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Development of a 100% Biodegradable Stabilized Plant Propagation Medium using…

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Department of Agriculture
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2007 / SBIR
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Rynel, Inc
11 Twin Rivers Drive Wiscasset, ME 04578-0000
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Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
Phase 1
Fiscal Year: 2007
Title: Development of a 100% Biodegradable Stabilized Plant Propagation Medium using Corn-Based Polymer
Agency: USDA
Contract: 2007-33610-18007
Award Amount: $79,999.00


Stabilized plant propagation media are used throughout the agricultural industry for mechanized planting, to ease transplant and shipping of young plants and to increase efficiencies in greenhouses and nurseries. Rynels Grow-Tech division manufactures a growing medium used by foresters and commercial growers to start seeds or cuttings, but it is only partially organic due to a polyurethane component. Grow-Techs customers have requested a 100 percent organic product that degrades completely. Preliminary research shows there is great demand for a moderately priced green stabilized medium. However, there are few fully-biodegradable, fully-stabilized growing media available commercially. This proposal describes an approach for developing a fully biodegradable yet completely stabilized plant growing medium from corn-based polymer. Our research will complement other research to create biodegradable agricultural products, will result in new applications for cornbased polymer and will build upon the body of knowledge regarding bio-polymer resins. Phase I addresses the chemical and engineering components of developing a new growing medium while Phase II will address horticultural efficacy and commercialization in greater depth. Successful completion of this project will result in a 100 percent biodegradable stabilized media for use in commercial forestry efforts, greenhouses and nurseries at a competitive price.

Principal Investigator:

T. S. Kennedy

Business Contact:

James Detert
President and CEO
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Rynel, Inc.
11 Twin Rivers Drive Wiscasset, ME 04578

EIN/Tax ID: 010346051
Number of Employees: N/A
Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No