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SBIR Phase I: Enhancing Starch Quantity and Quality in Hybrid Grain Sorghum

Award Information

Agency:
National Science Foundation
Branch:
N/A
Award ID:
88364
Program Year/Program:
2008 / SBIR
Agency Tracking Number:
0741194
Solicitation Year:
N/A
Solicitation Topic Code:
N/A
Solicitation Number:
N/A
Small Business Information
Caisson Laboratories, Inc.
1740 Research Park Way North Logan, UT 84341 1977
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Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
 
Phase 1
Fiscal Year: 2008
Title: SBIR Phase I: Enhancing Starch Quantity and Quality in Hybrid Grain Sorghum
Agency: NSF
Contract: 0741194
Award Amount: $99,989.00
 

Abstract:

This Small Business Innovation Research Phase I project developes methods to molecularly abort sorghum embryos, early in their development, to redirect nutrients, normally used for embryo development, toward starch accumulation. The research will construct and test genetic cassettes necessary for aborting embryo development in seeds and identify sorghum lines possessing high tissue culture regeneration potential. These high-energy grain sorghum products are being designed for the biomaterials/biofuels industries, and the goal is to achieve a 10-20% increase in yield of extractable starch per acre from sorghum hybrid seeds. The broader impacts of this research are the lessening of the nation's dependence on foreign oil in its production of bioplastics, biofilms and other biomaterials, enhanced agricultural prosperity for marginal farmland, and new and cost-effective methods of producing pharmaceuticals and other industrial chemicals.

Principal Investigator:

Dominique Roche
DPhil
4357700197
droche@caissonlabs.com

Business Contact:

Dominique Roche
DPhil
4357700197
droche@caissonlabs.com
Small Business Information at Submission:

Caisson Laboratories, Inc.
1740 Research Park Way North Logan, UT 84341

EIN/Tax ID: 200704381
DUNS: N/A
Number of Employees:
Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No