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  1. Content type: Research article

    Tomato (Solanum lycopersicon) and potato (S. tuberosum) are two economically important crop species, the genomes of which are currently being sequenced. This study presents a first genome-wide analysis of these t...

    Authors: Erwin Datema, Lukas A Mueller, Robert Buels, James J Giovannoni, Richard GF Visser, Willem J Stiekema and Roeland CHJ van Ham

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2008 8:34

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    Heterosis is the superior performance of F1 hybrid progeny relative to the parental phenotypes. Maize exhibits heterosis for a wide range of traits, however the magnitude of heterosis is highly variable depending...

    Authors: Robert M Stupar, Jack M Gardiner, Aaron G Oldre, William J Haun, Vicki L Chandler and Nathan M Springer

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2008 8:33

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    Previous work showed that the maize primary root adapts to low Ψw (-1.6 MPa) by maintaining longitudinal expansion in the apical 3 mm (region 1), whereas in the adjacent 4 mm (region 2) longitudinal expansion rea...

    Authors: William G Spollen, Wenjing Tao, Babu Valliyodan, Kegui Chen, Lindsey G Hejlek, Jong-Joo Kim, Mary E LeNoble, Jinming Zhu, Hans J Bohnert, David Henderson, Daniel P Schachtman, Georgia E Davis, Gordon K Springer, Robert E Sharp and Henry T Nguyen

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2008 8:32

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  4. Content type: Research article

    The first high quality draft of the grape genome sequence has just been published. This is a critical step in accessing all the genes of this species and increases the chances of exploiting the natural genetic...

    Authors: Loïc Le Cunff, Alexandre Fournier-Level, Valérie Laucou, Silvia Vezzulli, Thierry Lacombe, Anne-Françoise Adam-Blondon, Jean-Michel Boursiquot and Patrice This

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2008 8:31

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  5. Content type: Research article

    Knowledge of the genetic basis of plant resistance to necrotrophic pathogens is incomplete and has been characterised in relatively few pathosystems. In this study, the cytology and genetics of resistance to s...

    Authors: Lars G Kamphuis, Judith Lichtenzveig, Richard P Oliver and Simon R Ellwood

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2008 8:30

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    A series of Rps (resistance to P ytophthora s ojae) genes have been protecting soybean from the root and stem rot disease caused by the Oomycete pathogen, Phytophthora sojae. Five Rps genes were mapped to the Rps...

    Authors: Hongyu Gao and Madan K Bhattacharyya

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2008 8:29

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  7. Content type: Research article

    To obtain important expressed sequence tags (ESTs) located on specific chromosomes is currently difficult. Construction of single-chromosome EST library could be an efficient strategy to isolate important ESTs...

    Authors: Ruo-Nan Zhou, Rui Shi, Shu-Mei Jiang, Wei-Bo Yin, Huang-Huang Wang, Yu-Hong Chen, Jun Hu, Richard RC Wang, Xiang-Qi Zhang and Zan-Min Hu

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2008 8:28

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  8. Content type: Research article

    Tall fescue (Festuca arundinacea Schreb) is a major cool season forage and turf grass species grown in the temperate regions of the world. In this paper we report the generation of a tall fescue expressed sequenc...

    Authors: MA Rouf Mian, Yan Zhang, Zeng-Yu Wang, Ji-Yi Zhang, Xiaofei Cheng, Lei Chen, Konstantin Chekhovskiy, Xinbin Dai, Chunhong Mao, Foo Cheung, Xuechun Zhao, Ji He, Angela D Scott, Christopher D Town and Gregory D May

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2008 8:27

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  9. Content type: Research article

    The effects of viral infection involve concomitant plant gene variations and cellular changes. A simple system is required to assess the complexity of host responses to viral infection. The genome of the Rice ...

    Authors: Marjolaine Ventelon-Debout, Christine Tranchant-Dubreuil, Thi-Thu-Huang Nguyen, Martine Bangratz, Christelle Siré, Michel Delseny and Christophe Brugidou

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2008 8:26

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  10. Content type: Research article

    Small RNA-guided gene silencing at the transcriptional and post-transcriptional levels has emerged as an important mode of gene regulation in plants and animals. Thus far, conventional sequencing of small RNA ...

    Authors: Ramanjulu Sunkar, Xuefeng Zhou, Yun Zheng, Weixiong Zhang and Jian-Kang Zhu

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2008 8:25

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  11. Content type: Research article

    Plant natriuretic peptides (PNPs) are a class of systemically mobile molecules distantly related to expansins. While several physiological responses to PNPs have been reported, their biological role has remain...

