Fermentable carbohydrate metabolism in maguey mezcalero potosino (Agave salmiana): HPLC characterization and evaluation

  • Christian MICHEL-CUELLO Autonomous University of San Luis Potosí, Middle Zone Multidisciplinary Academic Unit, Rioverde-San Ciro Highway, Km 4 Ejido Puente del Carmen, 79617, Rioverde, San Luis Potosí
  • Noé AGUILAR-RIVERA University of Veracruz, Faculty of Biological and Agricultural Sciences, Orizaba Córdoba región, Camino Peñuela-Amatlán s/n Peñuela, Amatlán de los Reyes, 94952, Veracruz
  • Cristian LÓPEZ-PALACIOS Autonomous University of San Luis Potosí, Middle Zone Multidisciplinary Academic Unit, Rioverde-San Ciro Highway, Km 4 Ejido Puente del Carmen, 79617, Rioverde, San Luis Potosí
  • Juan F. CÁRDENAS-GONZÁLEZ Autonomous University of San Luis Potosí, Middle Zone Multidisciplinary Academic Unit, Rioverde-San Ciro Highway, Km 4 Ejido Puente del Carmen, 79617, Rioverde, San Luis Potosí
Keywords: Agave; carbohydrate metabolism; San Luis Potosi; sugar identification and quantification


The maguey mezcalero potosino (Agave salmiana) is a natural resource of great regional importance, used for the manufacture of mezcal and other alcoholic beverages by fermentation of simple sugars and sugars released by fructans hydrolysis. For this, only the stem and base of leaves is used, which results on wasting the other sections that represent up to 40% of weight of the complete plant. The objective of this study was to identify and quantify the fermentable carbohydrates present in raw and hydrolysed juices of the stem and four sections of the whole leaves (base, neck, wings and apex) of maguey plants with representative specimens of three stages of maturity with industrial importance. For carbohydrate characterization, high resolution liquid chromatography (HLPC) was used. The sugars found as fructose, glucose, sucrose, xylose and maltose coincide with those identified in other Agave species, significant differences are observed depending on the section and the state of maturity of the plant, the sugar concentration in the discarded sections of the plant (fructose: 5.79 – 4.80 mg mL-1) are considerable and statistically similar to those found in the stem (fructose: 2.49 mg mL-1) and the base of the leaf (fructose: 3.16 mg mL-1) (structure used in the mezcal production process). The results obtained can promote the integral use of the plant and diversification towards other industries such as pharmaceuticals, biofuels or foods.


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MICHEL-CUELLO, C., AGUILAR-RIVERA, N., LÓPEZ-PALACIOS, C., & CÁRDENAS-GONZÁLEZ, J. F. (2021). Fermentable carbohydrate metabolism in maguey mezcalero potosino (Agave salmiana): HPLC characterization and evaluation . Notulae Botanicae Horti Agrobotanici Cluj-Napoca, 49(1), 12154. https://doi.org/10.15835/nbha49112154
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DOI: 10.15835/nbha49112154