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Protocols in ecological and environmental plant physiology


Functional Plant Biology publishes new and significant information on the functional biology of plants at all scales from the molecular through whole plant to community. More

Editor-in-Chief: Sergey Shabala


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Published online 23 September 2016
Overexpression of ADP-glucose pyrophosphorylase in both leaf and seed tissue synergistically increase biomass and seed number in rice (Oryza sativa ssp. japonica) 
Alanna J. Oiestad, John M. Martin and Michael J. Giroux

Cereal yield is limited by the rate of starch biosynthesis and previous experiments have focussed on increasing starch in leaves or seeds. This study demonstrates that increasing leaf and seed starch simultaneously by using tissue specific overexpression of AGPase enhances yield more than with leaf or seed starch alone. Our results demonstrate that maximum yield in cereals are achievable with high level overexpression of rate-limiting enzymes in more than one tissue.

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Published online 14 September 2016
Hyperspectral imaging reveals the effect of sugar beet quantitative trait loci on Cercospora leaf spot resistance 
Marlene Leucker, Mirwaes Wahabzada, Kristian Kersting, Madlaina Peter, Werner Beyer, Ulrike Steiner, Anne-Katrin Mahlein and Erich-Christian Oerke

As crops are permanently threatened by pests and pathogens, breeding of resistant varieties is an important strategy to control these risks. During the breeding processes, an effective and reliable evaluation of promising candidates is necessary, but often difficult and laborious; therefore, a sensor-based method was used, revealing spatial and temporal differences in Cercospora leaf spot resistance of sugar beet lines with closely related genetic backgrounds. The method proved to be highly sensitive to quantitative differences in resistance and may improve resistance breeding.

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Published online 05 September 2016
Stress-induced changes in carbon allocation among metabolite pools influence isotope-based predictions of water use efficiency in Phaseolus vulgaris 
Erin Lockhart, Birgit Wild, Andreas Richter, Kevin Simonin and Andrew Merchant

Understanding how crops respond to environmental stress will expand our capacity to improve production. We explore the physiological and chemical responses of Phaseolus vulgaris L. to different stresses, identifying changes in the abundance of protective metabolites. We identify shifts in C allocation among metabolite pools and, through measuring compound-specific isotope abundance, identify the potential for changes in biochemical fractionation that may impact predictions of intrinsic water use efficiency. Our findings indicate biochemical traits that could help improve strategies to develop crops that can withstand adverse conditions.

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Published online 31 August 2016
Weak co-ordination between vein and stomatal densities in 105 angiosperm tree species along altitudinal gradients in Southwest China 
Wan-Li Zhao, Ya-Jun Chen, Timothy J. Brodribb and Kun-Fang Cao

Co-ordination between leaf vein and stomatal densities is required to achieve maximum photosynthetic yield. In this work we tested the generality of this co-ordination and found a weak correlation between vein and stomatal densities across 105 angiosperm tree species across altitudes from 800 to 2600 m in South-west China. This reveals decoupled adaptation in leaf venation and stomatal characteristics along a large altitudinal gradient.

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Published online 26 August 2016
Identification of an orthologous clade of peroxidases that respond to feeding by greenbugs (Schizaphis graminum) in C4 grasses 
Erin D. Scully, Teresa Donze-Reiner, Haichuan Wang, Thomas E. Eickhoff, Frederick Baxendale, Paul Twigg, Frank Kovacs, Tiffany Heng-Moss, Scott E. Sattler and Gautam Sarath

The greenbug can cause significant economic damage to several cultivated grasses. Peroxidases are a class of plant enzymes that have been associated with resistance to aphids. An equivalent region of genomes of three cultivated grasses contained evolutionarily-related peroxidase genes that were induced in response to greenbug herbivory, potentially linking this genomic hotspot to insect resistance.