    Authors: Stuart Meier, René Bastian, Lara Donaldson, Shane Murray, Vladimir Bajic and Chris Gehring

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2008 8:24

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  12. Content type: Database

    The family Vitaceae consists of many different grape species that grow in a range of climatic conditions. In the past few years, several studies have generated functional genomic information on different Vitis sp...

    Authors: Harshavardhan Doddapaneni, Hong Lin, M Andrew Walker, Jiqiang Yao and Edwin L Civerolo

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2008 8:23

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  13. Content type: Research article

    ABC proteins constitute one of the largest families of transporters found in all living organisms. In Arabidopsis thaliana, 120 genes encoding ABC transporters have been identified. Here, the characterization of ...

    Authors: Stéphane Gaillard, Hélène Jacquet, Alain Vavasseur, Nathalie Leonhardt and Cyrille Forestier

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2008 8:22

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  14. Content type: Research article

    The root apical meristem of crop and model legume Medicago truncatula is a significantly different stem cell system to that of the widely studied model plant species Arabidopsis thaliana. In this study we used th...

    Authors: Peta Holmes, Nicolas Goffard, Georg F Weiller, Barry G Rolfe and Nijat Imin

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2008 8:21

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  15. Content type: Software

    Information on more than 35 000 full-length Oryza sativa cDNAs, together with associated microarray gene expression data collected under various treatment conditions, has made it feasible to identify motifs that ...

    Authors: Koji Doi, Aeni Hosaka, Toshifumi Nagata, Kouji Satoh, Kohji Suzuki, Ramil Mauleon, Michael J Mendoza, Richard Bruskiewich and Shoshi Kikuchi

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2008 8:20

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  16. Content type: Research article

    Symbiotic ectomycorrhizal associations of fungi with forest trees play important and economically significant roles in the nutrition, growth and health of boreal forest trees, as well as in nutrient cycling. T...

    Authors: Gregory Heller, Aleksandra Adomas, Guosheng Li, Jason Osborne, Len van Zyl, Ron Sederoff, Roger D Finlay, Jan Stenlid and Frederick O Asiegbu

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2008 8:19

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  17. Content type: Research article

    High gene numbers in plant genomes reflect polyploidy and major gene duplication events. Oryza sativa, cultivated rice, is a diploid monocotyledonous species with a ~390 Mb genome that has undergone segmental dup...

    Authors: Haining Lin, Shu Ouyang, Amy Egan, Kan Nobuta, Brian J Haas, Wei Zhu, Xun Gu, Joana C Silva, Blake C Meyers and C Robin Buell

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2008 8:18

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  18. Content type: Research article

    Although originally thought to be less frequent in plants than in animals, alternative splicing (AS) is now known to be widespread in plants. Here we report the characteristics of AS in legumes, one of the lar...

    Authors: Bing-Bing Wang, Mike O'Toole, Volker Brendel and Nevin D Young

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2008 8:17

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  19. Content type: Research article

    Apple fruit develop over a period of 150 days from anthesis to fully ripe. An array representing approximately 13000 genes (15726 oligonucleotides of 45–55 bases) designed from apple ESTs has been used to stud...

    Authors: Bart J Janssen, Kate Thodey, Robert J Schaffer, Rob Alba, Lena Balakrishnan, Rebecca Bishop, Judith H Bowen, Ross N Crowhurst, Andrew P Gleave, Susan Ledger, Steve McArtney, Franz B Pichler, Kimberley C Snowden and Shayna Ward

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2008 8:16

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  20. Content type: Research article

    Many commercial banana varieties lack sources of resistance to pests and diseases, as a consequence of sterility and narrow genetic background. Fertile wild relatives, by contrast, possess greater variability ...

    Authors: Robert NG Miller, David J Bertioli, Franc C Baurens, Candice MR Santos, Paulo C Alves, Natalia F Martins, Roberto C Togawa, Manoel T Souza Júnior and Georgios J Pappas Júnior

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2008 8:15

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  21. Content type: Research article

    Cultivated peanut, Arachis hypogaea is an allotetraploid of recent origin, with an AABB genome. In common with many other polyploids, it seems that a severe genetic bottle-neck was imposed at the species origin, ...

    Authors: Patricia M Guimarães, Olivier Garsmeur, Karina Proite, Soraya CM Leal-Bertioli, Guilhermo Seijo, Christian Chaine, David J Bertioli and Angelique D'Hont

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2008 8:14

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  22. Content type: Research article

    Light and temperature are the key abiotic modulators of plant gene expression. In the present work the effect of light under low temperature treatment was analyzed by using microarrays. Specific attention was ...

    Authors: Arto J Soitamo, Mirva Piippo, Yagut Allahverdiyeva, Natalia Battchikova and Eva-Mari Aro

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2008 8:13

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  23. Content type: Methodology article

    Until recently, only a small number of low- and mid-throughput methods have been used for single nucleotide polymorphism (SNP) discovery and genotyping in grapevine (Vitis vinifera L.). However, following complet...

