Roman Hobza
    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2010 10:180
  46. Modifications of DNA and histones in various combinations are correlated with many cellular processes. In this study, we investigated the possible relationship between histone H4 tetraacetylation, DNA methylat...

    Authors: Fei Yang, Lu Zhang, Jun Li, Jing Huang, Ruoyu Wen, Lu Ma, Dongfeng Zhou and Lijia Li
    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2010 10:178

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