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BtBooster as a Biopesticide Potentiator

Award Information

Agency:
Department of Agriculture
Branch:
N/A
Award ID:
79709
Program Year/Program:
2007 / SBIR
Agency Tracking Number:
2006-00060
Solicitation Year:
N/A
Solicitation Topic Code:
N/A
Solicitation Number:
N/A
Small Business Information
INSECTIGEN INC
425 RIVER RD Athens, GA 30602 1506
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Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: Yes
HUBZone-Owned: No
 
Phase 2
Fiscal Year: 2007
Title: BtBooster as a Biopesticide Potentiator
Agency: USDA
Contract: 2007-33610-18402
Award Amount: $346,000.00
 

Abstract:

Insecticidal efficacy is a major insecticide market driver. In 2004, InsectiGen" announced a scientific breakthrough, BtBooster", a new technology that enhances the performance of the leading biopesticide, Bacillus thuringiensis (Bt). BtBooster" is a peptide obtained from a cadherin-like protein of Manduca sexta (tobacco hornworm) and has no known or predicted toxicity to living organisms. It has no homology to any toxins. Yet BtBooster" can synergize the potency of existing Bt toxins and has potential as an additive to current Bt biopesticides. Ongoing Phase I research has demonstrated that BtBooster" enhances commercial Bt formulations on plants and overcomes Bt resistance in a Bt-resistant strain of Plutella xylostella (diamondback moth). Proposed Phase II research has three objectives: (1) conduct field trials to determine BtBooster" efficacy with commercially important crops, insect pests, and commercial Bt formulations, (2) evaluate the economic feasibility of BtBooster" as a Bt adjuvant, and (3) develop initial data for the EPA regulatory package. This research will move BtBooster" from laboratory and greenhouse bioassays to field trials, and take a long step toward developing a commercial product. We envision that it will broaden the opportunities for Bt-based insect control by overcoming limitations in Bt biopesticides.

Principal Investigator:

Mohd A. Abdullah
7065422255
mamir@uga.edu

Business Contact:

Clifton A. Baile
CEO
7065424094
cbaile@uga.edu
Small Business Information at Submission:

InsectiGen, Inc.
425 River Rd. Athens, GA 30602

EIN/Tax ID: 371467469
DUNS: N/A
Number of Employees: N/A
Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No