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  1. Anaerobic germination is one of the most important traits for rice under direct-seeded conditions. The trait reduces risk of crop failure due to waterlogged conditions after seeding and allows water to be used...

    Authors: Sharmistha Ghosal, Fergie Ann Quilloy, Carlos Casal Jr, Endang M. Septiningsih, Merlyn S. Mendioro and Shalabh Dixit

    Citation: BMC Genetics 2020 21:6

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  2. To satisfy an increasing demand for dietary protein, the poultry industry has employed genetic selection to increase the growth rate of broilers by over 400% in the past 50 years. Although modern broilers reac...

    Authors: Angela Zou, Kerry Nadeau, Pauline W. Wang, Jee Yeon Lee, David S. Guttman, Shayan Sharif, Doug R. Korver, John H. Brumell and John Parkinson

    Citation: BMC Genetics 2020 21:5

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  3. Wet direct-seeded rice is a possible alternative to conventional puddled transplanted rice; the former uses less water and reduces labor requirements. Improving seed reserve utilization efficiency (SRUE) is a ...

    Authors: Nour Ali, Dalu Li, Moaz S. Eltahawy, Dina Abdulmajid, Lal Bux, Erbao Liu, Xiaojing Dang and Delin Hong

    Citation: BMC Genetics 2020 21:4

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  4. DNA methylation is an epigenetic modification that mainly repress expression of genes essential during embryogenesis and development. There are key ATPase-dependent enzymes that read or write DNA methylation t...

    Authors: S. Massah, J. Jubene, F. J. S. Lee, T. V. Beischlag and G. G. Prefontaine

    Citation: BMC Genetics 2020 21:3

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  5. Black cottonwood (Populus deltoides) is one of the keystone forest tree species, and has become the main breeding parents in poplar hybrid breeding. However, the genetic diversity and population structure of the ...

    Authors: Cun Chen, Yanguang Chu, Changjun Ding, Xiaohua Su and Qinjun Huang

    Citation: BMC Genetics 2020 21:2

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  6. C-C motif Chemokine Ligand 3 Like 1 (CCL3L1) is a multiallelic copy number variable, which plays a crucial role in immunoregulatory and hosts defense through the production of macrophage inflammatory protein (MIP...

    Authors: Jalilah Jamaluddin, Nur Khairina Mohd Khair, Shameni Devi Vinodamaney, Zulkefley Othman and Suhaili Abubakar

    Citation: BMC Genetics 2020 21:1

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  7. Cage-rearing in laying ducks, as a novel rearing system, not only fundamentally solves the pollution problem of the duck industry and improve bio-safety and product quality but also exhibits more benefits by i...

    Authors: Yang Zhang, Tiantian Gu, Yong Tian, Li Chen, Guoqin Li, Wei Zhou, Guofa Liu, Xinsheng Wu, Tao Zeng, Qi Xu, Guohong Chen and Lizhi Lu

    Citation: BMC Genetics 2019 20:103

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  8. Wheat mutant resources with phenotypic variation have been developed in recent years. These mutants might carry favorable mutation alleles, which have the potential to be utilized in the breeding process. Plan...

    Authors: Huijun Guo, Hongchun Xiong, Yongdun Xie, Linshu Zhao, Jiayu Gu, Shirong Zhao, Yuping Ding and Luxiang Liu

    Citation: BMC Genetics 2019 20:102

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  9. Peach (Prunus persica L.) is a diploid species and model plant of the Rosaceae family. In the past decade, significant progress has been made in peach genetic research via DNA markers, but the number of these mar...

    Authors: Liping Guan, Ke Cao, Yong Li, Jian Guo, Qiang Xu and Lirong Wang

    Citation: BMC Genetics 2019 20:101

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  10. Connectivity among jaguar (Panthera onca) populations will ensure natural gene flow and the long-term survival of the species throughout its range. Jaguar conservation efforts have focused primarily on connecting...

    Authors: Angelica Menchaca, Natalia A. Rossi, Jeremy Froidevaux, Isabela Dias-Freedman, Anthony Caragiulo, Claudia Wultsch, Bart Harmsen, Rebecca Foster, J. Antonio de la Torre, Rodrigo A. Medellin, Salisa Rabinowitz and George Amato

    Citation: BMC Genetics 2019 20:100

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  11. Corin is an important convertase involved in the natriuretic peptide system and may indirectly regulate blood pressure. Genetic factors relate to corin remain unclear. The purpose of the current study was to c...

