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Plant biotechnology

Section edited by Neal C Stewart

This section will consider studies that focus on transgenic plants and their applications, including agriculture, bioproduction, detection, biosafety, phytoremediation and biofuels.

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  1. Content type: Research article

    Transgenic technology has become an important technique for crop genetic improvement. The application of well-characterized promoters is essential for developing a vector system for efficient genetic transform...

    Authors: Pingping Jiang, Ke Zhang, Zhaohua Ding, Qiuxia He, Wendi Li, Shuangfeng Zhu, Wen Cheng, Kewei Zhang and Kunpeng Li

    Citation: BMC Biotechnology 2018 18:59

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    Switchgrass (Panicum virgatum L.) is a promising bioenergy feedstock because it can be grown on marginal land and produces abundant biomass. Recalcitrance of the lignocellulosic components of the switchgrass cell...

    Authors: Guotian Li, Kyle C. Jones, Aymerick Eudes, Venkataramana R. Pidatala, Jian Sun, Feng Xu, Chengcheng Zhang, Tong Wei, Rashmi Jain, Devon Birdseye, Patrick E. Canlas, Edward E. K. Baidoo, Phat Q. Duong, Manoj K. Sharma, Seema Singh, Deling Ruan…

    Citation: BMC Biotechnology 2018 18:54

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  3. Content type: Research Article

    Fibroblast growth factor 9 (FGF9) is a heparin-binding growth factor, secreted by both mesothelial and epithelial cells, which participates in hair follicle regeneration, wound healing, and bone development. A...

    Authors: Jingbo Cai, Ruicheng Wen, Wenqing Li, Xiuran Wang, Haishan Tian, Shanyong Yi, Linbo Zhang, Xiaokun Li, Chao Jiang and Haiyan Li

    Citation: BMC Biotechnology 2018 18:51

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  4. Content type: Research article

    The advent of –omics technologies has enabled the resolution of fine molecular differences among individuals within a species. DNA sequence variations, such as single nucleotide polymorphisms or small deletion...

    Authors: Jean-Michel Michno and Robert M. Stupar

    Citation: BMC Biotechnology 2018 18:38

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  5. Content type: Methodology article

    RNA interference (RNAi) technology has been widely used to knockdown target genes via post-transcriptional silencing. In plants, RNAi is used as an effective tool with diverse applications being developed such...

    Authors: Po-Hao Wang, Greg Schulenberg, Shannon Whitlock, Andrew Worden, Ning Zhou, Stephen Novak and Wei Chen

    Citation: BMC Biotechnology 2018 18:3

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  6. Content type: Methodology article

    Genetically modified crops (GM crops) have been developed to improve the agricultural traits of modern crop cultivars. Safety assessments of GM crops are of paramount importance in research at developmental st...

    Authors: Doori Park, Su-Hyun Park, Yong Wook Ban, Youn Shic Kim, Kyoung-Cheul Park, Nam-Soo Kim, Ju-Kon Kim and Ik-Young Choi

    Citation: BMC Biotechnology 2017 17:67

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  7. Content type: Research article

    Development of chimeric Cry toxins by protein engineering of known and validated proteins is imperative for enhancing the efficacy and broadening the insecticidal spectrum of these genes. Expression of novel C...

    Authors: Maniraj Rathinam, Shweta Singh, Debasis Pattanayak and Rohini Sreevathsa

    Citation: BMC Biotechnology 2017 17:64

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  8. Content type: Research article

    Alpha amylase hydrolyzes α-bonds of polysaccharides such as starch and produces malto-oligosaccharides. Its starch saccharification applications make it an essential enzyme in the textile, food and brewing ind...

    Authors: Hong Zhu, L. Bruce Reynolds and Rima Menassa

    Citation: BMC Biotechnology 2017 17:53

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  9. Content type: Research article

    Cotton fiber, a natural fiber widely used in the textile industry, is differentiated from single cell of ovule epidermis. A large number of genes are believed to be involved in fiber formation, but so far only...

