Centre Algatech

Institute of Michrobiology, Academy of Sciences of the Czech Republic

TACR - Delta 2

Project Info

Name: Sequential bio-production based on counter-current separation to obtain astaxanthin from probiotic yeast
Registration Number: TM05000008
Grant Provider: TAČR – Delta 2
Period: 2024 - 2025
Total project budget (CZK): 2 822 157

Main beneficiary of the project


Project Partners

Institute of Microbiology of the CAS
TWBIO, Trade Wind Biotech Co Ltd.

Project Leader for MBÚ AV ČR Třeboň

Dr. José Carlos Cheel Horna PhD.

Project description

The project aims to develop sequential production of astaxanthin from yeast, with a focus on supplying multiple markets. It includes a breakthrough yeast-based probiotic cell factory and an extraction system for astaxanthin-rich yeast biomass extracts. Our research focuses on an efficient sequential separation process using countercurrent separation (CCS) to isolate astaxanthin from yeast biomass extract. We will also develop an advanced membrane system to increase the purity of astaxanthin for the demanding market and explore its innovative application as a plant-based meat coloring agent. By integrating these advances, our project provides a sustainable industry for various industry needs while creating new opportunities in the astaxanthin market.

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