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Plant-abiotic interactions

Section edited by Grant Cramer (University of Nevada, USA)

This section considers studies in the interactions between plants and their physical environment including both beneficial and deleterious interactions.

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  1. Content type: Research article

    Because of their broad applications in our life, nanoparticles are expected to be present in the environment raising many concerns about their possible adverse effects on the ecosystem of plants. The aim of th...

    Authors: Rami Alkhatib, Batool Alkhatib, Nour Abdo, Laith AL-Eitan and Rebecca Creamer

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2019 19:253

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    Cadmium (Cd) is a widespread toxic heavy metal pollutant in agricultural soil, and Cd accumulation in rice grains is a major intake source of Cd for Asian populations that adversely affect human health. Howeve...

    Authors: Zhen Zhen Cao, Xiao Yan Lin, Yong Jie Yang, Mei Yan Guan, Ping Xu and Ming Xue Chen

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2019 19:250

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    Recurrent drought associated with climate change is a major constraint to wheat (Triticum aestivum L.) productivity. This study aimed to (i) quantify the effects of addition/substitution/translocation of chromoso...

    Authors: M. Djanaguiraman, P. V. V. Prasad, J. Kumari, S. K. Sehgal, B. Friebe, I. Djalovic, Y. Chen, K. H. M. Siddique and B. S. Gill

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2019 19:242

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  4. Content type: Methodology article

    The Agrobacterium-mediated transient transformation is a versatile and indispensable way of rapid analyzing gene function in plants. Despite this transient expression system has been successfully applied in a num...

    Authors: Kun Liu, Qi Yang, Tianrui Yang, Yang Wu, Guangxia Wang, Feiyun Yang, Ruigang Wang, Xiaofei Lin and Guojing Li

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2019 19:237

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  5. Content type: Research article

    Four-Coumarate:CoA ligase gene (4CL) plays multiple important roles in plant growth and development by catalyzing the formation of CoA ester. 4CL belongs to the plant phenylpropane derivative, which is related to...

    Authors: Xiaohui Chen, Hengtao Wang, Xiaoyi Li, Kai Ma, Yaguang Zhan and Fansuo Zeng

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2019 19:231

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  6. Content type: Research article

    Suboptimal root zone temperature (RZT) causes a remarkable reduction in growth of horticultural crops during winter cultivation under greenhouse production. However, limited information is available on the eff...

    Authors: Ali Anwar, Yansu Li, Chaoxing He and Xianchang Yu

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2019 19:225

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  7. Content type: Research article

    Forage and turf grasses are routinely cut and grazed upon throughout their lifecycle. When grasses are cut or damaged, they rapidly release a volatile chemical cocktail called green leaf volatiles (GLV). Previ...

    Authors: James E. Dombrowski, Brent A. Kronmiller, Vicky G. Hollenbeck, Adelaide C. Rhodes, John A. Henning and Ruth C. Martin

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2019 19:222

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  8. Content type: Research article

    Drought stress negatively affects plant growth and productivity. Plants sense soil drought at the root level but the underlying mechanisms remain unclear. At the cell level, we aim to reveal the short-term roo...

    Authors: Mégane Couchoud, Christophe Der, Sylvie Girodet, Vanessa Vernoud, Marion Prudent and Nathalie Leborgne-Castel

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2019 19:221

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  9. Content type: Research article

    Brassinosteroids (BRs) play crucial roles in drought tolerance, but the underlying molecular mechanisms remain unclear in the important oilseed and fiber crop, cotton (Gossypium hirsutum L.).

    Authors: Eryong Chen, Xueyan Zhang, Zuoren Yang, Chaojun Zhang, Xiaoqian Wang, Xiaoyang Ge and Fuguang Li

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2019 19:220

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  10. Content type: Research article

    MicroRNA319 (miR319) acts as an essential regulator of gene expression during plant development and under stress conditions. Although the role of miR319a in regulating leaf development has been well studied in...

