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MAXIMIZATION OF AGAR BIOSYNTHESIS IN THE RED ALGAE

Award Information

Agency:
National Science Foundation
Branch:
N/A
Award ID:
729
Program Year/Program:
1985 / SBIR
Agency Tracking Number:
729
Solicitation Year:
N/A
Solicitation Topic Code:
N/A
Solicitation Number:
N/A
Small Business Information
Ocean Genetics Inc.
1990 N California Blvd. Suite 830 Walnut Creek, CA 94596
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Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
 
Phase 2
Fiscal Year: 1985
Title: MAXIMIZATION OF AGAR BIOSYNTHESIS IN THE RED ALGAE
Agency: NSF
Contract: N/A
Award Amount: $202,654.00
 

Abstract:

AN INTERNAL NEED EXISTS FOR A STABLE SOURCE OF HIGH-QUALITY PURIFIED AGAR (AGAROSE) FOR BIOCHEMICAL AND MICROBIOLOGICAL RESEARCH. MATERIAL IS CURRENTLY OBTAINED EXCLUSIVELY FROM NATURAL POPULATIONS BY LABOR-INTENSIVE METHODS, SINCE CULTURE SYSTEMS HAVE YET TO BE WIDELY DEVELOPED. PRESENT PRODUCTION OF AGAR IS THREATENED BY OVER-EXPLOITATION OF NATURAL POPULATIONS AND UNSTABLE SOCIO-POLITICAL SITUATIONS IN COUNTRIES MARKETING THIS MATERIAL. OCEAN GENETICS, INC. HAS BROUGHT TOGETHER A TEAM OF SCIENTISTS WITH EXPERTISE IN DIVERSE AREAS OF ALGAL PHYSIOLOGY AND BIOCHEMISTRY IN AN ATTEMPT TO DEVELOP SUPERIOR STRAINS OF AGAROPHYTES. THESE AGAROPHYTES WILL BE MANIPULATED THROUGH BIOCHEMICAL AND PHYSIOLOGICAL MEANS TO PRODUCE MAXIMAL QUANTATIES OF HIGH- GRADE AGAR IN CULTURE. THE PROPOSED PROGRAM IS ATTRACTIVE BECAUSE IT WILL SUPPLY THE MEANS FOR MAKING AQUACULTURE OF THESE PLANTS COMPETITIVE WITH EXPLOITATION OF NATURAL SOURCES OF SEAWEEDS.

Principal Investigator:

Drs. John S. Paul/buce Ma

Business Contact:

Small Business Information at Submission:

Ocean Genetics Inc.
1990 N California Blvd. Suite 830 Walnut Creek, CA 94596

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