The main objective of this project is to develop a sustainable adsorption method for isolation and production of natural pigments of high commercial value. The basic innovative feature of the method is the application of solid waste from fisheries as a natural adsorbent of pigments. The principal product target is a natural pigment, astaxanthin, extracted from seafood industry wastes of crustaceans. There are commercial interests in astaxanthin production for feed formulations and as nutraceutical, as prices and market value are high and growing. Astaxanthin in commercial use is produced synthetically. Consumers are increasingly interested in natural feed and food additives, but the commercial availability of natural astaxanthin is limited. The benefits of this innovation are both economical and ecological:
1. Production of natural pigments.
2. Better use of waste from crustacean industry.
3. Purification of wastewater from crustaceans industry.
4. Value-added product from
Funding SchemeEAW - Exploratory awards