Plant metabolomics is not ripe for environmental risk assessment

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Metabolomics separates and detects small molecules and helps determine the composition of plant materials. This makes it appear to be a possible contributor to environ-mental risk assessment (ERA) of transgenic plants. Here we argue that, despite important advances in the technology, limited annotation and our limited knowledge of the role of metabolites in plant-environment interactions means that metabolomics is not yet ripe for ERA.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)391-392
JournalTrends in Biotechnology
Issue number8
Publication statusPublished - 2014


  • biosynthesis
  • crops

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