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Int. J. Mol. Sci. 2016, 17(11), 1871; doi:10.3390/ijms17111871

Metabolomics, a Powerful Tool for Agricultural Research

State Key Laboratory of Molecular Developmental Biology, Institute of Genetics and Developmental Biology, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Beijing 100101, China
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Received: 4 September 2016 / Revised: 2 November 2016 / Accepted: 3 November 2016 / Published: 17 November 2016
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Lipidomics and Glycomics: New Advances in Food Science and Nutrition)
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Metabolomics, which is based mainly on nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR), gas-chromatography (GC) or liquid-chromatography (LC) coupled to mass spectrometry (MS) analytical technologies to systematically acquire the qualitative and quantitative information of low-molecular-mass endogenous metabolites, provides a direct snapshot of the physiological condition in biological samples. As complements to transcriptomics and proteomics, it has played pivotal roles in agricultural and food science research. In this review, we discuss the capacities of NMR, GC/LC-MS in the acquisition of plant metabolome, and address the potential promise and diverse applications of metabolomics, particularly lipidomics, to investigate the responses of Arabidopsis thaliana, a primary plant model for agricultural research, to environmental stressors including heat, freezing, drought, and salinity. View Full-Text
Keywords: metabolomics; lipidomics; Arabidopsis; stresses; NMR; MS metabolomics; lipidomics; Arabidopsis; stresses; NMR; MS
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Tian, H.; Lam, S.M.; Shui, G. Metabolomics, a Powerful Tool for Agricultural Research. Int. J. Mol. Sci. 2016, 17, 1871.

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