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Table 2 Structures, application areas and color of the carotenoid compounds found in Neurospora intermedia N-1 namely lycopene, neurosporen, γ-caroten, β-carotene and phytoene

From: Filamentous ascomycetes fungi as a source of natural pigments

Carotenoids Structure Applications Color
Lycopene High antioxidative activity [64] with beneficial effects on health by fighting many diseases [65]. Used in nutraceuticals and related applications [66]. Used for food coloring (E160d) [67] Dark red [7]
Neurosporen Antioxidative properties [68]. Data not found on industrial applications Yellow-orange [68]
γ-Carotene Data not found on industrial applications Orange red [7]
β-Carotene Used for food coloring (E160a) [67]. Beneficial effects on health by fighting many diseases [65] Yellow to Orange [7]
Phytoene Key carotenoid intermediate as a precursor to other carotenoids Colorless [69]