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Low-Cost Electrochemical Ethylene Sensor for Agricultural Applications

Award Information

Agency:
Department of Agriculture
Branch:
N/A
Award ID:
61977
Program Year/Program:
2003 / SBIR
Agency Tracking Number:
2003-00130
Solicitation Year:
N/A
Solicitation Topic Code:
N/A
Solicitation Number:
N/A
Small Business Information
Giner, Inc.
89 Rumford Avenue Newton, MA 02466-1311
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Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
 
Phase 1
Fiscal Year: 2003
Title: Low-Cost Electrochemical Ethylene Sensor for Agricultural Applications
Agency: USDA
Contract: 2003-33610-13048
Award Amount: $75,000.00
 

Abstract:

NON-TECHNICAL SUMMARY: Ethylene (ethene) is a plant hormone that is active at very low concentrations in the developmental and reproductive processes of plants. Ethylene plays a crucial role in the complex processes of ripening and senescence of fruit, vegetable and floral crops, making this unique sensor a valuable tool for U.S. agriculture. The anticipated result of the Phase I and Phase II program would be a low-cost ethylene monitor with high selectivity and sensitivity. A convenient, inexpensive sensor could be used to improve agricultural ripening and storage practices resulting in improved quality and cost of fruits and vegetables. The instrument could be used for basic research on plant physiology, for monitoring ethylene in storage or transportation of fruits, vegetables, and flowers (cut or live), and for measuring ethylene in ripening operations. It could be used in a laboratory, greenhouse, shipping container, wholesale or retail storage facility or even a home refrigerator.

Principal Investigator:

Linda A. Tempelman
7815290514
ltempelman@ginerinc.com

Business Contact:

Anthony J. Vaccaro
President
7815290504
avaccaro@ginerinc.com
Small Business Information at Submission:

Giner, Inc.
89 Rumford Avenue Newton, MA 02466

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