FoodOmicsGR RI comprises highly experienced groups that pioneer in the field of omics equipped with state of the art technology (NMR 500-600MHz, UHPLC-MS/MS, UPLC-TOF-MS, GC-MS/MS, ICP-MS, UPLC-HRMS, genetic analysis via PCR, informatics and databases). In addition groups of end users include key players of the Greek agri-food sector from animal husbandry, apiculture, plant growth, oenology, olive oil chemistry, food technology and biochemistry and other related fields.
Targeted LC-MS methods in food science
Increasingly, food analysis methods are built around LC, which is a proven optimal technology for detecting and/or quantifying the vast majority of food analytes. In the recent years, the demands for high sample throughput, high efficiency and high resolving power has significantly boosted UHPLC technology in areas of analytical research such as the analysis of growth promoters, pesticides, veterinary drugs and contaminants.
UHPLC-high resolution MS methods provide the potential developing robust multi-analyte methods from numerous analyte classes, offering simplicity and reduction in cost.
MS-based metabolomics studies in food sciences
In food sciences metabolomics, the latest –omics Mass Spectrometry-based application, is applied towards various aims from gathering new biochemical knowledge, to more applied/practical endeavors such as traceability and determination of origin, breeding and species improvement and the development of advanced methods for controlling and monitoring sensory properties. Furthermore metabolomics holds great promise in nutritional studies either independently or as part of greater nutri-omics studies where metabolomics are combined with genomics or transcriptomics pipelines.
Some examples of analytical protocols developed within the FoodOmicsGR consortium include the following:
- Amino Acids Analysis
- Vitamins Analysis
- Genetic Analysis