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  1. Content type: Original article

    Rice blast is one of the most damaging disease of rice. The use of resistant cultivars is the only practical way to control the disease in developing countries where most farmers cannot afford fungicides. Howe...

    Authors: Louis-Marie Raboin, Elsa Ballini, Didier Tharreau, Alain Ramanantsoanirina, Julien Frouin, Brigitte Courtois and Nourollah Ahmadi

    Citation: Rice 2016 9:59

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    After its domestication, rice cultivation expanded from tropical regions towards northern latitudes with temperate climate in a progressive process to overcome limiting photoperiod and temperature conditions. ...

    Authors: Juan L. Reig-Valiente, Juan Viruel, Ester Sales, Luis Marqués, Javier Terol, Marta Gut, Sophia Derdak, Manuel Talón and Concha Domingo

    Citation: Rice 2016 9:58

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  3. Content type: Original article

    Chloroplast genome variations have been detected, despite its overall conserved structure, which has been valuable for plant population genetics and evolutionary studies. Here, we described chloroplast variati...

    Authors: Wei Tong, Tae-Sung Kim and Yong-Jin Park

    Citation: Rice 2016 9:57

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  4. Content type: Original article

    Understanding population structure of the wild progenitor of Asian cultivated rice (O. sativa), the Oryza rufipogon species complex (ORSC), is of interest to plant breeders and contributes to our understanding of...

    Authors: HyunJung Kim, Janelle Jung, Namrata Singh, Anthony Greenberg, Jeff J. Doyle, Wricha Tyagi, Jong-Wook Chung, Jennifer Kimball, Ruaraidh Sackville Hamilton and Susan R. McCouch

    Citation: Rice 2016 9:56

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    The Erratum to this article has been published in Rice 2017 10:17

  5. Content type: Original article

    The development of hybrid rice is a practical approach for increasing rice production. However, the brown planthopper (BPH), Nilaparvata lugens Stål, causes severe yield loss of rice (Oryza sativa L.) and can thr...

    Authors: Hongbo Wang, Shengtuo Ye and Tongmin Mou

    Citation: Rice 2016 9:53

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  6. Content type: Original article

    Salinity is one of the many abiotic stresses limiting rice production worldwide. Several studies were conducted to identify quantitative trait loci (QTLs) for traits associated to salinity tolerance. However, ...

    Authors: Teresa B. De Leon, Steven Linscombe and Prasanta K. Subudhi

    Citation: Rice 2016 9:52

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  7. Content type: Short communication

    Rice is the only crop that germinates and elongates the coleoptile under complete submergence. It has been shown that alcohol dehydrogenase 1 (ADH1)-deficient mutant of rice with reduced alcohol dehydrogenase act...

    Authors: Bijayalaxmi Mohanty, Hirokazu Takahashi, Benildo G. de los Reyes, Edward Wijaya, Mikio Nakazono and Dong-Yup Lee

    Citation: Rice 2016 9:51

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  8. Content type: Original article

    Information on the effect of stress on the allele-specific expression (ASE) profile of rice hybrids is limited. More so, the association of allelically imbalanced genes to important traits is yet to be underst...

    Authors: Nelzo C. Ereful, Li-Yu Liu, Eric Tsai, Shu-Min Kao, Shalabh Dixit, Ramil Mauleon, Katrina Malabanan, Michael Thomson, Antonio Laurena, David Lee, Ian Mackay, Andy Greenland, Wayne Powell and Hei Leung

    Citation: Rice 2016 9:50

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  9. Content type: Review

    Zinc (Zn) is one of the most essential micronutrients required for the growth and development of human beings. More than one billion people, particularly children and pregnant women suffer from Zn deficiency r...

