Iran produces edible blue pigment
Tehran, Iran, July 5
By Mehdi Sepahvand –- Trend:
Iranian scientists have achieved the technology for producing edible blue pigments, IRIB news agency reported July 5.
The technology uses spirulina, a biomass of cyanobacteria (blue-green algae) that can be consumed by humans and other animals, to produce phycocyanin, a pigment-protein complex from the light-harvesting phycobiliprotein family.
It took the scientists about two years to domestically develop the technology, which was previously in the possession only of the US, Japan, and Denmark.
It has been said that through a pilot production plan, Iran would be able to produce the pigment industrially in the course of one year.