    Authors: Yan-Jun Li, Shou-Hong Zhu, Xin-Yu Zhang, Yong-Chang Liu, Fei Xue, Lan-Jie Zhao and Jie Sun

    Citation: BMC Biotechnology 2017 17:50

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  10. Content type: Research article

    Somatic cell selection in plants allows the recovery of spontaneous mutants from cell cultures. When coupled with the regeneration of plants it allows an effective approach for the recovery of novel traits in ...

    Authors: Philippa J. Barrell, Julie M. Latimer, Samantha J. Baldwin, Michelle L. Thompson, Jeanne M.E. Jacobs and Anthony J. Conner

    Citation: BMC Biotechnology 2017 17:49

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  11. Content type: Research article

    Switchgrass is C4 perennial grass species that is being developed as a cellulosic bioenergy feedstock. It is wind-pollinated and considered to be an obligate outcrosser. Genetic engineering has been used to alter...

    Authors: Reginald Millwood, Madhugiri Nageswara-Rao, Rongjian Ye, Ellie Terry-Emert, Chelsea R. Johnson, Micaha Hanson, Jason N. Burris, Charles Kwit and C. Neal Stewart Jr

    Citation: BMC Biotechnology 2017 17:40

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  12. Content type: Methodology article

    Cassava (Manihot esculenta Crantz) is a major crop extensively cultivated in the tropics as both an important source of calories and a promising source for biofuel production. Although stable gene expression have...

    Authors: Jun-Zheng Wu, Qin Liu, Xiao-Shan Geng, Kai-Mian Li, Li-Juan Luo and Jin-Ping Liu

    Citation: BMC Biotechnology 2017 17:29

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  13. Content type: Research article

    The tissue culture banana (TCB) is a biotechnological agricultural innovation that has been adopted widely in commercial banana production. In 2003, Africa Harvest Biotech Foundation International (AH) initiat...

    Authors: Sunita V. S. Bandewar, Florence Wambugu, Emma Richardson and James V. Lavery

    Citation: BMC Biotechnology 2017 17:28

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  14. Content type: Research article

    Xylanase inhibitors have been confirmed to be involved in plant defence. OsXIP is a XIP-type rice xylanase inhibitor, yet its transcriptional regulation remains unknown.

    Authors: Yihua Zhan, Xiangyu Sun, Guozeng Rong, Chunxiao Hou, Yingying Huang, Dean Jiang and Xiaoyan Weng

    Citation: BMC Biotechnology 2017 17:26

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  15. Content type: Research article

    Bacillum thuringiensis (Bt) toxin produced in Cry1-expressing genetically modified rice (Bt rice) is highly effective to control lepidopteran pests, which reduces the needs for synthet...

    Authors: Juan Wang, Yuande Peng, Kaifu Xiao, Baoyang Wei, Jilin Hu, Zhi Wang, Qisheng Song and Xuguo Zhou

    Citation: BMC Biotechnology 2017 17:7

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  16. Content type: Research article

    Abiotic stresses are serious threats to plant growth, productivity and result in crop loss worldwide, reducing average yields of most major crops. Although abiotic stresses might elicit different plant respons...

    Authors: Yuanyuan Bu, Bo Sun, Aimin Zhou, Xinxin Zhang, Testuo Takano and Shenkui Liu

    Citation: BMC Biotechnology 2016 16:69

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  17. Content type: Methodology article

    CRISPR/Cas9 genome editing strategy has been applied to a variety of species and the tRNA-processing system has been used to compact multiple gRNAs into one synthetic gene for manipulating multiple genes in rice.

    Authors: Weiwei Qi, Tong Zhu, Zhongrui Tian, Chaobin Li, Wei Zhang and Rentao Song

    Citation: BMC Biotechnology 2016 16:58

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  18. Content type: Methodology article

    Phaseolus vulgaris is one of the most extensively studied model legumes in the world. The P. vulgaris genome sequence is available; therefore, the need for an efficient and rapid trans...

