Dr. José Juan Ordaz Ortiz
Metabolomics is the study of small molecules or metabolites (metabolome) in a cell, tissue or whole organism. These types of methods are complementary to genomic, transcriptomic and proteomic analysis for the molecular characterization of biological systems and changes within these systems. Metabolomics is also defined as the comprehensive analysis of all compounds with low molecular weight (< 1500 Da) in a biological system or its parts; for example, the extract of a plant root. The plant metabolome comprises of a wide range of chemical species with diverse physical properties; from inorganic ionic compounds to hydrophilic carbohydrates, organic acids and amino acids and a range of related hydrophobic compounds like lipids. The plant metabolome has received more attention in recent years due to its importance in health, food and nutrition, the study of food safety and crop improvement.
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