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Inexpensive Ethylene Monitor for Use with Perishable Commodities

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Department of Agriculture
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2007 / SBIR
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Small Business Information
Polestar Technologies Inc.
220-3 Reservoir Street Needham Heights, MA 02494-3133
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Woman-Owned: Yes
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
Phase 1
Fiscal Year: 2007
Title: Inexpensive Ethylene Monitor for Use with Perishable Commodities
Agency: USDA
Contract: 2007-33610-18019
Award Amount: $79,892.00


The exposure of perishable commodities to even modest levels of ethylene is known to significantly affect the quality and appearance of the product resulting in a reduction of shelf life and market value. A Phase I project is proposed which will demonstrate the feasibility of an innovative, low cost ethylene monitor to be used to facilitate control of ethylene levels at or below biologically critical thresholds during storage and shipping. Data will be collected from a breadboard version of the proposed monitor to characterize the influence of design variables on the performance of the device. The Phase l Effort will demonstrate the feasibility of a new ethylene monitor with a detection limit at or below critical levels for storage of perishable commodities. The research effort will help with the development of a new ethylene monitor that is intended for use as part of a control system to regulate ventilating and/or scrubbing of the atmosphere within storage and transport containers to minimize damage to commodities during these operations. An additional use of the monitor would be in establishing an optimal level of ethylene during controlled degreening of harvested fruits and vegetables.

Principal Investigator:

James A. Kane

Business Contact:

Karen K. Carpenter
Small Business Information at Submission:

Polestar Technologies, Inc.
220 Reservoir Street Suite 32 Needham Heights, ME 02494

EIN/Tax ID: 043203282
Number of Employees: N/A
Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No