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Journal Articles Current Opinion in Biotechnology Year : 2014

Filamentous fungi are large-scale producers of pigments and colorants for the food industry

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With globalization in the research trends, healthier life styles, and the growing market for the natural food colorants in the economically fast-growing countries all over the world, filamentous fungi are being investigated as readily available sources of chemically diverse colorants. With two selected examples, polyketide-Monascus-like pigments from the new fungal production strains, and the promising and yet unexplored hydroxy-anthraquinoid colorants, the present review highlights exciting recent findings, which may pave the way for alternative and/or additional biotechnological processes for the industrial production of natural food colorants of improved functionality. As an additional aspect, marine fungi are discussed as potential sources of novel pigments of numerous color hues and atypical chemical structures.
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hal-01188098 , version 1 (28-08-2015)

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Laurent Dufossé, Mireille Fouillaud, Yanis Caro, Sameer As Mapari, Nuthathai Sutthiwong. Filamentous fungi are large-scale producers of pigments and colorants for the food industry. Current Opinion in Biotechnology, 2014, 26, pp.56--61. ⟨10.1016/j.copbio.2013.09.007⟩. ⟨hal-01188098⟩
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