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Crop metabolomics: from diagnostics to assisted breeding

  • Saleh Alseekh
  • Luisa Bermudez
  • Luis Alejandro de Haro
  • Alisdair R. Fernie
  • Fernando CarrariEmail author
Review Article
Part of the following topical collections:
  1. Plant metabolomics and lipidomics



Until recently, plant metabolomics have provided a deep understanding on the metabolic regulation in individual plants as experimental units. The application of these techniques to agricultural systems subjected to more complex interactions is a step towards the implementation of translational metabolomics in crop breeding.

Aim of Review

We present here a review paper discussing advances in the knowledge reached in the last years derived from the application of metabolomic techniques that evolved from biomarker discovery to improve crop yield and quality.

Key Scientific Concepts of Review

Translational metabolomics applied to crop breeding programs.


Crop plant breeding Metabolic traits Mass spectrometry Nuclear magnetic resonance spectroscopy Translational metabolomics 



Work in our laboratories is funded in part by ANPCyT, CONICET, INTA, UBA (Argentina); CAPES and USP (Brazil); Max Planck Society (Germany) and the European Union Horizon 2020 Research and Innovation Programme (Grant Agreement Number 679796).

Authors Contributions

SA, LAdH and LB surveyed and discussed scientific literature and participated in writing the manuscript. LAdH and LB designed and drawn the illustrative figure. ARF wrote and edited the manuscript and FC wrote the manuscript.

Compliance with ethical standards

Conflict of interest

The authors declare no conflict of interest.

Ethical approval

This article does not contain any studies with human participants or animals performed by any of the authors.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Max Planck Institute of Molecular Plant PhysiologyPotsdam-GolmGermany
  2. 2.Center of Plant System Biology and BiotechnologyPlovdivBulgaria
  3. 3.Instituto de BiotecnologíaInstituto Nacional de Tecnología Agropecuaria (IB-INTA), Consejo Nacional de Investigaciones Científicas y Técnicas (CONICET)CastelarArgentina
  4. 4.Facultad de AgronomíaUniversidad de Buenos AiresBuenos AiresArgentina
  5. 5.Departamento de Botânica, Instituto de BiociênciasUniversidade de São PauloSão PauloBrazil
  6. 6.Instituto de Fisiología, Biología Molecular y Neurociencias (IFIBYNE-UBA-CONICET)Ciudad UniversitariaBuenos AiresArgentina

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