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Published online 26 August 2016
Approaches to three-dimensional reconstruction of plant shoot topology and geometry 
Jonathon A. Gibbs, Michael Pound, Andrew P. French, Darren M. Wells, Erik Murchie and Tony Pridmore

The need for increased crop yields is becoming urgent as the amount of arable land available is reduced and environmental factors worsen, however, plant phenotyping has been identified as a key bottleneck in the process of improving crop yields. Here we review approaches to 3D shoot reconstruction to improve phenotyping using image-based methods. An automated system capable of producing three-dimensional (3D) models of plants would significantly aid phenotyping practice, increase accuracy and repeatability of measurements and potentially aid the process of improved crop yields.

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Published online 19 August 2016
Natural variation in primary root growth and K+ retention in roots of habanero pepper (Capsicum chinense) under salt stress 
Emanuel Bojórquez-Quintal, Nancy Ruiz-Lau, Ana Velarde-Buendía, Ileana Echevarría-Machado, Igor Pottosin and Manuel Martínez-Estévez

In this work, we demonstrated the natural variation in mechanisms for protection against salt stress in pepper varieties. NaCl-induced K+ and H+ efflux in roots was also studied by ion-selective microelectrodes under application of pharmacological agents. Pharmacological analysis indicated that the NaCl-induced K+ leakage was mediated by TEA+-sensitive KOR channels but not by NSCC channels and we present evidence for participation of proline, and HAK K+ transporter for maintaining K+ homeostasis under salt stress.

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Published online 19 August 2016
Comparison of full-length and conserved segments of wheat dehydrin DHN-5 overexpressed in Arabidopsis thaliana showed different responses to abiotic and biotic stress 
Marwa Drira, Moez Hanin, Khaled Masmoudi and Faiçal Brini

Dehydrin proteins play a key role in stress tolerance in plants. The aim of this work was to highlight the role of the different conserved domains of a wheat dehydrin (DHN-5) overexpressed in Arabidopsis transgenic plants. We showed that DHN-5 via its K-segments may play a role in the improvement of tolerance to abiotic and biotic stress. It remains to be seen the effect of the over-expressing of DHN-5 in the development of crops with multiple stress tolerances.

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Published online 19 August 2016
Potassium fluxes and reactive oxygen species production as potential indicators of salt tolerance in Cucumis sativus 
Mirvat Redwan, Francesco Spinelli, Lucia Marti, Matthias Weiland, Emily Palm, Elisa Azzarello and Stefano Mancuso

Salt stress has a high impact on crop yield, with current global annual losses being around US$27 billion. Among horticulture crops, cucumber (Cucumis sativus) is considered a moderately salt-sensitive species. Here, we report a study on two cultivars of cucumber with different tolerance to salt. The ability of roots to retain K and produce reactive O species is important for salt tolerance screening and plant breeding programmes.

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Published online 09 August 2016
Proteomic responses in shoots of the facultative halophyte Aeluropus littoralis (Poaceae) under NaCl salt stress 
Wassim Azri, Zouhaier Barhoumi, Farhat Chibani, Manel Borji, Mouna Bessrour and Ahmed Mliki

Very little is known about the adaptation mechanism of A. littoralis under saline conditions. In this study, we investigated salt tolerance mechanisms adopted by this halophyte. Proteomic analyses revealed that the reduction of proteins related to photosynthesis and induction of proteins involved in glycolysis activity and TCA cycle and energy metabolism could be the main mechanisms for salt tolerance in A. littoralis.

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Published online 08 August 2016
Salinity effects on chloroplast PSII performance in glycophytes and halophytes1 
William J. Percey, Andrew McMinn, Jayakumar Bose, Michael C. Breadmore, Rosanne M. Guijt and Sergey Shabala

This paper investigates effect of salinity stress and K+ nutrition on photosynthetic parameters of isolated chloroplasts and shows that chloroplasts’ ability to regulate ion transport across the envelope and thylakoid membranes play a critical role in leaf photosynthetic performance under salinity.

