Biotechnology Techniques

, Volume 7, Issue 10, pp 723–726 | Cite as

Agar, an alternative to agarose in analytical gel electrophoresis

  • C. D. Viljoen
  • B. D. Wingfield
  • M. J. Wingfield


Agarose is purified from the polysaccharide complex, agar. This purified fraction forms a neutral gel matrix that is commonly used in gel electrophoresis. We have found that for many routine uses, agar which is considerably less expensive than agarose can be used with satisfactory results.


Agar Agarose Polysaccharide Electrophoresis Satisfactory Result 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • C. D. Viljoen
    • 1
  • B. D. Wingfield
    • 1
  • M. J. Wingfield
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Microbiology and BiochemistryUniversity of the Orange Free StateBloemfonteinSouth Africa

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