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Commercial potential for Haematococcus microalgae as a natural source of astaxanthin.


As a result of high production costs, commercial products from microalgae must command high prices. Astaxanthin produced by Haematococcus is a product that has become a commercial reality through novel and advanced technology. Cultivation methods have been developed to produce Haematococcus containing 1.5-3.0% astaxanthin by dry weight, with potential applications as a pigment source in aquaculture, poultry feeds and in the worldwide nutraceutical market.

Pubmed ID: 10740262


  • Lorenz RT
  • Cysewski GR


Trends in biotechnology

Publication Data

April 5, 2000

Associated Grants


Mesh Terms

  • Animal Feed
  • Animals
  • Aquaculture
  • Biotechnology
  • Chlorophyta
  • Decapoda (Crustacea)
  • Fishes
  • Food Coloring Agents
  • Poultry
  • Xanthophylls
  • beta Carotene