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Microponic Plant Tissue Culture: A Cost-Effective Approach

Award Information

Agency:
Department of Agriculture
Branch:
N/A
Award ID:
83614
Program Year/Program:
2007 / SBIR
Agency Tracking Number:
2007-00111
Solicitation Year:
N/A
Solicitation Topic Code:
N/A
Solicitation Number:
N/A
Small Business Information
Agri-Starts, Inc.
1728 Kelly Park Rd Apopka, FL 32712
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Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
 
Phase 1
Fiscal Year: 2007
Title: Microponic Plant Tissue Culture: A Cost-Effective Approach
Agency: USDA
Contract: 2007-33610-17963
Award Amount: $64,570.00
 

Abstract:

"Laboratory plant micropropagation is a principal method of mass production for many of the ornamental foliage and flowering plants sold in the U.S. The continued success of commercial production labs is in jeopardy because of the disproportionately high labor and operating costs compared to trailing sales incomes. Agri-Starts, Inc. is capitalizing on innovative procedures through environmental manipulation, new hardware designs, a high performance plastic polymer, and by the use of selective biology for the framework of our proposed cost-effective plant micropropagation technology. Microponics, an emerging science of plant production, is a combination of conventional micropropagation and hydroponic techniques; it is an extremely cost-effective method of producing many of the same products that are currently being produced by more labor-intensive methods in expensive, controlled atmosphere environments. This proposal describes advantages that may be achieved by commercial plant micropropagation labs when microponic technology is applied. In collaboration with the University of Florida, Gainesville and Everett Bros. Engineering, our Phase I goal will be proof of concept. Continued investigations will focus on identifying plant genera that are biologically suited for microponic clonal production, the development of product handling efficiencies, and a comparative study of conventional controls vs microponic results to confirm the usefulness of this new technique."

Principal Investigator:

Richard L. Slocum
4074684782
rick@agristarts.com

Business Contact:

Richard L. Slocum
Director
4074684782
rick@agristarts.com
Small Business Information at Submission:

Agri-Starts, Inc.
1728 Kelly Park Rd Apopka, FL 32712

EIN/Tax ID: 592445184
DUNS: N/A
Number of Employees: N/A
Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No