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  1. Content type: Research article

    The Asia lotus (Nelumbo nucifera Gaertn.) is an ornamental aquatic plant with high economic value. Flower colour is an important ornamental trait, with much of N. nucifera breeding focusing on its yellow flowers....

    Authors: Huan-huan Zhu, Ju-xiang Yang, Chu-han Xiao, Tian-yu Mao, Jie Zhang and Hong-yan Zhang

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2019 19:277

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    Amylose content (AC) is a critical factor for the quality of rice. It is determined by the biosynthesis gene Waxy (Wx) and a variety of quantitative trait loci (QTLs). Although many QTLs have been reported to aff...

    Authors: Hua Zhang, Lihui Zhou, Heng Xu, Liangchao Wang, Huijie Liu, Changquan Zhang, Qianfeng Li, Minghong Gu, Cailin Wang, Qiaoquan Liu and Ying Zhu

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2019 19:275

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    miRNAs are major regulators of gene expression and have proven their role in understanding the genetic regulation of biosynthetic pathways. Stevioside and rebaudioside-A, the two most abundant and sweetest com...

    Authors: Monica Saifi, Sneha Yogindran, Nazima Nasrullah, Umara Nissar, Irum Gul and M. Z. Abdin

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2019 19:274

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  4. Content type: Research article

    Heterosis is the superior performance of F1 hybrids relative to their parental lines for a wide range of traits. In this study, expression profiling and heterosis associated genes were analyzed by RNA sequencing ...

    Authors: Yang Zhao, Fangxiu Hu, Xingen Zhang, Qiye Wei, Jinlei Dong, Chen Bo, Beijiu Cheng and Qing Ma

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2019 19:273

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  5. Content type: Research article

    Cyclophilins (CYPs), belonging to the peptidyl prolyl cis/trans isomerase (PPIase) superfamily, play important roles during plant responses to biotic and abiotic stresses.

    Authors: Jun Yang, Guoning Wang, Huifeng Ke, Yan Zhang, Lianlian Ji, Lizhi Huang, Chunying Zhang, Xingfen Wang and Zhiying Ma

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2019 19:272

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    The heavy metal cadmium (Cd) accumulates in the environment due to anthropogenic influences. It is unessential and harmful to all life forms. The plant cell wall forms a physical barrier against environmental ...

    Authors: Annelie Gutsch, Kjell Sergeant, Els Keunen, Els Prinsen, Gea Guerriero, Jenny Renaut, Jean-Francois Hausman and Ann Cuypers

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2019 19:271

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  7. Content type: Research article

    The Bemisia tabaci is a major leaf feeding insect pest to pepper (Capsicum annuum), causing serious damage to pepper growth and yield. It is particularly important to study the mechanism of pepper resistance to B...

    Authors: Xiaoxia Wu, Jiaxing Yan, Yahong Wu, Haibo Zhang, Shuangrong Mo, Xiaoying Xu, Fucai Zhou and Haidong Ding

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2019 19:270

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  8. Content type: Research article

    The Growth-regulating factor (GRF) family encodes plant-specific transcription factors which contain two conserved domains, QLQ and WRC. Members of this family play vital roles in plant development and stress res...

    Authors: Feng Chen, Yingzeng Yang, Xiaofeng Luo, Wenguan Zhou, Yujia Dai, Chuan Zheng, Weiguo Liu, Wenyu Yang and Kai Shu

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2019 19:269

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  9. Content type: Research article

    Research on plant amino acid transporters was mainly performed in Arabidopsis, while our understanding of them is generally scant in rice. OsLHT1 (Lysine/Histidine transporter) has been previously reported as a h...

    Authors: Xiaohu Wang, Guangzhe Yang, Mingxing Shi, Dongli Hao, Qiuxing Wei, Zhigang Wang, Shan Fu, Yanhua Su and Jixing Xia

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2019 19:268

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  10. Content type: Research article

    Sesame is an important oil crop due to its high oil, antioxidant, and protein content. Drought stress is a major abiotic stress that affects sesame production as well as the quality of sesame seed. To reveal t...