    Authors: B. P. Mallikarjuna Swamy, Mohammad Akhlasur Rahman, Mary Ann Inabangan-Asilo, Amery Amparado, Christine Manito, Prabhjit Chadha-Mohanty, Russell Reinke and Inez H. Slamet-Loedin

    Citation: Rice 2016 9:49

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  10. Content type: Original article

    Grain appearance quality is a main determinant of market value in rice and one of the highly important traits requiring improvement in breeding programs. The genetic basis of grain shape and endosperm chalkine...

    Authors: Likai Chen, Weiwei Gao, Siping Chen, Liping Wang, Jiyong Zou, Yongzhu Liu, Hui Wang, Zhiqiang Chen and Tao Guo

    Citation: Rice 2016 9:48

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  11. Content type: Original article

    Rice blast (causative pathogen Magnaporthe oryzae) represents a major biotic constraint over rice production. While numerous genes for resistance have been found in both japonica and indica germplasm, as yet the ...

    Authors: Zhijian Liang, Ling Wang and Qinghua Pan

    Citation: Rice 2016 9:47

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  12. Content type: Original article

    The Class III homeodomain Leu zipper (HD-Zip III) gene family plays important roles in plant growth and development. Here, we analyze the function of OsHox32, an HD-Zip III family member, and show that it exhibit...

    Authors: Ying-ying Li, Ao Shen, Wei Xiong, Qiong-lin Sun, Qian Luo, Ting Song, Zheng-long Li and Wei-jiang Luan

    Citation: Rice 2016 9:46

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  13. Content type: Original article

    Bakanae or foot rot disease caused by Fusarium fujikuroi [teleomorph: Gibberella fujikuroi (Sawada) Ito] is emerging as a serious disease in rice. The disease causes both quantitative and qualitative losses to th...

    Authors: R. Abdul Fiyaz, Ashutosh K. Yadav, S. Gopala Krishnan, Ranjith K. Ellur, Bishnu M. Bashyal, Nitasha Grover, Prolay K. Bhowmick, M. Nagarajan, K. K. Vinod, Nagendra K. Singh, Kumble V. Prabhu and Ashok K. Singh

    Citation: Rice 2016 9:45

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  14. Content type: Original article

    Breeding of rice cultivars with long-lasting resistance to the rice blast fungus Magnaporthe oryzae is difficult, and identification of new resistance genes is essential. Most of the loci associated with blast re...

    Authors: Dan Zhu, Houxiang Kang, Zhiqiang Li, Minghao Liu, Xiaoli Zhu, Yue Wang, Dan Wang, Zhilong Wang, Wende Liu and Guo-Liang Wang

    Citation: Rice 2016 9:44

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  15. Content type: Original article

    Reproductive isolation between rice of different ploidy levels is manifested as endosperm and embryo abortion in seeds produced by interploidy crosses. Genomic imprinting is considered to be the underlying mec...

    Authors: Hong-yu Zhang, Ming Luo, Susan D. Johnson, Xiao-wei Zhu, Lei Liu, Fang Huang, Yu-tong Liu, Pei-zhou Xu and Xian-jun Wu

    Citation: Rice 2016 9:43

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  16. Content type: Original article

    An ideal appearance is of commercial value for rice varieties. Chalkiness is one of the most important appearance quality indicators. Therefore, clarification of the heredity of chalkiness and its molecular me...

    Authors: Yang Gao, Chaolei Liu, Yuanyuan Li, Anpeng Zhang, Guojun Dong, Lihong Xie, Bin Zhang, Banpu Ruan, Kai Hong, Dawei Xue, Dali Zeng, Longbiao Guo, Qian Qian and Zhenyu Gao

    Citation: Rice 2016 9:41

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  17. Content type: Original article

    Protein kinases catalyze the transfer of a phosphate moiety from a phosphate donor to the substrate molecule, thus playing critical roles in cell signaling and metabolism. Although plant genomes contain more t...