    Authors: Kalpana Nanjareddy, Manoj-Kumar Arthikala, Lourdes Blanco, Elizabeth S. Arellano and Miguel Lara

    Citation: BMC Biotechnology 2016 16:53

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  19. Content type: Research article

    The ATP-binding cassette (ABC) transporter gene superfamily is ubiquitous among extant organisms and prominently represented in plants. ABC transporters act to transport compounds across cellular membranes and...

    Authors: Thomas S. Lane, Caroline S. Rempe, Jack Davitt, Margaret E. Staton, Yanhui Peng, Douglas Edward Soltis, Michael Melkonian, Michael Deyholos, James H. Leebens-Mack, Mark Chase, Carl J. Rothfels, Dennis Stevenson, Sean W. Graham, Jun Yu, Tao Liu, J. Chris Pires…

    Citation: BMC Biotechnology 2016 16:47

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  20. Content type: Research article

    In a previous study we found that in chickweed the expression level of the pro-SmAMP2 gene was comparable or even higher to that of the β-actin gene. This high level of the gene expression has attracted our atten...

    Authors: Roman A. Komakhin, Denis A. Vysotskii, Rahim R. Shukurov, Vera D. Voblikova, Vera V. Komakhina, Svetlana R. Strelnikova, Ekaterina M. Vetchinkina and Alexey V. Babakov

    Citation: BMC Biotechnology 2016 16:43

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  21. Content type: Research article

    The safety of mutagenized and genetically transformed plants remains a subject of scrutiny. Data gathered and communicated on the phenotypic and molecular variation induced by gene transfer technologies will p...

    Authors: Justin E. Anderson, Jean-Michel Michno, Thomas J. Y. Kono, Adrian O. Stec, Benjamin W. Campbell, Shaun J. Curtin and Robert M. Stupar

    Citation: BMC Biotechnology 2016 16:41

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  22. Content type: Research article

    Rice sheath blight, caused by Rhizoctonia solani is one of the most devastating diseases of rice. It is associated with significant reduction in rice productivity worldwide. A mutant variant of mannose binding Al...

    Authors: Prithwi Ghosh, Senjuti Sen, Joydeep Chakraborty and Sampa Das

    Citation: BMC Biotechnology 2016 16:24

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  23. Content type: Research article

    Despite the limited success after decades of intensive research and development efforts, vaccination still represents the most promising strategy to significantly reduce the disease burden in malaria endemic r...

    Authors: Veronique Beiss, Holger Spiegel, Alexander Boes, Matthias Scheuermayer, Andreas Reimann, Stefan Schillberg and Rainer Fischer

    Citation: BMC Biotechnology 2015 15:108

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  24. Content type: Research article

    Pheophorbide a oxygenase (PAO) is an important enzyme in the chlorophyll catabolism pathway and is involved in leaf senescence. It opens the porphyrin macrocycle of pheophorbide a and finally forms the primary fl...

    Authors: Huai-Juan Xiao, Ke-Ke Liu, Da-Wei Li, Mohamed Hamed Arisha, Wei-Guo Chai and Zhen-Hui Gong

    Citation: BMC Biotechnology 2015 15:100

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  25. Content type: Research article

    Practical approaches for multigene transformation and gene stacking are extremely important for engineering complex traits and adding new traits in transgenic crops. Trait deployment by gene stacking would gre...

    Authors: Soumen Nandy, Shan Zhao, Bhuvan P Pathak, Muthusamy Manoharan and Vibha Srivastava

    Citation: BMC Biotechnology 2015 15:93

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  26. Content type: Research article

    Soybean (Glycine max) has been bred for thousands of years to produce seeds rich in protein for human and animal consumption, making them an appealing bioreactor for producing valuable recombinant proteins at hig...

    Authors: Kevin C. Lambirth, Adam M. Whaley, Ivory C. Blakley, Jessica A. Schlueter, Kenneth L. Bost, Ann E. Loraine and Kenneth J. Piller

    Citation: BMC Biotechnology 2015 15:89

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  27. Content type: Research article

    Duckweed (Landoltia punctata) has the potential to remediate wastewater and accumulate enormous amounts of starch for bioethanol production. Using systematical screening, we determined that the highest biomass an...

