The chemical nature of metabolites, small organic molecules, is very diverse and more than 200,000 small molecules are estimated to play a biological role in the organisms of the plant kingdom (Pichersky & Lewinsohn, 2011). The CEPLAS Plant Metabolism and Metabolomics Laboratories provide expertise and instrumentation for the qualitative and quantitative analysis of plant metabolism and for the integration of metabolomics data with other data domains, such as transcriptomics and proteomics data. Metabolite analysis provides quantitative and qualitative phenotypic information at the level of metabolism in analyses of mutant lines or experiments under perturbed environmental conditions.
Our CEPLAS Plant Metabolism and Metabolomics Laboratories for metabolic analyses are open to all CEPLAS members as well as external customers. We offer a wide range of services for the identification and quantification of metabolites from diverse biological material. The aim of the laboratories is to apply routine methods and establish new methods for the extraction and subsequent analysis of primary and secondary metabolites, mainly via liquid and gas chromatographic separation methods that are hyphenated with mass spectrometry detection.
In our Plant Metabolism and Metabolomics Laboratories we: