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LC–MS untargeted approach showed that methyl jasmonate application on Vitis labrusca L. grapes increases phenolics at subtropical Brazilian regions

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Vitis labrusca L. grapes are largely cultivated in Brazil, but the tropical climate negatively affects the phenols content, especially anthocyanin. According to the projections of the incoming climatic changes, the climate of several viticulture zone might change to tropical. Therefore, researches are focusing on increasing grape phenols content; with methyl jasmonate application (MeJa) is considered a good alternative.


The aim was to investigate with an untargeted approach the metabolic changes caused by the MeJa pre-harvest application on two Vitis labrusca L. cultivars grapes, both of them grown in two Brazilian regions.


Isabel Precoce and Concord grapes cultivated under subtropical climate, in the south and southeast of Brazil, received MeJa pre-harvest treatment. Grape metabolome was extracted and analyzed with a MS based metabolomics protocol by UPLC-HRMS-QTOF.


Unsupervised data analysis revealed a clear separation between the two regions and the two cultivars, while supervised data analysis revealed biomarkers between the MeJa treatment group and the control group. Among the metabolites positively affected by MeJa were (a) flavonoids with a high degree of methylation at the B-ring (malvidin and peonidin derivatives and isorhamentin) for Isabel Precoce grapes; (b) glucosides of hydroxycinnamates, gallocatechin, epigallocatechin and cis-piceid for Concord grapes; and (c) hydroxycinnamates esters with tartaric acid, and procyanidins for the Southeast region grapes.


These results suggest that MeJa can be used as elicitor to secondary metabolism in grapes grown even under subtropical climate, affecting phenolic biosynthesis.

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The authors are grateful for the scholarship provided by Coordenadoria de Aperfeiçoamento de Pessoal de Nível Superior—CAPES and Fundação de Amparo a Pesquisa do Estado de São Paulo—FAPESP process number: 2016/08423–6; and 2017/20413–9. Food Research center FORC, Fundação de Amparo a Pesquisa do Estado de São Paulo—FAPESP process number: 2013/07914–8. PA and FM acknowledge the financial support from ADP 2018 funded by the Autonomous Province of Trento (Italy). We would like also to thank to Dr. Domenico Masuero for technical support.

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Moro, L., Da Ros, A., da Mota, R.V. et al. LC–MS untargeted approach showed that methyl jasmonate application on Vitis labrusca L. grapes increases phenolics at subtropical Brazilian regions. Metabolomics 16, 18 (2020).

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