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Accurate Huanglongbing (HLB) Diagnosis

Award Information

Agency:
Department of Agriculture
Branch:
N/A
Award ID:
99223
Program Year/Program:
2010 / SBIR
Agency Tracking Number:
2010-00603
Solicitation Year:
N/A
Solicitation Topic Code:
8.13
Solicitation Number:
N/A
Small Business Information
ISCA Technologies, Inc.
1230 W. Spring Street PO Box 5266 Riverside, CA -
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Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
 
Phase 1
Fiscal Year: 2010
Title: Accurate Huanglongbing (HLB) Diagnosis
Agency: USDA
Contract: N/A
Award Amount: $90,000.00
 

Abstract:

In the United States, citrus orchards are plagued by two devastating invasive diseases introduced in the past decade. The first, citrus canker, is caused by Xanthomonas axonopodis pv. citri, a bacteria associated with citrus leafminer (CLM), Phyllocnistis citrella Stainton (Lepidoptera: Gracillariidae) damage. The damage caused by CLM larvae opens the door for canker infection. The second disease, Huanglongbing (HLB) or citrus greening disease, is caused by Candidatus Liberibacter spp., a bacteria vectored by Diaphorina citri, the Asian citrus psyllid (ACP). Since 1995, (the third cycle of detection) citrus canker has been detected in 24 Florida counties, and along with the first detection of HLB infected citrus trees in 2005, has triggered a concerted effort to detect and remove infected trees, which has now become a monumental task. Successful completion of this project will provide citrus growers with a valuable tool for managing these two terrifying diseases, and enhance the diagnosis of diseased trees, even in the beginning stages of infection. If successful, there is a high potential that this pathogen sensory system could be used throughout the agricultural industry and beyond, including public health and those orchards that cannot or do not use conventional pesticides.

Principal Investigator:

Agenor Mafra-Neto
CEO, President
9516865008
president@iscatech.com

Business Contact:

Annlok Yap
VP Business Director
9516865008
annlok.yap@iscatech.com
Small Business Information at Submission:

ISCA TECHNOLOGIES, INC.
2060 CHICAGO AVE STE C2 Riverside, CA 92507

EIN/Tax ID: 330732737
DUNS: N/A
Number of Employees:
Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No