    Authors: Anil Kumar Nalini Chandran, Yo-Han Yoo, Peijian Cao, Rita Sharma, Manoj Sharma, Christopher Dardick, Pamela C Ronald and Ki-Hong Jung

    Citation: Rice 2016 9:40

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  18. Content type: Review

    Iron (Fe) is essential for rice growth and humans consuming as their staple food but is often deficient because of insoluble Fe(III) in soil for rice growth and limited assimilation for human bodies, while cad...

    Authors: Lei Gao, Jiadong Chang, Ruijie Chen, Hubo Li, Hongfei Lu, Longxing Tao and Jie Xiong

    Citation: Rice 2016 9:39

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  19. Content type: Original article

    Rice plant growth is comprised of distinct phases, such as vegetative, reproductive, grain filling and maturity phases. In these phases synthesis and availability of primary and secondary metabolites including...

    Authors: Vidya R. Hinge, Hemant B. Patil and Altafhusain B. Nadaf

    Citation: Rice 2016 9:38

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  20. Content type: Original article

    Rice leaves are important energy source for the whole plant. An optimal structure will be beneficial for rice leaves to capture light energy and exchange gas, thus increasing the yield of rice. Moderate leaf r...

    Authors: Shuai-Qi Yang, Wen-Qiang Li, Hai Miao, Peng-Fei Gan, Lei Qiao, Yan-Li Chang, Chun-Hai Shi and Kun-Ming Chen

    Citation: Rice 2016 9:37

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  21. Content type: Original article

    Aerobic rice fields are frequently infested by pathogenic oomycetes (Pythium spp.) and the rice root-knot nematode Meloidogyne graminicola. Here, the interaction between Pythium arrhenomanes and Meloidogyne grami...

    Authors: R. E. M. Verbeek, C. G. B. Banaay, M. Sikder, D. De Waele, C. M. Vera Cruz, G. Gheysen, M. Höfte and Tina Kyndt

    Citation: Rice 2016 9:36

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  22. Content type: Original article

    Grain size is an important trait that affects rice yield. Although many genes that contribute to grain size have been cloned from mutants or by quantitative trait locus (QTL) analysis based on bi-parental mapp...

    Authors: Shuhei Segami, Tatsuya Yamamoto, Katsuyuki Oki, Tomonori Noda, Hiroyuki Kanamori, Harumi Sasaki, Satomi Mori, Motoyuki Ashikari, Hidemi Kitano, Yuichi Katayose, Yukimoto Iwasaki and Kotaro Miura

    Citation: Rice 2016 9:34

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  23. Content type: Review

    The map-based genome sequence of the japonica rice cultivar Nipponbare remains to date as the only monocot genome that has been sequenced to a high-quality level. It has become the reference sequence for understa...

    Authors: Takashi Matsumoto, Jianzhong Wu, Takeshi Itoh, Hisataka Numa, Baltazar Antonio and Takuji Sasaki

    Citation: Rice 2016 9:33

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  24. Content type: Short communication

    Quantitative reverse transcription PCR (qRT-PCR) has been routinely used to quantify gene expression level. This technique determines the expression of a target gene by comparison to an internal control gene u...

    Authors: Isaiah M. Pabuayon, Naoki Yamamoto, Jennylyn L. Trinidad, Toshisangba Longkumer, Manish L. Raorane and Ajay Kohli

    Citation: Rice 2016 9:32

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  25. Content type: Original article

    Lodging in rice production often limits grain yield and quality by breaking or bending stems. Excessive nitrogen (N) fertilizer rates are the cause of poor lodging resistance in rice, but little is known about...

    Authors: Wujun Zhang, Longmei Wu, Xiaoran Wu, Yanfeng Ding, Ganghua Li, Jingyong Li, Fei Weng, Zhenghui Liu, She Tang, Chengqiang Ding and Shaohua Wang

    Citation: Rice 2016 9:31

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    The Erratum to this article has been published in Rice 2016 9:35

  26. Content type: Original article

    Panicle architectural traits in rice (branching, rachis length, spikelet number) are established between panicle initiation and heading stages. They vary among genotypes and are prone to Genotype x Environment...

