Increased Astaxanthin production in algal systems
MSU has developed a process to use bicarbonate to double the rate of astaxanthin production in commercial algal systems. MSU seeks partners for research collaboration and/or to license and commercialize a process to induce greater Astaxanthin production in Haematococcus pluvialis algal systems.
Montana State University (MSU) researchers have developed a patented process to meter in bicarbonate to double the rate of Astaxanthin production in commercial algal systems.
- Increased Production of Algae and Astaxanthin: The researchers have demonstrated that a timely addition of bicarbonate can significantly increase the rate of Astaxanthin produced by Haematococcus pluvialis in an experimental system.
- Potentially Double Production of Astaxanthin: The experimental results indicate commercial algal systems could potentially double the rate of Astaxanthin produced.
- Low Cost and Non-toxic Solution: The MSU process uses NaHCO3 (sodium bicarbonate, baking soda), a low cost, readily available, non-toxic chemical.
- Diverse Applications: Bicarbonate triggering can also be applied to the production of lipids as well as other carotenoids produced in algal systems.
- Licensing of patented technology for enhancing growth of high value products from algal production system
- The research is ongoing at MSU and the engineering team is available for collaboration.