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International Journal on Algae
SJR: 0.219 SNIP: 0.261 CiteScore™: 0.24

ISSN Imprimir: 1521-9429
ISSN En Línea: 1940-4328

International Journal on Algae

DOI: 10.1615/InterJAlgae.v4.i4.20
pages 11-19

Carbohydrate composition and some technological properties of Baltic Rhodophyta

D. V. Mikulich
Odessa Branch of the Institute of Biology of Southern Seas, National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine, 37, Pushkinskaya St., 65011 Odessa, Ukraine
Yu. P. Kopytov
А.O. Kovalevsky Institute of Biology of the Southern Seas, 2, Nakhimov Ave., Sevastopol 299011, Crimea


Baltic Rhodophyceae Furcellaria lumbricalis (Huds.) Lamour. and Phyllophora truncata (Pall.) Newroth et Taylor synthesize easy-hydrolizable polysaccharides of similar chemical composition. Monosaccharides of these algae are typical for the Rhodophyceae; the main sugars in them are galactose and glucose. Polysaccharides of F. lumbricalis and P. truncata are characterized by high content of 3.6-anhydrogalactose, but they differ significantly by sulphate group contents. It was found that high sulphate group contents and their specific disposition in carbohydrate chain (namely at C-2 residue of 3.6-anhydrogalactose) block the process of jelly formation in Phyllophora polysaccharide solutions. It was concluded that it was impossible to use P. truncata as an independent raw material to produce high-jelling stabilizers.