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Biochemistry and physiology

This section considers studies in the biochemistry and physiology of plants including research into photosynthesis and related processes.

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  1. Leaf color variation is a common trait in plants and widely distributed in many plants. In this study, a leaf color mutation in Camellia japonica (cultivar named as Maguxianzi, M) was used as material, and the me...

    Authors: Mingyue Fu, Zhongcheng Zhou, Xu Yang, Zhongbing Liu, Jiarui Zheng, Xinru Huang, Ling Wang, Jiabao Ye, Weiwei Zhang, Yongling Liao and Feng Xu

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2021 21:416

    Content type: Research article

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  2. Bagging can improve the appearance of fruits and increase the food safety and commodification, it also has effects on intrinsic quality of the fruits, which was commonly reported negative changes. Fig can be r...

    Authors: Ziran Wang, Miaoyu Song, Zhe Wang, Shangwu Chen and Huiqin Ma

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2021 21:396

    Content type: Research article

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  3. 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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  4. 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

    Content type: Research article

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  5. Here we respond to the paper entitled “Contribution of anthocyanin pathways to fruit flesh coloration in pitayas” (Fan et al., BMC Plant Biol 20:361, 2020). In this paper Fan et al. 2020 propose that the anthocya...

    Authors: Boas Pucker, Hidam Bishworjit Singh, Monika Kumari, Mohammad Imtiyaj Khan and Samuel F. Brockington

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2021 21:297

    Content type: Correspondence

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    The Research article to this article has been published in BMC Plant Biology 2020 20:361

  6. Alternative splicing (AS) increases the diversity of transcripts and proteins through the selection of different splice sites and plays an important role in the growth, development and stress tolerance of plan...

    Authors: Xiaozeng Mi, Yi Yue, Mengsha Tang, Yanlin An, Hui Xie, Dahe Qiao, Zhiyu Ma, Shengrui Liu and Chaoling Wei

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2021 21:280

    Content type: Database

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  7. Dionysia tapetodes, a small cushion-forming mountainous evergreen in the Primulaceae, possesses a vast surface-covering of long silky fibres forming the characteristic “woolly” farina. This contrasts with some re...

    Authors: Matthieu Bourdon, Josephine Gaynord, Karin H. Müller, Gareth Evans, Simon Wallis, Paul Aston, David R. Spring and Raymond Wightman

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2021 21:258

    Content type: Research article

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  8. Besides the use of maize grain as food and feed, maize stover can be a profitable by-product for cellulosic ethanol production, whereas the whole plant can be used for silage production. However, yield is redu...

    Authors: Ana López-Malvar, Rosa Ana Malvar, Xose Carlos Souto, Leonardo Dario Gomez, Rachael Simister, Antonio Encina, Jaime Barros-Rios, Sonia Pereira-Crespo and Rogelio Santiago

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2021 21:251

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  9. In this study, we aimed to test the hypothesis that magnesium (Mg) remobilization in citrus plants is regulated by Mg supply and contributes to differences in the growth of the parent and branch organs. Citrus...

    Authors: Yamin Jia, Hao Xu, Yuwen Wang, Xin Ye, Ningwei Lai, Zengrong Huang, Lintong Yang, Yan Li, Li-Song Chen and Jiuxin Guo

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2021 21:239

    Content type: Research article

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  10. Aroma is one the most crucial inherent quality attributes of fruit. ‘Ruixue’ apples were selected from a cross between ‘Pink Lady’ and ‘Fuji’, a later ripening yellow new cultivar. However, there is little kno...

    Authors: Xiaojie Liu, Nini Hao, Ruifang Feng, Zhipeng Meng, Yanan Li and Zhengyang Zhao

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2021 21:231

    Content type: Research article

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  11. Bagging is one of the most important techniques for producting high-quality fruits. In the actual of cultivating, we found a new kind of browning in peel of apple fruit that occurs before harvest and worsen du...

    Authors: Hui Wang, Shuang Wang, Miao-Miao Fan, Shu-Hui Zhang, Lu-Long Sun and Zheng-Yang Zhao

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2021 21:209

    Content type: Research article

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  12. Electrical impedance tomography (EIT) has rarely been applied in plant science, particularly to study plant resistance to abiotic and biotic stresses. In this study, we evaluated the freezing resistance of flo...

    Authors: Ji Qian, Juan Zhou, Ruijuan Gong, Yang Liu and Gang Zhang

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2021 21:199

    Content type: Research article

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  13. The shedding of premature sweet cherry (Prunus avium L) fruitlet has significantly impacted production, which in turn has a consequential effect on economic benefits.

