Biotechnological production of carotenoids
Yeasts are a group of versatile fungi involved in traditional and advanced fermentation technologies. Among yeasts a handful of species of the genera Rhodosporidium, Rhodotorula, Sporobolomyces and Sporidiobolus, labelled as red yeasts, are well known carotenoid producers and are considered good candidates for the biotechnological production of these pigments. However, much work is still needed to understand how to enhance carotenoid production and to convert these yeasts into suitable cell factories. The workshop is aimed at discussing the most recent results on the complexity and usefulness of red yeasts, by favouring the brain storming among researchers and stakeholders interested in discovering novel carotenoid overproducing yeasts and developing molecular and analytical tools suitable for the analysis of red yeast carotenogenic pathway.