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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. 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...

3. Base editing in plants: Current status and challenges

June 2020
Sutar Suhas Bharat | Shaoya Li | Jingying Li | Lei Yan | Lanqin Xia

Genome editing technologies have revolutionized the field of plant science by enabling targeted modification of plant genomes and are emerging as powerful tools for both plant gene functional analyses...

4. Association mapping for root system architecture traits under two nitrogen conditions in germplasm enhancement of maize doubled haploid lines

April 2020
Langlang Ma | Chunyan Qing | Ursula Frei | Yaou Shen | Thomas Lübberstedt

Root system architecture (RSA) contributes to nitrogen (N) uptake and utilization in maize. In this study, a germplasm enhancement of maize double haploid population of 226 lines genotyped with 61,634...

5. ND-FISH-positive oligonucleotide probes for detecting specific segments of rye (Secale cereale L.) chromosomes and new tandem repeats in rye

April 2020
Wei Xi | Shuyao Tang | Haimei Du | Jie Luo | Zongxiang Tang | Shulan Fu

Rye (Secale cereale L.) has been widely used to improve wheat (Triticum aestivum L.) cultivars. Oligo probes combined with non-denaturing fluorescence in situ hybridization (ND-FISH) technology provide...

6. 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...

7. Transcriptome analysis suggests mechanisms for a novel flowering type: Cleistogamous wheat

April 2020
Caiguo Tang | Minghao Li | Minghui Cao | Ruiju Lu | Huilan Zhang | Chenghong Liu | Shengwei Huang | Pingping Zhang | Hao Hu | Weiwei Zhao | Lifang Wu

Wheat is one of the most important staple crops worldwide. Fusarium head blight severely reduces wheat yield and quality. Cultivation of a novel type of cleistogamous wheat mutant, ZK001, which was...

8. Favorable haplotypes and associated genes for flowering time and photoperiod sensitivity identified by comparative selective signature analysis and GWAS in temperate and tropical maize

April 2020
Zhiwei Li | Xiaogang Liu | Xiaojie Xu | Jiacheng Liu | Zhiqin Sang | Kanchao Yu | Yuxin Yang | Wenshuang Dai | Xin Jin | Yunbi Xu

On the basis of growing environment, maize can largely be classified into temperate and tropical groups, leaving extensive genetic variation and evolutionary signatures in the maize genome. To identify...

9. Genome-wide association mapping for grain shape and color traits in Ethiopian durum wheat (Triticum turgidum ssp. durum)

Available online 8 February 2020
Admas Alemu | Tileye Feyissa | Roberto Tuberosa | Marco Maccaferri | Giuseppe Sciara | Tesfaye Letta | Bekele Abeyo

Grain shape and color strongly influence yield and quality of durum wheat. Identifying QTL for these traits is essential for transferring favorable alleles based on selection strategies and breeding...

10. Geographic differentiation and phylogeographic relationships among world soybean populations

April 2020
Xueqin Liu | Jianbo He | Yufeng Wang | Guangnan Xing | Yan Li | Shouping Yang | Tuanjie Zhao | Junyi Gai

A fast-growing protein and oil crop, soybean was domesticated in ancient China and disseminated early in Asia and afterwards to other continents, in particular the Americas in recent centuries. After...

11. RNA-seq reveals hormone-regulated synthesis of non-cellulose polysaccharides associated with fiber strength in a single-chromosomal-fragment-substituted upland cotton line

April 2020
Zhangqiang Song | Yu Chen | Chuanyun Zhang | Jingxia Zhang | Xuehan Huo | Yang Gao | Ao Pan | Zhaohai Du | Juan Zhou | Yanxiu Zhao | Zhi Liu | Furong Wang | Jun Zhang

Cotton fibers are the main raw materials of the textile industry. Exogenous superior fiber genes have been introduced into upland cotton to develop high-yield cultivars with excellent fiber quality....

