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Development and cell biology

This section considers studies in the development and developmental processes of plants and all aspects of the biology of plant cells.

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  1. The periderm is a protective barrier crucial for land plant survival, but little is known about genetic factors involved in its development and regulation. Using a transcriptomic approach in the cork oak (Q. sube...

    Authors: Pau Boher, Marçal Soler, Sandra Fernández-Piñán, Xènia Torrent, Sebastian Y. Müller, Krystyna A. Kelly, Olga Serra and Mercè Figueras

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2021 21:409

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  2. The plant body in duckweed species has undergone reduction and simplification from the ancient Spirodela species towards more derived Wolffia species. Among the five duckweed genera, Wolffia members are rootless ...

    Authors: Jingjing Yang, Xuyao Zhao, Gaojie Li, Shiqi Hu and Hongwei Hou

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2021 21:387

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  3. C. sinensis is an important economic crop with fluoride over-accumulation in its leaves, which poses a serious threat to human health due to its leaf consumption as tea. Recently, our study has indicated that cel...

    Authors: Yanli Liu, Linlong Ma, Dan Cao, Ziming Gong, Jing Fan, Hongju Hu and Xiaofang Jin

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2021 21:384

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  4. The lace plant (Aponogeton madagascariensis) is an aquatic monocot that develops leaves with uniquely formed perforations through the use of a developmentally regulated process called programmed cell death (PCD)....

    Authors: Nathan M. Rowarth, Bruce A. Curtis, Anthony L. Einfeldt, John M. Archibald, Christian R. Lacroix and Arunika H. L. A. N. Gunawardena

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2021 21:375

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  5. To adapt seasonal climate changes under natural environments, Polygonatum sibiricum seeds have a long period of epicotyl morphophysiological dormancy, which limits their wide-utilization in the large-scale plant ...

    Authors: Dengqun Liao, Ruipeng An, Jianhe Wei, Dongmei Wang, Xianen Li and Jianjun Qi

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2021 21:370

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  6. 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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  7. Parthenocarpy results in traits attractive to both consumers and breeders, and it overcomes the obstacle of self-incompatibility in the fruit set of horticultural crops, including pear (Pyrus bretshneider). Howev...

    Authors: Haiqi Zhang, Wei Han, Huibin Wang, Liu Cong, Rui Zhai, Chengquan Yang, Zhigang Wang and Lingfei Xu

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2021 21:292

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  8. Cinnamomum migao is an endangered evergreen woody plant species endemic to China. Its fruit is used as a traditional medicine by the Miao nationality of China and has a high commercial value. However, its seed g...

    Authors: Xiaolong Huang, Tian Tian, Jingzhong Chen, Deng Wang, Bingli Tong and Jiming Liu

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2021 21:270

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  9. Trichome initiation in Arabidopsis is regulated by a MYB-bHLH-WD40 (MBW) transcriptional activator complex formed by the R2R3 MYB transcription factor GLABRA1 (GL1), MYB23 or MYB82, the bHLH transcription fact...

    Authors: Kaijie Zheng, Xutong Wang, Yating Wang and Shucai Wang

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2021 21:234

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    The Correction to this article has been published in BMC Plant Biology 2021 21:276

  10. The Arabidopsis RUS (ROOT UV-B SENSITIVE) gene family contains six members, each of which encodes a protein containing a DUF647 (domain of unknown function 647) that is commonly found in eukaryotes. Previous stud...

    Authors: Nathaniel Perry, Colin D. Leasure, Hongyun Tong, Elias M. Duarte and Zheng-Hui He

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2021 21:232

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  11. In angiosperms the transition to flowering is controlled by a complex set of interacting networks integrating a range of developmental, physiological, and environmental factors optimizing transition time for m...

    Authors: S. F. Prewitt, A. Shalit-Kaneh, S. N. Maximova and M. J. Guiltinan

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2021 21:218

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  12. Seed germination is the process through which a quiescent organ reactivates its metabolism culminating with the resumption cell divisions. It is usually the growth of a plant contained within a seed and result...

    Authors: Xiaofei Xue, Fuchao Jiao, Haicheng Xu, Qiqing Jiao, Xin Zhang, Yong Zhang, Shangyi Du, Menghan Xi, Aiguo Wang, Jingtang Chen and Ming Wang

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2021 21:194

    Content type: Review

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  13. In recent years, sugarcane has attracted increasing attention as an energy crop. Wild resources are widely used to improve the narrow genetic base of sugarcane. However, the infertility of F1 hybrids between Sacc...

