Untargeted Metabolomic Profiling Reveals Variation in Metabolites Associated with Nutritional Values in Tef Accessions

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Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)536-539
Number of pages4
JournalPlant Foods for Human Nutrition
Issue number4
Early online date11 Nov 2021
Publication statusPublished - 01 Dec 2021
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Tef (Eragrostis tef), is a gluten-free orphan cereal, crop of nutritional and economical significance. Here we used untargeted metabolomics to survey metabolite variation in 14 diverse tef accessions at 15-days post germination. Tef genotypes were classified into four metabolomic groups where variation was linked to flavones and flavonols. Further analysis on white seeded accessions shows variation related to sucrose and important vitamins, nicotinamides (vitamin B3) riboflavin (vitamin B2) and folate (vitamin B9). Coloured seeded accessions showed variation in metabolism related to amino acid and sugars. This study highlights the potential of metabolomics in exploring the nutritional traits in tef.


  • Tef, gluten-free, untargeted metabolite profiling, flavonoid, vitamins, Gluten-free, Untargeted metabolite profiling, Flavonoid, Short Communication, Vitamins, Metabolomics, Nutritive Value, Eragrostis, Genotype, Edible Grain