Rye is known as a particularly good source of dietary fibre. However, it also contains hundreds of different bioactive compounds known as phytochemicals, which contribute to the beneficial health effects of whole-grain foods. These compounds include antioxidants (such as ferulic acid), polyphenols (e.g. lignans), and phytosterols.
Since phytochemicals exist in rye in such a wide variety in both high and low concentrations, nontargeted LC–MS-based metabolomics is the optimal method to study their composition and the changes caused by processing and digesting rye products.
Read more from our most recent paper on rye, published in Scientific Reports.
The 1st Nordic Metabolomics Conference was organized at Örebro, Sweden. August 26.-28.2018
Afekta was sponsoring the first Nordic Metabolomics Conference organized by the recently established Nordic Metabolomics Society. The event was held on august 26.-28.2018. We heard many excellent talks and met old and new friends at the beautiful city of Örebro, Sweden!
The panel discussion on metabolomics data analysis was very vivid and revealed the major areas of development within the area. The discussion was chaired by Matej Oresic, and participating scientists were Gary Siuzdak, Steffen Neumann, Tuulia Hyötyläinen and Tomas Pluskal.
The panel discussion highlighted the importance of good experimental design and metadata. There was also good discussion about the need to further develop standardization on data storage and annotation.
Also other presentations as well as posters in the conference were of excellent quality. They displayed how metabolomics can be used to advance many fields of study from identifying plant based compounds to advancing our understanding of molecular basis of health.