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Detection of Sugars by Paper Chromatography

Naturevolume 168pages510511 (1951) | Download Citation



SINCE the introduction by Partridge1,2 of filterpaper chromatography for the identification of sugars, the method has been widely applied by many workers, and has often proved of great value in detecting small quantities of a carbohydrate in the presence of large amounts of other sugars. With some justification, the tacit assumption, ‘one sugar, one spot’, is commonly accepted. We have made some observations which seem to call for greater care in the interpretation of chromatograms, and it is for this reason that the following facts are reported, although our knowledge of the phenomena described is still far from complete.

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    • R. J. BAYLY
    • , E. J. BOURNE
    •  & M. STACEY


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