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Production, extraction and characterization of a natural fungal pigment

  • Mestrado em Biotecnologia, 2018


Natural pigments can be used for different purposes, namely in the textile industry for dyeing cloths, or in the food industry, as coloring agents. Nowadays, some food grade pigments produced by filamentous fungi, namely Monascus pigments, Arpink redTM from Penicillium oxalicum, riboflavin from Ashbya gossypii, as well as lycopene and β-carotene from Blakeslea trispora can be found in the market. In the European Union there are approximately 43 colorants authorized as food additives, whereas approximately 30 are approved in the United States, several of them from natural sources. Pigments can ...

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