    Authors: Dewi Erika Adriani, Michael Dingkuhn, Audrey Dardou, Hélène Adam, Delphine Luquet and Tanguy Lafarge

    Citation: Rice 2016 9:28

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  27. Content type: Original article

    Brown planthopper (BPH) is the most destructive insect in rice production. Breeding of resistant cultivars is the most cost-effective and environment-friendly strategy for BPH management; however, resistant cu...

    Authors: Yanling Liu, Liangming Chen, Yuqiang Liu, Huimin Dai, Jun He, Haiyan Kang, Gen Pan, Jie Huang, Zeyu Qiu, Qi Wang, Jinlong Hu, Linglong Liu, Yezhi Chen, Xianian Cheng, Ling Jiang and Jianmin Wan

    Citation: Rice 2016 9:27

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  28. Content type: Original article

    Global climate models predict an increase in global mean temperature and a higher frequency of intense heat spikes during this century. Cereals such as rice (Oryza sativa L.) are more susceptible to heat stress, ...

    Authors: Kentaro Kaneko, Maiko Sasaki, Nanako Kuribayashi, Hiromu Suzuki, Yukiko Sasuga, Takeshi Shiraya, Takuya Inomata, Kimiko Itoh, Marouane Baslam and Toshiaki Mitsui

    Citation: Rice 2016 9:26

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  29. Content type: Original article

    Rice (Oryza sativa L.) is one of the most important crops cultivated in both tropical and temperate regions and is characterized by a low water-use efficiency and a high sensitivity to a water deficit, with yield...

    Authors: Elena Baldoni, Paolo Bagnaresi, Franca Locatelli, Monica Mattana and Annamaria Genga

    Citation: Rice 2016 9:25

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  30. Content type: Review

    In rice (Oryza sativa L.), damage from diseases such as brown spot, caused by Bipolaris oryzae, and bacterial seedling rot and bacterial grain rot, caused by Burkholderia glumae, has increased under global warmin...

    Authors: Ritsuko Mizobuchi, Shuichi Fukuoka, Seiya Tsushima, Masahiro Yano and Hiroyuki Sato

    Citation: Rice 2016 9:23

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  31. Content type: Original article

    With the objective of improving the grain yield (GY) of the Malaysian high quality rice cultivar MRQ74 under reproductive stage drought stress (RS), three drought yield QTLs, viz. qDTY

    Authors: Noraziyah Abd Aziz Shamsudin, B. P. Mallikarjuna Swamy, Wickneswari Ratnam, Ma. Teressa Sta. Cruz, Nitika Sandhu, Anitha K. Raman and Arvind Kumar

    Citation: Rice 2016 9:21

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  32. Content type: Original article

    Recent studies have shown that C4-like photosynthetic pathways partly reside in photosynthetic cells surrounding the vascular system of C3 dicots. However, it is still unclear whether this is the case in C3 monoc...

    Authors: Weijun Shen, Luhuan Ye, Jing Ma, Zhongyuan Yuan, Baogang Zheng, Chuangen LV, Ziqiang Zhu, Xiang Chen, Zhiping Gao and Guoxiang Chen

    Citation: Rice 2016 9:20

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  33. Content type: Original article

    The most sustainable approach to control rice blast disease is to develop durably resistant cultivars. In molecular breeding for rice blast resistance, markers developed based on polymorphisms between function...

    Authors: Dagang Tian, Zaijie Chen, Ziqiang Chen, Yuanchang Zhou, Zonghua Wang, Feng Wang and Songbiao Chen

    Citation: Rice 2016 9:19

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  34. Content type: Original article

    Xanthomonas oryzae pv. oryzae (Xoo) is the causal agent of Bacterial Leaf Blight (BB), an emerging disease in rice in West-Africa which can induce up to 50 % of yield losses. So far, n...

