The project intends to promote a more extensive use of natural carotenoids as safe food additives in Europe. Carotenoids, which have important beneficial effects on human health, are produced by chemical or biological means. The fungi Blakeslee and Xanthophyllomyces are used by European industry for the production of beta-carotene and astaxanthin. Biological production is favoured by current preferences for natural products, but to compete with chemical industries, fungal carotene yields must be improved. The major goal of this project is to increase the on (a) tee genes and the enzymes of the carotene pathway; (b) the relationships between gene expression, enzyme levels, and carotene production; and (c) the mechanisms of accumulation or sequestering of carotenoids in the cell. This information will allow the scientific partners to get through genetic engineering fungal strains with improved carotene biosynthesis; to be used by industrial partners for the biotechnological production of carotenes and the development of new carotene-rich food products.
Funding SchemeCSC - Cost-sharing contracts
60054 Frankfurt Am-main
TW20 0EX Egham,surrey
6700 EV Wageningen