A Mutant Of The Green Alga Dunaliella Salina Accumulates Zeaxanthin, A High-value Bio-product

Tech ID: 17249 / UC Case 2003-047-0


A novel mutant of of the halotolerant unicellular green alga Dunaliella salinia lacks a number of the beta-branch xanthophylls but accumulates zeaxanthin. Biochemical analysis suggests that zeaxanthin substitutes for the beta-branched xanthophylls in the mutant strain. This mutant may provide a biological source for the production of zeaxanthin, a high value bio-product.
Ref.: E. Jin, & et al. 2003. Biotechnol Bioeng 81:115-124


Provides alga source for high value production of zeaxanthin.


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