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Bacterial Secondary Metabolites as Biopigments for Textile Dyeing

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2022-06
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MDPI AG
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In the past two decades, a growing body of research regarding the utilization of natural bacterial pigments or dyes for textile dyeing has emerged. Bacterial pigments are bacterial secondary metabolites that usually have bright colors and some special properties (e.g., antimicrobial, antioxidative, UV protective etc.). In addition to their high production yield, these special properties led scientists to research and develop methods for utilizing bacterial pigments in textile dyeing. This study presents the current state this field of research, with a focus on the dyeing potential of bacterial pigments for different types of textile material. The potential future directions of research in this area are also highlighted. In addition to the durable dyeing of textiles, bacterial pigments with special properties, such as antimicrobial activity, can add multifunctionality to dyed materials, thus increasing the value of the final product. This emerging field of research will also have a great impact on sustainability and the environment, contributing to the decreased usage of synthetic dyes in the textile industry.
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Microbial pigments, Bacterial pigments, Textile, Fibers, Dyeing
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Kramar, A., & Kostic, M. M. (2022). Bacterial Secondary Metabolites as Biopigments for Textile Dyeing. In Textiles, 2(2), 252–264