HPTLC-based fingerprinting of agave fructooligosaccharides

Agave fructooligosaccharides (aFOS) fructans are natural fructose polymers that are used for their prebiotic and health improving properties in functional foods, and have a direct impact on the yield and quality of tequila.

To fully understand and characterize aFOS, the gold standard has been high performance anion exchange chromatography (HPAEC). However, this technique can be quite time-consuming. HPTLC offers the ability to analyze multiple samples simultaneously, leading to significant time savings and eventually to higher lab efficiency.

In this webinar, Dr. Luis F. Salomé Abarca (CINVESTAV) explores the potential of the aFOS fraction as a reliable indicator of fructan differentiation in agave species throughout their lifespan. Additionally, he delves into the feasibility of HPTLC as a robust fingerprinting platform through the power of multivariate data analysis (MVDA).