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In-Soil Hatching and Propagation of Commercially Marketable Earthworm Cocoons

Award Information

Agency:
Department of Agriculture
Branch:
N/A
Award ID:
83636
Program Year/Program:
2007 / SBIR
Agency Tracking Number:
2007-00355
Solicitation Year:
N/A
Solicitation Topic Code:
N/A
Solicitation Number:
N/A
Small Business Information
Advanced Prairie, Inc.
1011 N. Church Street Gibson City, IL 60936
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Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
 
Phase 1
Fiscal Year: 2007
Title: In-Soil Hatching and Propagation of Commercially Marketable Earthworm Cocoons
Agency: USDA
Contract: 2007-33610-17934
Award Amount: $79,929.00
 

Abstract:

"The beneficial effects of earthworms on soil structure, chemistry, microbiology, and crop yield are well demonstrated. Advanced Prairie, Inc. has developed a method of harvesting and encapsulating earthworm cocoons to make them available for mass market distribution. A previous SBIR proposal demonstrated the storage (at least five months) and shipping viability of the encapsulated cocoons. The proposed project will determine the hatch rate of hand-inoculated earthworm cocoons in actual soil environments. An outdoor experiment will test hatch rates in active farmland, subject to uncontrolled weather conditions. A controlled indoor experiment will determine the effects of moisture, organic matter, and encapsulation on the hatch rate of two species of earthworms, Lumbricus rubellus and Dendrobaena veneta, in field soil. In addition, we will initiate longer-term experiments on earthworm propagation to make possible more meaningful results in Phase II."

Principal Investigator:

William R. Kreitzer
2177814367
billkreitzer@advancedprairie.com

Business Contact:

Roland Garton
Business Manager
2173553559
roland.garton@garcoserv.com
Small Business Information at Submission:

Advanced Prairie, Inc.
1011 N. Church Street Gibson City, IL 60936

EIN/Tax ID: 363692054
DUNS: N/A
Number of Employees: N/A
Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No