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  1. Cloning of the Euonymus lectin led to the discovery of a novel domain that also occurs in some stress-induced plant proteins. The distribution and the diversity of proteins with an Euonymus lectin (EUL) domain we...

    Authors: Elke Fouquaert, Willy J Peumans, Tom TM Vandekerckhove, Maté Ongenaert and Els JM Van Damme

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2009 9:136

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  2. Members of major intrinsic proteins (MIPs) include water-conducting aquaporins and glycerol-transporting aquaglyceroporins. MIPs play important role in plant-water relations. The model plants Arabidopsis thaliana

    Authors: Anjali Bansal Gupta and Ramasubbu Sankararamakrishnan

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2009 9:134

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  3. Tonoplast intrinsic proteins (TIPs) are widely used as markers for vacuolar compartments in higher plants. Ten TIP isoforms are encoded by the Arabidopsis genome. For several isoforms, the tissue and cell spec...

    Authors: Stefano Gattolin, Mathias Sorieul, Paul R Hunter, Roman H Khonsari and Lorenzo Frigerio

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2009 9:133

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  4. Our aim is to improve knowledge of gene regulatory circuits important to dedifferentiation, redifferentiation, and adventitious meristem organization during in vitro regeneration of plants. Regeneration of transg...

    Authors: Yanghuan Bao, Palitha Dharmawardhana, Todd C Mockler and Steven H Strauss

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2009 9:132

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  5. Parthenium argentatum (guayule) is an industrial crop that produces latex, which was recently commercialized as a source of latex rubber safe for people with Type I latex allergy. The complete plastid genome of P...

    Authors: Shashi Kumar, Frederick M Hahn, Colleen M McMahan, Katrina Cornish and Maureen C Whalen

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2009 9:131

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  6. Vitamin B6 is a collective term for a group of six interconvertible compounds: pyridoxine, pyridoxal, pyridoxamine and their phosphorylated derivatives. Vitamin B6 plays essential roles as a cofactor in a rang...

    Authors: Michel Havaux, Brigitte Ksas, Agnieszka Szewczyk, Dominique Rumeau, Fabrice Franck, Stefano Caffarri and Christian Triantaphylidès

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2009 9:130

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  7. In most flowering plants, pollen is dispersed as monads. However, aggregated pollen shedding in groups of four or more pollen grains has arisen independently several times during angiosperm evolution. The reas...

    Authors: Jorge Lora, Pilar S Testillano, Maria C Risueño, Jose I Hormaza and Maria Herrero

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2009 9:129

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  8. Olea europaea L. is a traditional tree crop of the Mediterranean basin with a worldwide economical high impact. Differently from other fruit tree species, little is known about the physiological and molecular bas...

    Authors: Giulio Galla, Gianni Barcaccia, Angelo Ramina, Silvio Collani, Fiammetta Alagna, Luciana Baldoni, Nicolò GM Cultrera, Federico Martinelli, Luca Sebastiani and Pietro Tonutti

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2009 9:128

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  9. Abscission is the cell separation process by which plants are able to shed organs. It has a great impact on the yield of most crop plants. At the same time, the process itself also constitutes an excellent mod...

    Authors: Javier Agustí, Paz Merelo, Manuel Cercós, Francisco R Tadeo and Manuel Talón

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2009 9:127

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  10. Cultivated cotton is an annual fiber crop derived mainly from two perennial species, Gossypium hirsutum L. or upland cotton, and G. barbadense L., extra long-staple fiber Pima or Egyptian cotton. These two cultiv...

    Authors: Allen Van Deynze, Kevin Stoffel, Mike Lee, Thea A Wilkins, Alexander Kozik, Roy G Cantrell, John Z Yu, Russel J Kohel and David M Stelly

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2009 9:125

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  11. The monolignol biosynthetic pathway interconnects with the biosynthesis of other secondary phenolic metabolites, such as cinnamic acid derivatives, flavonoids and condensed tannins. The objective of this study...

    Authors: Suvi Sutela, Karoliina Niemi, Jaanika Edesi, Tapio Laakso, Pekka Saranpää, Jaana Vuosku, Riina Mäkelä, Heidi Tiimonen, Vincent L Chiang, Janne Koskimäki, Marja Suorsa, Riitta Julkunen-Tiitto and Hely Häggman

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2009 9:124

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  12. In the past few years, functional genomics information has been rapidly accumulating on Rubiaceae species and especially on those belonging to the Coffea genus (coffee trees). An increasing number of expressed se...

