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Carotenoids production: microorganisms as source of natural dyes Produção de carotenoides: microrganismos como fonte de pigmentos naturais

By Eunice Valduga, Pihetra Oliveira Tatsch, Lídia Tiggemann, Helen Treichel, Geciane Toniazzo, Jamile Zeni, Marco Di Luccio and Agenor Fúrigo Júnior


Carotenoids are natural dyes synthesized by plants, algae and microorganisms. Application in many sectors can be found, as food dyeing and supplementation, pharmaceuticals, cosmetics and animal feed. Recent investigations have shown their ability to reduce the risks for many degenerative diseases like cancer, heart diseases, cataract and macular degeneration. An advantage of microbial carotenoids is the fact that the cultivation in controlled conditions is not dependent of climate, season or soil composition. In this review the advances in bio-production of carotenoids are presented, discussing the main factors that influence the microbial production of these dyes in different systems

Topics: carotenoids, microorganisms, carotenogenesis, Chemistry, QD1-999, Science, Q, DOAJ:Chemistry (General), DOAJ:Chemistry
Publisher: Sociedade Brasileira de Química
Year: 2009
DOI identifier: 10.1590/S0100-40422009000900036
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