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  1. Allium sativum., commonly known as garlic, is a species in the onion genus (Allium), which is a large and diverse one containing over 1,250 species. Its close relatives include chives, onion, leek and shallot. Ga...

    Authors: Dae-Won Kim, Tae-Sung Jung, Seong-Hyeuk Nam, Hyuk-Ryul Kwon, Aeri Kim, Sung-Hwa Chae, Sang-Haeng Choi, Dong-Wook Kim, Ryong Nam Kim and Hong-Seog Park
    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2009 9:61
  2. Two previously uncharacterized Arabidopsis genes that encode proteins with acyltransferase PlsC regions were selected for study based on their sequence similarity to a recently identified lung lysophosphatidyl...

    Authors: Kjell Stålberg, Ulf Ståhl, Sten Stymne and John Ohlrogge
    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2009 9:60
  3. Acidity is an essential component of the organoleptic quality of fleshy fruits. However, in these fruits, the physiological and molecular mechanisms that control fruit acidity remain unclear. In peach the D locus...

    Authors: Karima Boudehri, Abdelhafid Bendahmane, Gaëlle Cardinet, Christelle Troadec, Annick Moing and Elisabeth Dirlewanger
    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2009 9:59
  4. Selenium is a trace element performing important biological functions in many organisms including humans. It usually affects organisms in a strictly dosage-dependent manner being essential at low and toxic at ...

    Authors: Dáša Umysová, Milada Vítová, Irena Doušková, Kateřina Bišová, Monika Hlavová, Mária Čížková, Jiří Machát, Jiří Doucha and Vilém Zachleder
    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2009 9:58
  5. Red clover (Trifolium pratense L.) is a major forage legume that has a strong self-incompatibility system and exhibits high genetic diversity within populations. For several crop species, integrated consensus lin...

    Authors: Sachiko Isobe, Roland Kölliker, Hiroshi Hisano, Shigemi Sasamoto, Tshyuko Wada, Irina Klimenko, Kenji Okumura and Satoshi Tabata
    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2009 9:57
  6. The tightly bound to DNA proteins (TBPs) is a protein group that remains attached to DNA with covalent or non-covalent bonds after its deproteinisation. The functional role of this group is as yet not complete...

    Authors: Tatjana Sjakste, Kristina Bielskiene, Marion Röder, Olga Sugoka, Danute Labeikyte, Lida Bagdoniene, Benediktas Juodka, Yegor Vassetzky and Nikolajs Sjakste
    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2009 9:56
  7. For plants to flower at the appropriate time, they must be able to perceive and respond to various internal and external cues. Wheat is generally a long-day plant that will go through phase transition from veg...

    Authors: Mark O Winfield, Chungui Lu, Ian D Wilson, Jane A Coghill and Keith J Edwards
    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2009 9:55
  8. Grapevine protection against diseases needs alternative strategies to the use of phytochemicals, implying a thorough knowledge of innate defense mechanisms. However, signalling pathways and regulatory elements...

    Authors: Gaëlle Le Henanff, Thierry Heitz, Pere Mestre, Jerôme Mutterer, Bernard Walter and Julie Chong
    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2009 9:54
  9. Despite great advances in genomic technology observed in several crop species, the availability of molecular tools such as microsatellite markers has been limited in tea (Camellia sinensis L.). The development of...

    Authors: Ram Kumar Sharma, Pankaj Bhardwaj, Rinu Negi, Trilochan Mohapatra and Paramvir Singh Ahuja
    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2009 9:53
  10. The complex responses of plants to DNA damage are incompletely understood and the role of members of the serpin protein family has not been investigated. Serpins are functionally diverse but structurally conse...

    Authors: Joon-Woo Ahn, Brian J Atwell and Thomas H Roberts
    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2009 9:52
  11. American chestnut (Castanea dentata) was devastated by an exotic pathogen in the beginning of the twentieth century. This chestnut blight is caused by Cryphonectria parasitica, a fungus that infects stem tissues ...

    Authors: Abdelali Barakat, Denis S DiLoreto, Yi Zhang, Chris Smith, Kathleen Baier, William A Powell, Nicholas Wheeler, Ron Sederoff and John E Carlson
    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2009 9:51
  12. The Brassica species include an important group of crops and provide opportunities for studying the evolutionary consequences of polyploidy. They are related to Arabidopsis thaliana, for which the first complete ...

