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Hybrid Seed Production Techniques for Cucurbita pepo in Organic Agricultural…

Award Information

Agency:
Department of Agriculture
Branch:
N/A
Award ID:
83619
Program Year/Program:
2007 / SBIR
Agency Tracking Number:
2007-00145
Solicitation Year:
N/A
Solicitation Topic Code:
N/A
Solicitation Number:
N/A
Small Business Information
High Mowing Organic Seeds, Inc.
76 Quarry Rd. Wolcott, VT 05680
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Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: Yes
 
Phase 1
Fiscal Year: 2007
Title: Hybrid Seed Production Techniques for Cucurbita pepo in Organic Agricultural Systems
Agency: USDA
Contract: 2007-33610-17993
Award Amount: $80,000.00
 

Abstract:

"Expanding demand for organic produce is driving a need for larger quantities of commercially-available organic seed. Concomitantly, organic producers wish to have the superior qualities realizable in first-generation (F1) hybrids for many crops. This SBIR project seeks to develop a cost-effective, commercial-scale process for producing organically-suitable F1 hybrid seed. In Phase I High Mowing Seeds will assess the objective for Cucurbita pepo (summer squashes, zucchini, pumpkins, certain winter squashes). Organically-appropriate methods for hybrid seed production in Cucurbita pepo typically require labor-intensive techniques such as hand-pollination or handemasculation of the female parent. Using the natural plant hormone ethylene, we propose to achieve more consistent results and eliminate 40-50% of the labor of producing organic hybrid seed. While ethylene gas use for this purpose is not specifically allowed under USDA National Organic Program Rules, ethylene is allowed for floral induction, post-harvest ripening, and degreening of certain fruits. With completion of this project, we believe a petition to the National Organic Standards Board for use of ethylene in hybrid seed production is highly likely to succeed. The broader outcome will be substantial increase in organic production with its attendant environmental benefits, improved vegetable varieties, and a significant opportunity for organic seed producers"

Principal Investigator:

Jodi Lew-Smith
8024726174
jodi@highmowingseeds.com

Business Contact:

Jodi Lew-Smith
Director of Research and Development
8024726174
jodi@highmowingseeds.com
Small Business Information at Submission:

High Mowing Organic Seeds, Inc.
76 Quarry Rd. Wolcott, VT 05680

EIN/Tax ID: 412177287
DUNS: N/A
Number of Employees: N/A
Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No