    Authors: Zhilang Qiu, Zhuang Wen, Qiandong Hou, Guang Qiao, Kun Yang, Yi Hong and Xiaopeng Wen

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2021 21:173

    Content type: Research article

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  14. Pollination accelerate sepal development that enhances plant fitness by protecting seeds in female spinach. This response requires pollination signals that result in the remodeling within the sepal cells for r...

    Authors: Mahpara Fatima, Xiaokai Ma, Ping Zhou, Madiha Zaynab and Ray Ming

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2021 21:166

    Content type: Research article

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  15. Being a promising tropical woody oilseed crop, the evergreen and recurrent plants of Sacha Inchi (Plukenetia volubilis L.) has complex phenology and source–sink interactions. Carbon source–sink manipulations with...

    Authors: Zhiquan Cai, Tao Xie and Jin Xu

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2021 21:160

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  16. Sesame (Sesamum indicum) charcoal rot, a destructive fungal disease caused by Macrophomina phaseolina (Tassi) Goid (MP), is a great threat to the yield and quality of sesame. However, there is a lack of informati...

    Authors: Wenqing Yan, Yunxia Ni, Xintao Liu, Hui Zhao, Yanhua Chen, Min Jia, Mingming Liu, Hongyan Liu and Baoming Tian

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2021 21:159

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  17. Sterols are structural and functional components of eukaryotic cell membranes. Plants produce a complex mixture of sterols, among which β-sitosterol, stigmasterol, campesterol, and cholesterol in some Solanace...

    Authors: Laura Gutiérrez-García, Montserrat Arró, Teresa Altabella, Albert Ferrer and Albert Boronat

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2021 21:141

    Content type: Research article

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  18. Recent studies indicate that amylase-trypsin inhibitors (ATIs) and certain carbohydrates referred to as FODMAPs (fermentable oligo-, di-, monosaccharides and polyols) play an important role in promoting wheat ...

    Authors: Lisa Call, Elisabeth Haider, Stefano D’Amico, Elisabeth Reiter and Heinrich Grausgruber

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2021 21:113

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  19. Gloriosa superba L. (Colchicaceae) is a high-value medicinal plant indigenous to Africa and Southeast Asia. Its therapeutic benefits are well-established in traditional medicines including Ayurveda. It is well kn...

    Authors: Devendra Kumar Pandey, Prabhjot Kaur, Vijay Kumar, R. M. Banik, Tabarak Malik and Abhijit Dey

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2021 21:77

    Content type: Research article

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  20. Durian (Durio zibethinus L.) is a highly popular fruit in Thailand and several other Southeast Asian countries. It is abundant in essential nutrients and sulphur-containing compounds such as glutathione (GSH) and...

    Authors: Pawinee Panpetch and Supaart Sirikantaramas

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2021 21:69

    Content type: Research article

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  21. Glutamine synthetase (GS) acts as a key enzyme in plant nitrogen (N) metabolism. It is important to understand the regulation of GS expression in plant. Promoters can initiate the transcription of its downstre...

    Authors: Yanshan Zhong, Xiaodan Lu, Zhiwei Deng, Ziqing Lu and Minghui Fu

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2021 21:66

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  22. Simmondsia chinensis (jojoba) is the only plant known to store wax esters instead of triacylglycerols in its seeds. Wax esters are composed of very-long-chain monounsaturated fatty acids and fatty alcohols and co...

    Authors: Adam Kawiński, Magdalena Miklaszewska, Szymon Stelter, Bartosz Głąb and Antoni Banaś

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2021 21:50

    Content type: Research article

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  23. Heterosis refers to superior traits exhibiting in a hybrid when compared with both parents. Generally, the hybridization between parents can change the expression pattern of some proteins such as non-additive ...

    Authors: Daoping Wang, Yongying Mu, Xiaojiao Hu, Bo Ma, Zhibo Wang, Li Zhu, Jiang Xu, Changling Huang and Yinghong Pan

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2021 21:34

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  24. Carotenoids play important roles in photosynthesis, hormone signaling, and secondary metabolism. Phytoene synthase (PSY) catalyzes the first step of the carotenoid biosynthetic pathway. In this study, we aimed...

    Authors: Zhaojun Wang, Lin Zhang, Chen Dong, Jinggong Guo, Lifeng Jin, Pan Wei, Feng Li, Xiaoquan Zhang and Ran Wang

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2021 21:32

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  25. Carotenoids and flavonoids are important secondary metabolites in plants, which exert multiple bioactivities and benefits to human health. Although the genes that encode carotenogenesis and flavonoid biosynthe...

    Authors: Haipeng Zhang, Jiajing Chen, Zhaoxin Peng, Meiyan Shi, Xiao Liu, Huan Wen, Youwu Jiang, Yunjiang Cheng, Juan Xu and Hongyan Zhang

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2021 21:29

    Content type: Research article

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  26. Modern agriculture strives to sustainably manage fertilizer for both economic and environmental reasons. The monitoring of any nutritional (phosphorus, nitrogen, potassium) deficiency in growing plants is a ch...

