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Annatto – a sustainable biofactory for natural colors and health promoting compounds (~9 mill DKK in DK)

Objectives of the present study are:

  1. To assess and exploit genetic diversity to optimize the quality and yield of bixin and norbixin and other antioxidants,
  2. Screen for bioactive compounds and quantify bixin/norbixin, geranylgeraniol and tocopherol/tocotrienol in different annatto accessions
  3. To improve the stability through advanced formulation of these bioactive molecules  and obtain a more detailed insight into mechanisms for light- or heat-induced degradation and test them in their final application (beverages and food products)