    Authors: Huan Zhang, Xingbo Mo, Qiyu Qian, Zhengyuan Zhou, Zhengbao Zhu, Xinfeng HuangFu, Tan Xu, Aili Wang, Zhirong Guo, Shufeng Lei and Yonghong Zhang

    Citation: BMC Genetics 2019 20:99

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  12. Grain weight is an important yield component. Selection of advanced lines with heavy grains show high grain sink potentials and strong sink activity, which is an increasingly important objective in wheat breed...

    Authors: Jian Yang, Yanjie Zhou, Yu’e Zhang, Weiguo Hu, Qiuhong Wu, Yongxing Chen, Xicheng Wang, Guanghao Guo, Zhiyong Liu, Tingjie Cao and Hong Zhao

    Citation: BMC Genetics 2019 20:98

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  13. As obesity is becoming pandemic, morbid obesity (MO), an extreme type of obesity, is an emerging issue worldwide. It is imperative to understand the factors responsible for huge weight gain in certain populati...

    Authors: Kuang-Mao Chiang, Heng-Cheng Chang, Hsin-Chou Yang, Chien-Hsiun Chen, Hsin-Hung Chen, Wei-Jei Lee and Wen-Harn Pan

    Citation: BMC Genetics 2019 20:97

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  14. Variants of the Ostreid herpesvirus 1 (OsHV-1) cause high losses of Pacific oysters globally, including in Tomales Bay, California, USA. A suite of new variants, the OsHV-1 microvariants (μvars), cause very high ...

    Authors: Konstantin Divilov, Blaine Schoolfield, Benjamin Morga, Lionel Dégremont, Colleen A. Burge, Daniel Mancilla Cortez, Carolyn S. Friedman, Gary B. Fleener, Brett R. Dumbauld and Chris Langdon

    Citation: BMC Genetics 2019 20:96

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  15. Fish immunity is not only affected by the innate immune pathways but is also triggered by stress. Transport and loading stress can induce oxidative stress and further activate the immune inflammatory response,...

    Authors: Fukuan Du, Yan Li, Jing Shen, Yueshui Zhao, Parham Jabbarzadeh Kaboli, Shixin Xiang, Xu Wu, Mingxing Li, Jiangyao Zhou, Yuan Zheng, Tao Yi, Xiang Li, Jing Li, Zhangang Xiao and Qinglian Wen

    Citation: BMC Genetics 2019 20:95

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  16. Tea-oil tree (Camellia oleifera) is a unique edible-oil tree in China, and anthracnose occurs in wherever it is cultivated, causing great economic losses each year. We have previously identified the Ascomycete fu...

    Authors: Shengpei Zhang, Yuan Guo, Sizheng Li, Guoying Zhou, Junang Liu, Jianping Xu and He Li

    Citation: BMC Genetics 2019 20:94

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  17. Grasslands in the Arctic tundra undergo irreversible degradation due to climatic changes and also over-exploitation and depletion of scarce resources. Comprehensive investigations of cytogenomic structures of ...

    Authors: Alexandra V. Amosova, Svyatoslav A. Zoshchuk, Alexander V. Rodionov, Lilit Ghukasyan, Tatiana E. Samatadze, Elizaveta O. Punina, Igor G. Loskutov, Olga Yu. Yurkevich and Olga V. Muravenko

    Citation: BMC Genetics 2019 20:92

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  18. The plant-specific Teosinte branched1/Cycloidea/Proliferating cell factor (TCP) family of transcription factors is involved in the regulation of cell growth and proliferation, performing diverse functions in p...

    Authors: Sarina Bao, Zhenxin Zhang, Qun Lian, Qinghua Sun and Ruofang Zhang

    Citation: BMC Genetics 2019 20:91

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  19. WRKY DNA-binding protein (WRKY) is a large gene family involved in plant responses and adaptation to salt, drought, cold and heat stresses. Sweet potato from the genus Ipomoea is a staple food crop, but the WRKY ...

    Authors: Yuxia Li, Lei Zhang, Panpan Zhu, Qinghe Cao, Jian Sun, Zongyun Li and Tao Xu

    Citation: BMC Genetics 2019 20:90

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  20. Drip loss is a key aspect of meat quality. Transcriptome profiles of muscle with divergent drip loss would offer important insight into the genetic factors responsible for the trait. In this study, drip loss a...

