Use of Exo-polygalacturonase to Improve Extraction Yields of Alginic Acid from Sea Mustard (Undaria pinnatifida)

  • Lee, Seung-Cheol ;
  • Oh, Jeong-Hoon ;
  • Hwang, Yong-Il ;
  • Kim, Jeong-Mok
  • Published : 2002.09.01


Exo-polygalacturonase (EPG) from Rhizopus sp. was applied to the extraction of alginic acid from sea mustard to increase extraction yield. EPG digestion was examined under distinct conditions within temperatures from $25^{\circ}C$ to 5$0^{\circ}C$, pH 5 to 9, and treatment times from 0 to 36 hr. The optimal conditions fur alginic acid extraction with EPG were: pH 7.0 at 3$0^{\circ}C$ for 24 hrs. The EPG hot water extraction yield was 3.4 times higher yield than hot water extraction alone. Using EPG to extract alginic acid from sea mustard should be considered a viable alternative to conventional extraction, with the advantage of reducing hazardous wastes such as strong acid and alkali solutions.


alginic acid extraction;exo-polygalacturonase;sea mustard


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