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Biochemical characterization of carotenoids in two species of Trentepohlia (Trentepohliales, Chlorophyta)


Two species of Trentepohlia, i.e., Trentepohlia aurea and Trentepohlia cucullata were collected from walls and tree bark, respectively, at two different seasons in a year. The total carotenoid content in both the species is very high during winter but decreases significantly during summer. By spectroscopic analysis, it was found that. T. aurea and T. cucullata growing in natural habitats are rich sources of carotenoids. The individual carotenoids were separated, identified, and estimated by HPLC, and identified as β-carotene along with some other carotenoids, i.e., neoxanthin, lutein, β-cryptoxanthin, β,γ-carotene, β,ε-carotene (absent during summer).

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Mukherjee, R., Borah, S.P. & Goswami, B.C. Biochemical characterization of carotenoids in two species of Trentepohlia (Trentepohliales, Chlorophyta). J Appl Phycol 22, 569–571 (2010).

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  • Algae
  • Trentepohlia
  • Carotenoid
  • HPLC