Start Date: Sep 15, 2008
End Date: Sep 14, 2013
The Food Composition and Methods Development Laboratory (FCMDL) is responsible for developing analytical methods for chemical components in foods and dietary supplements. New methods are being developed for spectral fingerprinting and chromatographic profiling of plant materials using UV and MS detection. Fingerprints are acquired by direct analysis with no chromatographic separation. Both types of data are analyzed using pattern recognition programs like ANOVA-PCA. Proper interpretation of the data requires considerable skill in the area of chemometrics, the area of expertise of the cooperator. A particularly troublesome problem is that the application of ANOVA-PCA to chromatographic profiles requires the alignment of the chromatograms prior to processing. The cooperator will assist in the application of ANOVA-PCA to data obtained at USDA and in the analysis of variable interaction. In addition, the cooperator will develop software for aligning chromatograms so that ANOVA-PCA can be applied to chromatographic profiles.