Mass spectrometry imaging for plant biology: a review Academic Article uri icon


  • Mass spectrometry imaging (MSI) is a developing technique to measure the spatio-temporal distribution of many biomolecules in tissues. Over the preceding decade, MSI has been adopted by plant biologists and applied in a broad range of areas, including primary metabolism, natural products, plant defense, plant responses to abiotic and biotic stress, plant lipids and the developing field of spatial metabolomics. This review covers recent advances in plant-based MSI, general aspects of instrumentation, analytical approaches, sample preparation and the current trends in respective plant research.


  • Boughton, Berin A
  • Thinagaran, Dinaiz
  • Sarabia, Daniel
  • Bacic, Antony
  • Roessner, Ute

publication date

  • 2016