Agronomy (Apr 2021)

Metabolomics, a Powerful Tool for Understanding Plant Abiotic Stress

  • Fredy P. Carrera,
  • Carlos Noceda,
  • María G. Maridueña-Zavala,
  • Juan M. Cevallos-Cevallos

Journal volume & issue
Vol. 11, no. 824
p. 824


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Metabolomics is a technology that generates large amounts of data and contributes to obtaining wide and integral explanations of the biochemical state of a living organism. Plants are continuously affected by abiotic stresses such as water scarcity, high temperatures and high salinity, and metabolomics has the potential for elucidating the response-to-stress mechanisms and develop resistance strategies in affected cultivars. This review describes the characteristics of each of the stages of metabolomic studies in plants and the role of metabolomics in the characterization of the response of various plant species to abiotic stresses.