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Published online 05 August 2016
Micron-scale phenotyping quantification and three-dimensional microstructure reconstruction of vascular bundles within maize stalks based on micro-CT scanning 
Jianjun Du, Ying Zhang, Xinyu Guo, Liming Ma, Meng Shao, Xiaodi Pan and Chunjiang Zhao

Micro-scale phenotyping analysis of vascular bundles is valuable for phenotypic identification of germplasm resources. We developed a sample preparation protocol for micro-CT imaging of corn stalks, and designed an automatic image processing pipeline for phenotyping analysis of vascular bundles. These methods have potential to improve the throughput and quality of micro-scale phenotypic traits, and are expected to be useful in genetic and physiological studies to discover links between stalk anatomy and functions such as water transportation efficiency, mechanical properties.

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Published online 04 August 2016
Pot size matters revisited: does container size affect the response to elevated CO2 and our ability to detect genotypic variability in this response in wheat? 
Maryse Bourgault, Andrew T. James and M. Fernanda Dreccer

The next step in wheat climate change adaptation research is to evaluate responses of individual cultivars to elevated CO2. This will require the evaluation of large numbers of genotypes, and for practical reasons, preliminary studies are most likely to be conducted in controlled environments with container-grown plants. However, this might create problems or reduce the ability to detecting true cultivar responses.

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Published online 03 August 2016
Co-ordinated performance of leaf hydraulics and economics in 10 Chinese temperate tree species 
Ying Jin, Chuankuan Wang, Zhenghu Zhou and Zhimin Li

Leaf trait correlations are important for understanding carbon–water–nutrient couplings in plant functional biology. We investigated leaf hydraulics and economic traits for 10 Chinese temperate tree species, and found a tight co-ordination between these two suits of traits. This co-ordinated performance plays an important role in determining plant ecological strategies and supports the ‘fast–slow’ leaf economics spectrum.

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Published online 01 August 2016
Protection by light against heat stress in leaves of tropical crassulacean acid metabolism plants containing high acid levels 
G. Heinrich Krause, Klaus Winter, Barbara Krause and Aurelio Virgo

Plants exhibiting crassulacean acid metabolism are highly heat sensitive in the dark when malic acid has accumulated in cell vacuoles overnight. The present investigation on Clusia and Agave shows that light effectively eliminates the increased heat sensitivity seen at high acid levels. It is concluded that in the dark, heat-induced efflux of malic acid from vacuoles causes damage to leaf tissue, particularly to chloroplasts, whereas under illumination, damage is avoided by turnover of the acid during photosynthetic metabolism.

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Published online 29 July 2016
Molecular cloning and functional characterisation of the tomato E3 ubiquitin ligase SlBAH1 gene 
Shu-Mei Zhou, Sai-Han Wang, Chao Lin, Yun-Zhi Song, Xin-Xin Zheng, Feng-Ming Song and Chang-Xiang Zhu

In this study we isolated the SlBAH1 gene from tomato. SlBAH1 possesses E3 ubiquitin ligase enzyme activity. SlBAH1 was localised in the nucleus, cytoplasm and plasma membrane. SlBAH1-silencing enhanced resistance to Botrytis cinerea.

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Published online 07 July 2016
Genetic variation in Fe toxicity tolerance is associated with the regulation of translocation and chelation of iron along with antioxidant defence in shoots of rice 
Ahmad Humayan Kabir, Most Champa Begum, Ariful Haque, Ruhul Amin, A. M. Swaraz, Syed Ali Haider, Nishit Kumar Paul and Mohammad Monzur Hossain

Iron toxicity is harmful to plants. The aim of this study was to characterise the mechanisms underlying differential Fe-toxicity tolerance in wheat. From our results we propose that Fe-toxicity tolerance in wheat is shoot based and is mainly associated with the regulation of translocation and chelation of Fe together with increased antioxidant defence in shoots.