    Authors: Xiaopu Shi, Fangling Jiang, Junqin Wen and Zhen Wu

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2019 19:214

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  11. Content type: Research article

    Atriplex canescens is a typical C4 secretohalophyte with salt bladders on the leaves. Accumulating excessive Na+ in tissues and salt bladders, maintaining intracellular K+ homeostasis and increasing leaf organic ...

    Authors: Huan Guo, Le Zhang, Yan-Nong Cui, Suo-Min Wang and Ai-Ke Bao

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2019 19:213

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  12. Content type: Research article

    Manganese (Mn), an essential element for plants, can be toxic when present in excess. Stylo (Stylosanthes) is a pioneer tropical legume with great potential for Mn tolerance, but its Mn tolerance mechanisms remai...

    Authors: Pandao Liu, Rui Huang, Xuan Hu, Yidan Jia, Jifu Li, Jiajia Luo, Qin Liu, Lijuan Luo, Guodao Liu and Zhijian Chen

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2019 19:212

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  13. Content type: Research article

    In order to grow, plants rely on soil nutrients which can vary both spatially and temporally depending on the environment, the soil type or the microbial activity. An essential nutrient is nitrogen, which is m...

    Authors: Julie Dechorgnat, Karen L. Francis, Kanwarpal S. Dhugga, J. Antony Rafalski, Stephen D. Tyerman and Brent N. Kaiser

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2019 19:206

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  14. Content type: Research article

    Fall dormancy and freezing tolerance characterized as two important phenotypic traits, have great effects on productivity and persistence of alfalfa (Medicago sativa L.). Despite the fact that one of the most lim...

    Authors: Zhi-Ying Liu, Taogetao Baoyin, Xi-Liang Li and Zong-Li Wang

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2019 19:205

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  15. Content type: Research article

    Our study is the first to provide RNA-Seq data analysis related to transcriptomic responses towards drought across different crops. The aim was to identify and map which genes play a key role in drought respon...

    Authors: Jubina Benny, Antonino Pisciotta, Tiziano Caruso and Federico Martinelli

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2019 19:194

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  16. Content type: Research article

    Wheat production is largely restricted by adverse environmental stresses. Under many undesirable conditions, endoplasmic reticulum (ER) stress can be induced. However, the physiological and molecular responses...

    Authors: Xing Yu, Tanchun Wang, Meichen Zhu, Liting Zhang, Fengzhi Zhang, Enen Jing, Yongzhe Ren, Zhiqiang Wang, Zeyu Xin and Tongbao Lin

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2019 19:193

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  17. Content type: Research article

    Passiflora edulis, known as passion fruit and native to South America, is now widely cultivated throughout southern China for its edible value, medicinal efficacy and ornamental properties. We have developed a co...

    Authors: Mengxuan Xu, Anding Li, Yao Teng, Zimou Sun and Meng Xu

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2019 19:185

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  18. Content type: Research article

    Early flowering and maturing flax (Linum usitatissimum L.) cultivars are better adapted than lines with a longer reproductive phase for the short growing season of the northern Canadian Prairies. We examined the ...

    Authors: Jia Sun, Lester W. Young, Megan A. House, Ketema Daba and Helen M. Booker

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2019 19:177

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  19. Content type: Research article

    Common bean is the most important staple grain legume for direct human consumption and nutrition. It complements major sources of carbohydrates, including cereals, root crop, or plantain, as a source of dietar...

    Authors: Jorge C. Berny Mier y Teran, Enéas R. Konzen, Antonia Palkovic, Siu M. Tsai, Idupulapati M. Rao, Stephen Beebe and Paul Gepts

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2019 19:171

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  20. Content type: Research article

    A disease of unknown etiology in water chestnut plants (Eleocharis dulcis) was reported in China between 2012 and 2014. High throughput sequencing of small RNA (sRNA) combined with bioinformatics, and molecular i...

    Authors: Fangpeng Zhang, Zuokun Yang, Ni Hong, Guoping Wang, Aiming Wang and Liping Wang

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2019 19:159

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  21. Content type: Research article

    Ambrosia artemisiifolia L. is one of the most important sources of allergenic pollen in many regions of the world. Its health impact increased over the last decades and is expected to further increase in conseque...

