Plant Cell Wall and Carbohydrate Analytical Facility at the Umeå Plant Science Centre (UPSC)

Last changed: 09 September 2020

UPSC Plant Cell Wall and Carbohydrate Analytical Facility offers the chemical analysis of plant cell walls and related carbohydrates.

The UPSC Plant Cell Wall and Carbohydrate Analytical Facility is dedicated to plant cell wall research, an important aspect at UPSC. Our competence is carbohydrate/lignin composition and lignin structure analysis of lignocellulose and secondary xylem, and fine detection of soluble sugars and starch in these materials using conventional wet chemistry methods and analytical instrument setups. The instrumental backbone for many of those methods is gas chromatography/mass spectrometry (GC/MS). Pyrolysis-GC/MS is one of the most important analytical tools that quickly yields highly reproducible and comprehensive chemical fingerprinting of carbohydrate and lignin types of cell walls in the lower microgram range. Monosaccharide composition of a whole sample or fractionated cell walls can be determined using GC/MS. For characterizing a wide variety of polymers, we have an analytical size exclusion chromatography (SEC). Our service is open for any academic research groups with a charge on samples.

 

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