    Authors: Olga Plechakova, Christine Tranchant-Dubreuil, Fabrice Benedet, Marie Couderc, Alexandra Tinaut, Véronique Viader, Petra De Block, Perla Hamon, Claudine Campa, Alexandre de Kochko, Serge Hamon and Valérie Poncet

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2009 9:123

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  13. We are studying the regulation of flowering in perennial plants by using diploid wild strawberry (Fragaria vesca L.) as a model. Wild strawberry is a facultative short-day plant with an obligatory short-day requi...

    Authors: Katriina Mouhu, Timo Hytönen, Kevin Folta, Marja Rantanen, Lars Paulin, Petri Auvinen and Paula Elomaa

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2009 9:122

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  14. Cold acclimation is the process by which plants adapt to the low, non freezing temperatures that naturally occur during late autumn or early winter. This process enables the plants to resist the freezing tempe...

    Authors: Andrés Tittarelli, Margarita Santiago, Andrea Morales, Lee A Meisel and Herman Silva

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2009 9:121

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  15. The WRKY transcription factor gene family has a very ancient origin and has undergone extensive duplications in the plant kingdom. Several studies have pointed out their involvement in a range of biological pr...

    Authors: Stefano Berri, Pamela Abbruscato, Odile Faivre-Rampant, Ana CM Brasileiro, Irene Fumasoni, Kouji Satoh, Shoshi Kikuchi, Luca Mizzi, Piero Morandini, Mario Enrico Pè and Pietro Piffanelli

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2009 9:120

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  16. Plant systemic signaling characterized by the long distance transport of molecules across plant organs involves the xylem and phloem conduits. Root-microbe interactions generate systemic signals that are trans...

    Authors: Senthil Subramanian, Un-Haing Cho, Carol Keyes and Oliver Yu

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2009 9:119

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  17. Cassava (Manihot esculenta Crantz), a starchy root crop grown in tropical and subtropical climates, is the sixth most important crop in the world after wheat, rice, maize, potato and barley. The repertoire of sim...

    Authors: Adebola AJ Raji, James V Anderson, Olufisayo A Kolade, Chike D Ugwu, Alfred GO Dixon and Ivan L Ingelbrecht

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2009 9:118

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  18. Organization and presentation of biodiversity data is greatly facilitated by databases that are specially designed to allow easy data entry and organized data display. Such databases also have the capacity to ...

    Authors: Norman Wang, Alison R Sherwood, Akira Kurihara, Kimberly Y Conklin, Thomas Sauvage and Gernot G Presting

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2009 9:117

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  19. Biogenic emissions of methyl halides (CH3Cl, CH3Br and CH3I) are the major source of these compounds in the atmosphere; however, there are few reports about the halide profiles and strengths of these emissions. H...

    Authors: Nobuya Itoh, Hiroshi Toda, Michiko Matsuda, Takashi Negishi, Tomokazu Taniguchi and Noboru Ohsawa

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2009 9:116

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  20. Wheat (Triticum ssp.) is an important food source for humans in many regions around the world. However, the ability to understand and modify gene function for crop improvement is hindered by the lack of available...

    Authors: Cristobal Uauy, Francine Paraiso, Pasqualina Colasuonno, Robert K Tran, Helen Tsai, Steve Berardi, Luca Comai and Jorge Dubcovsky

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2009 9:115

    Content type: Methodology article

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  21. Marker Assisted Selection (MAS) is well suited to a perennial crop like oil palm, in which the economic products are not produced until several years after planting. The use of DNA markers for selection in suc...

    Authors: Rajinder Singh, Soon G Tan, Jothi M Panandam, Rahimah Abdul Rahman, Leslie CL Ooi, Eng-Ti L Low, Mukesh Sharma, Johannes Jansen and Suan-Choo Cheah

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2009 9:114

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  22. Nitrogen nutrition is one of the major factors that limit growth and production of crop plants. It affects many processes, such as development, architecture, flowering, senescence and photosynthesis. Although ...

