Author(s): Abhishek Kumar*, Hari Shankar Vishwakarma, Jyoti Singh, ShipraDwivedi, Mahendra Kumar
Nowadays there is a great interest of the market for the natural pigments; especially microbial pigments because of widely used synthetic pigments have harmful issues associated with the workers of industry as well as consumer. Microbial pigments have numerous beneficial properties like anticancer, antiproliferative, immunosuppressive, antibiotic, biodegradability etc. Many microorganisms, including bacteria, fungi, yeast and mould etc. are employed for the industrial production of various pigments by using fermentation technology. These microbial pigments have broad area of application, mainly in food industries, pharmaceutical industries and textile industries. Food grade pigments such as β-carotene, Arpink Red, Riboflavin lycopene and Monascus pigments are used in food industry. In pharmaceutical industry pigments like Anthocyanin, Prodigiosin and Violacein are widely used to treat diseases. Several microbial pigments are also used in textile industry.