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DNA Microarray and Gene Ontology Enrichment Analysis Reveals That a Mutation in opsX Affects Virulence and Chemotaxis in Xanthomonas oryzae pv. oryzae

Xanthomonas oryzae pv. oryzae (Xoo) causes bacterial leaf blight (BLB) in rice (Oryza sativa L.). In this study, we investigated the effect of a mutation in opsX (XOO1056),

MicroRNA Signatures of Drought Signaling in Rice Root.

Drought stress is one of the most important abiotic stresses and the main constraint to rice agriculture.

OVATE Family Protein 8 Positively Mediates Brassinosteroid Signaling through Interacting with the GSK3-like Kinase in Rice.

OVATE gene was first identified as a key regulator of fruit shape in tomato. OVATE family proteins (OFPs) are characterized as plant-specific transcription factors and conserved in Arabidopsis, tomato, and rice.

A class II KNOX gene, KNOX4, controls seed physical dormancy

Physical dormancy, often called hardseededness, exists widely in higher plants. This adaptive trait allows plants to maintain a seed bank in soil, and thus survive unfavorable environmental conditions.

Cassava (Manihot esculenta) transcriptome analysis in response to infection by the fungus Colletotrichum gloeosporioides using an oligonucleotide-DNA microarray.

Cassava anthracnose disease (CAD), caused by the fungus Colletotrichum gloeosporioides f. sp. Manihotis, is a serious disease of cassava (Manihot esculenta) worldwide.

Isolation and evaluation of endophytic Streptomyces endus OsiSh-2 with potential application for biocontrol of rice blast disease.

Biocontrol is a promising strategy in the control of rice blast disease. In this study, we isolated and characterized a novel antagonist to the pathogen Magnaporthe oryzae from rice endophytic actinomycetes.

What’s your beef? Why it might be time give livestock a break

Cows are regularly portrayed as evil: four-legged, four-stomached, greenhouse gas machines chomping through forests and destroying the planet.

Scientists Find Animal Hormone Melatonin is Involved in Plant Stress Tolerance

Melatonin, a well known hormone that promotes sleep in humans and animals, is also involved in stress tolerance in plants, according to a recently published study.

New Report Says Bioenergy Can Support Food Security

An international team of experts from 10 institutions has released Reconciling Food Security and Bioenergy: Priorities for Action, a report that says energy and food security can be simultaneously improved through well-designed biofuel and bioenergy development programs.

Water4Crops – reuse of treated wastewater delivers higher crop yields

The safe reuse of wastewater for agricultural purposes is showing higher crop yields and reducing the amount of pollutants in wastewater by 30-92%.

Photoreceptor effects on plant biomass, resource allocation, and metabolic state

This study highlights an important role for the phytochrome light receptors in synchronizing carbon resource allocation to daytime growth. We establish that phytochromes are major environmental drivers of plant biomass production and regulate the transition between growth-intensive and stress-resilient states.

Draft genome of the peanut A-genome progenitor (Arachis duranensis) provides insights into geocarpy, oil biosynthesis, and allergens

Peanut or groundnut (Arachis hypogaea L.), a legume of South American origin, has high seed oil content (45–56%) and is a staple crop in semiarid tropical and subtropical regions, partially because of drought tolerance conferred by its geocarpic reproductive strategy.

New Plant Engineering Method to Help Mass Production of Malaria Drug

A new research reports that a novel and inexpensive technique for producing artemisinin, the main ingredient in the most effective treatment for malaria, could help meet global demands for the drug. Artemisinin is produced in low yields by the herb known as sweet wormwood, Artemisia annua.

G20 Ministers: Innovation in Agriculture the Key to Ending Extreme Hunger

Agriculture ministers from the world's 20 major economies convened in Xi'an, China on June 3, 2016 for the 2016 G20 Agriculture Ministers Meeting to discuss global agricultural development and cooperation.

A fragment substitution in the promoter of CsHDZIV11/CsGL3 is responsible for fruit spine density in cucumber (Cucumis sativus L.)

The indel in the promoter of CsHDZIV11 co-segregates with fruit spine density and could be used for molecular breeding in cucumber.

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  What’s your beef? Why it might be time give livestock a break

Cows are regularly portrayed as evil: four-legged, four-stomached, greenhouse gas machines chomping through forests and destroying the planet.

Scientists Find Animal Hormone Melatonin is Involved in Plant Stress Tolerance
New Report Says Bioenergy Can Support Food Security
Water4Crops – reuse of treated wastewater delivers higher crop yields
 
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  A fragment substitution in the promoter of CsHDZIV11/CsGL3 is responsible for fruit spine density in cucumber (Cucumis sativus L.)

The indel in the promoter of CsHDZIV11 co-segregates with fruit spine density and could be used for molecular breeding in cucumber.

Map-based cloning, identification and characterization of the w gene controlling white immature fruit color in cucumber (Cucumis sativus L.)
Reduced cell death and improved cell membrane integrity in rice under salinity by root associated bacteria
Photosynthetic metabolism and growth of pineapple (Ananas comosus L. Merr.) cultivated ex vitro
 
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  DNA Microarray and Gene Ontology Enrichment Analysis Reveals That a Mutation in opsX Affects Virulence and Chemotaxis in Xanthomonas oryzae pv. oryzae

Xanthomonas oryzae pv. oryzae (Xoo) causes bacterial leaf blight (BLB) in rice (Oryza sativa L.). In this study, we investigated the effect of a mutation in opsX (XOO1056),

MicroRNA Signatures of Drought Signaling in Rice Root.
OVATE Family Protein 8 Positively Mediates Brassinosteroid Signaling through Interacting with the GSK3-like Kinase in Rice.
A class II KNOX gene, KNOX4, controls seed physical dormancy
 
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