    Authors: Bhakti Prinsi, Alfredo S Negri, Paolo Pesaresi, Maurizio Cocucci and Luca Espen

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2009 9:113

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  23. Worldwide, diseases are important reducers of peanut (Arachis hypogaea) yield. Sources of resistance against many diseases are available in cultivated peanut genotypes, although often not in farmer preferred vari...

    Authors: Soraya CM Leal-Bertioli, Ana Carolina VF José, Dione MT Alves-Freitas, Márcio C Moretzsohn, Patrícia M Guimarães, Stephan Nielen, Bruna S Vidigal, Rinaldo W Pereira, Jodie Pike, Alessandra P Fávero, Martin Parniske, Rajeev K Varshney and David J Bertioli

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2009 9:112

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  24. Phytophthora species are notorious oomycete pathogens that cause diseases on a wide range of plants. Our understanding how these pathogens are able to infect their host plants will benefit greatly from informatio...

    Authors: Klaas Bouwmeester and Francine Govers

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2009 9:111

    Content type: Methodology article

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  25. In recent years, the development of structural genomics has generated a growing interest in obtaining haploid plants. The use of homozygous lines presents a significant advantage for the accomplishment of sequ...

    Authors: Pablo Aleza, José Juárez, María Hernández, José A Pina, Patrick Ollitrault and Luis Navarro

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2009 9:110

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  26. Flavonol glucosides constitute the second group of secondary metabolites that accumulate in Crocus sativus stigmas. To date there are no reports of functionally characterized flavonoid glucosyltransferases in C. ...

    Authors: Ángela Rubio Moraga, Almudena Trapero Mozos, Oussama Ahrazem and Lourdes Gómez-Gómez

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2009 9:109

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  27. The serine-threonine protein kinase gene, designated pkv (protein kinase- viroid induced) was previously found to be transcriptionally activated in tomato plants infected with the plant pathogen Potato spindle tu...

    Authors: Rosemarie W Hammond and Yan Zhao

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2009 9:108

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  28. Heterosis, the superior performance of hybrids relative to parents, has clear agricultural value, but its genetic control is unknown. Our objective was to test the hypotheses that hybrids expressing heterosis ...

    Authors: Xuehui Li, Yanling Wei, Dan Nettleton and E Charles Brummer

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2009 9:107

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  29. Conifers are a large group of gymnosperm trees which are separated from the angiosperms by more than 300 million years of independent evolution. Conifer genomes are extremely large and contain considerable amo...

    Authors: Björn Hamberger, Dawn Hall, Mack Yuen, Claire Oddy, Britta Hamberger, Christopher I Keeling, Carol Ritland, Kermit Ritland and Jörg Bohlmann

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2009 9:106

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  30. Systemic acquired resistance (SAR) is induced in non-inoculated leaves following infection with certain pathogenic strains. SAR is effective against many pathogens. Salicylic acid (SA) is a signaling molecule ...

    Authors: Devinder Sandhu, I Made Tasma, Ryan Frasch and Madan K Bhattacharyya

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2009 9:105

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  31. Whole genome transcriptomics analysis is a very powerful approach because it gives an overview of the activity of genes in certain cells or tissue types. However, biological interpretation of such results can ...

    Authors: Ana Rotter, Céline Camps, Marc Lohse, Christian Kappel, Stefania Pilati, Matjaž Hren, Mark Stitt, Pierre Coutos-Thévenot, Claudio Moser, Björn Usadel, Serge Delrot and Kristina Gruden

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2009 9:104

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  32. Peanut (Arachis hypogaea L.) is widely used as a food and cash crop around the world. It is considered to be an allotetraploid (2n = 4x = 40) originated from a single hybridization event between two wild diploids...

    Authors: Daniel Foncéka, Tossim Hodo-Abalo, Ronan Rivallan, Issa Faye, Mbaye Ndoye Sall, Ousmane Ndoye, Alessandra P Fávero, David J Bertioli, Jean-Christophe Glaszmann, Brigitte Courtois and Jean-Francois Rami

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2009 9:103

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  33. Little information is available on the amelioration of boron (B) on aluminum (Al)-induced photosynthesis inhibition. Sour pummelo (Citrus grandis) seedlings were irrigated for 18 weeks with nutrient solution cont...

