Properties and Applications of Natural Pigments Produced from Different Biological Sources—A Concise Review

  • Subbulakshmi Muthusamy
  • Sruthilaya Udhayabaskar
  • Gowthama Prabu Udayakumar
  • G. B. Kirthikaa
  • N. SivarajasekarEmail author
Conference paper
Part of the Springer Proceedings in Energy book series (SPE)


In the present-world scenario, synthetic dyes play a major role in most of the industrial sectors for various purposes. Although they meet up higher demands, they equally pose a threat by increasing the rate of water pollution and several environmental risks due to lack of proper treatment methods for the disposal of these dyes. One of the most effective replacements for these dyes are the natural pigments produced from eco-friendly and degradable biological sources. Thus, the production of natural pigments have an increased demand in food, pharmaceutical, nutraceutical, and textile industries. These natural pigments can be produced from various sources like plants, microorganisms, and marine-algae which contain bioactive compounds that have been used for the treatment of chronic diseases. This review investigates the production of natural pigments using current technologies and summarizes the challenge towards natural pigment production. It also discusses the biological properties of natural pigments with its application in different fields.


Biodegradable Foodstuffs Natural pigments Pharmaceutical 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Subbulakshmi Muthusamy
    • 1
  • Sruthilaya Udhayabaskar
    • 1
  • Gowthama Prabu Udayakumar
    • 1
  • G. B. Kirthikaa
  • N. Sivarajasekar
    • 1
    Email author
  1. 1.Laboratory for Bioremediation Research, Department of Biotechnology, Kumaraguru College of TechnologyCoimbatoreIndia

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