Biosynthesis and Isolation of Plant Saponins

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L. Tmáková, S. Sekretár, J. Hlásniková, L. Vrbiková, and Š. Schmidt

Department of Food Science and Technology, Faculty of Chemical and Food Technology, Slovak University of Technology, Bratislava

Keywords: saponins, extraction, isolation, plants, biosynthesis


Saponins are polar compounds occurring in plants; their separation and identification are still problematic. Most of them must be purified by chromatography. The present review deals with theoretical background of biosynthesis and isolation of saponins from plant materials using both conventional and novel techniques. Several extraction techniques have been developed as alternatives to conventional extractions, offering certain advantages.


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