Special Issue "Production of Dyes and Pigments by Microorganisms: Fermentation, Extraction, and Applications"

A special issue of Fermentation (ISSN 2311-5637). This special issue belongs to the section "Fermentation Process Design".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (30 September 2021).

Special Issue Editor

Dr. Mohamed Koubaa
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Laboratoire Transformations Intégrées de la Matière Renouvelable (UTC/ESCOM, EA 4297 TIMR), Ecole Supérieure de Chimie Organique et Minérale, 1 Allée du réseau Jean-Marie Buckmaster, 60200 Compiègne, France
Interests: fermentation; emerging processing technologies; valorization of by-products and agro-industrial waste bioprocess; antioxidant bioactive compounds
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Dear Colleagues,

The biosynthesis of dyes for food and textile applications has attracted increased interest in recent years. The production of synthetic dyes is economically viable and technically advanced, with colors covering the entire color spectrum. However, synthetic dyes face many challenges, such as their dependence on petroleum resources, environmental toxicity, and human health issues. A possible alternative of synthetic dyes and pigments includes those extracted from plants, animals, and microorganisms. Due to their higher production yield, microbial dyes and pigments are advantageous over those from plants and animals. Many biosynthetic pathways have been identified and cloned in microorganisms mainly to avoid the pathogenicity of the native microorganism and to increase the production yield. Moreover, many cell disruption technologies have been investigated to extract dyes and pigments from microorganisms.

In view of the above potential and developments, the journal Fermentation is inviting authors to submit unpublished original contributions, critical review articles, and short communications for consideration in the Special Issue “Production of Dyes and Pigments by Microorganisms: Fermentation, Extraction, and Applications”. The topics covered in this Special Issue include but are not limited to:

  • Genetic transformations of biosynthetic pathways of dyes and pigments in microorganisms;
  • Optimization of the fermentation processes for dye and pigment production;
  • Extraction and purification of dyes and pigments from microorganisms;
  • Scaling up of fermentation processes for dyes and pigments production;
  • Applications of microbial dyes and pigments.

Dr. Mohamed Koubaa
Guest Editor

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Submitted manuscripts should not have been published previously, nor be under consideration for publication elsewhere (except conference proceedings papers). All manuscripts are thoroughly refereed through a single-blind peer-review process. A guide for authors and other relevant information for submission of manuscripts is available on the Instructions for Authors page. Fermentation is an international peer-reviewed open access quarterly journal published by MDPI.

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Mechanical Cell Disruption Technologies for the Extraction of Dyes and Pigments from Microorganisms: A Review
Fermentation 2021, 7(1), 36; https://doi.org/10.3390/fermentation7010036 - 09 Mar 2021
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The production of pigments using single cell microorganisms is gaining traction as a sustainable alternative to conventional syntheses, which rely, in no negligible proportions, on petrochemicals. In addition to depending on petroleum, these syntheses involved the use of toxic organic solvents, which may [...] Read more.
The production of pigments using single cell microorganisms is gaining traction as a sustainable alternative to conventional syntheses, which rely, in no negligible proportions, on petrochemicals. In addition to depending on petroleum, these syntheses involved the use of toxic organic solvents, which may be inadequately disposed of across a range of industries, thus compounding the deleterious effects of fossil fuel exploitation. Literature suggests that notable research efforts in the area of sustainable pigment production using single cell microorganisms are focused on the production of pigments coveted for their interesting qualities, which transcend their mere capacity to dye various fabrics both natural and synthetic. As interest in sustainable pigment biosynthesis grows, the need to devise effective and efficient cell disruption processes becomes more pressing given that the viability of pigment biosynthesis is not only dependent on microorganisms’ yield in terms of production, but also on researchers’ ability to recover them. This review chiefly reports findings as to mechanical cell disruption methods, used individually or in various combinations, and their aptitude to recover biosynthetic pigments. Full article
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