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MAINTAINING GENETICALLY-DETERMINED ROOT SYSTEM CHARACTERISTICS USEFUL FOR URBAN…

Award Information

Agency:
Department of Agriculture
Branch:
N/A
Award ID:
14756
Program Year/Program:
1991 / SBIR
Agency Tracking Number:
14756
Solicitation Year:
N/A
Solicitation Topic Code:
N/A
Solicitation Number:
N/A
Small Business Information
Knight Hollow Nursery Inc
3333 Atom Road Middleton, WI 53562
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Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: Yes
HUBZone-Owned: No
 
Phase 1
Fiscal Year: 1991
Title: MAINTAINING GENETICALLY-DETERMINED ROOT SYSTEM CHARACTERISTICS USEFUL FOR URBAN TREES
Agency: USDA
Contract: N/A
Award Amount: $49,112.00
 

Abstract:

THE COST OF REPAIRING AND REPLACING PUBLIC PROPERTY DAMAGED BY SHALLOW TREE ROOTS TOTALS MILLIONS OF DOLLARS ANNUALLY. THE UNEVEN GRADE OF THESE SIDEWALKS ALSO PRESENTS A LIABILITY FOR MUNICIPALITIES. THE PROBLEM IS LIKELY TO BE COMPOUNDED BY THE PROPOSED PLANTING OF AN ADDITIONAL 60 MILLION URBAN TREES. WE HAVE IDENTIFIED A POPULATION OF SEEDLING TREES WITH KNOWN ROOT GROWTH CHARACTERISTICS, SPANNING THE CONTINUUM FROM VERY SHALLOW TO VERY DEEP ROOTED. THESE TREES ARE BEING MICROPROPAGATED TO INCREASE THE NUMBER OF INDIVIDUALS. THE MICROCUTTINGS WILL BE ROOTEDIN CONTAINERS WITH 2 DIFFERENT SOIL TYPES AND THEIR ROOT SYSTEM MORPHOLOGY ANALYZED. MICROCUTTINGS WILL ALSO BE GROWN IN SPECIALLY DESIGNED GLASS ROOTING BOXES THAT FACILIATE MONITORING ROOT GROWTH. IF THE PATTERN OF ROOT GROWTH OF THE PROGENY MIRRORS THE DEEP VS SHALLOW ROOTING OFTHE PARENT, IT WILL INDICATE THAT ROOT GROWTH PATTERNS CAN BE IDENTIFIED, SELECTED, AND CLONED. DEEP ROOTED SELECTIONSOF URBAN TREES COULD THEN BE IDENTIFIED, CLONALLY PROPAGATEDAND PLANTED IN THE PUBLIC RIGHT-OF-WAY, THUS CONTRIBUTING TO THE GENETIC DIVERSITY OF OUR URBAN ENVIRONMENT WITHOUT COMPROMISING PUBLIC PROPERTY AND SAFETY.

Principal Investigator:

Deborah D Mccown
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Business Contact:

Small Business Information at Submission:

Knight Hollow Nursery Inc
3333 Atom Road Middleton, WI 53562

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