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DESICCATION OF ENTOMOGENOUS NEMATODES FOR LONG-TERM MASS STORAGE

Award Information

Agency:
Department of Agriculture
Branch:
N/A
Award ID:
4651
Program Year/Program:
1987 / SBIR
Agency Tracking Number:
4651
Solicitation Year:
N/A
Solicitation Topic Code:
N/A
Solicitation Number:
N/A
Small Business Information
Biosys
10150 Old Columbia Road Columbia, MD 21046
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Woman-Owned: Yes
Minority-Owned: Yes
HUBZone-Owned: No
 
Phase 2
Fiscal Year: 1987
Title: DESICCATION OF ENTOMOGENOUS NEMATODES FOR LONG-TERM MASS STORAGE
Agency: USDA
Contract: N/A
Award Amount: $210,000.00
 

Abstract:

INFECTIVE JUVENILES (IJ'S) OF STEINERNEMATID NEMATODES IN THE GENUS NEOAPLECTANA ARE EFFECTIVE CONTROL AGENTS FOR A WIDE RANGE OF INSECT PESTS. MARKET REQUIREMENTS FOR THE YEAR 1987 DETERMINE A PRODUCTION GOAL OF 1011 NEMATODES PER WEEK, WITH 1988 REQUIREMENTS APPROXIMATING 1016 PER WEEK. PHASE I ADDRESSES THE PROBLEM OF STORAGE AND SHIPMENT OF S SUCH LARGE NUMBERS (=LARGE VOLUMES) OF NEMATODES. IJ'S ARE AQUATIC, REQURE OXYGEN AND SURVIVE AT THE EXPENSE OF STORED ENERGY. PRESENT STORAGE METHODS UTILIZING POLYURETHANE FOAM,ACTIVATED CHARCOAL OR OTHER NEMATODES SUBSTRATES REQUIRING LOW-TEMPERATURE STORAGE. SUCH METHODS DO NOT ALLOW FOR LONG -TERM STORAGE AND ARE PRACTICALLY DESICCATION OF ENTOMO GENOUS NEMATODES FOR LONG-TERM MASS STORAGE-TECHNICAL AB ABSTRACT AND ECONOMICALLY INDADEQUATE. THE OVERALL PHASE I OBJECTIVE IS TO DEVISE AND EVALUATE A RESEARCH SCALE TECHNI NIQUE FOR THE LONG-TERM STORAGE OF DESICCATED IJ'S. THE RESEARCH EFFORT WILL DETERMINE: THE BEST DESICCATION AND REHYDRATION REGIMES; THE LARGEST VOLUME OF NEMATODES THAT CAN BE EFFECTIVELY DESICCATED AS A SINGLE UNIT; SURVIVAL AND PATHOGENICITY OF DESICCATED IJ'S VERSUS STORAGETIME; OXYGEN REQUIREMENTS OF DESICCATED IJ,S; THE RESISTANCE OF DESICCATED IJ,S TO ENVIRONMENTAL EXTREMES.

Principal Investigator:


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Business Contact:

Dr. irene popiel
Small Business Information at Submission:

Biosis
1057 East Meadow Circle Palo Alto, CA 94303

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DUNS: N/A
Number of Employees: N/A
Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No