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IMPACT OF CARBON DIOXIDE ENRICHMENT ON PLANT PRODUCTION IN AN ACCLIMATRON…

Award Information

Agency:
Department of Agriculture
Branch:
N/A
Award ID:
41887
Program Year/Program:
1998 / SBIR
Agency Tracking Number:
41887
Solicitation Year:
N/A
Solicitation Topic Code:
N/A
Solicitation Number:
N/A
Small Business Information
SOUTHERN SUN BIOSYSTEMS, INC.
4732 MOOREFIELD ST., HODGES, SC 29653
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Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
 
Phase 1
Fiscal Year: 1998
Title: IMPACT OF CARBON DIOXIDE ENRICHMENT ON PLANT PRODUCTION IN AN ACCLIMATRON PROPAGATION SYSTEM
Agency: USDA
Contract: N/A
Award Amount: $65,000.00
 

Abstract:

The AcclimatronTM plant propagation technology patented by Clemson University minimizes the shock of transfer of plant tissue cultures from heterotrophic growth in the laboratory to photoautotrophic growth in natural sunlight. Southern Son Propagation Systems, Inc. (SoSun) has acquired exclusive license from Clemson University to manufacture AcclimatronTM Systems and to market them by specific plant genera to licensed growers. Under support of a SBIR Phase I grant, SoSun and Clemson University have established that plant growth in the AcclimatronTM System is enhanced by CO2 enrichment. Since the enclosed AcclimatronTM atmosphere is temperature-maintained even during high daytime temperatures, plant units, called CU-StartsTM, inside the AcclimatronTM receive the benefit of CO2 enrichment conditions resulted in dry matter accumulations for Hosta ?Newberry' Gold up to twice that of plants grown under ambient CO2 levels. An interactive effect of CO2 level with natural sunlight levels was observed. For optimal utilization of the AcclimatronTM, the next steps for research and development include efforts (1) to quantify the interactive effects of CO2 with variability of natural sunlight, (2) to design a more user-friendly, CO2- enriched AcclimatronTM, and (3) to test additional, economically attractive plant genera.

Principal Investigator:

Mr Robert Pollack
Principal Investigator

Business Contact:

Small Business Information at Submission:

Southern Sun Propagation Syste
4732 Moorefield Street Hodges, SC 29653

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