A method for cellulose determination


  • L. Paloheimo Department of Animal Husbandry, University of Helsinki
  • Eine Herkola Department of Animal Husbandry, University of Helsinki
  • M.-L. Kero Department of Animal Husbandry, University of Helsinki


The usual metods for cellulose determinations, excepting those in which the material is decomposed by total hydrolysis, are principally methods for producing cellulose preparations. In these the non-cellulosic compounds are tried to be removed as thoroughly as possible without decomposing the cellulose. However, the preparations obtained still contain different non-cellulosic components for which corrections must be made. In the method proposed by the authors a crude cellulose preparation is produced by a relatively mild treatment, and corrections are made for crude lignin and pentosans. The main feature in producing the crude cellulose preparation is shaking the samples with 3N NaOH solution in pressure bottles in a boiling water bath. The method appears to give readable results for fodder materials. For woods the results are evidently too high, especially due to mannan in the crude cellulose.


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Paloheimo, L., Herkola, E., & Kero, M.-L. (1962). A method for cellulose determination. Agricultural and Food Science, 34(1), 57–65. https://doi.org/10.23986/afsci.71590