    Authors: Xueting Li, Fei Huang, Jin Chai, Qiusong Wang, Fan Yu, Yongji Huang, Jiayun Wu, Qinnan Wang, Liangnian Xu, Muqing Zhang and Zuhu Deng

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2021 21:139

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  14. Providing the photosynthesis factory for plants, chloroplasts are critical for crop biomass and economic yield. However, chloroplast development is a complicated process, coordinated by the cross-communication...

    Authors: Shengming Yang, Megan Overlander and Jason Fiedler

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2021 21:134

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  15. During maturation seeds acquire several physiological traits to enable them to survive drying and disseminate the species. Few studies have addressed the regulatory networks controlling acquisition of these tr...

    Authors: Elise Bizouerne, Julia Buitink, Benoît Ly Vu, Joseph Ly Vu, Eddi Esteban, Asher Pasha, Nicholas Provart, Jérôme Verdier and Olivier Leprince

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2021 21:124

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  16. Gossypium hirsutum L. (cotton) is one of the most economically important crops in the world due to its significant source of fiber, feed, foodstuff, oil and biofuel products. However, the utilization of cottonsee...

    Authors: Chaofeng Wu, Hailiang Cheng, Shuyan Li, Dongyun Zuo, Zhongxu Lin, Youping Zhang, Limin Lv, Qiaolian Wang and Guoli Song

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2021 21:102

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  17. Plants have remarkable diversity in petal colour through the biosynthesis and accumulation of various pigments. To better understand the mechanisms regulating petal pigmentation in Lonicera japonica, we used mult...

    Authors: Yan Xia, Weiwei Chen, Weibo Xiang, Dan Wang, Baogui Xue, Xinya Liu, Lehua Xing, Di Wu, Shuming Wang, Qigao Guo and Guolu Liang

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2021 21:98

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  18. Red clover (Trifolium pratense) is globally used as a fodder plant due its high nutritional value and soil improving qualities. In response to mowing, red clover exhibits specific morphological traits to compensa...

    Authors: Denise Brigitte Herbert, Thomas Gross, Oliver Rupp and Annette Becker

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2021 21:95

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  19. Fruit abortion is a major limiting factor for fruit production. In flat peach, fruit abortion is present in the whole tree of some accessions during early fruit development. However, the physiological factors ...

    Authors: Jian Guo, Ke Cao, Jia-Long Yao, Cecilia Deng, Yong Li, Gengrui Zhu, Weichao Fang, Changwen Chen, Xinwei Wang, Jinlong Wu, Wenwu Guo and Lirong Wang

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2021 21:88

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  20. MADS-box transcription factors (TFs) are the key regulators of multiple developmental processes in plants; among them, a chrysanthemum MADS-box TF CmANR1 has been isolated and described as functioning in root dev...

    Authors: Cui-Hui Sun, Jia-Hui Wang, Kai-Di Gu, Peng Zhang, Xin-Yi Zhang, Cheng-Shu Zheng, Da-Gang Hu and Fangfang Ma

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2021 21:79

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  21. ‘Regal Splendour’ (Hosta variety) is famous for its multi-color leaves, which are useful resources for exploring chloroplast development and color changes. The expressions of chlorophyll biosynthesis-related g...

    Authors: Jingying Zhang, Changhai Sui, Huimin Liu, Jinjiao Chen, Zhilin Han, Qian Yan, Shuying Liu and Hongzhang Liu

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2021 21:45

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  22. NAC transcription factors (TFs) are plant-specific proteins encoded by a large gene family. They play important roles in diverse biological processes, such as plant growth and development, leaf senescence, and...

    Authors: Dongfeng Jia, Zhiqiang Jiang, Haihui Fu, Lu Chen, Guanglian Liao, Yanqun He, Chunhui Huang and Xiaobiao Xu

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2021 21:44

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  23. Cauliflower (Brassica oleracea L. var. botrytis) inflorescences are composed mainly of meristematic tissue, which has a high cellular proliferation. This considerable cellular density makes the inflorescence an o...

    Authors: Paula Garcia-Ibañez, Juan Nicolas-Espinosa and Micaela Carvajal

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2021 21:30

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  24. The 29-member Arabidopsis AHL gene family is classified into three main classes based on nucleotide and protein sequence evolutionary differences. These differences include the presence or absence of introns, typ...

