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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. 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...

4. 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...

5. 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...

6. 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...

7. 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...

8. 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...

9. 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...

10. 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...

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. Recent progress in alfalfa (Medicago sativa L.) genomics and genomic selection

December 2018
Charles Hawkins | Long-Xi Yu

Alfalfa (M. sativa L.) is a highly valuable forage crop, providing >58 Mt of hay, silage, and pasture each year in the United States. As alfalfa is an outcrossing autotetraploid crop, however, breeding...

13. 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...

14. Effect of various crop rotations on rice yield and nitrogen use efficiency in paddy–upland systems in southeastern China

December 2018
Song Chen | Shaowen Liu | Xi Zheng | Min Yin | Guang Chu | Chunmei Xu | Jinxiang Yan | Liping Chen | Danying Wang | Xiufu Zhang

To evaluate the effects of various rotation systems on rice grain yield and N use efficiency, a paddy–upland cropping experiment (2013–2016) was conducted in southeastern China. The experiment was designed...

15. Wheat functional genomics in the era of next generation sequencing: An update

February 2018
Meiling Jia | Jiantao Guan | Zhiwen Zhai | Shuaifeng Geng | Xueyong Zhang | Long Mao | Aili Li

Bread wheat is not only an important cereal crop but also a model for study of an allopolyploid plant with a large, highly repetitive genome. Advances in next-generation sequencing (NGS) technology...

16. 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...

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

Available online 28 September 2018
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...

18. Genetic diversity assessment of a set of introduced mung bean accessions (Vigna radiata L.)

April 2018
Lixia Wang | Peng Bai | Xingxing Yuan | Honglin Chen | Suhua Wang | Xin Chen | Xuzhen Cheng

Genetic resources from other countries or regions play an important role in broadening the genetic background of local breeding varieties. Here we describe observations on the adaptability of mung bean...

19. 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...

20. Food legume production in China

April 2017
Ling Li | Tao Yang | Rong Liu | Bob Redden | Fouad Maalouf | Xuxiao Zong

Food legumes comprise all legumes grown for human food in China as either dry grains or vegetables, except for soybean and groundnut. China has a vast territory with complex ecological conditions. Rotation,...

21. Current advances in genome sequencing of common wheat and its ancestral species

February 2018
Xiaoli Shi | Hong-Qing Ling

Common wheat is an important and widely cultivated food crop throughout the world. Much progress has been made in regard to wheat genome sequencing in the last decade. Starting from the sequencing of...

22. Wheat genome editing expedited by efficient transformation techniques: Progress and perspectives

February 2018
Ke Wang | Bisma Riaz | Xingguo Ye

Genome editing is one of the most promising biotechnologies to improve crop performance. Common wheat is a staple food for mankind. In the past few decades both basic and applied research on common...

23. Developing superior alleles of yield genes in rice by artificial mutagenesis using the CRISPR/Cas9 system

October 2018
Liyu Huang | Ru Zhang | Guangfu Huang | Yanxia Li | Getachew Melaku | Shilai Zhang | Haitao Chen | Yanjuan Zhao | Jing Zhang | Yesheng Zhang | Fengyi Hu

Rice yield is an important and complex agronomic trait controlled by multiple genes. In recent decades, dozens of yield-associated genes in rice have been cloned, many of which can increase production...

24. Genome-wide association mapping of stress-tolerance traits in cotton

February 2019
Heng Sun | Minghui Meng | Zhenhua Yan | Zhongxu Lin | Xinhui Nie | Xiyan Yang

Environmental stresses severely impair cotton production worldwide. To identify the genetic basis of, and molecular markers associated with, environmental stresses such as salt, cold and Verticillium...

25. 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...

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