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Application of Biotechnology in the Product Development of Haematococcus Pluvialis

Technology Overview

Application of Biotechnology in the Product Development of Haematococcus Pluvialis.
Application of Biotechnology in the Product Development of Haematococcus Pluvialis.

ITRI has worked to convert CO2 into an effective carbon source for biological metabolism through carbon sequestration technology. Cultivation of Haematococcus Pluvialis microalgae, which are a rich source of astaxanthin, has been introduced to successfully turn waste material into a valuable resource.

Applications & Benefits

Astaxanthin extracted from Haematococcus Pluvialis can be used in medical cosmetic products, health foods, and drug development. Researchers have verified that astaxanthin has an anti-aging effect and can both protect neurons against Alzheimer’s disease and ease retinopathy. Haematococcus Pluvialis is also combined with local Hualien materials to develop unique kinds of Maqaw (mountain pepper corns), soba noodles, and shichimi spice. The development of these diverse products has helped traditional industries pioneer new opportunities and move towards a green economy, thus assisting them with their corporate social responsibilities.