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  • Carotenoids: A Colourful History: This book describes the history of the carotenoid field over 200 years, reaching a climax in the ‘Golden Age’ of research by Nobel laureates Willstätter, Karrer and Kuhn as the chemistry of these natural pigments unfolded. It describes also how the field diversified into areas of biochemistry and biology, including photosynthesis, but especially as human health and nutrition have become a major focal point. Biographical information and anecdotes about the ‘Giants’ of carotenoid research are presented and contributions of different regions and countries assessed. The history of commercial production and applications, leading to the multimillion-dollar business of today, is summarised. The history of the International Carotenoid Symposia since they began 50 years ago and of other important meetings is discussed, as is the legacy of major publications on carotenoids for more than 100 years. Finally, the authors give their personal recollections of their long associations with carotenoids and with leading personalities in the field.  The book is exclusively available at CaroteNature GmbH at a price of CHF 50.00 plus shipping charges.  → Books. 
  • Carotenoids: Physical, Chemical, and Biological Functions and Properties, Editor: John T. Landrum, Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, International University of Florida, Florida, USA CRC Press (, ISBN 978-1-4200-5230-5, December 2009
  • Carotenoids and Retinoids: Molecular Aspects and Health Issues. Editors Lester Packer, Ute Obermueller-Jevic, Klaus Kraemer, and Helmut Sies. AOCS Press, 2005. ISBN #1-893997-83-9
  • Carotenoids in Health and Disease. Editors Norman I. Krinsky, Susan T. Mayne, Helmut Sies. Marcel Dekker, Inc. New York, 2004. ISBN #0-8247-5416-6
  • Carotenoids - Handbook, G. Britton, S. Liaaen-Jensen and H. Pfander (eds). Birkhauser Verlag, 2004.
  • The Photochemistry of Carotenoids, H. A. Frank, A. J. Young, G. Britton and R. J. Cogdell, eds., Advances in Photosynthesis, Kluwer Academic Publishing, 1999.
  • The Carotenoid Series, G. Britton, S. Liaaen-Jensen and H. Pfander (eds.), Birkhäuser-Verlag. For ordering information, click here


Archives of Biochemistry and Biophysics, Vol. 483, Iss. 2, 2009 - Special Issue: Recent Achievements of Carotenoid Science and Technology, edited by Hideki Hashimoto, John Landrum and Wataru Miki is now available on ScienceDirect Archives of Biochemistry and Biophysics Volume 483, Issue 2, Pages 145-246 (15 March 2009)
Carotenoid section of the Lipid Database