Impact of different cultivation methods on the metabolic profile of apples studied by 1H HR-MAS NMR spectroscopy

Vermathen, Martina; Marzorati, Mattia; Baumgartner, Debora; Good, C; Vermathen, Peter (2013). Impact of different cultivation methods on the metabolic profile of apples studied by 1H HR-MAS NMR spectroscopy. In: van Duynhoven, John; Belton, Peter S.; Webb, G. A.; van As, Henk (eds.) Magnetic Resonance in Food Science: Food for thought. Royal Society of Chemistry: Vol. 343 (pp. 193-200). Cambridge: Royal Society of Chemistry 10.1039/9781849737531-00193

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The cultivation of dessert apples has to meet the consumer's increasing demand for high fruit quality and a sustainable mostly residue-free production while ensuring a competitive agricultural productivity. It is therefore of great interest to know the impact of different cultivation methods on the fruit quality and the chemical composition, respectively. Previous studies have demonstrated the feasibility of High Resolution Magic Angle Spinning (HR-MAS) NMR spectroscopy directly performed on apple tissue as analytical tool for metabonomic studies. In this study, HR-MAS NMR spectroscopy is applied to apple tissue to analyze the metabolic profiles of apples grown under 3 different cultivation methods. Golden Delicious apples were grown applying organic (Bio), integrated (IP) and low-input (LI) plant protection strategies. A total of 70 1H HR-MAS NMR spectra were analyzed by means of principle component analysis (PCA) and partial least squares discriminant analysis (PLS-DA). Apples derived from Bio-production could be well separated from the two other cultivation methods applying both, PCA and PLS-DA. Apples obtained from integrated (IP) and low-input (LI) production discriminated when taking the third PLS-component into account. The identified chemical composition and the compounds responsible for the separation, i.e. the PLS-loadings, are discussed. The results are compared with fruit quality parameters assessed by conventional methods. The present study demonstrates the potential of HR-MAS NMR spectroscopy of fruit tissue as analytical tool for finding markers for specific fruit production conditions like the cultivation method.

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04 Faculty of Medicine > Department of Radiology, Neuroradiology and Nuclear Medicine (DRNN) > Institute of Diagnostic, Interventional and Paediatric Radiology > DCR Magnetic Resonance Spectroscopy and Methodology (AMSM)
08 Faculty of Science > Department of Chemistry, Biochemistry and Pharmaceutical Sciences (DCBP)
04 Faculty of Medicine > Pre-clinic Human Medicine > BioMedical Research (DBMR) > Forschungsbereich Pavillon 52 > Abt. Magnetresonanz-Spektroskopie und Methodologie, AMSM

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Vermathen, Martina; Marzorati, Mattia and Vermathen, Peter


500 Science > 570 Life sciences; biology
500 Science > 540 Chemistry




Royal Society of Chemistry


Royal Society of Chemistry




Julien Henri Lucien Furrer

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10 Jun 2014 14:53

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