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Genomics and evolution

This section considers studies in the evolution of plants as well as comparative genomics in relation to plant biology.

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  1. Diacylglycerol kinases (DGKs) are signaling enzymes that play pivotal roles in response to abiotic and biotic stresses by phosphorylating diacylglycerol (DAG) to form phosphatidic acid (PA). However, no compre...

    Authors: Fang Tang, Zhongchun Xiao, Fujun Sun, Shulin Shen, Si Chen, Rui Chen, Meichen Zhu, Qianwei Zhang, Hai Du, Kun Lu, Jiana Li and Cunmin Qu

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2020 20:473

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  2. Crop quality and yield are affected by abiotic and biotic stresses, and heat shock transcription factors (Hsfs) are considered to play important roles in regulating plant tolerance under various stresses. To inve...

    Authors: Changwei Shen and Jingping Yuan

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2020 20:471

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  3. Pomelo is one of the three major species of citrus. The fruit accumulates a variety of abundant secondary metabolites that affect the flavor. UDP-glycosyltransferases (UGTs) are involved in the glycosylation o...

    Authors: Boping Wu, Xiaohong Liu, Kai Xu and Bo Zhang

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2020 20:459

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  4. Peanut is one of the most important oil crop species worldwide. NAC transcription factor (TF) genes play important roles in the salt and drought stress responses of plants by activating or repressing target ge...

    Authors: Cuiling Yuan, Chunjuan Li, Xiaodong Lu, Xiaobo Zhao, Caixia Yan, Juan Wang, Quanxi Sun and Shihua Shan

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2020 20:454

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  5. The HD-Zip transcription factors are unique to plants and play an essential role in plant growth, development and stress responses. The HD-Zip transcription factor family consists of a highly conserved homeodo...

    Authors: Jiashuo Zhang, Jinzhang Wu, Mingliang Guo, Mohammad Aslam, Qi Wang, Huayan Ma, Shubin Li, Xingtan Zhang and Shijiang Cao

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2020 20:451

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  6. Cucumber (Cucumis sativus L.) is an economically important vegetable crop species. However, it is susceptible to various abiotic and biotic stresses. WRKY transcription factors play important roles in plant growt...

    Authors: Chunhua Chen, Xueqian Chen, Jing Han, Wenli Lu and Zhonghai Ren

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2020 20:443

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  7. In the past several millenniums, we have domesticated several crop species that are crucial for human civilization, which is a symbol of significant human influence on plant evolution. A pressing question to a...

    Authors: Jian-Guo Gao, Hui Liu, Ning Wang, Jing Yang and Xiao-Ling Zhang

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2020 20:430

    Content type: Review

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  8. Sucrose phosphate synthase (SPS) genes play vital roles in sucrose production across various plant species. Modern sugarcane cultivar is derived from the hybridization between the high sugar content species Sacch...

    Authors: Panpan Ma, Xingtan Zhang, Lanping Chen, Qian Zhao, Qing Zhang, Xiuting Hua, Zhengchao Wang, Haibao Tang, Qingyi Yu, Muqing Zhang, Ray Ming and Jisen Zhang

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2020 20:422

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  9. Members of the plant-specific SPL gene family (squamosa promoter-binding protein -like) contain the SBP conserved domain and are involved in the regulation of plant growth and development, including the developme...

    Authors: Ting Zhu, Yue Liu, Liting Ma, Xiaoying Wang, Dazhong Zhang, Yucui Han, Qin Ding and Lingjian Ma

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2020 20:420

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  10. Histone modification genes (HMs) play potential roles in plant growth and development via influencing gene expression and chromatin structure. However, limited information is available about HMs genes in grapes (

    Authors: Li Wang, Bilal Ahmad, Chen Liang, Xiaoxin Shi, Ruyi Sun, Songlin Zhang and Guoqiang Du

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2020 20:412

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  11. Oat (Avena sativa L.) is a recognized health-food, and the contributions of its different candidate A-genome progenitor species remain inconclusive. Here, we report chloroplast genome sequences of eleven Avena sp...

    Authors: Qing Liu, Xiaoyu Li, Mingzhi Li, Wenkui Xu, Trude Schwarzacher and John Seymour Heslop-Harrison

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2020 20:406

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  12. C2H2 zinc finger proteins (C2H2 ZFPs) play vital roles in shaping many aspects of plant growth and adaptation to the environment. Plant genomes harbor hundreds of C2H2 ZFPs, which compose one of the most impor...

