Comparative evaluation and selection of a method for lipid and fatty acid extraction from macroalgae

Puja Kumari, C. R.K. Reddy, Bhavanath Jha

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A comparative evaluation of Bligh and Dyer, Folch, and Cequier- Sánchez methods for quantitative determination of total lipids (TLs) and fatty acids (FAs) was accomplished in selective green (Ulva fasciata), red (Gracilaria corticata), and brown algae (Sargassum tenerrimum) using a full factorial categorical design. Applications of sonication and buffer individually on lipid extraction solvent systems were also evaluated. The FA recoveries obtained from the aforementioned methods were compared with those of direct transesterification (DT) methods to identify the best extraction methods. The experimental design showed that macroalgal matrix, extraction method, and buffer were key determinants for TL and FA recoveries (P ≤ 0.05), exhibiting significant interactions. But sonication gave erratic results with no interaction with any of the factors investigated. The buffered solvent system of Folch rendered the highest TL yield in U. fasciata and G. corticata while the buffered system of Bligh and Dyer gave the highest yield in S. tenerrimum. DT methods were more convenient and accurate for FA quantification and rendered 1.5-2 times higher yields when compared with the best conventional method, minimizing the use of chlorinated solvents, their cost of analysis, and disposal. The buffered solvent system was found to be the most appropriate for lipid research in macroalgae.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)134-144
Number of pages11
JournalAnalytical Biochemistry
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 15 Aug 2011


  • Buffer
  • Extraction method
  • Fatty acids
  • Lipids
  • Macroalgae
  • Sonication


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