    Authors: Martin Trick, Foo Cheung, Nizar Drou, Fiona Fraser, Edward K Lobenhofer, Patrick Hurban, Andreas Magusin, Christopher D Town and Ian Bancroft
    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2009 9:50
  13. Universally accepted landmark stages are necessary to highlight key events in plant reproductive development and to facilitate comparisons among species. Domestication and selection of tomato resulted in many ...

    Authors: Han Xiao, Cheryll Radovich, Nicholas Welty, Jason Hsu, Dongmei Li, Tea Meulia and Esther van der Knaap
    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2009 9:49
  14. Seed dormancy is controlled by the physiological or structural properties of a seed and the external conditions. It is induced as part of the genetic program of seed development and maturation. Seeds with deep...

    Authors: Tomasz A Pawłowski
    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2009 9:48
  15. Phaseolus vulgaris (common bean) is the second most important legume crop in the world after soybean. Consequently, yield losses due to fungal infection, like Uromyces appendiculatus (bean rust), have strong cons...

    Authors: Sandra Thibivilliers, Trupti Joshi, Kimberly B Campbell, Brian Scheffler, Dong Xu, Bret Cooper, Henry T Nguyen and Gary Stacey
    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2009 9:46
  16. In recent years, the application of nanotechnology in several fields of bioscience and biomedicine has been studied. The use of nanoparticles for the targeted delivery of substances has been given special atte...

    Authors: Eduardo Corredor, Pilar S Testillano, María-José Coronado, Pablo González-Melendi, Rodrigo Fernández-Pacheco, Clara Marquina, M Ricardo Ibarra, Jesús M de la Fuente, Diego Rubiales, Alejandro Pérez-de-Luque and María-Carmen Risueño
    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2009 9:45
  17. Phenotypic characterization of transgenic cell lines, frequently used in plant biology studies, is complicated because transgene expression in individual cells is often heterogeneous and unstable. To identify ...

    Authors: Eva Nocarova and Lukas Fischer
    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2009 9:44
  18. Although the effects of P deficiency on tea (Camellia sinensis (L.) O. Kuntze) growth, P uptake and utilization as well as leaf gas exchange and Chl a fluorescence have been investigated, very little is known abo...

    Authors: Zheng-He Lin, Li-Song Chen, Rong-Bing Chen, Fang-Zhou Zhang, Huan-Xin Jiang and Ning Tang
    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2009 9:43
  19. Tandemly repeated DNA, also called as satellite DNA, is a common feature of eukaryotic genomes. Satellite repeats can expand and contract dramatically, which may cause genome size variation among genetically-r...

    Authors: Sung-Hwan Jo, Dal-Hoe Koo, Jihyun F Kim, Cheol-Goo Hur, Sanghyeob Lee, Tae-jin Yang, Suk-Yoon Kwon and Doil Choi
    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2009 9:42
  20. Gluten proteins can induce celiac disease (CD) in genetically susceptible individuals. In CD patients gluten-derived peptides are presented to the immune system, which leads to a CD4+ T-cell mediated immune respo...

    Authors: Hetty C van den Broeck, Teun WJM van Herpen, Cees Schuit, Elma MJ Salentijn, Liesbeth Dekking, Dirk Bosch, Rob J Hamer, Marinus JM Smulders, Ludovicus JWJ Gilissen and Ingrid M van der Meer
    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2009 9:41
  21. Arachis hypogaea (peanut) is an important crop worldwide, being mostly used for edible oil production, direct consumption and animal feed. Cultivated peanut is an allotetraploid species with two different genome ...

    Authors: Márcio C Moretzsohn, Andrea VG Barbosa, Dione MT Alves-Freitas, Cristiane Teixeira, Soraya CM Leal-Bertioli, Patrícia M Guimarães, Rinaldo W Pereira, Catalina R Lopes, Marcelo M Cavallari, José FM Valls, David J Bertioli and Marcos A Gimenes
    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2009 9:40
  22. Ubiquitination is mediated by the sequential action of at least three enzymes: the E1 (ubiquitin-activating enzyme), E2 (ubiquitin-conjugating enzyme) and E3 (ubiquitin ligase) proteins. Polyubiquitination of ...

    Authors: Hirotaka Takahashi, Akira Nozawa, Motoaki Seki, Kazuo Shinozaki, Yaeta Endo and Tatsuya Sawasaki
    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2009 9:39
  23. Plastids arose from a free-living cyanobacterial endosymbiont and multiply by binary division as do cyanobacteria. Plastid division involves nucleus-encoded homologs of cyanobacterial division proteins such as...

