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1. Magnesium deficiency in plants: An urgent problem

April 2016
Wanli Guo | Hussain Nazim | Zongsuo Liang | Dongfeng Yang

Although magnesium (Mg) is one of the most important nutrients, involved in many enzyme activities and the structural stabilization of tissues, its importance as a macronutrient ion has been overlooked...

2. Genomic selection methods for crop improvement: Current status and prospects

August 2018
Xin Wang | Yang Xu | Zhongli Hu | Chenwu Xu

With marker and phenotype information from observed populations, genomic selection (GS) can be used to establish associations between markers and phenotypes. It aims to use genome-wide markers to estimate...

3. Phytohormones and their metabolic engineering for abiotic stress tolerance in crop plants

June 2016
Shabir H. Wani | Vinay Kumar | Varsha Shriram | Saroj Kumar Sah

Abiotic stresses including drought, salinity, heat, cold, flooding, and ultraviolet radiation causes crop losses worldwide. In recent times, preventing these crop losses and producing more food and...

4. History, current status, and prospects of soybean production and research in sub-Saharan Africa

June 2018
Dalia Mohamedkheir Khojely | Seifeldin Elrayah Ibrahim | Enoch Sapey | Tianfu Han

Soybean (Glycine max (L.) Merr.) is a non-native and non-staple crop in sub-Saharan Africa (SSA) with potential to be a commercial crop owing to its wide range of uses as food, feed, and industrial...

5. Plant salt tolerance and Na+ sensing and transport

June 2018
Honghong Wu

Salinity is a global challenge to agricultural production. Understanding Na+ sensing and transport in plants under salt stress will be of benefit for breeding robustly salt-tolerant crop species. In...

6. From leaf to whole-plant water use efficiency (WUE) in complex canopies: Limitations of leaf WUE as a selection target

June 2015
Hipólito Medrano | Magdalena Tomás | Sebastià Martorell | Jaume Flexas | Esther Hernández | Joan Rosselló | Alicia Pou | José-Mariano Escalona | Josefina Bota

Plant water use efficiency (WUE) is becoming a key issue in semiarid areas, where crop production relies on the use of large volumes of water. Improving WUE is necessary for securing environmental sustainability...

7. CRISPR/Cas9: A powerful tool for crop genome editing

April 2016
Gaoyuan Song | Meiling Jia | Kai Chen | Xingchen Kong | Bushra Khattak | Chuanxiao Xie | Aili Li | Long Mao

The CRISPR/Cas9 technology is evolved from a type II bacterial immune system and represents a new generation of targeted genome editing technology that can be applied to nearly all organisms. Site-specific...

8. Genetic mapping of quantitative trait loci in crops

April 2017
Yang Xu | Pengcheng Li | Zefeng Yang | Chenwu Xu

Dissecting the genetic architecture of complex traits is an ongoing challenge for geneticists. Two complementary approaches for genetic mapping, linkage mapping and association mapping have led to successful...

9. Genetic improvement of heat tolerance in wheat: Recent progress in understanding the underlying molecular mechanisms

February 2018
Zhongfu Ni | Hongjian Li | Yue Zhao | Huiru Peng | Zhaorong Hu | Mingming Xin | Qixin Sun

As a cool season crop, wheat (Triticum aestivum L.) has an optimal daytime growing temperature of 15°C during the reproductive stage. With global climate change, heat stress is becoming an increasingly...

10. A new method for evaluating the drought tolerance of upland rice cultivars

December 2017
Xiaofeng Zu | Yanke Lu | Qianqian Wang | Peifeng Chu | Wei Miao | Huaqi Wang | Honggui La

Worldwide, approximately 27 million ha of rice are grown in upland rather than paddy fields, and is subject to drought stress. To counter this stress, it is desirable to breed new rice cultivars with...

11. QTL IciMapping: Integrated software for genetic linkage map construction and quantitative trait locus mapping in biparental populations

June 2015
Lei Meng | Huihui Li | Luyan Zhang | Jiankang Wang

QTL IciMapping is freely available public software capable of building high-density linkage maps and mapping quantitative trait loci (QTL) in biparental populations. Eight functionalities are integrated...

12. The role of genomic structural variation in the genetic improvement of polyploid crops

April 2019
Sarah-Veronica Schiessl | Elvis Katche | Elizabeth Ihien | Harmeet Singh Chawla | Annaliese S. Mason

Many of our major crop species are polyploids, containing more than one genome or set of chromosomes. Polyploid crops present unique challenges, including difficulties in genome assembly, in discriminating...

13. Agriculture and crop science in China: Innovation and sustainability

April 2017
Yunbi Xu | Jiayang Li | Jianmin Wan

The International Crop Science Congress (ICSC) is a regularly held event allowing crop scientists to integrate current knowledge into a global context and international applications. The 7th ICSC was...

14. Genome editing opens a new era of genetic improvement in polyploid crops

April 2019
Qamar U. Zaman | Chao Li | Hongtao Cheng | Qiong Hu

Sequence-specific nucleases (SSN) that generate double-stranded DNA breaks (DSBs) in genes of interest are the key to site-specific genome editing in plants. Genome editing has developed into one method...