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Published online 04 July 2016
Phenotyping oilseed rape growth-related traits and their responses to water deficit: the disturbing pot size effect 
Anaëlle Dambreville, Mélanie Griolet, Gaëlle Rolland, Myriam Dauzat, Alexis Bédiée, Crispulo Balsera, Bertrand Muller, Denis Vile and Christine Granier

Plant phenotyping platforms allow high-throughput experiments, and facilitate the study of plant growth to precisely monitored watering conditions. This study describes the disturbing effect of pot size on oilseed rape responses to water deficit. Our results raise the awareness of the need to carefully consider the pot size when designing protocols of high-throughput phenotyping experiments.

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Volume 43 Number 10 2016

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Water deficit stress tolerance in chickpea is mediated by the contribution of integrative defence systems in different tissues of the plant 
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Davinder Kaur , Satvir K. Grewal , Jagmeet Kaur , Sarvjeet Singh and Inderjit Singh
pp. 903-918

Water deficit stress is a major constraint to chickpea yield and there is need to identify the physiological and biochemical indices of drought tolerance. Water deficit stress tolerance in chickpea is mediated by antioxidative defence mechanisms in different underground (roots and nodules) and aboveground (leaves, pod walls and seeds) tissues. The study can be used for enhancing the sustainability of agricultural practices in low-moisture soils.


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Truncation of grain filling in wheat (Triticum aestivum) triggered by brief heat stress during early grain filling: association with senescence responses and reductions in stem reserves 
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Hamid Shirdelmoghanloo , Daniel Cozzolino , Iman Lohraseb and Nicholas C. Collins
pp. 919-930

Short heat waves during grain filling significantly reduce grain size and consequently yield in wheat. Heat caused grain filling in intolerant varieties to be cut short rather than slowed, pointing to premature senescence in the grain as the determinant of grain weight losses under heat, rather than reduced sugar supply to the grain caused by rapid loss of leaf greenness. Efforts to improve the heat stability of grain size could therefore focus on preventing heat-triggered senescence in the grain.

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Different photosynthetic acclimation mechanisms are activated under waterlogging in two contrasting Lolium perenne genotypes 
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Barbara Jurczyk , Ewa Pociecha , Janusz Kościelniak and Marcin Rapacz
pp. 931-938

Increased precipitation during warmer winters may lead to low-temperature waterlogging. The aim of the study was to evaluate the effects of cold waterlogging on photosynthesis: it was shown that different photosynthetic acclimation systems are activated. The results indicate that the predicted climatic changes may modify cold acclimation process in plants.


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Effects of exogenous nitric oxide on growth, proline accumulation and antioxidant capacity in Cakile maritima seedlings subjected to water deficit stress 
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Asma Jday , Kilani Ben Rejeb , Ines Slama , Kaouthar Saadallah , Marianne Bordenave , Séverine Planchais , Arnould Savouré and Chedly Abdelly
pp. 939-948

Nitric oxide (NO) is an endogenous signaling molecule mediating plant responses to environmental constraints. The effect of exogenous NO was investigated in Cakile maritima seedlings under water deficit stress, using sodium nitroprusside as NO donor. NO supply mitigated the impact of water deficit stress on C. maritima by the stimulation of proline biosynthesis and the reduction of oxidative damage.


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Stress tolerance mechanisms in Juncus: responses to salinity and drought in three Juncus species adapted to different natural environments 
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Mohamad Al Hassan , María del Pilar López-Gresa , Monica Boscaiu and Oscar Vicente
pp. 949-960

Responses to salinity and drought were analysed in three rush species with different degrees of salt tolerance. The most tolerant species – sea rush and spiny rush – were more efficient in inhibition of the transport of toxic ions to the aerial part of the plants, activate potassium transport at high external salt concentrations, and accumulated much higher levels of proline as an osmoprotectant. These findings contribute to elucidate relevant stress tolerance mechanisms in Juncus species.