    Authors: Xueyan Zhao, Cheng Wang, Yanping Wang, Haichao Lin, Huaizhong Wang, Hongmei Hu and Jiying Wang

    Citation: BMC Genetics 2019 20:89

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  21. In recent decades, the frequency of flooding is increasing with the change of global climate. Flooding has become one of the major abiotic stresses that seriously affect growth and development of plants. Triarrhe...

    Authors: Jia Wang, Han Sun, Jiajin Sheng, Surong Jin, Fasong Zhou, Zhongli Hu and Ying Diao

    Citation: BMC Genetics 2019 20:88

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  22. Distant hybridization can generate changes in phenotypes and genotypes that lead to the formation of new hybrid lineages with genetic variation. In this study, the establishment of two bisexual fertile carp li...

    Authors: Kaikun Luo, Shi Wang, Yeqing Fu, Pei Zhou, Xuexue Huang, Qianhong Gu, Wuhui Li, Yude Wang, Fangzhou Hu and Shaojun Liu

    Citation: BMC Genetics 2019 20:87

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  23. The freshwater species on Taiwan Island have been documented to have originated from mainland China and the Japanese islands from multiple events and by multiple colonization routes. Moreover, the sequences fr...

    Authors: Chiao-Chuan Han, Kui-Ching Hsu, Lee-Shing Fang, I-Ming Cheng and Hung-Du Lin

    Citation: BMC Genetics 2019 20:86

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  24. Over the relatively short history of Genome Wide Association Studies (GWASs), hundreds of GWASs have been published and thousands of disease risk-associated SNPs have been identified. Summary statistics from t...

    Authors: Ivan Gorlov, Xiangjun Xiao, Maureen Mayes, Olga Gorlova and Christopher Amos

    Citation: BMC Genetics 2019 20:85

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  25. Climate change is expected to have a negative impact on food availability. While most efforts have been directed to reducing greenhouse gas emissions, complementary strategies are necessary to control the detr...

    Authors: Enrique Sánchez-Molano, Vanessa V. Kapsona, Joanna J. Ilska, Suzanne Desire, Joanne Conington, Sebastian Mucha and Georgios Banos

    Citation: BMC Genetics 2019 20:84

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  26. Feed efficiency and growth rate have been targets for selection to improve chicken production. The incorporation of genomic tools may help to accelerate selection. We genotyped 529 individuals using a high-den...

    Authors: Gabriel Costa Monteiro Moreira, Mirele Daiana Poleti, Fábio Pértille, Clarissa Boschiero, Aline Silva Mello Cesar, Thaís Fernanda Godoy, Mônica Corrêa Ledur, James M. Reecy, Dorian J. Garrick and Luiz Lehmann Coutinho

    Citation: BMC Genetics 2019 20:83

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  27. Genomic selection has the potential to increase genetic gains by using molecular markers as predictors of breeding values of individuals. This study evaluated the accuracy of predictions for grain yield, headi...

    Authors: Dennis N. Lozada, R. Esten Mason, Jose Martin Sarinelli and Gina Brown-Guedira

    Citation: BMC Genetics 2019 20:82

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  28. Forest trees can occupy extensive geography and environmentally highly variable areas which result in high genetic variability in the direction of pressure from natural selection. At the same time, the majorit...

    Authors: Jaroslav Klápště, Mari Suontama, Heidi S Dungey, Emily J Telfer and Grahame T Stovold

    Citation: BMC Genetics 2019 20:81

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  29. Bleeker’s yellow tail (Xenocypris davidi Bleeker, YT) and topmouth culter (Culter alburnus Basilewsky, TC) are both famous and important economic freshwater fish in China. YT, a kind of omnivorous fish, has stron...

    Authors: Shengnan Li, Lihua Xie, Jun Xiao, Liujiao Yuan, Tian Zhou, Kaikun Luo, Chun Zhang, Rurong Zhao, Min Tao and Shaojun Liu

    Citation: BMC Genetics 2019 20:80

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  30. Rice (Oryza sativa L.) is one of the most important crops of the world and a major staple food for half of the World’s human population. The Northeastern (NE) region of India lies in the Indo-Burma biodiversity h...

