The application of metabolomics in the field of environmental science or ecology, which has developed based substantially on NMR spectroscopic approaches, is a fast paced, rapidly developing field which seems to be poised to help re-frame the discussion of environmental effects on organisms. Because of the nature of metabolomics, where experiments are based on ensembles of individuals, one is led to observations that are pertinent to population, community and ecosystem scale issues. This is in contrast to human health related metabolomics where one often wishes to observe or diagnose the condition of a single individual from a population. The environmental metabolomics literature is expanding and the field is maturing at a rapid pace, in part because of the advances in human health metabolomics research, but also because of the unique insight that this approach brings to an important area with global implications.
Citation: Encylopedia of Magnetic Resonance
Pub Type: Journals
NMR, metabolomics, environmental