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  1. Atractylodes chinensis (DC.) Koidz is a well-known medicinal plant containing the major bioactive compound, atractylodin, a sesquiterpenoid. High-performance liquid chromatography (HPLC) analysis demonstrated tha...

    Authors: Jianhua Zhao, Chengzhen Sun, Fengyu Shi, Shanshan Ma, Jinshuang Zheng, Xin Du and Liping Zhang

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2021 21:354

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  2. In breeding programs, the selection of cultivars with the highest yield potential consisted in the selection of the yield per se, which resulted in cultivars with higher grains per spike (GN) and occasionally ...

    Authors: Nicole Pretini, Leonardo S. Vanzetti, Ignacio I. Terrile, Guillermo Donaire and Fernanda G. González

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2021 21:353

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  3. Sesame (Sesamum indicum L.) leaves, flowers, especially seeds are used in traditional medicine to prevent or cure various diseases. Its seed’s market is expanding. However, the other tissues are still underexploi...

    Authors: Senouwa Segla Koffi Dossou, Fangtao Xu, Xianghua Cui, Chen Sheng, Rong Zhou, Jun You, Koffi Tozo and Linhai Wang

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2021 21:352

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  4. In nature, green apple are associated with the accumulation of chlorophyll, while red apple varieties are associated with anthocyanins accumulation. Notably, in this study, the green skin color apple variety ‘...

    Authors: Ruirui Ding, Xingkai Che, Zhen Shen and Yuanhu Zhang

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2021 21:351

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  5. Lycium Linn. (Solanaceae) is a genus of economically important plants producing fruits and leaves with high nutritional value and medicinal benefits. However, genetic analysis of this plant and molecular breeding...

    Authors: Jianhua Zhao, Haoxia Li, Yuhui Xu, Yue Yin, Ting Huang, Bo Zhang, Yajun Wang, Yanlong Li, Youlong Cao and Wei An

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2021 21:350

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  6. Phosphorus (P) is an essential macronutrient for plant growth and development. Upon P shortage, plant responds with massive reprogramming of transcription, the Phosphate Starvation Response (PSR). In parallel,...

    Authors: Yanting Wang, Hernando G. Suárez Duran, Jan C. van Haarst, Elio G.W.M Schijlen, Carolien Ruyter-Spira, Marnix H. Medema, Lemeng Dong and Harro J. Bouwmeester

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2021 21:349

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  7. Tomato (Solanum lycopersicum) is one of the most important horticultural crops, with a marked preference for nitrate as an inorganic nitrogen source. The molecular mechanisms of nitrate uptake and assimilation ar...

    Authors: Mengyuan Liu, Xiaona Zhi, Yi Wang and Yang Wang

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2021 21:347

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  8. Root system architecture (RSA), which is determined by the crown root angle (CRA), crown root diameter (CRD), and crown root number (CRN), is an important factor affecting the ability of plants to obtain nutri...

    Authors: Houmiao Wang, Xiao Tang, Xiaoyi Yang, Yingying Fan, Yang Xu, Pengcheng Li, Chenwu Xu and Zefeng Yang

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2021 21:346

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  9. Due to global warming, the search for new sources for heat tolerance and the identification of genes involved in this process has become an important challenge as of today. The main objective of the current re...

    Authors: María José Gonzalo, Inmaculada Nájera, Carlos Baixauli, David Gil, Teresa Montoro, Vicky Soriano, Fabrizio Olivieri, Maria Manuela Rigano, Daniela Ganeva, Stanislava Grozeva-Tileva, Galina Pevicharova, Amalia Barone, Antonio Granell and Antonio José Monforte

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2021 21:345

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  10. Maize (Zea mays ssp. mays) is the most abundantly cultivated and highly valued food commodity in the world. Oil from maize kernels is highly nutritious and important for the diet and health of humans, and it can ...