    Authors: Rodolfo Gentili, Riccardo Asero, Sarah Caronni, Maria Guarino, Chiara Montagnani, Gianni Mistrello and Sandra Citterio

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2019 19:155

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  22. Content type: Research article

    Magnesium (Mg) deficiency causes physiological and molecular responses, already dissected in several plant species. The study of these responses among genotypes showing a different tolerance to the Mg shortage...

    Authors: Sonia Livigni, Luigi Lucini, Davide Sega, Oriano Navacchi, Tiziana Pandolfini, Anita Zamboni and Zeno Varanini

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2019 19:148

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  23. Content type: Research article

    MYB-CC transcription factors (TFs) genes have been demonstrated to be involved in the response to inorganic phosphate (Pi) starvation and regulate some Pi-starvation-inducible genes. However, their role in dro...

    Authors: Yaqing Li, Shichang Zhang, Nan Zhang, Wenying Zhang, Mengjun Li, Binhui Liu and Zhanliang Shi

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2019 19:143

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  24. Content type: Research article

    RNA-binding proteins (RBPs) are increasingly recognized as regulatory component of post-transcriptional gene expression. RBPs interact with mRNAs via RNA-binding domains and these interactions affect RNA avail...

    Authors: Claudius Marondedze, Ludivine Thomas, Chris Gehring and Kathryn S. Lilley

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2019 19:139

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  25. Content type: Research article

    Potassium is a nutrient element necessary for tobacco growth. Tobacco leaves with high potassium content are elastic and tough, rich in oil. And the same time, potassium can also improve the scent and aromatic...

    Authors: Wei Hu, Qing Di, Zhijin Wang, Yimo Zhang, Jie Zhang, Jia Liu and Xiaojun Shi

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2019 19:130

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  26. Content type: Research article

    The soil-borne vascular pathogen Verticillium dahliae causes severe wilt symptoms in a wide range of plants including strawberry (Fragaria × ananassa). To enhance our understanding of the effects of V. dahliae on...

    Authors: Fatma Besbes, Ruth Habegger and Wilfried Schwab

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2019 19:128

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  27. Content type: Research article

    The anionic toxicity of plants under salt stress is mainly caused by chloride (Cl). Thus Cl influx, transport and their regulatory mechanisms should be one of the most important aspects of plant salt tolerance ...

    Authors: Peipei Wei, Benning Che, Like Shen, Yiqing Cui, Shengyan Wu, Cong Cheng, Feng Liu, Man-Wah Li, Bingjun Yu and Hon-Ming Lam

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2019 19:121

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  28. Content type: Research article

    Nitrogen (N) metabolism plays an important role in plant drought tolerance. 2-(3,4-Dichlorophenoxy) triethylamine (DCPTA) regulates many aspects of plant development; however, the effects of DCPTA on soil drou...

    Authors: Tenglong Xie, Wanrong Gu, Mingquan Wang, Liguo Zhang, Congfeng Li, Caifeng Li, Wenhua Li, Lijie Li and Shi Wei

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2019 19:107

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  29. Content type: Research article

    Plants are sessile organisms and are unable to relocate to favorable locations under extreme environmental conditions. Hence they have no choice but to acclimate and eventually adapt to the severe conditions t...

    Authors: Aditya Lahiri, Priyadharshini S. Venkatasubramani and Aniruddha Datta

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2019 19:96

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  30. Content type: Research article

    NIN-LIKE PROTEIN (NLP) transcription factors are master regulators of nitrate-inducible gene expression in higher plants. NLP transcription factors contain a nitrate signal-responsive domain in the amino-termi...

    Authors: Mineko Konishi and Shuichi Yanagisawa

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2019 19:90

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  31. Content type: Research article

    HMA4 transporters are involved in the transport and binding of divalent heavy metals (Cd, Zn, Pb [lead] and Co [cobalt]). In general, as efflux pumps, HMA4 transporters can increase the heavy metal tolerance o...

