Researchers from the Royal Institute of Technology and Karolinska Institutet in Sweden reported about an environmentally friendly process to obtain pure cellulose nanofibrils from the green macroalgae ulva lactuca (Wahlström et al. (2020) Cellulose 27, 3707–3725). Analysis of the monosugars revealed that the extracted cellulose contains mainly glucose, but also a fraction of xylose. Carbotrace 540 allowed the researchers to analyze the carbohydrates in its polymeric state and was key to uncover that the macroalgae contain a mixture between highly pure and a xylose-glucose polysaccharide, such as xyloglucan.
The video clip shows the eco-friendly extraction of of pure cellulose from green macroalgae from the Swedish west coast.
A research paper (Choong et al. (2018) Scientific Reports, 8, 3108) uses a Carbotrace-like molecule to visualize the location and structure of cellulose in plant cells.
The video below explains why it is so difficult to switch to plants for producing renewable resources and how Carbotrace can help in the process.
In a research paper published in Cellulose (Choong et al. (2019) Cellulose, 26, 4253–4264), our structure-responsive optotracer molecule Carbotrace 680 was used to demonstrate the potential of optotracing for carbohydrate anatomical mapping and spectral imaging.
The video clip below illustrates why our current model of Take, Make, Dispose is draining our planet of natural resources and why circular economy and renewable resources are the answer. Learn how Carbotrace can help to identify renewable resources in plant biomass and support circular economy in the food & beverage, pharmaceutical and chemical industry.