    Authors: Hui Fang, Xiuyi Fu, Hanqiu Ge, Aixia Zhang, Tingyu Shan, Yuandong Wang, Ping Li and Baohua Wang

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2021 21:344

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  11. Common bean (Phaseolus vulgaris L.) is a legume whose grain can be stored for months, a common practice among Brazilian growers. Over time, seed coats become darker and harder to cook, traits that are undesirable...

    Authors: Caléo Panhoca de Almeida, Isabella Laporte Santos, Jean Fausto de Carvalho Paulino, Caio Cesar Ferrari Barbosa, Cássia Cristina Augusto Pereira, Cassia Regina Limonta Carvalho, Gabriel de Moraes Cunha Gonçalves, Qijian Song, Sérgio Augusto Morais Carbonell, Alisson Fernando Chiorato and Luciana Lasry Benchimol-Reis

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2021 21:343

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  12. Chloroplasts respond to stress and changes in the environment by producing reactive oxygen species (ROS) that have specific signaling abilities. The ROS singlet oxygen (1O2) is unique in that it can signal to ini...

    Authors: Matthew D. Lemke, Karen E. Fisher, Marta A. Kozlowska, David W. Tano and Jesse D. Woodson

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2021 21:342

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  13. Restoration through planting is the dominant strategy to conserve mangrove ecosystems. However, many of the plantations fail to survive. Site and seeding selection matters for planting.

    Authors: Yuze Zhao, Yifan Zhong, Congting Ye, Pingping Liang, Xiaobao Pan, Yuan-Ye Zhang, Yihui Zhang and Yingjia Shen

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2021 21:341

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  14. TLPs (Tubby-like proteins) are widespread in eukaryotes and highly conserved in plants and animals. TLP is involved in many biological processes, such as growth, development, biotic and abiotic stress response...

    Authors: Shuangtao Li, Zhirong Wang, Fei Wang, Hongmei Lv, Meng Cao, Na Zhang, Fengju Li, Hao Wang, Xingsheng Li, Xiaowei Yuan, Bing Zhao and Yang-Dong Guo

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2021 21:340

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  15. Mulberry (Morus alba L.) is an important sericulture crop; however, root-knot nematode infection seriously limits its production. Understanding the mechanism of interaction between mulberry and nematode is import...

    Authors: Hudie Shao, Yu Fu, Pan Zhang, Chunping You, Chuanren Li and Huan Peng

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2021 21:338

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  16. Pesticide residue and its poor utilization remains problematic in agricultural development. To address the issue, a nano-pesticide has been developed by incorporating pesticide acetamiprid in porous silica nan...

    Authors: Xinyi Wang, Min Yan, Jie Zhou, Wei Song, Yu Xiao, Chuanjian Cui, Wanjun Gao, Fei Ke, Jing Zhu, Zi Gu and Ruyan Hou

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2021 21:337

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  17. Chromium is the most toxic pollutant that negatively affects a plant’s metabolic activities and yield. It reduces plant growth by influencing the antioxidant defence system’s activities. In the present study, ...

    Authors: Praveen Kumar

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2021 21:336

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  18. In brown algae, dioicy is the prevalent sexual system, and phenotypic differences between male and female gametophytes have been found in many dioicous species. Saccharina japonica show remarkable sexual dimorphi...

    Authors: Jiaxun Zhang, Yan Li, Shiju Luo, Min Cao, Linan Zhang and Xiaojie Li

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2021 21:335

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  19. The skin (exocarp) of fleshy fruit is hugely diverse across species. Most fruit types have a live epidermal skin covered by a layer of cuticle made up of cutin while a few create an outermost layer of dead cel...

    Authors: Nikolai Macnee, Elena Hilario, Jibran Tahir, Alastair Currie, Ben Warren, Ria Rebstock, Ian C. Hallett, David Chagné, Robert J. Schaffer and Sean M. Bulley

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2021 21:334

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  20. Canavalia rosea (Sw.) DC. (bay bean) is an extremophile halophyte that is widely distributed in coastal areas of the tropics and subtropics. Seawater and drought tolerance in this species may be facilitated by aq...