    Authors: Zhicheng Jiao, Liping Wang, Huan Du, Ying Wang, Weixu Wang, Junjie Liu, Jinhang Huang, Wei Huang and Liangfa Ge

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2020 20:401

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  13. Studying population genetic structure and gene flow of plant populations and their influencing factors is of particular significance in the field of conservation biology, especially important for species such ...

    Authors: Jin Cheng, Huixia Kao and Shubin Dong

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2020 20:391

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  14. Masson pine (Pinus massoniana Lamb.), the dominant native coniferous species in southern China, is commercially important for supplying timber and oleoresin. However, knowledge of the genetic variability of masso...

    Authors: Qinghua Liu, Yini Xie, Bin Liu, HuanhuanYin, Zhichun Zhou, Zhongping Feng and Yadong Chen

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2020 20:375

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  15. DELLAs play key roles in plant gibberellin signaling pathways and are generally important in plant development and growth. However, DELLAs in many plant taxa have not yet been systematically analyzed.

    Authors: Pengfei Wang, Qianqian Zhang, Yingchun Chen, Yanxia Zhao, Fengshan Ren, Hongmei Shi and Xinying Wu

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2020 20:372

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  16. C2H2-type zinc finger protein (ZFPs) form a relatively large family of transcriptional regulators in plants, and play many roles in plant growth, development, and stress response. However, the comprehensive an...

    Authors: Junliang Yin, Lixin Wang, Jiao Zhao, Yiting Li, Rong Huang, Xinchen Jiang, Xiaokang Zhou, Xiongmeng Zhu, Yang He, Yiqin He, Yiqing Liu and Yongxing Zhu

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2020 20:359

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  17. Collectively, plants produce a huge variety of secondary metabolites (SMs) which are involved in the adaptation of plants to biotic and abiotic stresses. The most characteristic feature of SMs is their strikin...

    Authors: Yangan Chen, Peter G. L. Klinkhamer, Johan Memelink and Klaas Vrieling

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2020 20:342

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  18. Plastome-scale data have been prevalent in reconstructing the plant Tree of Life. However, phylogenomic studies currently based on plastomes rely primarily on maximum likelihood inference of concatenated align...

    Authors: Xu Zhang, Yanxia Sun, Jacob B. Landis, Zhenyu Lv, Jun Shen, Huajie Zhang, Nan Lin, Lijuan Li, Jiao Sun, Tao Deng, Hang Sun and Hengchang Wang

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2020 20:340

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  19. The DnaJ proteins play critical roles in plant development and stress responses. Recently, seventy-six DnaJ genes were identified through a comprehensive bioinformatics analysis in the pepper genome. However, ...

    Authors: Fang Fei Fan, Fawan Liu, Xian Yang, Hongjian Wan and Yunyan Kang

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2020 20:326

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  20. Plastid gene loss and pseudogenization has been widely documented in parasitic and mycoheterotrophic plants, which have relaxed selective constraints on photosynthetic function. More enigmatic are sporadic rep...

    Authors: Ryan A. Folk, Neeka Sewnath, Chun-Lei Xiang, Brandon T. Sinn and Robert P. Guralnick

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2020 20:324

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  21. Nicotiana benthamiana is widely used as a model plant to study plant-pathogen interactions. Fasciclin-like arabinogalactan proteins (FLAs), a subclass of arabinogalactan proteins (AGPs), participate in mediating ...

    Authors: Xinyang Wu, Yuchao Lai, Lanqing Lv, Mengfei Ji, Kelei Han, Dankan Yan, Yuwen Lu, Jiejun Peng, Shaofei Rao, Fei Yan, Hongying Zheng and Jianping Chen

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2020 20:305

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  22. Alfalfa has been cultivated in many regions around the world as an important forage crop due to its nutritive value to livestock and ability to adapt to various environments. However, the genetic basis by whic...

    Authors: Sen Lin, Cesar Augusto Medina, Bill Boge, Jinguo Hu, Steven Fransen, Steven Norberg and Long-Xi Yu

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2020 20:303

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  23. Distant hybridization is an important way to create interspecific genetic variation and breed new varieties in rice. A lot of backcross introgression lines (BILs) had been constructed for the scientific issues...

