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Species Authentication of Catfish Using Protein and DNA Based Diagnostics

Award Information

Agency:
Department of Agriculture
Branch:
N/A
Award ID:
62014
Program Year/Program:
2004 / SBIR
Agency Tracking Number:
2003-00310
Solicitation Year:
N/A
Solicitation Topic Code:
N/A
Solicitation Number:
N/A
Small Business Information
APL Sciences, Inc.
3610 NW 42nd Terrace Gainesville, FL 32606
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Woman-Owned: Yes
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
 
Phase 2
Fiscal Year: 2004
Title: Species Authentication of Catfish Using Protein and DNA Based Diagnostics
Agency: USDA
Contract: 2004-33610-15071
Award Amount: $296,000.00
 

Abstract:

A.Imported fish of lesser value and quality are being substituted in the U.S. market for domestic channel catfish. Visually, the imported fillets can not be distinguished from U.S. channel catfish. B.Traditional protein banding techniques (isoelectric focusing) for species identification are not reliable on value-added or processed fish. C.Traditional authentication methods are time consuming and require sophisticated laboratory equipment. D.No rapid, on-site, accurate tests are available to authenticate U.S. channel catfish. A.The purpose of this study is to provide the catfish industry and regulators with diagnostic tools to authenticate fish imported, labeled and distributed as U.S. channel catfish. B.A DNA-based assay will provide a highly selective and accurate test for catfish authentication. The DNA-based test will not be negatively influenced by value-added or other processing techniques. C.An enzyme-linked immunoassay test kit will facilitate on-site surveillance and monitoring of imported and distributed fish. D.These diagnostic tools will help to ensure that consumers are not misled about the source, safety and quality of fish they purchase and consume in U.S. markets.

Principal Investigator:

LeeAnn Applewhite
3523769762
aplsci@bellsouth.net

Business Contact:

LeeAnn Applewhite
Vice-President, Research and Development
3523769762
aplsci@bellsouth.net
Small Business Information at Submission:

APL Sciences, Inc.
3610 NW 42nd Terrace Gainesville, FL 32606

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