    Authors: Ruoyi Lin, Jiexuan Zheng, Lin Pu, Zhengfeng Wang, Qiming Mei, Mei Zhang and Shuguang Jian

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2021 21:333

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  21. Pogoniopsis schenckii Cogn. is a mycoheterotrophic orchid that can be used as a model to understand the influence of mycoheterotrophy at different stages of the reproductive cycle. We aimed to verify the presence...

    Authors: Mariana Ferreira Alves, Fabio Pinheiro, Carlos Eduardo Pereira Nunes, Francisco Prosdocimi, Deise Schroder Sarzi, Carolina Furtado and Juliana Lischka Sampaio Mayer

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2021 21:332

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  22. As damage to the ecological environment continues to increase amid unreasonable amounts of irrigation, soil salinization has become a major challenge to agricultural development. Melatonin (MT) is a pleiotropi...

    Authors: Dan Jiang, Bin Lu, Liantao Liu, Wenjing Duan, Yanjun Meng, Jin Li, Ke Zhang, Hongchun Sun, Yongjiang Zhang, Hezhong Dong, Zhiying Bai and Cundong Li

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2021 21:331

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  23. The climate crisis threatens sustainability of crop production worldwide. Crop diversification may enhance food security while reducing the negative impacts of climate change. Proso millet (Panicum milaceum L.) i...

    Authors: Sameh Boukail, Mercy Macharia, Mara Miculan, Alberto Masoni, Alessandro Calamai, Enrico Palchetti and Matteo Dell’Acqua

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2021 21:330

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  24. Rivers and streams facilitate movement of individuals and their genes across the landscape and are generally recognized as dispersal corridors for riparian plants. Nevertheless, some authors have reported dire...

    Authors: Qiong Fu, Jie Deng, Min Chen, Yan Zhong, Guo-Hui Lu and Ying-Qiang Wang

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2021 21:329

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  25. MYB transcription factors are a kind of DNA binding protein that can specifically interact with the promoter region. Members of MYB TFs are widely involved in plant growth and development, secondary metabolism, s...

    Authors: Yujiao Wang, Yong Zhang, Chunjie Fan, Yongcheng Wei, Jingxiang Meng, Zhen Li and Chonglu Zhong

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2021 21:328

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  26. Grapevine cultivars of the Pinot family represent clonally propagated mutants with major phenotypic and physiological differences, such as different colour or shifted ripening time, as well as changes in impor...

    Authors: Jens Theine, Daniela Holtgräwe, Katja Herzog, Florian Schwander, Anna Kicherer, Ludger Hausmann , Prisca Viehöver, Reinhard Töpfer and Bernd Weisshaar

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2021 21:327

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  27. Glycolate oxidase (GLO) is not only a key enzyme in photorespiration but also a major engine for H2O2 production in plants. Catalase (CAT)-dependent H2O2 decomposition has been previously reported to be involved ...

    Authors: Xiangyang Li, Mengmeng Liao, Jiayu Huang, Zheng Xu, Zhanqiao Lin, Nenghui Ye, Zhisheng Zhang and Xinxiang Peng

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2021 21:326

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  28. Plant phylogeographic studies of species in subtropical China have mainly focused on rare and endangered species, whereas few studies have been conducted on taxa with relatively wide distribution, especially p...

    Authors: Zhi Wang, Caihong Zhong, Dawei Li, Chunlin Yan, Xiaohong Yao and Zuozhou Li

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2021 21:325

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  29. Growing large crop monocultures and heavily using pesticides enhances the evolution of pesticide-insensitive pests and pathogens. To reduce pesticide use in crop cultivation, the application of priming-active ...

    Authors: Judith Loogen, André Müller, Arne Balzer, Sophie Weber, Kathrin Schmitz, Roxanne Krug, Ulrich Schaffrath, Jörg Pietruszk, Uwe Conrath and Jochen Büchs

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2021 21:324

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  30. Sufficient low temperature accumulation is the key strategy to break bud dormancy and promote subsequent flowering in tree peony anti-season culturing production. Exogenous gibberellins (GAs) could partially r...

