Metabolite profiling in plant biology: platforms and destinations

Genome Biol. 2004;5(6):109. doi: 10.1186/gb-2004-5-6-109. Epub 2004 May 18.


Optimal use of genome sequences and gene-expression resources requires powerful phenotyping platforms, including those for systematic analysis of metabolite composition. The most used technologies for metabolite profiling, including mass spectral, nuclear magnetic resonance and enzyme-based approaches, have various advantages and disadvantages, and problems can arise with reliability and the interpretation of the huge datasets produced. These techniques will be useful for answering important biological questions in the future.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Biology / methods*
  • Biology / trends*
  • Gene Expression Profiling / methods*
  • Gene Expression Profiling / trends*
  • Plants / genetics*