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Do wheat breeders have suitable genetic variation to overcome short coleoptiles and poor establishment in the warmer soils of future climates? 
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Greg J. Rebetzke , Bangyou Zheng and Scott C. Chapman
pp. 961-972

The effects of high temperature on reproductive growth have been a focus in climate change research. However, concomitant increases in air and soil temperatures will substantially reduce coleoptile elongation, limiting wheat establishment, particularly when wheat is sown early into deeper soil moisture. Improved management, together with selection of new and existing alleles for greater coleoptile length, will be required to avoid crop establishment failures in future climates.

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Early interconnectivity between metabolic and defense events against oxidative stress induced by cadmium in roots of four citrus rootstocks 
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Griselda Podazza , Marta Arias and Fernando E. Prado
pp. 973-985

Cadmium (Cd) is the main heavy metal that limits plant productivity worldwide. Antioxidant mechanisms of the four citrus rootstocks exposed to environmentally-realistic concentrations of Cd were characterised. We found that roots differ in the ability to cope Cd-induced oxidative stress through differences in metabolic and antioxidant events involving carbohydrates, soluble and polymerised phenolics, lipid peroxidation and reactive oxygen species accumulation. We propose a hypothetical model to explain differences observed in this study.


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Establishing the temperature dependency of vegetative and reproductive growth processes and their threshold temperatures of vineyard-grown Vitis vinifera cv. Semillon vines across the growing season 
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Dennis H. Greer and Mark M. Weedon
pp. 986-1001

Vegetative and reproductive growth of many plant species is detrimentally affected by high temperatures, but it is not known just how high the temperatures have to be to cause damage. In this work, a hydrocooling system was used to control grapevine canopy temperatures at set points. The results showed many processes such as dry matter accumulation were optimal at 30°C, therefore, where some depreciation was evident suggested a threshold temperature was 35°C and exposure to 40°C was distinctly detrimental.


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These articles have been peer reviewed and accepted for publication. They are still in production and have not been edited, so may differ from the final published form.

    FP16242  Accepted 23 September 2016
    Rapid changes in root HvPIP2;2 aquaporins abundance and ABA concentration are required to enhance root hydraulic conductivity and maintain leaf water potential in response to increased evaporative demand
    Dmitry Veselov, Guzel Sharipova, Stanislav Veselov, Ian Dodd, Igor Ivanov, Guzel Kudoyarova

    FP16263  Accepted 17 September 2016
    Assessing suitability of various screening methods as a proxy for drought tolerance in barley
    Md. Hasanuzzaman, Lana Shabala, Timothy Brodribb, Meixue Zhou, Sergey Shabala

    FP16154  Accepted 16 September 2016
    Genotypic Variation in Soil Water Use and Root Distribution and their Implications for Drought Tolerance in Chickpea
    Ramamoorthy Purushothaman, L Krishnamurthy, Hari Upadhyaya, Vincent Vadez, Rajeev Varshney

    FP16082  Accepted 13 September 2016
    Effects of drought stress on morphological, physiological and biochemical characteristics of wheat species differing in ploidy level
    Jianyong WANG, Neil Turner, Ying Liu, Kadambot Siddique, You Xiong

    FP16184  Accepted 08 September 2016
    A pump/leak model of growth The biophysics of cell elongation in higher plants revisited
    Lars Wegner

    FP16180  Accepted 06 September 2016
    The seed-borne transmitted Southern bean mosaic virus hinders the early events of nodulation and growth of Rhizobium-inoculated Phaseolus vulgaris L.
    Mariadaniela Lopez, Nacira Muñoz, Hernan Lascano, María Luisa Izaguirre-Mayoral

    FP16172  Accepted 05 September 2016
    Moderate to severe water limitation differentially affects the phenome and ionome of Arabidopsis.
    Lucia Acosta-Gamboa, Suxing Liu, Erin Langley, Zachary Campbell, Norma Castro-Guerrero, David Mendoza-Cozatl, Argelia Lorence