    Authors: Zhang Yuxi, Yuan Yanchao, Liu Zejun, Zhang Tao, Li Feng, Liu Chunying and Gai Shupeng

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2021 21:323

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  31. Flexibility of plant metabolism is supported by redox regulation of enzymes via posttranslational modification of cysteine residues, especially in plastids. Here, the redox states of cysteine residues are part...

    Authors: Stefanie J. Müller-Schüssele, Finja Bohle, Jacopo Rossi, Paolo Trost, Andreas J. Meyer and Mirko Zaffagnini

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2021 21:322

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  32. Browning spot (BS) disorders seriously affect the appearance quality of ‘Huangguan’ pear and cause economic losses. Many studies on BS have mainly focused on physiological and biochemical aspects, and the mole...

    Authors: Qi Wang, Xinyi Wu, Li Liu, Daozhi Yao, Jinchao Li, Jie Fang, Xiaonan Chen, Liwu Zhu, Pu Liu, Zhenfeng Ye, Bing Jia and Wei Heng

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2021 21:321

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  33. N-terminal acetylation (NTA) is a highly abundant protein modification catalyzed by N-terminal acetyltransferases (NATs) in eukaryotes. However, the plant NATs and their biological functions have been poorly exp....

    Authors: Hai-qing Liu, Ya-jie Zou, Xiao-feng Li, Lei Wu and Guang-qin Guo

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2021 21:320

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  34. PTI1 (Pto-interacting 1) protein kinase belongs to the receptor-like cytoplasmic kinase (RLCK) group of receptor-like protein kinases (RLK), but lack extracellular and transmembrane domains. PTI1 was first ide...

    Authors: Yongguan Huangfu, Jiaowen Pan, Zhen Li, Qingguo Wang, Fatemeh Mastouri, Ying Li, Stephen Yang, Min Liu, Shaojun Dai and Wei Liu

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2021 21:319

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  35. Cassava (Manihot esculenta Crantz) efficiently accumulates starch in its storage roots. However, how photosynthates are transported from the leaves to the phloem (especially how they are unloaded into parenchymal...

    Authors: Kun Pan, Cheng Lu, Peixian Nie, Meizhen Hu, Xincheng Zhou, Xin Chen and Wenquan Wang

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2021 21:318

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  36. Entering and exiting winter dormancy present important trade-offs between growth and survival at northern latitudes. Many forest trees display local adaptation across latitude in traits associated with these p...

    Authors: Rami-Petteri Apuli, Thomas Richards, Martha Rendón-Anaya, Almir Karacic, Ann-Christin Rönnberg-Wästljung and Pär K. Ingvarsson

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2021 21:317

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  37. Ergot, caused by the fungal pathogen Claviceps purpurea, infects the female flowers of a range of cereal crops, including wheat. To understand the interaction between C. purpurea and hexaploid wheat we undertook ...

    Authors: Eleni Tente, Nelzo Ereful, Anyela Camargo Rodriguez, Paul Grant, Donal M. O’Sullivan, Lesley A. Boyd and Anna Gordon

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2021 21:316

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  38. Plant-produced specialised metabolites are a powerful part of a plant’s first line of defence against herbivorous insects, bacteria and fungi. Wild ancestors of present-day cultivated tomato produce a plethora...

    Authors: Ruy W. J. Kortbeek, Marc D. Galland, Aleksandra Muras, Frans M. van der Kloet, Bart André, Maurice Heilijgers, Sacha A. F. T. van Hijum, Michel A. Haring, Robert C. Schuurink and Petra M. Bleeker

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2021 21:315

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  39. Harnessing heterosis is one of the major approaches to increase rice yield and has made a great contribution to food security. The identification and selection of outstanding parental genotypes especially amon...