15. Total phenolic, flavonoid content, and antioxidant activity of flour, noodles, and steamed bread made from different colored wheat grains by three milling methods

August 2015
Yaoguang Li | Dongyun Ma | Dexiang Sun | Chenyang Wang | Jian Zhang | Yingxin Xie | Tiancai Guo

The objective of this study was to evaluate the effects of wheat variety, food processing, and milling method on antioxidant properties. Black wheat variety Heibaoshi 1 had the highest total phenolic...

16. Genetic mapping of QTL for agronomic traits and grain mineral elements in rice

August 2019
Gwen Iris Descalsota-Empleo | Amery Amparado | Mary Ann Inabangan-Asilo | Frances Tesoro | James Stangoulis | Russell Reinke | B.P. Mallikarjuna Swamy

Malnutrition is one of the prevailing health problems worldwide, affecting a large proportion of the populations in rice-consuming countries. Breeding rice varieties with increased concentrations of...

17. Identification of powdery mildew resistance loci in wheat by integrating genome-wide association study (GWAS) and linkage mapping

June 2019
Genqiao Li | Xiangyang Xu | Chengcheng Tan | Brett F. Carver | Guihua Bai | Xuewen Wang | J. Michael Bonman | Yanqi Wu | Robert Hunger | Christina Cowger

Wheat powdery mildew (Blumeria graminis f. sp. tritici, Bgt) is a disease of increasing importance globally due to the adoption of high yielding varieties and modern sustainable farming technologies....

18. Using irrigation intervals to optimize water-use efficiency and maize yield in Xinjiang, northwest China

June 2019
Guoqiang Zhang | Dongping Shen | Bo Ming | Ruizhi Xie | Xiuliang Jin | Chaowei Liu | Peng Hou | Jun Xue | Jianglu Chen | Wanxu Zhang | Wanmao Liu | Keru Wang | Shaokun Li

Worldwide, scarce water resources and substantial food demands require efficient water use and high yield. This study investigated whether irrigation frequency can be used to adjust soil moisture to...

19. Evaluation of common bean (Phaseolus vulgaris L.) genotypes for drought stress adaptation in Ethiopia

October 2016
Kwabena Darkwa | Daniel Ambachew | Hussein Mohammed | Asrat Asfaw | Matthew W. Blair

Drought stress linked with climate change is one of the major constraints faced by common bean farmers in Africa and elsewhere. Mitigating this constraint requires the selection of resilient varieties...

20. Nutritional composition and antioxidant activity of twenty mung bean cultivars in China

October 2016
Zhenxing Shi | Yang Yao | Yingying Zhu | Guixing Ren

Interest in mung bean (Vigna radiata L.) as a functional food is growing; however, studies on the nutritional composition of major mung bean cultivars planted in China are limited. Twenty Chinese mung...

21. A targeted QTL analysis for fiber length using a genetic population between two introgressed backcrossed inbred lines in upland cotton (Gossypium hirsutum)

June 2019
Guoyuan Liu | Wenfeng Pei | Dan Li | Jianjiang Ma | Yupeng Cui | Nuohan Wang | Jikun Song | Man Wu | Libei Li | Xinshan Zang | Shuxun Yu | Jinfa Zhang | Jiwen Yu

Cotton fiber is the most important natural raw material for the textile industry, and fiber length (FL) is one of the most important traits in cotton. Quantitative trait locus (QTL) mapping based on...

22. Soybean hairy roots produced in vitro by Agrobacterium rhizogenes-mediated transformation

April 2018
Li Chen | Yupeng Cai | Xiujie Liu | Chen Guo | Shi Sun | Cunxiang Wu | Bingjun Jiang | Tianfu Han | Wensheng Hou

Soybean is one of the world's most important oil and protein crops. Efficient transformation is a key factor for the improvement of soybean by genetic modification. We describe an optimized protocol...

23. Estimation of biomass in wheat using random forest regression algorithm and remote sensing data

June 2016
Li'ai Wang | Xudong Zhou | Xinkai Zhu | Zhaodi Dong | Wenshan Guo

Wheat biomass can be estimated using appropriate spectral vegetation indices. However, the accuracy of estimation should be further improved for on-farm crop management. Previous studies focused on...

24. Rice-duck co-culture benefits grain 2-acetyl-1-pyrroline accumulation and quality and yield enhancement of fragrant rice

August 2019
Meijuan Li | Ronghua Li | Shiwei Liu | Jia'en Zhang | Hao Luo | Shuqing Qiu

Rice-duck co-culture is an integrated farming technology that benefits rice production, grain quality, and ecological sustainability in paddy fields. However, little is known about the effects of rice-duck...

25. Transcriptome analysis of salt-stress response in three seedling tissues of common wheat

June 2019
Qiaoling Luo | Wan Teng | Shuang Fang | Hongwei Li | Bin Li | Jinfang Chu | Zhensheng Li | Qi Zheng

Xiaoyan 60 (XY60) is a new wheat variety bred in the laboratory of Zhensheng Li. After salt treatment, seedlings of XY60 maintain green leaves and produce longer roots than the high yielding cultivar...

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