    Authors: Massimo Pindo, Silvia Vezzulli, Giuseppina Coppola, Dustin A Cartwright, Andrey Zharkikh, Riccardo Velasco and Michela Troggio

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2008 8:12

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  24. Content type: Research article

    Considering that sunflower production is expanding to arid regions, tolerance to abiotic stresses as drought, low temperatures and salinity arises as one of the main constrains nowadays. Differential organ-spe...

    Authors: Paula Fernandez, Julio Di Rienzo, Luis Fernandez, H Esteban Hopp, Norma Paniego and Ruth A Heinz

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2008 8:11

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  25. Content type: Research article

    Pollens from different olive (Olea europaea L.) cultivars have been shown to differ significantly in their content in Ole e 1 and in their overall allergenicity. This allergen is, in addition, characterized by a ...

    Authors: AbdelMounim Hamman-Khalifa, Antonio Jesús Castro, José Carlos Jiménez-López, María Isabel Rodríguez-García and Juan de Dios Alché

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2008 8:10

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  26. Content type: Research article

    Soybean (Glycine max L. Merr.) is an important nitrogen-fixing crop that provides much of the world's protein and oil. However, the available tools for investigation of soybean gene function are limited. Neverthe...

    Authors: Jennifer L Cooper, Bradley J Till, Robert G Laport, Margaret C Darlow, Justin M Kleffner, Aziz Jamai, Tarik El-Mellouki, Shiming Liu, Rae Ritchie, Niels Nielsen, Kristin D Bilyeu, Khalid Meksem, Luca Comai and Steven Henikoff

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2008 8:9

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  27. Content type: Research article

    Late blight is the most serious potato disease world-wide. The most effective and environmentally sound way for controlling late blight is to incorporate natural resistance into potato cultivars. Several late ...

    Authors: Pudota B Bhaskar, John A Raasch, Lara C Kramer, Pavel Neumann, Susan M Wielgus, Sandra Austin-Phillips and Jiming Jiang

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2008 8:8

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  28. Content type: Research article

    Association analysis is a powerful tool to identify gene loci that may contribute to phenotypic variation. This includes the estimation of nucleotide diversity, the assessment of linkage disequilibrium structu...

    Authors: Corina M Fusari, Verónica V Lia, H Esteban Hopp, Ruth A Heinz and Norma B Paniego

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2008 8:7

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  29. Content type: Research article

    To find candidate genes that potentially influence the susceptibility or resistance of crop plants to powdery mildew fungi, an assay system based on transient-induced gene silencing (TIGS) as well as transient...

    Authors: Alexander Ihlow, Patrick Schweizer and Udo Seiffert

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2008 8:6

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  30. Content type: Research article

    Opium poppy (Papaver somniferum) produces a diverse array of bioactive benzylisoquinoline alkaloids and has emerged as a model system to study plant alkaloid metabolism. The plant is cultivated as the only commer...

    Authors: Katherine G Zulak, Aalim M Weljie, Hans J Vogel and Peter J Facchini

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2008 8:5

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  31. Content type: Research article

    The key enzymes of photosynthetic carbon assimilation in C4 plants have evolved independently several times from C3 isoforms that were present in the C3 ancestral species. The C4 isoform of phosphoenolpyruvate ca...

    Authors: Sascha Engelmann, Corinna Zogel, Maria Koczor, Ute Schlue, Monika Streubel and Peter Westhoff

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2008 8:4

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  32. Content type: Research article

    Forage quality of maize is influenced by both the content and structure of lignins in the cell wall. Biosynthesis of monolignols, constituting the complex structure of lignins, is catalyzed by enzymes in the p...

    Authors: Jeppe Reitan Andersen, Imad Zein, Gerhard Wenzel, Birte Darnhofer, Joachim Eder, Milena Ouzunova and Thomas Lübberstedt

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2008 8:2

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  33. Content type: Research article

    Plants encode a large number of leucine-rich repeat receptor-like kinases. Legumes encode several LRR-RLK linked to the process of root nodule formation, the ligands of which are unknown. To identify ligands f...

    Authors: Karsten Oelkers, Nicolas Goffard, Georg F Weiller, Peter M Gresshoff, Ulrike Mathesius and Tancred Frickey

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2008 8:1

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  34. Content type: Research article

    Chromosome pairing, recombination and DNA repair are essential processes during meiosis in sexually reproducing organisms. Investigating the bread wheat (Triticum aestivum L.) Ph2 (Pairing homoeologous) locus has...

