Natural pigments from red microalgae for use in foods and cosmetics

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Microalgae constitute a reservoir of natural substances of commercial value. The production of valuable biochemicals from microalgae is based on the exploitation of their relatively efficient photosynthetic machinery. The red microalgae are characterized by their accessory pigments, known as phycobiliproteins, which are red or blue. These algal pigments have potential as natural colorants for use in food, cosmetics and pharmaceuticals, particularly as substitutes for synthetic dyes.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)92-97
Number of pages6
JournalTrends in Food Science and Technology
Issue numberC
StatePublished - 1 Jan 1992

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Biotechnology
  • Food Science


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