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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: 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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  2. 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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  3. 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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  4. 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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  5. 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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  6. 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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  7. 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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  8. 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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  9. 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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  10. 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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  11. 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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  12. 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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  13. 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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  14. 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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  15. 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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  16. 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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  17. 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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  18. 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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