    Authors: Reuben Tayengwa, Pushpa Sharma Koirala, Courtney F. Pierce, Breanna E. Werner and Michael M. Neff

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2020 20:559

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  25. Melatonin (MT) is important for plant growth and development; however, it is not known whether MT is involved in apple adventitious root (AR) development. In this study, we treated Malus prunifolia (MP) at four d...

    Authors: Jiangping Mao, Chundong Niu, Ke Li, Shiyue Chen, Muhammad Mobeen Tahir, Mingyu Han and Dong Zhang

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2020 20:536

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  26. Hybridization and polyploidization are powerful evolutionary factors that are associated with manifold developmental changes in plants such as irregular progression of meiosis and sporogenesis. The emergence o...

    Authors: Birthe H. Barke, Kevin Karbstein, Mareike Daubert and Elvira Hörandl

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2020 20:523

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  27. Growth-regulating factors (GRFs) are plant-specific transcription factors that control organ size. Nineteen GRF genes were identified in the Populus trichocarpa genome and one was reported to control leaf size ma...

    Authors: Jinnan Wang, Houjun Zhou, Yanqiu Zhao, Pengbo Sun, Fang Tang, Xueqin Song and Meng-Zhu Lu

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2020 20:509

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  28. Cunninghamia lanceolata (Chinese fir), a member of the conifer family Cupressaceae, is one of the most popular cultivated trees for wood production in China. Continuous research is being performed to improve C. l...

    Authors: Dandan Wang, Zhaodong Hao, Xiaofei Long, Zhanjun Wang, Xueyan Zheng, Daiquan Ye, Ye Peng, Weihuang Wu, Xiangyang Hu, Guibin Wang, Renhua Zheng, Jisen Shi and Jinhui Chen

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2020 20:508

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  29. Tartary buckwheat has gained popularity in the food marketplace due to its abundant nutrients and high bioactive flavonoid content. However, its difficult dehulling process has severely restricted its food pro...

    Authors: Hong-You Li, Chao-Xin Wu, Qiu-Yu Lv, Tao-Xiong Shi, Qi-Jiao Chen and Qing-Fu Chen

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2020 20:505

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  30. Sacred lotus (Nelumbo nucifera) is a vital perennial aquatic ornamental plant. Its flower shape determines the horticultural and ornamental values. However, the mechanisms underlying lotus flower development are ...

    Authors: Zhongyuan Lin, Dingding Cao, Rebecca Njeri Damaris and Pingfang Yang

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2020 20:497

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  31. Bud dormancy is a sophisticated strategy which plants evolve to survive in tough environments. Endodormancy is a key obstacle for anti-season culture of tree peony, and sufficient chilling exposure is an effec...

    Authors: Tao Zhang, Yanchao Yuan, Yu Zhan, Xinzhe Cao, Chunying Liu, Yuxi Zhang and Shupeng Gai

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2020 20:484

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  32. The same species of plant can exhibit very diverse sizes and shapes of organs that are genetically determined. Characterising genetic variation underlying this morphological diversity is an important objective...

    Authors: Charlotte N. Miller, Jack Dumenil, Fu Hao Lu, Caroline Smith, Neil McKenzie, Volodymyr Chapman, Joshua Ball, Mathew Box and Michael Bevan

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2020 20:482

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  33. In plants, each ribosomal protein (RP) is encoded by a small gene family but it is largely unknown whether the family members are functionally diversified. There are two RPL23a paralogous genes (RPL23aA and RPL23...

    Authors: Wei Xiong, Xiangze Chen, Chengxin Zhu, Jiancong Zhang, Ting Lan, Lin Liu, Beixin Mo and Xuemei Chen

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2020 20:463

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  34. To explore the molecular regulatory mechanisms of early stem and leaf development, proteomic analysis was performed on leaves and stems of F genotype alfalfa, with thin stems and small leaves, and M genotype a...

    Authors: Hao Sun, Jie Yu, Fan Zhang, Junmei Kang, Mingna Li, Zhen Wang, Wenwen Liu, Jiaju Zhang, Qingchuan Yang and Ruicai Long

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2020 20:447

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  35. Grapevine (Vitis vinifera L.), which has important nutritional values and health benefits, is one of the most economically important fruit crops cultivated worldwide. Several studies showed a large number of micr...

    Authors: Xin Sun, Mengqi Wang, Xiangpeng Leng, Kekun Zhang, Gengsen Liu and Jinggui Fang

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2020 20:409

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  36. Ginkgo biloba, a typical dioecious plant, is a traditional medicinal plant widely planted. However, it has a long juvenile period, which severely affected the breeding and cultivation of superior ginkgo varieties...

