Plant Biology

Comparison of early season crop types for wheat production and nitrogen use efficiency in the Jianghan Plain in China
Muhammad Riaz –– Interesting study on season-dependent wheat production and N use efficiency
Comparative analysis of MAPK and MKK gene families reveals differential evolutionary patterns in Brachypodium distachyon inbred lines
Pankaj Jaiswal –– The authors show that MAPK subfamily expansion within the species, which may shed light on the phenotype and adaptation of B. distachyon inbred lines to stress environments and treatments. The data provided adds to our understanding of the mitogen-activated protein kinase gene family in plants.
Magnesium may be a key nutrient mechanism related to Fusarium wilt resistance: a new banana cultivar (Zhongjiao No. 9)
Jasmine Janes –– Magnesium is found to play a role in Fusarium wilt-resistance in banana cultivars.
Tissue-specific transcriptome analysis of drought stress and rehydration in Trachycarpus fortunei at seedling
Yu Liang –– this paper gives a useful contribution to drought stress studies
Subsoiling increases aggregate-associated organic carbon, dry matter, and maize yield on the North China Plain
Muhammad Riaz –– An interesting study for soil organic C management and crop productivity
Characterization of spray-dried Gac aril extract and estimated shelf life of β-carotene and lycopene
Charles Okpala –– This study adds new information about the usage of Custer Dextrin to encapsulate carotenoid compounds, which are prone to oxidation during storage.
Spatiotemporal dynamics of habitat suitability for the Ethiopian staple crop, Eragrostis tef (teff), under changing climate
Gerard Lazo –– The manuscript provides a forthcoming need in evaluating crop potential under different climatic changes.
Combining transcriptome analysis and GWAS for identification and validation of marker genes in the Physalis peruviana-Fusarium oxysporum pathosystem
Carlos Zuniga-Gonzalez –– This study evaluates eight candidate genes associated with this pathosystem, using real-time quantitative PCR (RT-qPCR). The genes validated here have important implications in the disease progress and allow a better understanding of the defense response in cape gooseberry at the molecular level. Derived molecular markers from these genes could facilitate the identification of tolerant/susceptible genotypes for use in breeding schemes.
Enzymatic and transcriptomic analysis reveals the essential role of carbohydrate metabolism in freesia (Freesia hybrida) corm formation
Robert Winkler –– The knowledge about the relation of sugar and development in plants is limited; Besides, the new data from a non-model plant are an important contribution.
Molecular barcode and morphological analysis of Smilax purhampuy Ruiz, Ecuador
Rogerio Sotelo-Mundo –– This contribution presents both morphological and molecular identification methods for the Ecuadorian Sarsaparilla (Smilax purhampuy Ruiz). The plant rhizome or root bulb is used for flavoring and in traditional medicine, and counterfeiting may occur in supplements and powder preparations. This method will be useful in the identification and certification of the origin of natural products.
Plant Biology

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A #NewSpecies Meiogyne oligocarpa (#Annonaceae), named from Yunnan, China published in @PeerJLife #Biodiversity #MolecularBiology #PlantScience #Taxonomy