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Metabolites 2014, 4(3), 699-721; doi:10.3390/metabo4030699

Recent Advances in the Application of Metabolomics to Studies of Biogenic Volatile Organic Compounds (BVOC) Produced by Plant

Department of Nutrition and Life Science, Kanagawa Institute of Technology, 1030 Shimo-ogino, Atsugi, Kanagawa 243-0292, Japan
Received: 18 May 2014 / Revised: 12 August 2014 / Accepted: 13 August 2014 / Published: 21 August 2014
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Metabolomics and Biotechnology)
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Abstract

In many plants, biogenic volatile organic compounds (BVOCs) are produced as specialized metabolites that contribute to the characteristics of each plant. The varieties and composition of BVOCs are chemically diverse by plant species and the circumstances in which the plants grow, and also influenced by herbivory damage and pathogen infection. Plant-produced BVOCs are receptive to many organisms, from microorganisms to human, as both airborne attractants and repellants. In addition, it is known that some BVOCs act as signals to prime a plant for the defense response in plant-to-plant communications. The compositional profiles of BVOCs can, thus, have profound influences in the physiological and ecological aspects of living organisms. Apart from that, some of them are commercially valuable as aroma/flavor compounds for human. Metabolomic technologies have recently revealed new insights in biological systems through metabolic dynamics. Here, the recent advances in metabolomics technologies focusing on plant-produced BVOC analyses are overviewed. Their application markedly improves our knowledge of the role of BVOCs in chemosystematics, ecological influences, and aroma research, as well as being useful to prove the biosynthetic mechanisms of BVOCs. View Full-Text
Keywords: plant-produced biogenic volatile organic compounds; BVOC; metabolomics; aroma compounds; herbivore-induced volatiles; GC-MS; LC-MS plant-produced biogenic volatile organic compounds; BVOC; metabolomics; aroma compounds; herbivore-induced volatiles; GC-MS; LC-MS
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Iijima, Y. Recent Advances in the Application of Metabolomics to Studies of Biogenic Volatile Organic Compounds (BVOC) Produced by Plant. Metabolites 2014, 4, 699-721.

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