Enkai Xu

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MicroRNAs (miRNAs) are involved in plant growth, development, and response to biotic and abiotic stresses. Most of the miRNAs that have been identified in model plants are well characterized, but till now, no reports have previously been published concerning miRNAs in Paulownia australis. In order to investigate miRNA-guided transcript target regulation in(More)
Phytoplasmas are mycoplasma-like pathogens of witches' broom disease, and are responsible for serious yield losses of Paulownia trees worldwide. The molecular mechanisms of disease development in Paulownia are of considerable interest, but still poorly understood. Here, we have applied transcriptome sequencing technology and a de novo assembly approach to(More)
Paulownia witches’ broom (PaWB) caused by the phytoplasma is a devastating disease of Paulownia trees. It has caused heavy yield losses to Paulownia production worldwide. However, knowledge of the transcriptional and post-transcriptional regulation of gene expression by microRNAs (miRNAs), especially miRNAs responsive to PaWB disease stress, is still(More)
Paulownia witches’ broom (PaWB) caused by an obligate biotrophic plant pathogen called phytoplasma, is a devastating disease of paulownia trees over a large part of the world. However, little is known about the molecular mechanisms that underlie phytoplasma pathogenicity in paulownia or about the mode of interactions with host plants. In this study,(More)
Paulownia is a fast-growing deciduous hardwood species native to China, which has high ecological and economic value. In an earlier study, we reported ploidy-dependent differences in Paulownia drought tolerance by the microscopic observations of the leaves. Autotetraploid Paulownia has a higher resistance to drought stress than their diploid relatives. In(More)
Timber properties of autotetraploid Paulownia tomentosa are heritable with whole genome duplication, but the molecular mechanisms for the predominant characteristics remain unclear. To illuminate the genetic basis, high-throughput sequencing technology was used to identify the related unigenes. 2677 unigenes were found to be significantly differentially(More)
Paulownia is a fast-growing tree native to China. It can provide high-quality timber and a green environment for humans and has been planted in many countries. Compared with diploid Paulownia australis, autotetraploid P. australis exhibits predominance in terms of yields, qualities, growth, and resistance to stress. However, the molecular and biological(More)
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