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SBIR Phase II: Implementation of Sex Pheromone-Based Systems to Suppress…

Award Information

Agency:
National Science Foundation
Branch:
N/A
Award ID:
63351
Program Year/Program:
2005 / SBIR
Agency Tracking Number:
0319092
Solicitation Year:
N/A
Solicitation Topic Code:
N/A
Solicitation Number:
N/A
Small Business Information
MSTRS Technologies Inc.
2501 North Loop Drive 528 Science II Building, ISU Ames, IA 50010 8277
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Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
 
Phase 2
Fiscal Year: 2005
Title: SBIR Phase II: Implementation of Sex Pheromone-Based Systems to Suppress Populations of Soybean Aphids
Agency: NSF
Contract: 0450032
Award Amount: $499,223.00
 

Abstract:

This Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) Phase II project proposes to develop sex pheromone-based techniques for monitoring, mass trapping, and mating disruption of the soybean aphid. Since its first appearance in North America, infestations of the newly invasive soybean aphid, Aphis glycines Matsumura, have continued to cause a significant soybean yield loss due to either direct feeding damage or the vectoring of plant viruses by the aphid. In 2003, the total acreage with soybean aphid infestation was estimated at over 8 million, with yield loss ranging from 32% - 45% in the three biggest soybean growing states in the U.S. (Illinois, Iowa and Minnesota). This project will investigate novel suppression strategies to reduce populations of this pest, thereby reducing the size of the subsequent populations feeding on soybeans. The commercial application of this project will be to manage aphids in the soybean crop. The research aims to increase knowledge of the chemical ecology of aphids, as well as provide a new understanding of how to use these novel aphid sex pheromone-based control strategies most effectively. This will help growers in the U.S., the world's largest soybean exporting country, to improve crop quality and yield at a minimal cost for soybean aphid management, thereby increasing their competitiveness in the world market.

Principal Investigator:

Junwei Zhu
Dr
5152947264
jwzhu@iastate.edu

Business Contact:

Junwei Zhu
Dr
5152947264
jwzhu@iastate.edu
Small Business Information at Submission:

MSTRS
2501 North Loop Drive Ames, IA 50010

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