    Authors: Jun You, Yujuan Zhang, Aili Liu, Donghua Li, Xiao Wang, Komivi Dossa, Rong Zhou, Jingyin Yu, Yanxin Zhang, Linhai Wang and Xiurong Zhang

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2019 19:267

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  11. Content type: Research article

    Pogostemon cablin (Blanco) Benth. (Patchouli) is an important aromatic and medicinal plant and widely used in traditional Chinese medicine as well as in the perfume industry. Patchoulol is the primary bioactive c...

    Authors: Xiuzhen Chen, Junren Li, Xiaobing Wang, Liting Zhong, Yun Tang, Xuanxuan Zhou, Yanting Liu, Ruoting Zhan, Hai Zheng, Weiwen Chen and Likai Chen

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2019 19:266

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    Chloroplast biogenesis, a complex process in higher plants, is the key to photoautotrophic growth in plants. White virescent (wv) mutants have been used to unfold the molecular mechanisms underlying the regulatio...

    Authors: Shenghua Gao, Wenjing Gao, Xiaoli Liao, Cheng Xiong, Gang Yu, Qihong Yang, Changxian Yang and Zhibiao Ye

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2019 19:265

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  13. Content type: Research article

    Brassica napus L. has little or no primary dormancy, but exhibits great variation in secondary dormancy. Secondary dormancy potential in oilseed rape can lead to the emergence of volunteer plants that cause genet...

    Authors: Lei Liu, Fuxia Liu, Jinfang Chu, Xin Yi, Wenqi Fan, Tang Tang, Guimin Chen, Qiuhuan Guo and Xiangxiang Zhao

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2019 19:264

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  14. Content type: Research article

    Because flavonoids and trichomes play crucial roles in plant defence, their formation requires fine transcriptional control by multiple transcription factor families. However, little is known regarding the mec...

    Authors: Yunji Huang, Qi Wu, Shuang Wang, Jiaqi Shi, Qixin Dong, Panfeng Yao, Guannan Shi, Shuangxiu Xu, Renyu Deng, Chenglei Li, Hui Chen and Haixia Zhao

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2019 19:263

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  15. Content type: Research article

    Stored potato (Solanum tuberosum L.) tubers are sensitive to wet conditions that can cause rotting in long-term storage. To study the effect of water on the tuber surface during storage, microarray analysis, RNA-...

    Authors: Bahram Peivastegan, Iman Hadizadeh, Johanna Nykyri, Kåre Lehmann Nielsen, Panu Somervuo, Nina Sipari, Cuong Tran and Minna Pirhonen

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2019 19:262

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  16. Content type: Research article

    Hydroxycinnamoyl-spermine conjugates (HCSpm) are a class of hydroxycinnamic acid amides (HCAAs), which not only are instrumental in plant development and stress response, but also benefit human health. However...

    Authors: Hui Peng, Rachel S. Meyer, Tianbao Yang, Bruce D. Whitaker, Frances Trouth, Lingfei Shangguan, Jingbing Huang, Amy Litt, Damon P. Little, Hengming Ke and Wayne M. Jurick II

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2019 19:261

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  17. Content type: Research article

    Drought is a major abiotic stress factor that influences the yield of crops. Basic leucine zipper motif (bZIP) transcription factors play an important regulatory role in plant drought stress responses. However...

    Authors: Shiqin Yang, Kai Xu, Shoujun Chen, Tianfei Li, Hui Xia, Liang Chen, Hongyan Liu and Lijun Luo

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2019 19:260

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  18. Content type: Research article

    Cultivated rice (Oryza sativa L.) is one of the staple food for over half of the world’s population. Thus, improvement of cultivated rice is important for the development of the world. It has been shown that abun...

    Authors: Peng Zhang, Kaizhen Zhong, Zhengzheng Zhong and Hanhua Tong

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2019 19:259

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  19. Content type: Research article

    It has been previously shown that oligo-carrageenan (OC) kappa increases growth, photosynthesis and activities of enzymes involved in basal and secondary metabolisms in Eucalyptus globulus. However, it is not kno...

    Authors: Silvia Saucedo, Alberto González, Melissa Gómez, Rodrigo A. Contreras, Daniel Laporte, Claudio A. Sáez, Gustavo Zúñiga and Alejandra Moenne

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2019 19:258

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  20. Content type: Research article

    Proliferating cell nuclear antigen (PCNA), a conserved trimeric ring complex, is loaded onto replication fork through a hetero-pentameric AAA+ ATPase complex termed replication factor C (RFC) to maintain genom...