    Authors: Jianwu Wang, Shuang Liang, Weiwei Xiang, Huiping Dai, Yizhong Duan, Furen Kang and Tuanyao Chai

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2019 19:89

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  32. Content type: Research article

    Zygophyllum xanthoxylum is a succulent xerophyte with remarkable tolerance to diverse abiotic stresses. Previous studies have revealed important physiological mechanisms and identified functional genes associated...

    Authors: Hongju Yin, Mengzhan Li, Dingding Li, Sardar-Ali Khan, Shelley R. Hepworth and Suo-Min Wang

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2019 19:88

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  33. Content type: Research article

    Phosphorus (P) fixation on aluminum (Al) and iron (Fe) oxides in soil clays restricts P availability for crops cultivated on highly weathered tropical soils, which are common in developing countries. Hence, P ...

    Authors: Karine C. Bernardino, Maria Marta Pastina, Cícero B. Menezes, Sylvia M. de Sousa, Laiane S. Maciel, Geraldo Carvalho Jr, Claudia T. Guimarães, Beatriz A. Barros, Luciano da Costa e Silva, Pedro C. S. Carneiro, Robert E. Schaffert, Leon V. Kochian and Jurandir V. Magalhaes

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2019 19:87

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  34. Content type: Research article

    Magnesium (Mg)-deficiency is one of the most prevalent physiological disorders causing a reduction in Citrus yield and quality. ‘Xuegan’ (Citrus sinensis) seedlings were irrigated for 16 weeks with nutrient solut...

    Authors: Yan-Tong Cai, Han Zhang, Yi-Ping Qi, Xin Ye, Zeng-Rong Huang, Jiu-Xin Guo, Li-Song Chen and Lin-Tong Yang

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2019 19:76

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  35. Content type: Research article

    Lipoxygenases (LOXs) play significant roles in abiotic stress responses, and identification of LOX gene promoter function can make an important contribution to elucidating resistance mechanisms. Here, we cloned t...

    Authors: Chenghui Wang, Ge Gao, Songxiao Cao, Qunjie Xie and Hongyan Qi

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2019 19:75

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  36. Content type: Research article

    Drought is an important constraint on grapevine sustainability. Vitis riparia, widely used in rootstock and scion breeding, has been studied in isolated leaf drying response studies; however, it is essential to i...

    Authors: Vedbar Singh Khadka, Kimberley Vaughn, Juan Xie, Padmapriya Swaminathan, Qin Ma, Grant R. Cramer and Anne Y. Fennell

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2019 19:72

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  37. Content type: Research article

    Development of crop cultivars with high low nitrogen (LN) tolerance or nitrogen use efficiency (NUE) is imperative for sustainable agriculture development. Tibetan wild barley is rich in genetic diversity and ...

    Authors: Xiaoyan Quan, Jianbin Zeng, Guang Chen and Guoping Zhang

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2019 19:68

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  38. Content type: Research article

    Soil salinization is one of the most crucial abiotic stresses that limit the growth and production of eggplant. The existing researches in eggplant were mostly focused on salt-induced morphological, biochemica...

    Authors: Jing Li, Zhen Gao, Lu Zhou, Linzhi Li, Junhao Zhang, Yang Liu and Huoying Chen

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2019 19:67

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    Soil salinity is one of the major serious factors that affect agricultural productivity of almost all crops worldwide, including the important oilseed crop sesame. In order to improve salinity resistance in se...

    Authors: Yujuan Zhang, Donghua Li, Rong Zhou, Xiao Wang, Komivi Dossa, Linhai Wang, Yanxin Zhang, Jingyin Yu, Huihui Gong, Xiurong Zhang and Jun You

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2019 19:66

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  40. Content type: Research article

    Thermo-sensitive genetic male sterile (TGMS) lines have been widely used in two-line hybrid rice breeding. The two-line hybrids have increased rice yields substantially. However, the effect of environmental te...