    Authors: Mengjun Huang, Yang Fang, Yang Liu, Yanling Jin, Jiaolong Sun, Xiang Tao, Xinrong Ma, Kaize He and Hai Zhao

    Citation: BMC Biotechnology 2015 15:81

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  28. Content type: Research article

    In order to provide a system fully integrated with qPCR screening, usually used in GMO routine analysis, as well as being able to detect, characterize and identify a broad spectrum of GMOs in food/feed matrice...

    Authors: Marie-Alice Fraiture, Philippe Herman, Loic Lefèvre, Isabel Taverniers, Marc De Loose, Dieter Deforce and Nancy H Roosens

    Citation: BMC Biotechnology 2015 15:76

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  29. Content type: Research article

    Rice straw has shown to be a promising agricultural by-product in the bioconversion of biomass to value-added products. Hydrolysis of cellulose, a main constituent of lignocellulosic biomass, is a requirement ...

    Authors: Nooshin Rahnama, Hooi Ling Foo, Nor Aini Abdul Rahman, Arbakariya Ariff and Umi Kalsom Md Shah

    Citation: BMC Biotechnology 2014 14:103

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  30. Content type: Research article

    Pharmacological investigations position withanolides as important bioactive molecules demanding their enhanced production. Therefore, one of the pivotal aims has been to gain knowledge about complete biosynthe...

    Authors: Satiander Rana, Wajid Waheed Bhat, Niha Dhar, Shahzad A Pandith, Sumeer Razdan, Ram Vishwakarma and Surrinder K Lattoo

    Citation: BMC Biotechnology 2014 14:89

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  31. Content type: Research article

    Morphological and ploidy changes of the arsenic hyperaccumulator, Chinese brake fern (Pteris vittata) callus tissue are described here to provide insight into fern life cycle biology and for possible biotechnolog...

    Authors: Blake L Joyce, Shigetoshi Eda, John Dunlap and C Neal Stewart

    Citation: BMC Biotechnology 2014 14:96

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  32. Content type: Research article

    Polyhydroxyalkanoates are linear biodegradable polyesters produced by bacteria as a carbon store and used to produce a range of bioplastics. Widespread polyhydroxyalkanoate production in C4 crops would decrease p...

    Authors: Richard B McQualter, Maria N Somleva, Leigh K Gebbie, Xuemei Li, Lars A Petrasovits, Kristi D Snell, Lars K Nielsen and Stevens M Brumbley

    Citation: BMC Biotechnology 2014 14:83

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  33. Content type: Research article

    Switchgrass (Panicum virgatum L.) has a great potential as a platform for the production of biobased plastics, chemicals and energy mainly because of its high biomass yield on marginal land and low agricultural i...

    Authors: Maria N Somleva, Chang Ai Xu, Kieran P Ryan, Roger Thilmony, Oliver Peoples, Kristi D Snell and James Thomson

    Citation: BMC Biotechnology 2014 14:79

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  34. Content type: Research article

    Healing of burns is a complex process and very few effective treatments exist to facilitate the burn recovery process. Human acidic fibroblast growth factor 1 (FGF-1) plays an important role in a variety of bi...

    Authors: YaQing Tan, Kevin Yueju Wang, Nan Wang, GangQiang Li and DeHu Liu

    Citation: BMC Biotechnology 2014 14:74

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  35. Content type: Research article

    The antibiotic resistance of pathogenic microorganisms is a worldwide problem. Each year several million people across the world acquire infections with bacteria that are antibiotic-resistant, which is costly ...

    Authors: Magdalena Zuk, Agata Dorotkiewicz-Jach, Zuzanna Drulis-Kawa, Malgorzata Arendt, Anna Kulma and Jan Szopa

    Citation: BMC Biotechnology 2014 14:70

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  36. Content type: Methodology article

    Volvocine green algae like Pandorina morum represent one of the most recent inventions of multicellularity diverged from their unicellular relatives. The 8–16 celled P. morum alga and its close multicellular rela...

