Nuclear magnetic resonance imaging of lipid in living plants

Ljudmilla Borisjuk, Hardy Rolletschek, Thomas Neuberger

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This review highlights technological developments in magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), which are creating opportunities for the three dimensional visualization and quantification of lipids in plant materials. A major feature of MRI is that it is a non-invasive platform, and thus can be used for the analysis of living organisms. An overview of the theoretical aspects of MRI is provided, followed by a description of the various analytical modes available, and an explanation of how MRI can be applied to plant samples and what it can achieve. Various lipid maps and three dimensional models of seeds and fruits are included to demonstrate the potential of MRI and to exemplify recent cutting-edge advances in the field. The importance and prospects of the imaging of lipids in living plants, as well as the integration of lipid imaging with other emerging techniques, are outlined to provide impetus for future plant lipid research.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)465-487
Number of pages23
JournalProgress in Lipid Research
Issue number4
StatePublished - 2013

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Biochemistry
  • Cell Biology


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