    Authors: Jie Qian, Yueyue Chen, Yaxing Xu, Xiufeng Zhang, Zhuang Kang, Jinxia Jiao and Jie Zhao

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2019 19:257

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  21. Content type: Research article

    Appropriate brassinosteroid (BR) signal strength caused by exogenous application or endogenous regulation of BR-related genes can increase crop yield. However, precise control of BR signals is difficult and ca...

    Authors: Shufen Wang, Jianwei Liu, Tong Zhao, Chenxi Du, Shuming Nie, Yanyu Zhang, Siqi Lv, Shuhua Huang and Xiaofeng Wang

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2019 19:256

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  22. Content type: Research article

    Understanding the mechanisms of crops in response to elevated CO2 concentrations is pivotal to estimating the impacts of climate change on the global agricultural production. Based on earlier results of the “doub...

    Authors: Yunpu Zheng, Fei Li, Lihua Hao, Jingjin Yu, Lili Guo, Haoran Zhou, Chao Ma, Xixi Zhang and Ming Xu

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2019 19:255

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  23. Content type: Research article

    Asian citrus psyllid (ACP) is the primary vector responsible for the transmission of the phloem-limited bacteria Candidatus Liberibacter spp., associated with huanglongbing (HLB), which causes great loss to the c...

    Authors: Zao-Fa Zhong, Xiao-Juan Zhou, Jin-Bei Lin, Xin-Jun Liu, Jia Shao, Ba-Lian Zhong and Ting Peng

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2019 19:254

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  24. Content type: Research article

    Because of their broad applications in our life, nanoparticles are expected to be present in the environment raising many concerns about their possible adverse effects on the ecosystem of plants. The aim of th...

    Authors: Rami Alkhatib, Batool Alkhatib, Nour Abdo, Laith AL-Eitan and Rebecca Creamer

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2019 19:253

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  25. Content type: Research article

    Thermo-sensitive male-sterility based on Aegilops kotschyi cytoplasm (K-TCMS) plays an important role in hybrid wheat breeding. This has important possible applications in two-line hybrid wheat breeding but the g...

    Authors: Sha Li, Zihan Liu, Yulin Jia, Jiali Ye, Xuetong Yang, Lingli Zhang and Xiyue Song

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2019 19:252

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  26. Content type: Research article

    Compared with annual herbaceous plants, woody perennials require a longer period of juvenile phase to flowering, and many traits can be only expressed in adulthood, which seriously makes the breeding efficienc...

    Authors: Rongkai Wang, Ling Zhu, Yi Zhang, Junfeng Fan and Lingli Li

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2019 19:251

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  27. Content type: Research article

    Cadmium (Cd) is a widespread toxic heavy metal pollutant in agricultural soil, and Cd accumulation in rice grains is a major intake source of Cd for Asian populations that adversely affect human health. Howeve...

    Authors: Zhen Zhen Cao, Xiao Yan Lin, Yong Jie Yang, Mei Yan Guan, Ping Xu and Ming Xue Chen

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2019 19:250

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  28. Content type: Research article

    As an elite japonica rice variety, Kongyu-131 has been cultivated for over 20 years in the third accumulated temperature zone of Heilongjiang Province, China. However, the cultivated area of Kongyu-131 has decrea...

    Authors: Xiaomin Feng, Kangxue Lin, Wenqi Zhang, Jianzong Nan, Xiaohui Zhang, Chen Wang, Rongsheng Wang, Guoqiang Jiang, Qingbo Yuan and Shaoyang Lin

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2019 19:249

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  29. Content type: Research article

    ZF-HD is a family of genes that play an important role in plant growth, development, some studies have found that after overexpression AtZHD1 in Arabidopsis thaliana, florescence advance, the seeds get bigger and...

    Authors: Moyang Liu, Xiaoxiang Wang, Wenjun Sun, Zhaotang Ma, Tianrun Zheng, Li Huang, Qi Wu, Zizhong Tang, Tongliang Bu, Chenglei Li and Hui Chen

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2019 19:248

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  30. Content type: Research article

    MiRNAs (microRNA) are 18–24 nt endogenous noncoding RNAs that regulate gene expression at the post-transcriptional level, including tissue-specific, developmental timing and evolutionary conservation gene expr...