    Authors: Gustave Djedatin, Marie-Noelle Ndjiondjop, Ambaliou Sanni, Mathias Lorieux, Valérie Verdier and Alain Ghesquiere

    Citation: Rice 2016 9:18

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  35. Content type: Original article

    Rice is one of the most important food crops for humans. To improve the agronomical traits of rice, the functions of more than 1,000 rice genes have been recently characterized and summarized. The completed, m...

    Authors: Anil Kumar Nalini Chandran, Gang-Seob Lee, Yo-Han Yoo, Ung-Han Yoon, Byung-Ohg Ahn, Doh-Won Yun, Jin-Hyun Kim, Hong-Kyu Choi, GynHeung An, Tae-Ho Kim and Ki-Hong Jung

    Citation: Rice 2016 9:17

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  36. Content type: Original article

    Among cereals, rice has a genetic propensity to accumulate high levels of cadmium (Cd) in grains. Xylem-mediated root-to-shoot translocation rather than root uptake has been suggested as the main physiological...

    Authors: Laura Fontanili, Clarissa Lancilli, Nobuo Suzui, Bianca Dendena, Yong-Gen Yin, Alessandro Ferri, Satomi Ishii, Naoki Kawachi, Giorgio Lucchini, Shu Fujimaki, Gian Attilio Sacchi and Fabio Francesco Nocito

    Citation: Rice 2016 9:16

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  37. Content type: Original article

    Rice is one of the most important crops for global food security but its productivity is adversely affected by salt stress prevalent in about 30 % of the cultivated land. For developing salt-tolerant rice vari...

    Authors: Shefali Mishra, Balwant Singh, Kabita Panda, Bikram Pratap Singh, Nisha Singh, Pragati Misra, Vandna Rai and Nagendra Kumar Singh

    Citation: Rice 2016 9:15

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  38. Content type: Review

    Rice was the first sequenced crop genome, paving the way for the sequencing of additional and more complicated crop genomes. The impact that the genome sequence made on rice genetics and breeding research was ...

    Authors: Scott A. Jackson

    Citation: Rice 2016 9:14

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  39. Content type: Original article

    High temperature affects a broad spectrum of cellular components and metabolism in plants. The Deg/HtrA family of ATP-independent serine endopeptidases is present in nearly all organisms. Deg proteases are req...

    Authors: Kailun Zheng, Jian Zhao, Dongzhi Lin, Jiaying Chen, Jianlong Xu, Hua Zhou, Sheng Teng and Yanjun Dong

    Citation: Rice 2016 9:13

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  40. Content type: Original article

    Rice is one of the major staple foods in the world, especially in the developing countries of Asia. Its consumption as a dietary source is also increasing in Africa. To meet the demand for rice to feed the inc...

    Authors: Sung-Ryul Kim, Joie Ramos, Motoyuki Ashikari, Parminder S. Virk, Edgar A. Torres, Eero Nissila, Sherry Lou Hechanova, Ramil Mauleon and Kshirod K. Jena

    Citation: Rice 2016 9:12

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  41. Content type: Original article

    A number of field studies have demonstrated that the yield potential of hybrid rice cultivars is higher than that of inbred cultivars, although the magnitude of difference between hybrid and inbred cultivars a...

    Authors: Peng Jiang, Xiaobing Xie, Min Huang, Xuefeng Zhou, Ruichun Zhang, Jiana Chen, Dandan Wu, Bing Xia, Hong Xiong, Fuxian Xu and Yingbin Zou

    Citation: Rice 2016 9:11

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  42. Content type: Original article

    Rice exhibits a wide range of panicle structures. To explain these variations, much emphasis has been placed on changes in transcriptional regulation, but no large-scale study has yet reported on changes in sm...

    Authors: K. N. Ta, F. Sabot, H. Adam, Y. Vigouroux, S. De Mita, A. Ghesquière, N. V. Do, P. Gantet and S. Jouannic

    Citation: Rice 2016 9:10

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