    Authors: Anna Siedliska, Piotr Baranowski, Joanna Pastuszka-Woźniak, Monika Zubik and Jaromir Krzyszczak

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2021 21:28

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  27. Haematococcus lacustris is an ideal source of astaxanthin (AST), which is stored in oil bodies containing esterified AST (EAST) and triacylglycerol (TAG). Diacylglycerol acyltransferases (DGATs) catalyze the last...

    Authors: Hongli Cui, Chunchao Zhao, Wenxin Xu, Hongjiang Zhang, Wei Hang, Xiaoli Zhu, Chunli Ji, Jinai Xue, Chunhui Zhang and Runzhi Li

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2021 21:20

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  28. In plants, CONSTITUTIVELY PHOTOMORPHOGENIC 1 (COP1) is a key negative regulator in photoperiod response. However, the biological function of COP1-interacting protein 1 (CIP1) and the regulatory mechanism of th...

    Authors: Hui Kang, Ting-Ting Zhang, Lu-Lu Fu, Yu-Xin Yao, Chun-Xiang You, Xiao-Fei Wang and Yu-Jin Hao

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2021 21:15

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  29. Tissue culture is an effective method for the rapid breeding of seedlings and improving production efficiency, but explant browning is a key limiting factor of walnut tissue culture. Specifically, the polymeri...

    Authors: Shugang Zhao, Hongxia Wang, Kai Liu, Linqing Li, Jinbing Yang, Xiuhong An, Pingping Li, Linying Yun and Zhihua Zhang

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2021 21:9

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  30. Environmental lodging stress, which is a result of numerous factors, is characterized by uncertainty. However, several studies related to lodging in cereal crops have reported that lodging in the Hippeastrum ruti...

    Authors: Zhenjie Shi, Qianjiao Zheng, Xiaoyang Sun, Fuchun Xie, Jian Zhao, Gaoyun Zhang, Wei Zhao, Zhixin Guo, Ariuka Ariunzul, Shah Fahad, Muhammad Adnan, Dong Qin, Shah Saud and Chen Yajun

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2020 20:565

    Content type: Research article

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  31. Vegetable amaranth is a source of natural phytopigments and functional components of the commercial food industry for sustainable health benefits across the globe. It is guessed that recently identified amaran...

    Authors: Umakanta Sarker and Shinya Oba

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2020 20:564

    Content type: Research article

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  32. Cadmium (Cd) accumulation in crops affects the yield and quality of crops and harms human health. The application of selenium (Se) can reduce the absorption and transport of Cd in winter wheat.

    Authors: Jiaojiao Zhu, Peng Zhao, Zhaojun Nie, Huazhong Shi, Chang Li, Yi Wang, Shiyu Qin, Xiaoming Qin and Hongen Liu

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2020 20:550

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  33. Nitrate plays an important role in grapevines vegetative and reproductive development. However, how grapevines uptake, translocate and utilize nitrate and the molecular mechanism still remains to be investigated.

    Authors: Yani He, Xiaojun Xi, Qian Zha, Yuting Lu and Aili Jiang

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2020 20:549

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  34. The ratio of CO2 mesophyll conductance (gm) to Ribulose-1, 5-bisphosphate carboxylase/oxygenase (Rubisco) content has been suggested to positively affect photosynthetic nitrogen use efficiency (PNUE). The anatomi...

    Authors: Limin Gao, Zhifeng Lu, Lei Ding, Kailiu Xie, Min Wang, Ning Ling and Shiwei Guo

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2020 20:527

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  35. The immobile nature of plants means that they can be frequently confronted by various biotic and abiotic stresses during their lifecycle. Among the various abiotic stresses, water stress, temperature extremiti...

    Authors: Uday Chand Jha, Harsh Nayyar, Rintu Jha, Muhammad Khurshid, Meiliang Zhou, Nitin Mantri and Kadambot H. M. Siddique

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2020 20:466

    Content type: Review

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  36. Although our knowledge about diatom photosynthesis has made huge progress over the last years, many aspects about their photosynthetic apparatus are still enigmatic. According to published data, the spatial or...

    Authors: Marcel Kansy, Daniela Volke, Line Sturm, Christian Wilhelm, Ralf Hoffmann and Reimund Goss

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2020 20:456

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  37. Agricultural yield is closely associated with nitrogen application. Thus, reducing the application of nitrogen without affecting agricultural production remains a challenging task. To understand the metabolic,...

    Authors: Xin Liu, Chengmiao Yin, Li Xiang, Weitao Jiang, Shaozhuo Xu and Zhiquan Mao

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2020 20:448

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  38. Caucasian clover (Trifolium ambiguum M. Bieb.) is a strongly rhizomatous, low-crowned perennial leguminous and ground-covering grass. The species may be used as an ornamental plant and is resistant to cold, arid ...

