Engineered Microbes for Pigment Production Using Waste Biomass

Author(s): Zeba Usmani, Minaxi Sharma*, Surya Sudheer, Vijai K. Gupta, Rajeev Bhat*.

Journal Name: Current Genomics

Volume 21 , Issue 2 , 2020

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Agri-food waste biomass is the most abundant organic waste and has high valorisation potential for sustainable bioproducts development. These wastes are not only recyclable in nature but are also rich sources of bioactive carbohydrates, peptides, pigments, polyphenols, vitamins, natural antioxidants, etc. Bioconversion of agri-food waste to value-added products is very important towards zero waste and circular economy concepts. To reduce the environmental burden, food researchers are seeking strategies to utilize this waste for microbial pigments production and further biotechnological exploitation in functional foods or value-added products. Microbes are valuable sources for a range of bioactive molecules, including microbial pigments production through fermentation and/or utilisation of waste. Here, we have reviewed some of the recent advancements made in important bioengineering technologies to develop engineered microbial systems for enhanced pigments production using agrifood wastes biomass/by-products as substrates in a sustainable way.

Keywords: Agri-food waste, fermentation, microbial pigments, bioengineering, engineered microbes, waste biomass.

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VOLUME: 21
ISSUE: 2
Year: 2020
Page: [80 - 95]
Pages: 16
DOI: 10.2174/1389202921999200330152007
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