    Authors: Huan-Xin Jiang, Ning Tang, Jin-Gui Zheng and Li-Song Chen

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2009 9:102

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  34. Functional genomics tools provide researchers with the ability to apply high-throughput techniques to determine the function and interaction of a diverse range of genes. Mutagenised plant populations are one s...

    Authors: Stephen J Robinson, Lily H Tang, Brent AG Mooney, Sheldon J McKay, Wayne E Clarke, Matthew G Links, Steven Karcz, Sharon Regan, Yun-Yun Wu, Margaret Y Gruber, Dejun Cui, Min Yu and Isobel AP Parkin

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2009 9:101

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  35. Gene-based (genic) microsatellites are a useful tool for plant genetics and simple sequence repeat loci can often be found in coding regions of the genome. While EST sequencing can be used to discover genic mi...

    Authors: Matthew W Blair, Monica Muñoz Torres, Martha C Giraldo and Fabio Pedraza

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2009 9:100

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  36. Histone modifications and histone variants are of importance in many biological processes. To understand the biological functions of the global dynamics of histone modifications and histone variants in higher ...

    Authors: Tao Wu, Tiezheng Yuan, Sau-Na Tsai, Chunmei Wang, Sai-Ming Sun, Hon-Ming Lam and Sai-Ming Ngai

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2009 9:98

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  37. The western flower thrips (Frankliniella occidentalis [Pergande]) is one of the most important insect herbivores of cultivated plants. However, no pesticide provides complete control of this species, and insectic...

    Authors: Hiroshi Abe, Takeshi Shimoda, Jun Ohnishi, Soichi Kugimiya, Mari Narusaka, Shigemi Seo, Yoshihiro Narusaka, Shinya Tsuda and Masatomo Kobayashi

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2009 9:97

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  38. Polyphenol oxidase (PPO) activity in plants is a trait with potential economic, agricultural and environmental impact. In relation to the food industry, PPO-induced browning causes unacceptable discolouration ...

    Authors: Ana Winters, Sue Heywood, Kerrie Farrar, Iain Donnison, Ann Thomas and K Judith Webb

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2009 9:94

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  39. Exposure to dietary wheat proteins in genetically susceptible individuals has been associated with increased risk for the development of Type 1 diabetes (T1D). Recently, a wheat protein encoded by cDNA WP5212 ...

    Authors: Evelin Loit, Charles W Melnyk, Amanda J MacFarlane, Fraser W Scott and Illimar Altosaar

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2009 9:93

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  40. Many flowering plants attract pollinators by offering a reward of floral nectar. Remarkably, the molecular events involved in the development of nectaries, the organs that produce nectar, as well as the synthe...

    Authors: Brian W Kram, Wayne W Xu and Clay J Carter

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2009 9:92

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  41. mPing is an endogenous MITE in the rice genome, which is quiescent under normal conditions but can be induced towards mobilization under various stresses. The cellular mechanism responsible for modulating the act...

    Authors: Frédéric Ngezahayo, Chunming Xu, Hongyan Wang, Lily Jiang, Jinsong Pang and Bao Liu

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2009 9:91

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  42. There are few genomic tools available in melon (Cucumis melo L.), a member of the Cucurbitaceae, despite its importance as a crop. Among these tools, genetic maps have been constructed mainly using marker types s...

    Authors: Wim Deleu, Cristina Esteras, Cristina Roig, Mireia González-To, Iria Fernández-Silva, Daniel Gonzalez-Ibeas, José Blanca, Miguel A Aranda, Pere Arús, Fernando Nuez, Antonio J Monforte, Maria Belén Picó and Jordi Garcia-Mas

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2009 9:90

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  43. Brachypodium distachyon (Brachypodium) is rapidly emerging as a powerful model system to facilitate research aimed at improving grass crops for grain, forage and energy production. To characterize the natural div...

    Authors: John P Vogel, Metin Tuna, Hikmet Budak, Naxin Huo, Yong Q Gu and Michael A Steinwand

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2009 9:88

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  44. Sesquiterpene lactones are characteristic metabolites of Asteraceae (or Compositae) which often display potent bioactivities and are sequestered in specialized organs such as laticifers, resin ducts, and trich...

    Authors: Jens C Göpfert, Gillian MacNevin, Dae-Kyun Ro and Otmar Spring

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2009 9:86

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