FOOD SCIENCE ›› 2009, Vol. 30 ›› Issue (21): 420-423.doi: 10.7506/spkx1002-6300-200921098

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A Review on Analytical Methods for Qualification and Quantification of Plant-derived Polysaccharides

TAN Min,QIU Xi-min*,LU Yan-yan,YANG Xiao-hong,LIU Sheng-zi,QIU Wen-gao   

  1. Pharmacy Department, Medical College, Hunan Normal University, Changsha 410006, China
  • Received:2009-01-19 Revised:2009-07-13 Online:2009-11-01 Published:2010-12-29
  • Contact: QIU Xi-min


The advantages and disadvantages of present analytical methods for the qualification and quantification of plantderived polysaccharides are summarized in this paper. Thin layer chromatography has gained a widespread application in the preliminary analysis of plant-derived polysaccharides due to the merits of rapidness, convenience and low cost; in contrast, HPLC has become the most popular method and HPLC coupled with MS has an extensive application prospect. Current analytical methods for plant-derived polysaccharides need further improvement and in-depth studies will tremendously favor the development of plant-derived polysaccharides as a great potential and valuable healthy food or medicine.

Key words: plant-derived polysaccharides, analytical methods, present status, prospect

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