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STTR Phase I:A cost-effective means of culturing large volumes of microalgae for land-based oyster farming.

Award Information
Agency: National Science Foundation
Branch: N/A
Contract: 2112253
Agency Tracking Number: 2112253
Amount: $256,000.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: STTR
Solicitation Topic Code: BT
Solicitation Number: NSF 20-528
Solicitation Year: 2020
Award Year: 2022
Award Start Date (Proposal Award Date): 2022-05-01
Award End Date (Contract End Date): 2023-04-30
Small Business Information
United States
DUNS: 080454381
HUBZone Owned: No
Woman Owned: No
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: No
Principal Investigator
 Taylor Pryor
 (207) 406-2669
Business Contact
 Taylor Pryor
Phone: (207) 406-2669
Research Institution
 Bigelow Laboratory for Ocean Sciences
60 Bigelow Dr NA
East Boothbay, ME 04544
United States

 Domestic Nonprofit Research Organization

The broader impact of this Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) Phase I project is to improve shellfish production at scale and in an environmentally sustainable fashion, using oyster farming as a launching pad.Today, most oysters are farmed nearshore under ecological stress.This project advances the culturing of microalgae using internal waste streams and those from other food industries. The focus of this project is to process one of the most abundant, sustainable, and freely available industrial food wastes, spent yeast from breweries, to facilitate algae production at scale onshore and indoors. Although currently used primarily by the food and chemical industries, the less costly algal product could also energize areas of food and feed, nutraceuticals, pharmaceuticals, biofuels, biomaterials, and bioremediation services.The proposed project will advance the use of off-the-shelf bioreactors and a novel substrate which, along with CO2, form plant tissue heterotrophically in the dark as leaves do photosynthetically in the presence of sunlight. The proposed substrate enables production at scale of the single-celled microalgae that comprise much of the nearshore bivalve diet.The yeast is fermented with both agriculture-grade vitamins and plant-based commodities.This award reflects NSF's statutory mission and has been deemed worthy of support through evaluation using the Foundation's intellectual merit and broader impacts review criteria.

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