    Authors: Vanlalsanga, S. Priyokumar Singh and Y. Tunginba Singh

    Citation: BMC Genetics 2019 20:79

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  31. Genetic improvement of honey bees is more difficult compared to other livestock, due to the very different reproductive behavior. Estimation of breeding values requires specific adjustment and the use of sires...

    Authors: Sreten Andonov, Cecilia Costa, Aleksandar Uzunov, Patrizia Bergomi, Daniela Lourenco and Ignacy Misztal

    Citation: BMC Genetics 2019 20:78

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  32. Kernel length (KL), kernel width (KW) and thousand-kernel weight (TKW) are key agronomic traits in wheat breeding. Chuannong16 (‘CN16’) is a commercial cultivar with significantly longer kernels than the line ...

    Authors: Jian Ma, Han Zhang, Shuiqin Li, Yaya Zou, Ting Li, Jiajun Liu, Puyang Ding, Yang Mu, Huaping Tang, Mei Deng, Yaxi Liu, Qiantao Jiang, Guoyue Chen, Houyang Kang, Wei Li, Zhien Pu…

    Citation: BMC Genetics 2019 20:77

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  33. Following publication of the original article [1], we have been notified that some important information was omitted by the authors in the Copyright note. The Copyright note should read as below.

    Authors: Xinkun Hu, Hélène Rocheleau, Curt McCartney, Chiara Biselli, Paolo Bagnaresi, Margaret Balcerzak, George Fedak, Zehong Yan, Giampiero Valè, Shahrokh Khanizadeh and Thérèse Ouellet

    Citation: BMC Genetics 2019 20:76

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    The original article was published in BMC Genetics 2019 20:47

  34. The Chinese grass shrimp, Palaemonetes sinensis, is an economically important freshwater shrimp in China, and the study of genetic diversity and structure can positively contribute to the exploration of germplasm...

    Authors: Yingying Zhao, Xiaochen Zhu, Zhi Li, Weibin Xu, Jing Dong, Hua Wei, Yingdong Li and Xiaodong Li

    Citation: BMC Genetics 2019 20:75

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  35. Rhodeus sinensis is a bitterling species occurring throughout the numerous freshwater systems on the East Asia. Here, we analyzed the diversity of the MHC class IIB (DAB) genes from this species, which may offer ...

    Authors: Hyung-Bae Jeon, Hari Won and Ho Young Suk

    Citation: BMC Genetics 2019 20:74

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  36. Arabian horses are commonly believed to be one of the oldest and the most popular horse breeds in the world, characterized by favourable stamina traits and exercise phenotypes. During intensive training, the r...

    Authors: Katarzyna Ropka-Molik, Monika Stefaniuk-Szmukier, Tomasz Szmatoła, Katarzyna Piórkowska and Monika Bugno-Poniewierska

    Citation: BMC Genetics 2019 20:73

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  37. Myogenic Differentiation 1 (MyoD) is a crucial master switch in regulating muscle-specific gene transcription. Forced expression of myoD is equipped to induce several cell lineages into myoblast, which then diffe...

    Authors: Suying Ding, Yaping Nie, Xumeng Zhang, Xiaohong Liu, Chen Wang, Renqiang Yuan, Keren Chen, Qi Zhu, Shufang Cai, Ying Fang, Yaosheng Chen and Delin Mo

    Citation: BMC Genetics 2019 20:72

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  38. Crossover localization during meiotic recombination is mediated by the fast-evolving zinc-finger (ZnF) domain of gene PRDM9. To study its impact on dairy cattle performance, we compared its genetic variation betw...

    Authors: Eyal Seroussi, Andrey Shirak, Moran Gershoni, Ephraim Ezra, Daniel Jordan de Abreu Santos, Li Ma and George E. Liu

    Citation: BMC Genetics 2019 20:71

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  39. Hu sheep, a unique Chinese breed with high reproductive performance, are also well known for their rare white lambskin in China. The quality of lambskin is affected by hair follicles, and dermal papilla cells ...

    Authors: Xiaoyang Lv, Wen Gao, Chengyan Jin, Lihong Wang, Yue Wang, Weihao Chen, Shuangxia Zou, Sainan Huang, Zhifeng Li, Jinyu Wang and Wei Sun

    Citation: BMC Genetics 2019 20:70

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  40. Our initial genome-wide association study (GWAS) identified 20 promising candidate genes for milk fatty acid (FA) traits in a Chinese Holstein population, including PRLR, MOGAT1, MINPP1 and CHUK genes. In this st...