    Authors: Mengdi Li, Aqin Cao, Ruihua Wang, Zeyu Li, Shaoqing Li and Jianbo Wang

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2020 20:300

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  24. N6-Methyladenosine (m6A) is the most widespread RNA modification that plays roles in the regulation of genes and genome stability. YT521-B homology (YTH) domain-containing RNA-binding proteins are important RN...

    Authors: Jing Sun, Xiao Min Bie, Ning Wang, Xian Sheng Zhang and Xin-Qi Gao

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2020 20:351

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  25. Sea island cotton (Gossypium barbadense) has markedly superior high quality fibers, which plays an important role in the textile industry and acts as a donor for upland cotton (G. hirsutum) fiber quality improvem...

    Authors: Xiujuan Su, Guozhong Zhu, Xiaohui Song, Haijiang Xu, Weixi Li, Xinzhu Ning, Quanjia Chen and Wangzhen Guo

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2020 20:289

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  26. Cultivated grasses are an important source of food for domestic animals worldwide. Increased knowledge of their genomes can speed up the development of new cultivars with better quality and greater resistance ...

    Authors: Jana Zwyrtková, Alžběta Němečková, Jana Čížková, Kateřina Holušová, Veronika Kapustová, Radim Svačina, David Kopecký, Bradley John Till, Jaroslav Doležel and Eva Hřibová

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2020 20:280

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  27. Theoretically, paralogous genes generated through whole genome duplications should share identical expression levels due to their identical sequences and chromatin environments. However, functional divergences...

    Authors: Shuaibin Lian, Yongjie Zhou, Zixiao Liu, Andong Gong and Lin Cheng

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2020 20:277

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  28. The basic/helix-loop-helix (bHLH) transcription factor family exists in all three eukaryotic kingdoms as important participants in biological growth and development. To date, the comprehensive genomic and func...

    Authors: Jialin Li, Ting Wang, Jing Han and Zhonghai Ren

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2020 20:272

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  29. As a unique sulfated polysaccharide, fucoidan is an important component of cell wall in brown seaweeds. Its biochemical properties are determined by the positions and quantity of sulfate groups. Sulfotransfera...

    Authors: Chang Lu, Zhanru Shao, Pengyan Zhang and Delin Duan

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2020 20:271

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  30. Cellular membranes are dynamic structures, continuously adjusting their composition, allowing plants to respond to developmental signals, stresses, and changing environments. To facilitate transmembrane transp...

    Authors: Annamaria De Rosa, Alexander Watson-Lazowski, John R. Evans and Michael Groszmann

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2020 20:266

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  31. Ethylene Responsive Factor (ERF) is involved in various processes of plant development and stress responses. In wheat, several ERFs have been identified and their roles in mediating biotic or abiotic stresses ...

    Authors: Lei Zhang, Pan Liu, Jing Wu, Linyi Qiao, Guangyao Zhao, Jizeng Jia, Lifeng Gao and Jianming Wang

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2020 20:263

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  32. Calligonum (Polygonaceae) is distributed from southern Europe through northern Africa to central Asia, and is typically found in arid, desert regions. Previous studies have revealed that standard DNA barcodes fai...

    Authors: Feng Song, Ting Li, Kevin S. Burgess, Ying Feng and Xue-Jun Ge

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2020 20:261

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  33. Plant absorption of ultraviolet (UV) radiation can result in multiple deleterious effects to plant tissues. As a result, plants have evolved an array of strategies to protect themselves from UV radiation, part...

    Authors: Kim Valenta, Kristin Dimac-Stohl, Frances Baines, Todd Smith, Greg Piotrowski, Norman Hill, Jonas Kuppler and Omer Nevo

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2020 20:253

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  34. Both selection effects and whole genome duplication played very important roles in plant speciation and evolution, and to decipher the corresponding molecular footprint has always been a central task of geneti...

    Authors: Yunsheng Wang, Fei Nie, Muhammad Qasim Shahid and Faheem Shehzad Baloch

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2020 20:250

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  35. Molecular research revealed that some of the European Calypogeia species described on the basis of morphological criteria are genetically heterogeneous and, in fact, are species complexes. DNA barcoding is alread...

    Authors: Monika Ślipiko, Kamil Myszczyński, Katarzyna Buczkowska, Alina Bączkiewicz, Monika Szczecińska and Jakub Sawicki

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2020 20:243

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  36. Physalis L. is a genus of herbaceous plants of the family Solanaceae, which has important medicinal, edible, and ornamental values. The morphological characteristics of Physalis species are similar, and it is dif...

