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DESICCATION OF ENTOMOGENOUS NEMATODES FOR LONG-TERM MASS STORAGE

Award Information
Agency: Department of Agriculture
Branch: N/A
Contract: N/A
Agency Tracking Number: 4651
Amount: $210,000.00
Phase: Phase II
Program: SBIR
Solicitation Topic Code: N/A
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Timeline
Solicitation Year: N/A
Award Year: 1987
Award Start Date (Proposal Award Date): N/A
Award End Date (Contract End Date): N/A
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1057 East Meadow Circle
Palo Alto, CA 94303
United States
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HUBZone Owned: No
Woman Owned: No
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: No
Principal Investigator
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Business Contact
 DR. IRENE POPIEL
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Abstract

INFECTIVE JUVENILES (IJ'S) OF STEINERNEMATID NEMATODES IN THE GENUS NEOAPLECTANA ARE EFFECTIVE CONTROL AGENTS FOR A WIDE RANGE OF INSECT PESTS. MARKET REQUIREMENTS FOR THE YEAR 1987 DETERMINE A PRODUCTION GOAL OF 1011 NEMATODES PER WEEK, WITH 1988 REQUIREMENTS APPROXIMATING 1016 PER WEEK. PHASE I ADDRESSES THE PROBLEM OF STORAGE AND SHIPMENT OF S SUCH LARGE NUMBERS (=LARGE VOLUMES) OF NEMATODES. IJ'S ARE AQUATIC, REQURE OXYGEN AND SURVIVE AT THE EXPENSE OF STORED ENERGY. PRESENT STORAGE METHODS UTILIZING POLYURETHANE FOAM,ACTIVATED CHARCOAL OR OTHER NEMATODES SUBSTRATES REQUIRING LOW-TEMPERATURE STORAGE. SUCH METHODS DO NOT ALLOW FOR LONG -TERM STORAGE AND ARE PRACTICALLY DESICCATION OF ENTOMO GENOUS NEMATODES FOR LONG-TERM MASS STORAGE-TECHNICAL AB ABSTRACT AND ECONOMICALLY INDADEQUATE. THE OVERALL PHASE I OBJECTIVE IS TO DEVISE AND EVALUATE A RESEARCH SCALE TECHNI NIQUE FOR THE LONG-TERM STORAGE OF DESICCATED IJ'S. THE RESEARCH EFFORT WILL DETERMINE: THE BEST DESICCATION AND REHYDRATION REGIMES; THE LARGEST VOLUME OF NEMATODES THAT CAN BE EFFECTIVELY DESICCATED AS A SINGLE UNIT; SURVIVAL AND PATHOGENICITY OF DESICCATED IJ'S VERSUS STORAGETIME; OXYGEN REQUIREMENTS OF DESICCATED IJ,S; THE RESISTANCE OF DESICCATED IJ,S TO ENVIRONMENTAL EXTREMES.

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