Metabolomics profile responses to changing environments in a common bean (Phaseolus vulgaris L.) germplasm collection

Elsa Mecha, Guillaume L. Erny, Ana C.L. Guerreiro, Rodrigo P. Feliciano, Inês Barbosa, Andreia Bento da Silva, Susana T. Leitão, Maria Manuela Veloso, Diego Rubiales, Ana Rodriguez-Mateos, Maria Eduardo Figueira, Maria Carlota Vaz Patto, Maria Rosário Bronze

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Metabolomics is one of the most powerful -omics to assist plant breeding. Despite the recognized genetic diversity in Portuguese common bean germplasm, details on its metabolomics profiles are still missing. Aiming to promote their use and to understand the environment's effect in bean metabolomics profiles, 107 Portuguese common bean accessions, cropped under contrasting environments, were analyzed using spectrophotometric, untargeted and targeted mass spectrometry approaches. Although genotype was the most relevant factor on bean metabolomics profile, a clear genotype × environment interaction was also detected. Multivariate analysis highlighted, on the heat-stress environment, the existence of higher levels of salicylic acid, and lower levels of triterpene saponins. Three clusters were defined within each environment. White accessions presented the lowest content and the colored ones the highest levels of prenol lipids and flavonoids. Sources of interesting metabolomics profiles are now identified for bean breeding, focusing either on local or on broad adaptation.

Original languageEnglish
Article number131003
JournalFood Chemistry
Publication statusPublished - 15 Feb 2022


  • Diversity
  • Mass spectrometry
  • Metabolomics
  • Multivariate analysis
  • Pairwise partial correlations
  • Phaseolus vulgaris


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