Microwave-Assisted Extraction of Fucoidan from Marine Algae

  • Solange I. Mussatto
Part of the Methods in Molecular Biology book series (MIMB, volume 1308)


Microwave-assisted extraction (MAE) is a technique that can be applied to extract compounds from different natural resources. In this chapter, the use of this technique to extract fucoidan from marine algae is described. The method involves a closed MAE system, ultrapure water as extraction solvent, and suitable conditions of time, pressure, and algal biomass/water ratio. By using this procedure under the specified conditions, the penetration of the electromagnetic waves into the material structure occurs in an efficient manner, generating a distributed heat source that promotes the fucoidan extraction from the algal biomass.

Key words

Extraction Degradation Fucoidan Fucose Heat Irradiation Marine algae Microwave Monosaccharides 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of BiotechnologyDelft University of TechnologyDelftThe Netherlands

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