    Authors: Sufang Zhang, Shanshan Yan, Jiali Zhao, Huanhuan Xiong, Peiqi An, Junhui Wang, Hanguo Zhang and Lei Zhang

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2019 19:247

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  31. Content type: Methodology article

    Rapid-cycling Brassica rapa (RCBr), also known as Wisconsin Fast Plants, are small robust plants with a short lifecycle that are widely used in biology teaching. RCBr have been used for decades but there are no p...

    Authors: Die Hu, Andrew F. Bent, Xilin Hou and Ying Li

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2019 19:246

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  32. Content type: Research article

    Studies have demonstrated that BBX (B-BOX) genes play crucial roles in regulatory networks controlling plant growth, developmental processes and stress response. Nevertheless, comprehensive study of BBX genes in ...

    Authors: Yunpeng Cao, Dandan Meng, Yahui Han, Tianzhe Chen, Chunyan Jiao, Yu Chen, Qing Jin and Yongping Cai

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2019 19:245

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  33. Content type: Research article

    Even though the roles of pentatricopeptide repeat (PPR) proteins are essential in plant organelles, the function of many chloroplast-targeted PPR proteins remains unknown. Here, we characterized the function o...

    Authors: Kwanuk Lee, Su Jung Park, Ji Hoon Han, Young Jeon, Hyun-Sook Pai and Hunseung Kang

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2019 19:244

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  34. Content type: Research article

    Green flesh color, resulting from the accumulation of chlorophyll, is one of the most important commercial traits for the fruits. The genetic network regulating green flesh formation has been studied in tomato...

    Authors: Kailiang Bo, Shuang Wei, Weiping Wang, Han Miao, Shaoyun Dong, Shengping Zhang and Xingfang Gu

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2019 19:243

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  35. Content type: Research article

    Recurrent drought associated with climate change is a major constraint to wheat (Triticum aestivum L.) productivity. This study aimed to (i) quantify the effects of addition/substitution/translocation of chromoso...

    Authors: M. Djanaguiraman, P. V. V. Prasad, J. Kumari, S. K. Sehgal, B. Friebe, I. Djalovic, Y. Chen, K. H. M. Siddique and B. S. Gill

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2019 19:242

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  36. Content type: Research article

    Plant chloroplasts and mitochondria utilize nuclear encoded proteins to replicate their DNA. These proteins are purposely built for replication in the organelle environment and are distinct from those involved...

    Authors: Stewart A. Morley, Antolín Peralta-Castro, Luis G. Brieba, Justin Miller, Kai Li Ong, Perry G. Ridge, Amanda Oliphant, Stephen Aldous and Brent L. Nielsen

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2019 19:241

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  37. Content type: Research article

    Red maple (Acer rubrum L.) is one of the most common and widespread trees with colorful leaves. We found a mutant with red, yellow, and green leaf phenotypes in different branches, which provided ideal materials ...

    Authors: Zhu Chen, Xiaoyu Lu, Yun Xuan, Fei Tang, Jingjing Wang, Dan Shi, Songling Fu and Jie Ren

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2019 19:240

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  38. Content type: Research article

    Ammonium transporters (AMTs), a family of proteins transporting ammonium salt and its analogues, have been studied in many aspects. Although numerous studies have found that ammonium affects the interaction be...

    Authors: Junpeng Jiang, Jing Zhao, Wanlu Duan, Song Tian, Xiaodong Wang, Hua Zhuang, Jing Fu and Zhensheng Kang

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2019 19:239

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  39. Content type: Research article

    Papaya (Carica papaya L.) is a popular climacteric fruit, undergoing various physico-chemical changes during ripening. Although papaya is widely cultivated and consumed, few studies on the changes in metabolism d...

    Authors: Bian Jiang, Siyan Ou, Ling Xu, Wanyi Mai, Meijun Ye, Haiping Gu, Tao Zhang, Changchun Yuan, Chenjia Shen, Jinxiang Wang and Kaidong Liu

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2019 19:238

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  40. Content type: Methodology article

    The Agrobacterium-mediated transient transformation is a versatile and indispensable way of rapid analyzing gene function in plants. Despite this transient expression system has been successfully applied in a num...

