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Encapsulated Earthworm Cocoon (eggs) Viability Studies for Sustainable Soil…

Award Information

Agency:
Department of Agriculture
Branch:
N/A
Award ID:
67114
Program Year/Program:
2004 / SBIR
Agency Tracking Number:
2004-00236
Solicitation Year:
N/A
Solicitation Topic Code:
N/A
Solicitation Number:
N/A
Small Business Information
Advanced Biotechnology, Inc.
103 S. Illinois Drive Gibson City, IL 60936
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Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
 
Phase 1
Fiscal Year: 2004
Title: Encapsulated Earthworm Cocoon (eggs) Viability Studies for Sustainable Soil Management
Agency: USDA
Contract: 2004-33610-14276
Award Amount: $73,317.00
 

Abstract:

Our assertion is that intensive tillage methods have destroyed the viability of our croplands over the last one half century. In order to maintain the ability of these lands to grow crops, we have used and over-used chemical fertilizers which pose an ongoing environmental threat to our air and waterways. The benefits of conservation tillage methods are widely known, however the time to successfully transition to such methods can be ill afforded by the majority of our financially strapped farmers. We assert that the reintroduction of earthworms can speed cropland transition to conservation tillage methods and is a key to the long-term health and viability of our land to sustain production year after year. ABI has worked with leading earthworm experts and industrial partners perfecting a method to reintroduce earthworms economically back into our croplands. ABI has a patent and patent-pending method to encapsulate earthworm cocoons so that they may be planted in the spring with that season's crop. Encapsulated earthworm cocoons can be hand-placed into the seed hoppers while loading the planter or pre-placed in a bag of seed by the seed company. The encapsulated cocoons are sized during the encapsulation process to provide a density and size approximately equal to that of the crop seed being planted.

Principal Investigator:

William R. Kreitzer
2177814367
billkreitzer@advancedbiotechnology.com

Business Contact:

Ronald M. Clow
CEO
2177844935
ronchow@advancedbiotechnolgy.com
Small Business Information at Submission:

Advanced Biotechnology, Inc.
103 S. Illinois Drive Gibson City, IL 60936

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