Abiotic Stress and Metabolomics

Jairus Bowne*, Antony Bacic, Mark Tester, Ute Roessner

*Corresponding author for this work

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39 Scopus citations


Abiotic stress has major impacts on crop yields worldwide. In the field, multiple stresses often occur simultaneously, and interactions between these stresses will modify the physiological response of plants. We briefly review known tolerancemechanisms and describe approaches that led to their identification, and how new tolerance mechanisms may be identified using 'omics technologies. We then focus on metabolomics technologies including data analysis, and the results of their application in abiotic stress research. Integration of multiple 'omics datasets and their interpretation with existing genetic, physiological and morphological data is a challenge that is currently being addressed to enable further exploration and interpretation of metabolomic data. We conclude by discussing new developments in metabolomics, such as single cell measurements of stress responses and tissue-based mass spectrometry imaging that will offer greater spatial resolution of sub-cellular distribution of metabolites.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationAnnual Plant Reviews Volume 43
Subtitle of host publicationBiology of Plant Metabolomics
Number of pages25
ISBN (Electronic)9781444339956
ISBN (Print)9781405199544
StatePublished - Mar 17 2011
Externally publishedYes

Bibliographical note

Publisher Copyright:
© 2011 Blackwell Publishing Ltd.


  • 'omics
  • Abiotic stress
  • Data integration
  • Informatics
  • Metabolomics

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Biochemistry, Genetics and Molecular Biology


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