LC-MS Profiling to Link Metabolic and Phenotypic Diversity in Plant Mapping Populations

  • Camilla B. Hill
  • Antony Bacic
  • Ute Roessner
Part of the Methods in Molecular Biology book series (MIMB, volume 1198)


Numerous studies have revealed the extent of genetic, phenotypic, and metabolic variation between different plant cultivars/varieties. We present a specialized protocol for large-scale targeted and untargeted metabolite profiling for samples from large plant mapping populations using both reversed-phase and aqueous normal-phase LC-MS. This methodology provides a fast and combined targeted/nontargeted workflow as a powerful tool to discriminate related plant phenotypes and describes methods to combine mass features and agronomic traits to link phenotypic to metabolic traits independent of putative metabolite identities. This easily reproducible analytical strategy, in combination with a sophisticated data processing and analysis workflow, can be applicable to a wide range of plant mapping populations.

Key words

Liquid chromatography Mass spectrometry Quantitative trait locus mapping Mapping populations Metabolite profiling Metabolic trait Metabolomics Genomics 



This work was supported by the Australian Research Council and the Grains Research and Development Corporation, by the South Australian Government, the University of Adelaide, the University of Queensland, and the University of Melbourne, and by a Melbourne International Fee Remission Scholarship, a Melbourne International Research Scholarship, and a University of Melbourne Special Postgraduate Studentship to C.B.H.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Australian Centre for Plant Functional Genomics (ACPFG), School of BotanyThe University of MelbourneMelbourneAustralia
  2. 2.Bio21 Molecular Science and Biotechnology InstituteThe University of MelbourneMelbourneAustralia
  3. 3.ARC Centre of Excellence in Plant Cell Walls and Metabolomics Australia, School of BotanyThe University of MelbourneMelbourneAustralia

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