    Authors: Xianwen Zhang, Qiang He, Wuhan Zhang, Fu Shu, Weiping Wang, Zhizhou He, Hairong Xiong, Junhua Peng and Huafeng Deng

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2021 21:313

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  40. Peanut smut is a disease caused by the fungus Thecaphora frezii Carranza & Lindquist to which most commercial cultivars in South America are highly susceptible. It is responsible for severely decreased yield and ...

    Authors: Francisco J. de Blas, Cecilia I. Bruno, Renee S. Arias, Carolina Ballén-Taborda, Eva Mamani, Claudio Oddino, Melina Rosso, Beatriz P. Costero, Marina Bressano, Juan H. Soave, Sara J. Soave, Mario I. Buteler, J. Guillermo Seijo and Alicia N. Massa

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2021 21:312

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  41. Mineral elements are important for maintaining good human health besides heavy metals. Mining genes that control mineral elements are paramount for improving their accumulation in the wheat grain. Although pre...

    Authors: Wei Wang, Hong Guo, Chongning Wu, Hui Yu, Xiaokang Li, Guangfeng Chen, Jichun Tian and Zhiying Deng

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2021 21:311

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  42. The ability of chickpea to obtain sufficient nitrogen via its symbiotic relationship with Mesorhizobium ciceri is of critical importance in supporting growth and grain production. A number of factors can affect t...

    Authors: Krista L. Plett, Sean L. Bithell, Adrian Dando and Jonathan M. Plett

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2021 21:310

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  43. Phytohormone abscisic acid (ABA) is involved in the regulation of a wide range of biological processes. In Arabidopsis, it has been well-known that SnRK2s are the central components of the ABA signaling pathwa...

    Authors: Tiandan Long, Binjie Xu, Yufeng Hu, Yayun Wang, Changqing Mao, Yongbin Wang, Junjie Zhang, Hanmei Liu, Huanhuan Huang, Yinghong Liu, Guowu Yu, Chunzhao Zhao, Yangping Li and Yubi Huang

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2021 21:309

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  44. Rice (Oryza sativa L.) Chalkiness, the opaque part in the kernel endosperm formed by loosely piled starch and protein bodies. Chalkiness is a complex quantitative trait regulated by multiple genes and various env...

    Authors: Qin Xie, Jinke Xu, Ke Huang, Yi Su, Jianhua Tong, Zhigang Huang, Chao Huang, Manlin Wei, Wanhuang Lin and Langtao Xiao

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2021 21:308

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  45. Maize rough dwarf disease (MRDD), a widespread disease caused by four pathogenic viruses, severely reduces maize yield and grain quality. Resistance against MRDD is a complex trait that controlled by many quan...

    Authors: Weixiao Zhang, Suining Deng, Yan Zhao, Wei Xu, Qingcai Liu, Yongzhong Zhang, Chunmei Ren, Zhaobang Cheng, Mingliang Xu and Baoshen Liu

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2021 21:307

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  46. Outbreaks of insect pests in paddy fields cause heavy losses in global rice yield annually, a threat projected to be aggravated by ongoing climate warming. Although significant progress has been made in the sc...

    Authors: Yi Li, Boon Huat Cheah, Yu-Fu Fang, Yun-Hung Kuang, Shau-Ching Lin, Chung-Ta Liao, Shou-Horng Huang, Ya-Fen Lin and Wen-Po Chuang

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2021 21:306

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  47. Natural variations derived from both evolutionary selection and genetic recombination, presume to have important functions to respond to various abiotic stresses, which could be used to improve drought toleran...

    Authors: Nan Wang, Ming Cheng, Yong Chen, Bojuan Liu, Xiaonan Wang, Guojun Li, Yueheng Zhou, Ping Luo, Zhangying Xi, Hongjun Yong, Degui Zhang, Mingshun Li, Xuecai Zhang, Felix San Vicente, Zhuanfang Hao and Xinhai Li

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2021 21:305

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