Journal Highlight: Fast sampling, analyses and chemometrics for plant breeding: Bitter acids, xanthohumol and terpenes in lupulin glands of hops (Humulus lupulus)

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  • Published: Jan 16, 2017
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thumbnail image: Journal Highlight: Fast sampling, analyses and chemometrics for plant breeding: Bitter acids, xanthohumol and terpenes in lupulin glands of hops (<em>Humulus lupulus</em>)
High throughput screening of lupulin glands composition, by fast analyses and chemometrics, was used for breeder selection of hops with key flavour attributes.

Fast sampling, analyses and chemometrics for plant breeding: Bitter acids, xanthohumol and terpenes in lupulin glands of hops (Humulus lupulus)

Phytochemical Analysis, 2017, 28, 50-57
Daniel P. Killeen, Oliver C. Watkins, Catherine E. Sansom, David H. Andersen, Keith C. Gordon and Nigel B. Perry

Abstract: The valuable secondary metabolites in hops (bitter acids, xanthohumol, volatile monoterpenes and sesquiterpenes) are sequestered in lupulin glands (extracellular trichomes) which can be collected and analysed with little or no sample preparation. High throughput screening of lupulin glands composition, by fast analyses and chemometrics, was used for breeder selection of hops with key flavour attributes. Lupulin glands from 139 plants (39 cultivars/advanced selections) were analysed by Raman and 1H NMR spectroscopy, and head-space solid-phase microextraction (HS-SPME) GC-FID. The digital X,Y-data were subjected to principal component analysis (PCA) and the results compared with conventional analyses of extracts of whole hops from the same plants. Quantitative 1H NMR analyses were also done for the bitter acids. Raman spectroscopy rapidly identified hops cultivars with high xanthohumol concentrations and high α:β bitter acid ratios. 1H NMR spectroscopy was slower, requiring a solvent extraction, but distinguished cultivars by cohumulone content as well as α:β acid ratios. HS-SPME-GC rapidly distinguished aroma hops with high myrcene and farnesene contents, and pinpointed a novel selection with unusual sesquiterpenes. The quantitative NMR analyses showed correlations between bitter acid concentrations related to biosynthetic pathways. Analysis of lupulin glands gave reliable results for the main quality indicators used by hops breeders, potentially avoiding harvesting, drying and solvent extracting whole hops. PCA of digital X,Y-data rapidly discriminated different hops chemotypes, and highlighted plants with potential for new flavourcultivars.

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