    FP16165  Accepted 05 September 2016
    The ETH Field Phenotyping Platform FIP - A Cable-Suspended Multi-Sensor System
    Norbert Kirchgessner, Frank Liebisch, Kang Yu, Johannes Pfeifer, Michael Friedli, Andreas Hund, Achim Walter

    FP16128  Accepted 02 September 2016
    GrowScreen-PaGe, a non-invasive, high-throughput phenotyping system based on germination paper to quantify crop phenotypic diversity and plasticity of root traits under varying nutrient supply
    Tania Gioia, Anna Galinski, Henning Lenz, Carmen Müller, Jonas Lentz, Kathrin Heinz, Christoph Briese, Alexander Putz, Fabio Fiorani, Michelle Watt, Ulrich Schurr, Kerstin Nagel

    FP16163  Accepted 02 September 2016
    Field Scanalyser: an automated robotic field phenotyping platform for detailed crop monitoring
    Nicolas Virlet, Kasra Sabermanesh, Pouria Sadeghi-Tehran, Malcolm Hawkesford

    FP16210  Accepted 31 August 2016
    Use of infrared thermography for monitoring Crassulacean Acid Metabolism
    Bronwyn Barkla, Timothy Rhodes

    FP15289  Accepted 25 August 2016
    Al-inhibited NO3- uptake is related to Al-increased H2O2 content and Al-decreased phosphorylation of plasma membrane ATPase as well as its activity in root tips of Al-sensitive black soybean
    Dan Yang, Dongjie Chen, Ping Wang, Daihua Jiang, Huini Xu, Xiaolu Pang, Limei Chen, Yongxiong Yu, Kunzhi Li

    FP16217  Accepted 23 August 2016
    Comparative performance of spectral and thermographic properties of plants and physiological traits for phenotyping salinity tolerance of wheat cultivars under simulated field conditions
    Yuncai Hu, Harald Hackl, Urs Schmidhalter

    FP16187  Accepted 20 August 2016
    Tissue tolerance: an essential but elusive trait for salt-tolerant crops
    Rana Munns, Richard James, Matthew Gilliham, Tim Flowers, Tim Colmer

    FP16138  Accepted 17 August 2016
    Responses of woody cerrado species to rising atmospheric CO2 concentration and water stress: gains and losses
    João Paulo Souza, Nayara Magry Melo, Eduardo Pereira, Alessandro Halfeld, Ingrid Gomes, Carlos Henrique Prado

    FP16045  Accepted 10 August 2016
    Leaf trichomes and foliar chemistry mediate defence against glasshouse thrips; Heliothrips haemorrhoidalis (Bouché) in Rhododendron simsii.
    Alison Scott-Brown, Tom Gregory, Iain Farrell, Philip Stevenson

    FP16150  Accepted 02 August 2016
    Adaptation to and recovery from drought stress at vegetative stages in wheat (Triticum aestivum L.) cultivars
    Muhammad Abid, Zhongwei Tian, Syed Tahir Ata-Ul-Karim, Feng Wang, Yang Liu, Rizwan Zahoor, Dong Jiang, Tingbo Dai


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1. Published 11 January 2016
Root-to-shoot signalling: integration of diverse molecules, pathways and functions

Sergey Shabala, Rosemary G. White, Michael A. Djordjevic, Yong-Ling Ruan and Ulrike Mathesius

2. Published 15 September 2015
Genetic approaches to enhancing nitrogen-use efficiency (NUE) in cereals: challenges and future directions

Trevor Garnett, Darren Plett, Sigrid Heuer and Mamoru Okamoto

3. Published 11 January 2016
Shoot–root carbon allocation, sugar signalling and their coupling with nitrogen uptake and assimilation