    Authors: Lijun Shi, Lin Liu, Xiaoqing Lv, Zhu Ma, Yuze Yang, Yanhua Li, Feng Zhao, Dongxiao Sun and Bo Han

    Citation: BMC Genetics 2019 20:69

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  41. Yellow lupin (Lupinus luteus L.) is a promising grain legume for productive and sustainable crop rotations. It has the advantages of high tolerance to soil acidity and excellent seed quality, but its current yiel...

    Authors: Muhammad Munir Iqbal, Mark Huynh, Joshua A. Udall, Andrzej Kilian, Kedar N. Adhikari, Jens D. Berger, William Erskine and Matthew N. Nelson

    Citation: BMC Genetics 2019 20:68

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  42. Egg production is the most economically-important trait in layers as it directly influences benefits of the poultry industry. To better understand the genetic architecture of egg production, we measured traits...

    Authors: Zhuang Liu, Ning Yang, Yiyuan Yan, Guangqi Li, Aiqiao Liu, Guiqin Wu and Congjiao Sun

    Citation: BMC Genetics 2019 20:67

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  43. The Sapsaree is a breed of dog (Canis familiaris) native to Korea, which became perilously close to extinction in the mid-1980s. However, with systematic genetic conservation and restoration efforts, this breed w...

    Authors: Chandima Gajaweera, Ji Min Kang, Doo Ho Lee, Soo Hyun Lee, Yeong Kuk Kim, Hasini I. Wijayananda, Jong Joo Kim, Ji Hong Ha, Bong Hwan Choi and Seung Hwan Lee

    Citation: BMC Genetics 2019 20:66

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  44. Fruit set after successful pollination is key for the production of sweet cherries, and a low fruit-setting rate is the main problem in production of this crop. As gibberellin treatment can directly induce par...

    Authors: Binbin Wen, Wenliang Song, Mingyue Sun, Min Chen, Qin Mu, Xinhao Zhang, Qijie Wu, Xiude Chen, Dongsheng Gao and Hongyu Wu

    Citation: BMC Genetics 2019 20:65

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  45. Heading time is an important adaptive trait in durum wheat. In hexaploid wheat, Photoperiod-1 (Ppd) loci are essential regulators of heading time, with Ppd-B1 conferring photoperiod insensitivity through copy num...

    Authors: Tobias Würschum, Matthias Rapp, Thomas Miedaner, C. Friedrich H. Longin and Willmar L. Leiser

    Citation: BMC Genetics 2019 20:64

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  46. The tryptophan-arginine-lysine-tyrosine (WRKY) transcription factors play important roles in plants, allowing them to adapt to environmental conditions that are not normally conducive to plant growth; in parti...

    Authors: Yuan Guo, Wenjing Ping, Jingtang Chen, Liying Zhu, Yongfeng Zhao, Jinjie Guo and Yaqun Huang

    Citation: BMC Genetics 2019 20:63

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  47. Studies on genetic effects of coffee consumption are scarce for Asian populations. We conducted a genome-wide association study (GWAS) of habitual coffee consumption in Japan using a self-reporting online survey.

    Authors: Huijuan Jia, Shun Nogawa, Kaoru Kawafune, Tsuyoshi Hachiya, Shoko Takahashi, Maki Igarashi, Kenji Saito and Hisanori Kato

    Citation: BMC Genetics 2019 20:61

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  48. Auxins play an important role in plant growth and development; the auxins responsive gene; auxin/indole-3-acetic acid (Aux/IAA), small auxin-up RNAs (SAUR) and Gretchen Hagen3 (GH3) control their mechanisms. The

    Authors: Joy Nyangasi Kirungu, Richard Odongo Magwanga, Pu Lu, Xiaoyan Cai, Zhongli Zhou, Xingxing Wang, Renhai Peng, Kunbo Wang and Fang Liu

    Citation: BMC Genetics 2019 20:62

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  49. The ornamental crop Hydrangea macrophylla develops highly attractive lacecap (wild type) or mophead inflorescences. The mophead trait, which is mostly favored by consumers, is recessively inherited by the INFLORE...

    Authors: Conny Tränkner, Jörg Krüger, Stefan Wanke, Julia Naumann, Torsten Wenke and Frauke Engel

    Citation: BMC Genetics 2019 20:60

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