Metabolomics

Terroir quantified

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Science  11 Sep 2015:
Vol. 349, Issue 6253, pp. 1179-1180
DOI: 10.1126/science.349.6253.1179-e

Wines are characterized not only by year but by vineyard. Anesi et al. used chromatography and microarrays to analyze the metabolomes of one variety of the Corvina grape variety grown in different settings in Italy. The study spanned 3 years in order to average effects due to variation in temperature, sunlight, and rainfall. Shifts in the composition of volatile and nonvolatile compounds that correlate with altitude, viticultural practices, and characteristics of the soil revealed the signatures attributable to terroir.

BMC Plant Biol. 10.1186/s12870-015-0584-4 (2015).

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