    Authors: Kun Liu, Qi Yang, Tianrui Yang, Yang Wu, Guangxia Wang, Feiyun Yang, Ruigang Wang, Xiaofei Lin and Guojing Li

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2019 19:237

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  41. Content type: Research article

    Development and ripening of tomato (Solanum lycopersicum) fruit are important processes for the study of crop biology related to industrial horticulture. Versatile uses of tomato fruit lead to its harvest at vari...

    Authors: Paul Skolik, Camilo L. M. Morais, Francis L. Martin and Martin R. McAinsh

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2019 19:236

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  42. Content type: Research article

    Elymus L. is the largest genus in the tribe Triticeae Dumort., encompassing approximately 150 polyploid perennial species widely distributed in the temperate regions of the world. It is considered to be an import...

    Authors: Zongyu Zhang, Wengang Xie, Yongqiang Zhao, Junchao Zhang, Na Wang, Fabrice Ntakirutimana, Jiajun Yan and Yanrong Wang

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2019 19:235

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  43. Content type: Research article

    YABBY genes play important roles in the growth and polar establishment of lateral organs such as leaves and floral organs in angiosperms. However, the functions of YABBY homologous genes are largely unknown in so...

    Authors: Hui Yang, Guixia Shi, Xiao Li, Dezhou Hu, Yanmei Cui, Jinfeng Hou, Deyue Yu and Fang Huang

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2019 19:234

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  44. Content type: Research article

    Auxin conjugates are hydrolyzed to release free auxin to ensure defined cellular auxin levels or gradients within tissues for proper development or response to environmental signals. The auxin concentration in...

    Authors: Xin Fu, Zihang Shi, Yun Jiang, Lingling Jiang, Mingfang Qi, Tao Xu and Tianlai Li

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2019 19:233

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  45. Content type: Research article

    Compared with white-fleshed sweetpotato (WFSP), purple-fleshed sweetpotato (PFSP) is a desirable resource for functional food development because of the abundant anthocyanin accumulation in its tuberous roots....

    Authors: Liheng He, Ruimin Tang, Xiaowen Shi, Wenbing Wang, Qinghe Cao, Xiayu Liu, Ting Wang, Yan Sun, Hongmei Zhang, Runzhi Li and Xiaoyun Jia

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2019 19:232

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  46. Content type: Research article

    Four-Coumarate:CoA ligase gene (4CL) plays multiple important roles in plant growth and development by catalyzing the formation of CoA ester. 4CL belongs to the plant phenylpropane derivative, which is related to...

    Authors: Xiaohui Chen, Hengtao Wang, Xiaoyi Li, Kai Ma, Yaguang Zhan and Fansuo Zeng

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2019 19:231

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  47. Content type: Research article

    Interspecific hybridisation resulting in polyploidy is one of the major driving forces in plant evolution. Here, we present data from the molecular cytogenetic analysis of three cytotypes of Elytrigia ×mucronata ...

    Authors: Ladislava Paštová, Alexander Belyayev and Václav Mahelka

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2019 19:230

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  48. Content type: Research article

    Some broccoli (Brassica oleracea L. italic) accessions have purple sepals and cold weather would deepen the purple color, while the sepals of other broccoli lines are always green even in cold winter. The related...

    Authors: Huifang Yu, Jiansheng Wang, Xiaoguang Sheng, Zhenqing Zhao, Yusen Shen, Ferdinando Branca and Honghui Gu

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2019 19:228

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  49. Content type: Research article

    Persimmon (Diospyros kaki) is the most economically cultivated species belonging to the genus Diospyros. However, little is known about the interspecific diversity and mechanism of domestication, partly due to th...

    Authors: Changfei Guan, Shuyuan Liu, Mengke Wang, Hao Ji, Xiaofeng Ruan, Renzi Wang and Yong Yang

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2019 19:227

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  50. Content type: Research article

    Repetitive DNA motifs – not coding genetic information and repeated millions to hundreds of times – make up the majority of many genomes. Here, we identify the nature, abundance and organization of all the rep...

    Authors: Qing Liu, Xiaoyu Li, Xiangying Zhou, Mingzhi Li, Fengjiao Zhang, Trude Schwarzacher and John Seymour Heslop-Harrison

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2019 19:226

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