Quality prediction of Japanese green tea using pyrolyzer coupled GC/MS based metabolic fingerprinting

Wipawee Pongsuwan, Takeshi Bamba, Tsutomu Yonetani, Akio Kobayashi, Eiichiro Fukusaki

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A couple between pyrolyzer and gas chromatography/mass spectrometry (GC/MS) has allowed a fast, simple, and low-cost approach to evaluate a quality of Japanese green tea without any sample preparation or derivatization techniques. Using our method, errors from sample preparation could be avoided since raw samples were directly extracted through the extreme heat of the pyrolyzer. In addition, undesired reactions from expensive derivatizing agents, which are commonly needed to treat the samples before analyzing with GC/MS, could be omitted. In order to illustrate the efficiency of this technique, a set of green tea samples from the Tea contest in 2005 in the Kansai area were used. Projection to latent structure by means of partial least squares (PLS) along with orthogonal signal correction (OSC) was selected to explain the relation between green tea's metabolite profiling and its quality. The quality of the model was validated by testing and comparing the predictive ability to the respective model.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)744-750
Number of pages7
JournalJournal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - Feb 13 2008
Externally publishedYes

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Chemistry(all)
  • Agricultural and Biological Sciences(all)


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