Metabolomics: A compilation of applications for enhancing agricultural traits, disease resistance, biotic interaction, byproducts valorization, and quality control purposes of olive

Anwar M. A., Galal D., Khalifa I., Zahran H. A., Çapanoğlu Güven E., Farag M. A.

Trends in Food Science and Technology, vol.143, 2024 (SCI-Expanded) identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Review
  • Volume: 143
  • Publication Date: 2024
  • Doi Number: 10.1016/j.tifs.2023.104311
  • Journal Name: Trends in Food Science and Technology
  • Journal Indexes: Science Citation Index Expanded (SCI-EXPANDED), Scopus, Academic Search Premier, PASCAL, Analytical Abstracts, Aquatic Science & Fisheries Abstracts (ASFA), Biotechnology Research Abstracts, CAB Abstracts, Chemical Abstracts Core, Compendex, Food Science & Technology Abstracts, Veterinary Science Database, DIALNET
  • Keywords: Analysis, Bioprocessing, Metabolomics, NMR-MS, Olive byproduct, Valorization
  • Istanbul Technical University Affiliated: Yes


Background: Olive is one of the world's most popular trees, primarily recognized for its seed-rich oil with numerous health benefits and high nutritive value. While polyphenols are the primary constituents responsible for these health benefits, several other valuable components remain in olive waste, which has been relatively underexplored. These waste products encompass the seed (stone), pomace, oil mill wastewater, leaves, and olive tree pruning. Scope and approach: This study introduces the application of metabolomics, an evolving technology known for its comprehensive analysis of food product composition, to address the underexplored aspects for enhancing agricultural traits, disease resistance, biotic interaction, and quality control purposes in olive trees. Meanwhile, we focus on metabolomics applications for enhancing the quality of olive byproducts, their analysis, processing, and valorization aspects. It outlines the utilization of various mass spectrometry (MS) and nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR-based) metabolomics technologies to better capitalize on these rather considered waste products. Key findings and conclusions: The review concludes by summarizing the significant findings and contributions in the literature. It highlights the impact of agricultural practices, tree origin, and diseases, such as olive quick decline syndrome, on the olive metabolome and their relevance for quality control (QC) purposes. Furthermore, it emphasizes the groundbreaking aspect of the review, which introduces metabolomics applications in the study of olive plant endophyte interactions and their effects on the olive metabolome. The potential for identifying key metabolite markers within olive byproducts is presented, which can drive future efforts to capitalize on these waste materials for valorization purposes in various food and industrial sectors.