Postharvest metabolomics

B. M. Nicolaï, R. Pedreschi, A. Geeraerd, T. Vandendriessche, M. L.A.T.M. Hertog

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In this paper we will introduce metabolomics as a new and powerful tool to study the postharvest physiology of fruit and vegetables. We will first give an overview of the underlying technology, with special attention to sample preparation and mass spectrometry. As metabolomics dataset are typically very large, we will discuss appropriate multivariate statistical analysis techniques. Finally, we will present some postharvest applications of metabolic fingerprinting and profiling, and explore the potential of metabolic flux analysis and kinetic modelling.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationInternational Symposium Postharvest Pacifica 2009 - Pathways to Quality
Subtitle of host publicationV International Symposium on Managing Quality in Chains + Australasian Postharvest Horticultural Conference
PublisherInternational Society for Horticultural Science
Number of pages8
ISBN (Print)9789066056039
StatePublished - 25 Nov 2010
Externally publishedYes

Publication series

NameActa Horticulturae
ISSN (Print)0567-7572


  • Flux analysis
  • Mass spectrometry
  • Metabolomics
  • Model
  • Postharvest


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