Lu Wang and Yong-Ling Ruan

4. Published 8 March 2016
Dynamic responses of photosynthesis and the antioxidant system during a drought and rehydration cycle in peanut plants

Ana Furlan, Eliana Bianucci, María del Carmen Tordable, Aleysia Kleinert, Alexander Valentine and Stella Castro

5. Published 15 September 2015
The significance of image compression in plant phenotyping applications

Massimo Minervini, Hanno Scharr and Sotirios A. Tsaftaris

6. Published 13 April 2016
Temperature response of CO2 exchange in three tropical tree species

Martijn Slot, Milton N. Garcia and Klaus Winter

7. Published 8 March 2016
Chlorophyll fluorescence parameters allow the rapid detection and differentiation of plant responses in three different wheat pathosystems

Olubukola O. Ajigboye, Louise Bousquet, Erik H. Murchie and Rumiana V. Ray

8. Published 10 December 2015
Signalling via glutamate and GLRs in Arabidopsis thaliana

Matthias Weiland, Stefano Mancuso and Frantisek Baluska

9. Published 15 September 2015
Genetic diversity for root plasticity and nitrogen uptake in wheat seedlings

Vanessa J. Melino, Gabriele Fiene, Akiko Enju, Jinhai Cai, Peter Buchner and Sigrid Heuer

10. Published 10 December 2015
Physiological trade-offs of stomatal closure under high evaporative gradients in field grown soybean

Viviana Medina and Matthew E. Gilbert

11. Published 10 December 2015
Root biomass in the upper layer of the soil profile is related to the stomatal response of wheat as the soil dries

Renu Saradadevi, Helen Bramley, Jairo A. Palta, Everard Edwards and Kadambot H. M. Siddique

12. Published 15 September 2015
Cellular pathways of source leaf phloem loading and phloem unloading in developing stems of Sorghum bicolor in relation to stem sucrose storage

Ricky J. Milne, Christina E. Offler, John W. Patrick and Christopher P. L. Grof

13. Published 11 January 2016
Wheats developed for high yield on stored soil moisture have deep vigorous root systems

Sarah M. Rich, Anton P. Wasson, Richard A. Richards, Trushna Katore, Renu Prashar, Ritika Chowdhary, D. C. Saxena, H. M. Mamrutha, Alec Zwart, S. C. Misra, S. V. Sai Prasad, R. Chatrath, Jack Christopher and Michelle Watt

14. Published 11 January 2016
Root responses of triticale and soybean to soil compaction in the field are reproducible under controlled conditions

Tino Colombi and Achim Walter

15. Published 23 November 2015
Of growing importance: combining greater early vigour and transpiration efficiency for wheat in variable rainfed environments

P. B. Wilson, G. J. Rebetzke and A. G. Condon

16. Published 11 January 2016
Evolutionary divergences in root system morphology, allocation, and nitrogen uptake in species from high- versus low-fertility soils

Alan W. Bowsher, Benjamin J. Miller and Lisa A. Donovan

17. Published 11 January 2016
Salt-stress induced alterations in the root lipidome of two barley genotypes with contrasting responses to salinity

Siria H. A. Natera, Camilla B. Hill, Thusitha W. T. Rupasinghe and Ute Roessner

18. Published 13 October 2015
Lipoxygenase 2 functions in exogenous nitric oxide-induced stomatal closure in Arabidopsis thaliana

Yanfeng Sun, Dong Lv, Wei Wang, Wei Xu, Li Wang, Chen Miao and Hong-Hui Lin

19. Published 13 October 2015
Physiological characterisation and fine mapping of a salt-tolerant mutant in rice (Oryza sativa)

Ping Deng, Dan Jiang, Yanmin Dong, Xingyu Shi, Wen Jing and Wenhua Zhang

20. Published 15 September 2015
Re-analysis of plant CO2 responses during the exponential growth phase: interactions with light, temperature, nutrients and water availability

Miko U. F. Kirschbaum and Suzanne M. Lambie

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