    Authors: Andrew H Lloyd, Andrew S Milligan, Peter Langridge and Jason A Able

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2007 7:67

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  35. Content type: Research article

    Cassava, an allotetraploid known for its remarkable tolerance to abiotic stresses is an important source of energy for humans and animals and a raw material for many industrial processes. A full-length cDNA li...

    Authors: Tetsuya Sakurai, Germán Plata, Fausto Rodríguez-Zapata, Motoaki Seki, Andrés Salcedo, Atsushi Toyoda, Atsushi Ishiwata, Joe Tohme, Yoshiyuki Sakaki, Kazuo Shinozaki and Manabu Ishitani

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2007 7:66

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  36. Content type: Research article

    Gibberellins (GA) are plant hormones that can regulate germination, elongation growth, and sex determination. They ubiquitously occur in seed plants. The discovery of gibberellin receptors, together with advan...

    Authors: Filip Vandenbussche, Ana C Fierro, Gertrud Wiedemann, Ralf Reski and Dominique Van Der Straeten

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2007 7:65

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  37. Content type: Research article

    The phospholipids of the plant plasma membrane are synthesized in the endoplasmic reticulum (ER). The majority of these lipids reach the plasma membrane independently of the secretory vesicular pathway. Phosph...

    Authors: Karin E Larsson, J Magnus Kjellberg, Henrik Tjellström and Anna Stina Sandelius

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2007 7:64

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  38. Content type: Research article

    The Ni hyperaccumulator Thlaspi goesingense is tolerant to Ni ≅ Zn, ≅ Co and slightly resistant to > Cd. We previously observed that elevated glutathione, driven by constitutive activation of serine acetyltransfe...

    Authors: John L Freeman and David E Salt

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2007 7:63

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  39. Content type: Research article

    Guar, Cyamopsis tetragonoloba (L.) Taub, is a member of the Leguminosae (Fabaceae) family and is economically the most important of the four species in the genus. The endosperm of guar seed is a rich source of mu...

    Authors: Marina Naoumkina, Ivone Torres-Jerez, Stacy Allen, Ji He, Patrick X Zhao, Richard A Dixon and Gregory D May

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2007 7:62

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  40. Content type: Research article

    Elicitations are considered to be an important strategy towards improved in vitro production of secondary metabolites. In cell cultures, biotic and abiotic elicitors have effectively stimulated the production of ...

    Authors: Shilpa Ramani and Jayabaskaran Chelliah

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2007 7:61

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  41. Content type: Research article

    Hydroperoxide lyase (HPL) is a key enzyme in plant oxylipin metabolism that catalyses the cleavage of polyunsaturated fatty acid hydroperoxides produced by the action of lipoxygenase (LOX) to volatile aldehyde...

    Authors: Stefania De Domenico, Nicolas Tsesmetzis, Gian Pietro Di Sansebastiano, Richard K Hughes, Rod Casey and Angelo Santino

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2007 7:58

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  42. Content type: Research article

    Plastid genome content and protein sequence are highly conserved across land plants and their closest algal relatives. Parasitic plants, which obtain some or all of their nutrition through an attachment to a h...

    Authors: Joel R McNeal, Jennifer V Kuehl, Jeffrey L Boore and Claude W de Pamphilis

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2007 7:57

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  43. Content type: Research article

    Nucleotide binding site-leucine rich repeat (NBS-LRR)-encoding genes comprise the largest class of plant disease resistance genes. The 149 NBS-LRR-encoding genes and the 58 related genes that do not encode LRR...

    Authors: Xiaoping Tan, Blake C Meyers, Alexander Kozik, Marilyn AL West, Michele Morgante, Dina A St Clair, Andrew F Bent and Richard W Michelmore

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2007 7:56

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  44. Content type: Research article

    Alternative splicing (AS) contributes significantly to protein diversity, by selectively using different combinations of exons of the same gene under certain circumstances. One particular type of AS is the use...

    Authors: Wei-Hua Chen, Guanting Lv, Congying Lv, Changqing Zeng and Songnian Hu

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2007 7:55

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  45. Content type: Research article

    Saffron (Crocus sativus L., Iridaceae) flowers have been used as a spice and medicinal plant ever since the Greek-Minoan civilization. The edible part – the stigmas – are commonly considered the most expensive sp...

    Authors: Nunzio D'Agostino, Daniele Pizzichini, Maria Luisa Chiusano and Giovanni Giuliano

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2007 7:53

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  46. Content type: Research article

    Vascular plants respond to pathogens by activating a diverse array of defense mechanisms. Studies with these plants have provided a wealth of information on pathogen recognition, signal transduction and the ac...

    Authors: Inés Ponce de León, Juan Pablo Oliver, Alexandra Castro, Carina Gaggero, Marcel Bentancor and Sabina Vidal

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2007 7:52

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