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Title: Microwave-Assisted Solvent Extraction and Analysis of Shikimic Acid from Plant Tissues

item Matallo, Marcus
item Almeida, Sidney
item Cerdeira, Antonio
item Franco, Daniel
item Garcia Blanco, Flavio
item Menezes, Pamela
item Luchini, Luiz
item Moura, M.a.m. - Instituto Biologicio - Brazil
item Duke, Stephen

Submitted to: Planta Daninha
Publication Type: Peer Reviewed Journal
Publication Acceptance Date: 11/20/2009
Publication Date: 12/3/2009
Citation: Matallo, M.B., Almeida, S., Cerdeira, A.L., Franco, D.A., Garcia Blanco, F.M., Menezes, P., Luchini, L.C., Moura, M., Duke, S.O. 2009. Microwave-Assisted Solvent Extraction and Analysis of Shikimic Acid from Plant Tissues. Planta Daninha. 27:987-994.

Interpretive Summary: Shikimic acid is an indicator of exposure of plants to the common herbicide glyphosate. Shikimic acid is also used in the manufacture of the pharmaceutical Tamiflu. Rapid methods of detection of shikimic acid in plants are needed to screen for glyphosate exposure and for botanical sources of this expensive compound. This paper describes a fast and efficient method of measuring shikimic acid in plants. Furthermore, this microwave extraction method uses no organic solvents or harsh chemicals, making it environmentally benign.

Technical Abstract: A simple method using microwave-assisted extraction (MWAE) using water as the extraction solvent was developed for the determination of shikimic acid in plant tissue of Brachiaria decumbens Stapf, an important Poaceae forage and weed species widely spread in agricultural and non-agricultural areas throughout the world. High performance liquid chromatography (HPLC) was used for the separation of shikimic acid, and chromatographic data were acquired using photodiode array (PDA) detection. This MWAE technique was successful in recovering shikimic acid from a series of fortified plant tissues at more than 90% efficiency with an interference-free chromatogram. This allowed the use of lower amounts of reagents and organic solvents, reducing use of toxic and/or hazardous chemicals as compared to currently used methodology according to the principles of green chemistry. The method was used to determine the level of endogenous shikimic acid in several species of Brachiária and sugarcane (Saccharum officinarum L.) and on B. decumbens and soybean (Glycine max (L.) Merrill) after treatment with glyphosate [N-(phosphonomethyl)glycine]. The method was sensitive, rapid and reliable in all cases.