Omic Relief for the Biotically Stressed: Metabolomics of Plant Biotic Interactions

Hezi Tenenboim, Yariv Brotman

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Many aspects of the way plants protect themselves against pathogen attack, or react upon such an attack, are realized by metabolites. The ambitious aim of metabolomics, namely the identification and annotation of the entire cellular metabolome, still poses a considerable challenge due to the high diversity of the metabolites in the cell. Recent advances in analytical methods and data analysis have resulted in improved sensitivity, accuracy, and capacity, allowing the analysis of several hundreds or even thousands of compounds within one sample. Investigators have only recently begun to acknowledge and harness the power of metabolomics to elucidate key questions in the study of plant biotic interactions; we review trends and developments in the field.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)781-791
JournalTrends in Plant Science
Issue number9
StatePublished - 1 Jan 2016


  • biotic stress
  • defense response
  • metabolomics
  • pathogen

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Plant Science


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