    Authors: Shangguo Feng, Kaixin Zheng, Kaili Jiao, Yuchen Cai, Chuanlan Chen, Yanyan Mao, Lingyan Wang, Xiaori Zhan, Qicai Ying and Huizhong Wang

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2020 20:242

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  37. Pumilio RNA-binding proteins are evolutionarily conserved throughout eukaryotes and are involved in RNA decay, transport, and translation repression in the cytoplasm. Although a majority of Pumilio proteins fu...

    Authors: Su Hyun Park, Hyung-Sae Kim, Prakash Jyoti Kalita and Sang-Bong Choi

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2020 20:230

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  38. Expansins (EXPs), a group of proteins that loosen plant cell walls and cellulosic materials, are involved in regulating cell growth and diverse developmental processes in plants. However, the biological functions...

    Authors: Li-Min Lv, Dong-Yun Zuo, Xing-Fen Wang, Hai-Liang Cheng, You-Ping Zhang, Qiao-Lian Wang, Guo-Li Song and Zhi-Ying Ma

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2020 20:223

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  39. Members of the cytochrome P450 (CYP450) and UDP-glycosyltransferase (UGT) gene superfamily have been shown to play essential roles in regulating secondary metabolite biosynthesis. However, the systematic ident...

    Authors: Yao Cheng, Hanbing Liu, Xuejiao Tong, Zaimin Liu, Xin Zhang, Dalong Li, Xinmei Jiang and Xihong Yu

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2020 20:214

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  40. Flowering is a crucial stage during plant development. Plants may respond to unfavorable conditions by accelerating reproductive processes like flowering. In a recent study, we showed that PRECOCIOUS1 (POCO1) ...

    Authors: Hossein Emami, Abhishek Kumar and Frank Kempken

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2020 20:209

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  41. With three origins of holoparasitism, Orobanchaceae provides an ideal system to study the evolution of holoparasitic lifestyle in plants. The evolution of holoparasitism can be revealed by plastid genome degra...

    Authors: Jingfang Chen, Runxian Yu, Jinhong Dai, Ying Liu and Renchao Zhou

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2020 20:199

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  42. Nitrogen (N) is a major nutrient element for crop growth. In plants, the members of the peptide transporter (PTR) gene family may involve in nitrate uptake and transport. Here, we identified PTR gene family in...

    Authors: Xinghai Yang, Xiuzhong Xia, Yu Zeng, Baoxuan Nong, Zongqiong Zhang, Yanyan Wu, Qinglan Tian, Weiying Zeng, Ju Gao, Weiyong Zhou, Haifu Liang, Danting Li and Guofu Deng

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2020 20:193

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  43. Fruit cracking occurs easily under unsuitable environmental conditions and is one of the main types of damage that occurs in fruit production. It is widely accepted that plants have developed defence mechanism...

    Authors: Lingzi Xue, Mintao Sun, Zhen Wu, Lu Yu, Qinghui Yu, Yaping Tang and Fangling Jiang

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2020 20:162

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  44. In most angiosperms, the inheritance of the mitochondria takes place in a typical maternal manner. However, very less information is available about if the existence of structural variations or not in mitochon...

    Authors: Weilong Yang, Jianing Zou, Jiajia Wang, Nengwu Li, Xiaoyun Luo, Xiaofen Jiang and Shaoqing Li

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2020 20:159

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  45. Angelica dahurica (Apiaceae) is an important herb in traditional Chinese medicine. Because of its important medicinal and economic values, its wild resources were over-exploited and increasingly reduced. Meanwhil...

    Authors: Qianqian Liu, Zuyu Lu, Wei He, Fang Li, Wenna Chen, Chan Li, Zhi Chao and Enwei Tian

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2020 20:152

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  46. NADP-malic enzyme (NAPD-ME), and pyruvate orthophosphate dikinase (PPDK) are important enzymes that participate in C4 photosynthesis. However, the evolutionary history and forces driving evolution of these genes ...

    Authors: Weiping Shi, Linqi Yue, Jiahui Guo, Jianming Wang, Xiangyang Yuan, Shuqi Dong, Jie Guo and Pingyi Guo

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2020 20:132

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