    Authors: Xiujie Yin, Kun Yi, Yihang Zhao, Yao Hu, Xu Li, Taotao He, Jiaxue Liu and Guowen Cui

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2020 20:429

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  39. Pyropia yezoensis (Rhodophyta) is widely cultivated in East Asia and plays important economic, ecological and research roles. Although inorganic carbon utilization of P. yezoensis has been investigated from a phy...

    Authors: Baoyu Zhang, Xiujun Xie, Xuehua Liu, Linwen He, Yuanyuan Sun and Guangce Wang

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2020 20:424

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  40. Non-photosynthetic plastids of plants are known to be involved in a range of metabolic and biosynthetic reactions, even if they have been difficult to study due to their small size and lack of color. The morph...

    Authors: Magda Grabsztunowicz, Anne Rokka, Irum Farooq, Eva-Mari Aro and Paula Mulo

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2020 20:413

    Content type: Research article

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  41. Among eukaryotic organisms, alternative splicing is an important process that can generate multiple transcripts from one same precursor messenger RNA, which greatly increase transcriptome and proteome diversit...

    Authors: Kai-Lu Zhang, Zhen Feng, Jing-Fang Yang, Feng Yang, Tian Yuan, Di Zhang, Ge-Fei Hao, Yan-Ming Fang, Jianhua Zhang, Caie Wu, Mo-Xian Chen and Fu-Yuan Zhu

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2020 20:379

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  42. Triterpenoids from birch (Betula platyphylla Suk.) exert antitumor and anti-HIV activities. Due to the complexity of plant secondary metabolic pathways, triterpene compounds in plants is not always determined by ...

    Authors: Jing Yin, Lu Sun, Ying Li, Jialei Xiao, Siyao Wang, Jie Yang, Ziyue Qu and Yaguang Zhan

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2020 20:374

    Content type: Research article

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  43. The glyoxylate reductase (GR) multigene family has been described in various plant species, their isoforms show different biochemical features in plants. However, few studies have addressed the biological role...

    Authors: Zhisheng Zhang, Xiu Liang, Lei Lu, Zheng Xu, Jiayu Huang, Han He and Xinxiang Peng

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2020 20:357

    Content type: Research article

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  44. Safflower (Carthamus tinctorius L.) is an important cash crop, of which the dried tube flower is not only an important raw material for dyes and cosmetics but also an important herb widely used in traditional Chi...

    Authors: Jiang Chen, Jie Wang, Rui Wang, Bin Xian, Chaoxiang Ren, Qianqian Liu, Qinghua Wu and Jin Pei

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2020 20:353

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  45. Early seed germination and a functional root system development during establishment are crucial attributes contributing to nutrient competence under marginal nutrient soil conditions. Chenopodium quinoa Willd (C...

    Authors: Katherine Pinto-Irish, Teodoro Coba de la Peña, Enrique Ostria-Gallardo, Cristian Ibáñez, Vilbett Briones, Alexander Vergara, Rodrigo Alvarez, Catalina Castro, Carolina Sanhueza, Patricio A. Castro and Luisa Bascuñán-Godoy

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2020 20:343

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  46. Long noncoding RNAs (lncRNAs), which are typically > 200 nt in length, are involved in numerous biological processes. Studies on lncRNAs in the cultivated peanut (Arachis hypogaea L.) largely remain unknown.

    Authors: Haiying Tian, Feng Guo, Zhimeng Zhang, Hong Ding, Jingjing Meng, Xinguo Li, Zhenying Peng and Shubo Wan

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2020 20:308

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  47. Cunninghamia lanceolata (C. lanceolata) is the main fast-growing timber species in southern China. As an alternative to conventional lighting systems, LED has been demonstrated to be an artificial flexible lighti...

    Authors: Yuanyuan Xu, Mei Yang, Fei Cheng, Shinan Liu and Yuyao Liang

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2020 20:269

    Content type: Research article

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  48. Soil and water pollution due to nitrate are becoming increasingly serious worldwide. The government also put forward relevant governance policies, and a large number of scholars studied chemical physics and ot...

    Authors: Derong Lin, Yichen Huang, Jingjing Zhao, Zhijun Wu, Shuliang Liu, Wen Qin, Dingtao Wu, Hong Chen and Qing Zhang

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2020 20:267

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  49. The grain yield of cereals is determined by the synergistic interaction between source activity and sink capacity. However, source-sink interactions are far from being fully understood. Therefore, a field expe...

    Authors: Xuemei Lv, Yan Zhang, Yunxiu Zhang, Shoujin Fan and Lingan Kong

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2020 20:257

    Content type: Research article

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