    Authors: Kenji Suzuki, Hiromitsu Nakanishi, Joyce Bower, David W Yoder, Katherine W Osteryoung and Shin-ya Miyagishima
    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2009 9:38
  24. Although histone deacetylases from model organisms have been previously identified, there is no clear basis for the classification of histone deacetylases under the RPD3/HDA1 superfamily, particularly on plant...

    Authors: Malona V Alinsug, Chun-Wei Yu and Keqiang Wu
    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2009 9:37
  25. Renowned for their fast growth, valuable wood properties and wide adaptability, Eucalyptus species are amongst the most planted hardwoods in the world, yet they are still at the early stages of domestication beca...

    Authors: David Rengel, Hélène San Clemente, Florence Servant, Nathalie Ladouce, Etienne Paux, Patrick Wincker, Arnaud Couloux, Pierre Sivadon and Jacqueline Grima-Pettenati
    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2009 9:36
  26. Lack of sufficient molecular markers hinders current genetic research in peanuts (Arachis hypogaea L.). It is necessary to develop more molecular markers for potential use in peanut genetic research. With the dev...

    Authors: Xuanqiang Liang, Xiaoping Chen, Yanbin Hong, Haiyan Liu, Guiyuan Zhou, Shaoxiong Li and Baozhu Guo
    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2009 9:35
  27. In order to identify genes that might confer and maintain freeze resistance of winter wheat, a comparative transcriptome analysis was performed between control and 4 wk cold-acclimated crown tissue of two wint...

    Authors: Fedora Sutton, Ding-Geng Chen, Xijin Ge and Don Kenefick
    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2009 9:34
  28. Ecological, evolutionary and physiological studies have thus far provided an incomplete picture of why some plants become invasive; therefore we used genomic resources to complement and advance this field. In ...

    Authors: Amanda K Broz, Daniel K Manter, Gillianne Bowman, Heinz Müller-Schärer and Jorge M Vivanco
    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2009 9:33
  29. Rhizotoxic ions in problem soils inhibit nutrient and water acquisition by roots, which in turn leads to reduced crop yields. Previous studies on the effects of rhizotoxic ions on root growth and physiological...

    Authors: Cheng-Ri Zhao, Takashi Ikka, Yoshiharu Sawaki, Yuriko Kobayashi, Yuji Suzuki, Takashi Hibino, Shigeru Sato, Nozomu Sakurai, Daisuke Shibata and Hiroyuki Koyama
    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2009 9:32
  30. The interaction of Arabidopsis with Alternaria brassicicola provides a model for disease caused by necrotrophs, but a drawback has been the lack of a compatible pathosystem. Infection of most ecotypes, including ...

    Authors: Arup K Mukherjee, Sophie Lev, Shimon Gepstein and Benjamin A Horwitz
    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2009 9:31
  31. The leaves of globe artichoke and cultivated cardoon (Cynara cardunculus L.) have significant pharmaceutical properties, which mainly result from their high content of polyphenolic compounds such as monocaffeoylq...

    Authors: Cinzia Comino, Alain Hehn, Andrea Moglia, Barbara Menin, Frédéric Bourgaud, Sergio Lanteri and Ezio Portis
    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2009 9:30
  32. Arabidopsis ovules comprise four morphologically distinct parts: the nucellus, which contains the embryo sac, two integuments that become the seed coat, and the funiculus that anchors the ovule within the carpel....

    Authors: Debra J Skinner and Charles S Gasser
    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2009 9:29
  33. Besides being essential for plant structure and metabolism, soluble carbohydrates play important roles in stress responses. Sucrose has been shown to confer to Arabidopsis seedlings a high level of tolerance t...

    Authors: Fanny Ramel, Cécile Sulmon, Matthieu Bogard, Ivan Couée and Gwenola Gouesbet
    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2009 9:28
  34. The cell wall component callose is mainly synthesized at certain developmental stages and after wounding or pathogen attack. Callose synthases are membrane-bound enzymes that have been relatively well characte...

    Authors: Mari Aidemark, Carl-Johan Andersson, Allan G Rasmusson and Susanne Widell
    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2009 9:27
  35. Lignin is a phenolic heteropolymer in secondary cell walls that plays a major role in the development of plants and their defense against pathogens. The biosynthesis of monolignols, which represent the main co...

    Authors: Abdelali Barakat, Agnieszka Bagniewska-Zadworna, Alex Choi, Urmila Plakkat, Denis S DiLoreto, Priyadarshini Yellanki and John E Carlson
    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2009 9:26
  36. Pollen, the male partner in the reproduction of flowering plants, comprises either two or three cells at maturity. The current knowledge of the pollen transcriptome is limited to the model plant systems Arabidops...