    Authors: Kai Lerche and Armin Hallmann

    Citation: BMC Biotechnology 2014 14:65

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  37. Content type: Research article

    Peanut (Arachis hypogaea) is an important crop, but droughts often affect peanut production. There is a lack of genomic information available for peanut; therefore, little is known about the molecular basis of it...

    Authors: Xiaoyun Li, Jiabao Lu, Shuai Liu, Xu Liu, Yingying Lin and Ling Li

    Citation: BMC Biotechnology 2014 14:58

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  38. Content type: Methodology article

    An efficient transformation method is lacking for most non-model plant species to test gene function. Therefore, subcellular localization of proteins of interest from non-model plants is mainly carried out thr...

    Authors: Yuanyuan Bu, Mengqing Zhao, Bo Sun, Xinxin Zhang, Tetsuo Takano and Shenkui Liu

    Citation: BMC Biotechnology 2014 14:52

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  39. Content type: Research article

    Phytophthora infestans, causing late blight in potato, remains one of the most devastating pathogens in potato production and late blight resistance is a top priority in potato breeding. The introduction of multi...

    Authors: Kwang-Ryong Jo, Chol-Jun Kim, Sung-Jin Kim, Tok-Yong Kim, Marjan Bergervoet, Maarten A Jongsma, Richard GF Visser, Evert Jacobsen and Jack H Vossen

    Citation: BMC Biotechnology 2014 14:50

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  40. Content type: Research article

    To date, over 150 genetically modified (GM) crops are widely cultivated. To comply with regulations developed for genetically modified organisms (GMOs), including labeling policies, many detection methods for ...

    Authors: Xiang Li, Xiuxiu Wang, Jielin Yang, Yueming Liu, Yuping He and Liangwen Pan

    Citation: BMC Biotechnology 2014 14:43

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  41. Content type: Research article

    Nanoparticles appear to be promising devices for application in the agriculture and food industries, but information regarding the response of plants to contact with nano-devices is scarce. Toxic effects may b...

    Authors: Ana R Santos, Ana S Miguel, Anca Macovei, Christopher Maycock, Alma Balestrazzi, Abel Oliva and Pedro Fevereiro

    Citation: BMC Biotechnology 2013 13:111

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  42. Content type: Research article

    Antibiotic/ herbicide resistant marker genes have been proven to be very useful in plant transformation for the initial selection of desired transgenic events. However, presence of these genes in the genetical...

    Authors: Arpita Bala, Amit Roy, Ayan Das, Dipankar Chakraborti and Sampa Das

    Citation: BMC Biotechnology 2013 13:88

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  43. Content type: Research article

    Genetically engineered (GE) ringspot virus-resistant papaya cultivars ‘Rainbow’ and ‘SunUp’ have been grown in Hawai’i for over 10 years. In Hawai’i, the introduction of GE papayas into regions where non-GE cu...

    Authors: Madhugiri Nageswara-Rao, Charles Kwit, Sujata Agarwal, Mariah T Patton, Jordan A Skeen, Joshua S Yuan, Richard M Manshardt and C Neal Stewart Jr

    Citation: BMC Biotechnology 2013 13:69

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  44. Content type: Research article

    The introduction of pharmaceutical traits in tobacco for commercial production could benefit from the utilization of a transgene bioconfinement system. It has been observed that interspecific F1Nicotiana hybrids ...

    Authors: J Hollis Rice, Richard E Mundell, Reginald J Millwood, Orlando D Chambers, C Neal Stewart Jr and H Maelor Davies

    Citation: BMC Biotechnology 2013 13:63

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  45. Content type: Research article

    Lignin is a significant barrier in the conversion of plant biomass to bioethanol. Cinnamyl alcohol dehydrogenase (CAD) and caffeic acid O-methyltransferase (COMT) catalyze key steps in the pathway of lignin monom...

    Authors: Gina M Trabucco, Dominick A Matos, Scott J Lee, Aaron J Saathoff, Henry D Priest, Todd C Mockler, Gautam Sarath and Samuel P Hazen

    Citation: BMC Biotechnology 2013 13:61

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