Original Article


, Volume 3, Issue 3, pp 195-201

First online:

Minimum reporting standards for plant biology context information in metabolomic studies

  • Oliver FiehnAffiliated withUC Davis Genome Center, Metabolomics Research Laboratory, UC Davis Email author 
  • , Lloyd W. SumnerAffiliated withNoble Foundation
  • , Seung Y. RheeAffiliated withCarnegie Institution, DPB, TAIR
  • , Jane WardAffiliated withRothamsted Research
  • , Julie DickersonAffiliated withIowa State University
  • , Bernd Markus LangeAffiliated withWashington State University
  • , Geoff LaneAffiliated withAgResearch
  • , Ute RoessnerAffiliated withUniversity of Melbourne
  • , Robert LastAffiliated withMichigan State University
    • , Basil NikolauAffiliated withIowa State University


Plant metabolomics has matured over the past 8 years. Plant biologists routinely use comprehensive analyses of plant metabolites to discover new responses to genetic or environmental perturbation, or to validate initial hypotheses on the function and in vivo action of gene products. The wealth of scientific findings has increasingly provoked interest to share and review raw or processed data from plant metabolomics reports. We here suggest a minimum of parameters to be reported in order to define details of experimental study designs in plant metabolomics studies.


Ontology Semantics Minimum information Metabolite profiling Metabonomics Metadata