Production of Betalains by Hairy Root Cultures of Beta Vulgaris L
Hairy root cultures of Beta vulgaris L. produce betalains similar to roots in planta. These root cultures have shown stability in biomass and pigment production for several generations. The concentration of betalains in these root cultures is affected by various physical and chemical factors. Some of the factors which can be used for increasing the productivity of these root cultures are light, media constituents and elicitors. Thus, beet hairy root cultures can serve as a model system for studying betalain biosynthesis and also have potential for development of large-scale production of betalains for use as a food color.
KeywordsBiomass Sugar Sucrose Fermentation Phosphorus
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