    Authors: Farzad Haerizadeh, Chui E Wong, Prem L Bhalla, Peter M Gresshoff and Mohan B Singh
    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2009 9:25
  37. Bet v 1 is an important cause of hay fever in northern Europe. Bet v 1 isoforms from the European white birch (Betula pendula) have been investigated extensively, but the allergenic potency of other birch species...

    Authors: Martijn F Schenk, Jan HG Cordewener, Antoine HP America, Wendy PC van't Westende, Marinus JM Smulders and Luud JWJ Gilissen
    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2009 9:24
  38. Concern over land use for non-food bioenergy crops requires breeding programmes that focus on producing biomass on the minimum amount of land that is economically-viable. To achieve this, the maximum potential...

    Authors: Anne M Rae, Nathaniel Robert Street, Kathryn Megan Robinson, Nicole Harris and Gail Taylor
    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2009 9:23
  39. Coffea canephora, also called Robusta, belongs to the Rubiaceae, the fourth largest angiosperm family. This diploid species (2x = 2n = 22) has a fairly small genome size of ≈ 690 Mb and despite its extreme econom...

    Authors: Romain Guyot, Marion de la Mare, Véronique Viader, Perla Hamon, Olivier Coriton, José Bustamante-Porras, Valérie Poncet, Claudine Campa, Serge Hamon and Alexandre de Kochko
    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2009 9:22
  40. The wild potato Solanum ruiz-lealii Brüch. (2n = 2x = 24), a species of hybrid origin, is endemic to Mendoza province, Argentina. Recurrent flower malformations, which varied among inflorescences of the same plan...

    Authors: Carlos F Marfil, Elsa L Camadro and Ricardo W Masuelli
    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2009 9:21
  41. Databases for either sequence, annotation, or microarray experiments data are extremely beneficial to the research community, as they centrally gather information from experiments performed by different scient...

    Authors: Kolja Henckel, Kai J Runte, Thomas Bekel, Michael Dondrup, Tobias Jakobi, Helge Küster and Alexander Goesmann
    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2009 9:19
  42. Differentiation of long and short shoots is an important developmental trait in several species of the Rosaceae family. However, the physiological mechanisms controlling this differentiation are largely unknow...

    Authors: Timo Hytönen, Paula Elomaa, Thomas Moritz and Olavi Junttila
    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2009 9:18
  43. High-molecular-weight glutenin subunits (HMW-GSs) have been considered as most important seed storage proteins for wheat flour quality. 1Ay subunits are of great interest because they are always silent in comm...

    Authors: Qian-Tao Jiang, Yu-Ming Wei, Feng Wang, Ji-Rui Wang, Ze-Hong Yan and You-Liang Zheng
    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2009 9:16
  44. The potyviruses sugarcane mosaic virus (SCMV) and maize dwarf mosaic virus (MDMV) are major pathogens of maize worldwide. Two loci, Scmv1 and Scmv2, have ealier been shown to confer complete resistance to SCMV. C...

    Authors: Anna Użarowska, Giuseppe Dionisio, Barbara Sarholz, Hans-Peter Piepho, Mingliang Xu, Christina Rønn Ingvardsen, Gerhard Wenzel and Thomas Lübberstedt
    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2009 9:15
  45. The industrial chicory, Cichorium intybus, is a member of the Asteraceae family that accumulates fructan of the inulin type in its root. Inulin is a low calories sweetener, a texture agent and a health promoting ...

    Authors: Nicolas Dauchot, Dominique Mingeot, Bénédicte Purnelle, Céline Muys, Bernard Watillon, Marc Boutry and Pierre Van Cutsem
    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2009 9:14
  46. Sorghum genome mapping based on DNA markers began in the early 1990s and numerous genetic linkage maps of sorghum have been published in the last decade, based initially on RFLP markers with more recent maps i...

    Authors: Emma S Mace, Jean-Francois Rami, Sophie Bouchet, Patricia E Klein, Robert R Klein, Andrzej Kilian, Peter Wenzl, Ling Xia, Kirsten Halloran and David R Jordan
    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2009 9:13
  47. Plant performance is affected by the level of expression of PsbS, a key photoprotective protein involved in the process of feedback de-excitation (FDE), or the qE component of non-photochemical quenching, NPQ.

    Authors: Martin Frenkel, Carsten Külheim, Hanna Johansson Jänkänpää, Oskar Skogström, Luca Dall'Osto, Jon Ågren, Roberto Bassi, Thomas Moritz, Jon Moen and Stefan Jansson
    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2009 9:12

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