    Authors: Xiao-Meng Liu, Shui-Yuan Cheng, Jia-Bao Ye, Ze-Xiong Chen, Yong-Ling Liao, Wei-Wei Zhang, Soo-Un Kim and Feng Xu

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2020 20:387

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  37. Cattail (Typha domingensis Pers.) is a perennial emergent plant which is used in Green Floating Filters (GFFs), one of the most innovative systems of wastewater treatment to bioremediate eutrophic waters and prod...

    Authors: Fanny Mabel Carhuancho León, Pedro Luis Aguado Cortijo, María del Carmen Morató Izquierdo and María Teresa Castellanos Moncho

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2020 20:377

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  38. Taproot is the main edible organ and ultimately determines radish yield and quality. However, the precise molecular mechanism underlying taproot thickening awaits further investigation in radish. Here, RNA-seq...

    Authors: Yang Xie, Jiali Ying, Liang Xu, Yan Wang, Junhui Dong, Yinglong Chen, Mingjia Tang, Cui Li, Everlyne M’mbone Muleke and Liwang Liu

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2020 20:373

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  39. The blue pigmentation of Japanese gentian flowers is due to a polyacylated anthocyanin, gentiodelphin, and all associated biosynthesis genes and several regulatory genes have been cloned and characterized. How...

    Authors: Keisuke Tasaki, Momo Yoshida, Minori Nakajima, Atsumi Higuchi, Aiko Watanabe and Masahiro Nishihara

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2020 20:370

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  40. Lonicera japonica Thunb. (L. japonica) has the functions of clearing away heat and detoxifying, broad-spectrum antibacterial and anti-virus, etc. More than 70% of anti-inflammatory and cold Chinese patent medicin...

    Authors: Jianjun Li, Chenglin Ye and Cuifang Chang

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2020 20:341

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  41. Sweet osmanthus (Osmanthus fragrans Lour.) is one of the top ten traditional ornamental flowers in China. The flowering time of once-flowering cultivars in O. fragrans is greatly affected by the relatively low te...

    Authors: Jianxin Fu, Chao Zhang, Yucheng Liu, Tianhong Pang, Bin Dong, Xiaoyue Gao, Yimin Zhu and Hongbo Zhao

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2020 20:337

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  42. Flowering time is an important trait for productivity in legumes, which include many food and fodder plants. Medicago truncatula (Medicago) is a model temperate legume used to study flowering time pathways. Like

    Authors: Mauren Jaudal, Jiangqi Wen, Kirankumar S. Mysore and Joanna Putterill

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2020 20:329

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  43. The Arabidopsis CONSTITUTIVE EXPRESSER of PATHOGENESIS-RELATED GENES 5 (CPR5) has recently been shown to play a role in gating as part of the nuclear pore complex (NPC). Mutations in CPR5 cause multiple defects, ...

    Authors: Muhammad B. Faisal, Tsanko S. Gechev, Bernd Mueller-Roeber and Paul P. Dijkwel

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2020 20:295

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  44. As the main form of photoassimilates transported from vegetative tissues to the reproductive organs, sucrose and its degradation products are crucial for cell fate determination and development of maize kernel...

    Authors: Ke Zhang, Li Guo, Wen Cheng, Baiyu Liu, Wendi Li, Fei Wang, Changzheng Xu, Xiangyu Zhao, Zhaohua Ding, Kewei Zhang and Kunpeng Li

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2020 20:264

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  45. Heterosis is biologically important but the molecular basis of the phenomenon is poorly understood. We characterized intergeneric hybrids between B. rapa cv. Chiifu and R. sativus cv. WK10039 as an extreme exampl...

    Authors: Gibum Yi, Hosub Shin, Hye Rang Park, Jeong Eun Park, Jong Hwa Ahn, Sooyeon Lim, Jeong Gu Lee, Eun Jin Lee and Jin Hoe Huh

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2020 20:252

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  46. Expansins (EXPs) facilitate non-enzymatic cell wall loosening during several phases of plant growth and development including fruit growth, internode expansion, pollen tube growth, leaf and root development, a...

    Authors: Andrés Mayorga-Gómez and Savithri U. Nambeesan

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2020 20:241

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  47. Melatonin can regulate plant growth, development and biotic responses by causing global changes in gene expression; however, the melatonin-induced changes in gene expression via the modification of DNA methyla...

    Authors: Shiwei Gao, Wanyun Ma, Xinning Lyu, Xiaolei Cao and Yuxin Yao

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2020 20:231

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