    Authors: Siyao Wang, Qingyuan Tian, Shiqi Zhou, Dandan Mao and Liangbi Chen

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2019 19:65

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  41. Content type: Research article

    Drought and nitrogen (N) deficiency are two major limiting factors for forest productivity in many ecosystems. Elucidating the mechanisms underlying the influence of soil N availability on drought responses of...

    Authors: Junyu Song, Yang Wang, Yuehan Pan, Jiayin Pang, Xin Zhang, Junfeng Fan and Yi Zhang

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2019 19:63

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  42. Content type: Research article

    Tubby-like proteins (TLPs), characterized by a signature tubby domain, are widespread in plants and animals. To date, only plant TLPs involved in multifarious stress responses and male gametophyte development ...

    Authors: Jianing Xu, Shanshan Xing, Qinghua Sun, Chunyan Zhan, Xin Liu, Shizhong Zhang and Xiaoyun Wang

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2019 19:60

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  43. Content type: Research article

    Sugar beet is a highly salt-tolerant crop. However, its ability to withstand high salinity is reduced compared to sea beet, a wild ancestor of all beet crops. The aim of this study was to investigate transcrip...

    Authors: Monika Skorupa, Marcin Gołębiewski, Katarzyna Kurnik, Janusz Niedojadło, Jacek Kęsy, Krzysztof Klamkowski, Katarzyna Wójcik, Waldemar Treder, Andrzej Tretyn and Jarosław Tyburski

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2019 19:57

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    Salinity-alkalinity stress is one of the major abiotic stresses affecting plant growth and development. γ-Aminobutyrate (GABA) is a non-protein amino acid that functions in stress tolerance. However, the inter...

    Authors: Xiaoqing Jin, Tao Liu, Jiaojiao Xu, Zixing Gao and Xiaohui Hu

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2019 19:48

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  45. Content type: Research article

    Internal γ-Aminobutyric Acid (GABA) interacting with stress response substances may be involved in the regulation of differentially abundant proteins (DAPs) associated with optimum temperature and cold stress ...

    Authors: Xujun Zhu, Jieren Liao, Xingli Xia, Fei Xiong, Yue Li, Jiazhi Shen, Bo Wen, Yuanchun Ma, Yuhua Wang and Wanping Fang

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2019 19:43

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  46. Content type: Research article

    Short chain oxylipins in plants as the main volatile organic carbon have been speculated to playing an important role for plant innate immunity, however, not yet intensively studied and far away established as...

    Authors: Haimin Chen, Rui Yang, Juanjuan Chen, Qijun Luo, Xiaoshan Cui, Xiaojun Yan and William H. Gerwick

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2019 19:37

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  47. Content type: Research article

    Iron (Fe) is an essential element for plant growth and development, whereas cadmium (Cd) is non-essential and highly toxic. Previous studies showed that Fe deficiency enhanced Cd uptake and accumulation in pea...

    Authors: Chu Chen, Qiqi Cao, Qun Jiang, Jin Li, Rugang Yu and Gangrong Shi

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2019 19:35

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  48. Content type: Research article

    Intercropping and close planting are important cultivation methods that increase soybean yield in agricultural production. However, plant shading is a major abiotic stress factor that influences soybean growth...

    Authors: Yuanfang Fan, Junxu Chen, Zhonglin Wang, Tingting Tan, Shenglan Li, Jiafeng Li, Beibei Wang, Jiawei Zhang, Yajiao Cheng, Xiaoling Wu, Wenyu Yang and Feng Yang

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2019 19:34

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  49. Content type: Research article

    Alfalfa is the most extensively cultivated forage legume. Salinity is a major environmental factor that impacts on alfalfa’s productivity. However, little is known about the molecular mechanisms underlying alf...

    Authors: Dong Luo, Qiang Zhou, Yuguo Wu, Xutian Chai, Wenxian Liu, Yanrong Wang, Qingchuan Yang, Zengyu Wang and Zhipeng Liu

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2019 19:32

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