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Alpine plant spins own wool

Analysis of the "wool" coat on the evergreen alpine plant, Dionysia tapetodes reveals a flavone-based woolly fibres extrude from micron-sized holes in glandular trichomes. 

GWAS and non-model crops

Authors present steps and provides guidelines for efficient GWAS implementation in sesame, a non-model crop in this recent review.

Multifaceted roles of the Maize cell wall

There is no unanimous cell wall ideotype that can be tweaked to simultaneously fit the requirements for various uses, and maize plants should be specifically bred for each particular application researchers find.

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BMC Plant Biology is looking for new Associate Editors to join the board

Learn more about the role and requirements here and if interested please complete the accompanying Application form

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BMC Series Focus Issues

October: Focus on Stem Cells

With Stem Cell Awareness day on the 13th October this year we have compiled an article collection from across different BMC Series journals covering aspects of basic stem cell biology; in vitro differentiation studies; stem-cell based therapy studies for various conditions in animal models; technical advancements and ethical issues. 

September: Patient and public involvement in research

In recognition of World Patient Safety Awareness day on 17th September, the BMC Series presents a focus issue on Patient and Public Involvement (PPI) in research.  We have collated free-to-read content from across our journals - showcasing patient perspectives, research into the study of PPI, and engaging public partners as co-authors in research.

Collection: Genome editing technologies and applications

BMC Plant Biology, together with BMC Biotechnology, present the latest collection of articles on the advances in genome editing technologies and applications. Click to read the full collection.

Aims and scope

BMC Plant Biology is an open access, peer-reviewed journal that considers articles on all aspects of plant biology, including molecular, cellular, tissue, organ and whole organism research.

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Team Manager and Senior Editor

Alison Cuff, BioMed Central, Germany


Senior Editor

Akila Sridhar, BioMed Central, UK


Assistant Editor

Elizabeth Debney, BioMed Central, UK

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Valuable data often go unpublished when they could be helping to progress science. Hence, the BMC Series introduced Data notes, a short article type allowing you to describe your data and publish them to make your data easier to find, cite and share.

You can publish your data in BMC Genomic Data (genomic, transcriptomic and high-throughput genotype data) or in BMC Research Notes (data from across all natural and clinical sciences). 

More information about our unique article type can be found on the BMC Genomic Data and BMC Research Notes journal websites. 

What makes for sound science?

The inclusive threshold policy for publication in BMC journals including BMC Plant Biology means that editorial decisions are largely based on the soundness of the research presented rather than the novelty or potential impact of the work. Here our Editors discuss what is required to ensure that research meets the requirement of scientific soundness.

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Portable Peer Review

The editors of BMC Plant Biology support initiatives that expedite the peer review process and are happy to consider manuscripts that have been reviewed in Peerage of Science. Please indicate in your cover letter if this applies to your manuscript.