12. Influence of plastic film mulching and planting density on yield, leaf anatomy, and root characteristics of maize on the Loess Plateau

Available online 8 February 2020
Li Niu | Yanyan Yan | Peng Hou | Wenbo Bai | Rulang Zhao | Yonghong Wang | Shaokun Li | Taisheng Du | Ming Zhao | Jiqing Song | Wenbin Zhou

In rainfed areas of northwestern China, maize production is constrained mainly by low temperature during early growth and water limitation during the entire growth period. Plastic film mulching is commonly...

13. Precise base editing of non-allelic acetolactate synthase genes confers sulfonylurea herbicide resistance in maize

June 2020
Yanmin Li | Jinjie Zhu | Hao Wu | Changlin Liu | Changling Huang | Jinhao Lan | Yanming Zhao | Chuanxiao Xie

Single-nucleotide polymorphisms contribute to phenotypic diversity in maize. Creation and functional annotation of point mutations has been limited by the low efficiency of conventional methods based...

14. Boosting proso millet yield by altering canopy light distribution in proso millet/mung bean intercropping systems

April 2020
Xiangwei Gong | Uzizerimana Ferdinand | Ke Dang | Jing Li | Guanghua Chen | Yan Luo | Pu Yang | Baili Feng

To elucidate the mechanism by which intercropping proso millet (Panicum miliaceum L.) with mung bean (Vigna radiata L.) increases proso millet yield and to determine how this higher yield results from...

15. Changes in leaflet shape and seeds per pod modify crop growth parameters, canopy light environment, and yield components in soybean

April 2020
Julieta S. Bianchi | Alvaro Quijano | Carlos O. Gosparini | Eligio N. Morandi

Seed number (SN) is the component most strongly associated with yield in soybean. SN depends on pod number (PN) and seeds per pod (SPP). Whereas SPP is a relatively stable component, PN is strongly...

16. Tolerance to low phosphorus in rice varieties is conferred by regulation of root growth

Available online 8 February 2020
Yaping Deng | Chuanbao Men | Shengfeng Qiao | Wenjie Wang | Junfei Gu | Lijun Liu | Zujian Zhang | Hao Zhang | Zhiqin Wang | Jianchang Yang

Phosphorus use efficiency (PUE) can be improved through cultivation techniques and breeding. However, little is known about rice (Oryza sativa L.) agronomic and physiological traits associated with...

17. QTL mapping of adult plant resistance to stripe rust and leaf rust in a Fuyu 3/Zhengzhou 5389 wheat population

Available online 7 January 2020
Takele Weldu Gebrewahid | Peipei Zhang | Yue Zhou | Xiaocui Yan | Xianchun Xia | Zhonghu He | Daqun Liu | Zaifeng Li

Stripe or yellow rust (YR) and leaf rust (LR) cause large losses in wheat production worldwide. Resistant cultivars curtail the levels of losses. The present study aimed to identify quantitative trait...

18. 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...

19. 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...

20. Repression of microRNA 160 results in retarded seed integument growth and smaller final seed size in cotton

Available online 8 February 2020
Nian Liu | Shuchang Wu | Zhonghua Li | Anam Qadir Khan | Haiyan Hu | Xianlong Zhang | Lili Tu

microRNA 160 (miR160), targeting auxin response factors (ARFs), plays many roles in plant development. We investigated the role of the miR160/ARF axis in regulation of cotton seed size. Suppressing...

21. 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...

22. 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...

23. Allelic impacts on pre-harvest sprouting resistance and favorable haplotypes in TaPHS1 of Chinese wheat accessions

Available online 8 February 2020
Danfeng Wang | Yunlong Pang | Lei Dong | Anfei Li | Lingrang Kong | Shubing Liu

Pre-harvest sprouting (PHS) influences yield and end-use quality of bread wheat. Developing varieties with PHS resistance is the most effective way to reduce this problem. In this study, a panel of...

24. The laccase gene GhLac1 modulates fiber initiation and elongation by coordinating jasmonic acid and flavonoid metabolism

Available online 8 February 2020
Qin Hu | Shenghua Xiao | Qianqian Guan | Lili Tu | Feng Sheng | Xuezhu Du | Xianlong Zhang

Cotton fibers are single cells originating in the epidermis of cotton ovules, and serve as the largest natural fiber source for the textile industry. In theory, all epidermal cells have the potential...

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