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Botryococcus braunii is a colonial green microalga that is known for producing various types of hydrocarbons and other types of oils. In a 1998 publication, Okada and co-workers isolated and identified two new carotenoids in their efforts to better understand the relationship between colony color and hydrocarbon production, one of which was α-botryoxanthin A (molecular formula C74H112O2).

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