Optimization of a total acid hydrolysis based protocol for the quantification of carbohydrate in macroalgae

Kostas, ET, Wilkinson, SJ, White, DA, Du, CY and Cook, DJ 2016 Optimization of a total acid hydrolysis based protocol for the quantification of carbohydrate in macroalgae. Journal of Algal Biomass Utilisation, 7 (1). 21-36.

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Accurate quantification of carbohydrate content of biomass is crucial for many bio-refining applications. The standardised NREL two stage complete acid hydrolysis protocol was evaluated for its suitability towards seaweeds, as the protocol was originally developed for lignocellulosic feedstocks. The compositional differences between the major polysaccharides in seaweeds and terrestrial plants, and seaweed’s less recalcitrant nature, could suggest the NREL based protocol may be too extreme. Underestimations of carbohydrate content through the degradation of liberated sugars into furan compounds may yield erroneous data. An optimised analysis method for carbohydrate quantification in the brown seaweed L. digitata was thus developed and evaluated. Results from this study revealed stage 1 of the assay was crucial for optimisation however stage 2 proved to be less crucial. The newly optimised protocol for L. digitata yielded 210 mg of carbohydrate per g of biomass compared to a yield of only 166 mg/g from the original NREL protocol. Use of the new protocol on two other species of seaweed also gave consistent results; higher carbohydrate and significantly lower sugar degradation products generation than the original protocol. This study demonstrated the importance of specific individual optimisations of the protocol for accurate sugar quantification, particularly for different species of seaweed

Item Type: Publication - Article
Additional Keywords: Macroalgae, Carbohydrate, Optimization, Biofuels, Composition, Mass Balance
Divisions: Plymouth Marine Laboratory > Other (PML)
Depositing User: Daniel White
Date made live: 21 Jan 2016 12:19
Last Modified: 06 Jun 2017 16:14
URI: https://plymsea.ac.uk/id/eprint/6747

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