Production of Monascus-like pigments

Jens Christian Frisvad (Inventor), Anne S. Meyer (Inventor), Sameer Shamsuddin Mapari (Inventor), Ulf Thrane (Inventor)

Research output: Patent


The present invention relates to a method for producing one or more Monascus-like pigment composition from Penicillium species comprising: a) providing a cultivation medium comprising a high concentration of C-and N-sources and a high C/N molar ratio, b) adjusting pH to about 5 to 8, c) inoculating the cultivation medium with an inoculum of Penicillium to form a cultivation composition; d) cultivating the inoculated cultivation composition of (c); e) separating the one or more produced pigment compositions. The method of the invention may be used for producing Monascus-like pigment compositions for use as colouring agents in food items or non food items. The inventions further relates to Monascus-like pigment composition obtainable by a method of the inventions as well as use of the pigments.
Original languageEnglish
Patent numberWO2012022765
Filing date23/02/2012
Publication statusPublished - 2012

Bibliographical note

DTU reference nummer: 92493-10


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