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Title: Carotenoid production from microalgae: the portuguese scenario
Author: Kholany, Mariam
Coutinho, João A. P.
Ventura, Sónia P. M.
Keywords: Biofuels
Issue Date: 14-Apr-2022
Publisher: MDPI
Abstract: Microalgae have an outstanding capacity to efficiently produce value-added compounds. They have been inspiring researchers worldwide to develop a blue biorefinery, supporting the development of the bioeconomy, tackling the environmental crisis, and mitigating the depletion of natural resources. In this review, the characteristics of the carotenoids produced by microalgae are presented and the downstream processes developed to recover and purify them are analyzed, considering their main applications. The ongoing activities and initiatives taking place in Portugal regarding not only research, but also industrialization under the blue biorefinery concept are also discussed. The situation reported here shows that new techniques must be developed to make microalgae production more competitive. Downstream pigment purification technologies must be developed as they may have a considerable impact on the economic viability of the process. Government incentives are needed to encourage a constructive interaction between academics and businesses in order to develop a biorefinery that focuses on high-grade chemicals.
Peer review: yes
DOI: 10.3390/molecules27082540
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