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Tangler Technology, Advanced Mating Disruption that Provides for Rapid and Cost Effective Application

Award Information
Agency: Department of Agriculture
Branch: N/A
Contract: 2013-00428
Agency Tracking Number: 2013-00428
Amount: $100,000.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Solicitation Topic Code: 8.13
Solicitation Number: USDA-NIFA-SBIR-003848
Solicitation Year: 2013
Award Year: 2013
Award Start Date (Proposal Award Date): N/A
Award End Date (Contract End Date): N/A
Small Business Information
Kent City, MI 49330-9123
United States
DUNS: 784162435
HUBZone Owned: No
Woman Owned: No
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: No
Principal Investigator
 Chandra Maleckas-Bunker
 (616) 822-3580
Business Contact
 Chandra Maleckas-Bunker
Title: President/Owner
Phone: (616) 822-3580
Research Institution

Many factors acting together, including concerns about worker safety, food safety, pesticide resistance and new regulations governing pesticides, have heightened grower awareness to reduce insecticide inputs and increase reliance on biopesticides. Foremost among the forces leading to change is the need to reduce input costs in order to maintain economic viability. Mating disruption is among the most effective biopesticide for managing various lepidopteran fruit crop pests including Obliquebanded Leafroller. Although this tactic has proven to be a viable alternative to insecticides for some key pests, it is yet to be embraced as an economically viable alternative to insecticides in many fruit production regions. A major impediment to widespread adoption of disruption technologies are the number of devices needed, timing, physical application of the product, and the high product and application costs. The goal of this research will be to develop a highly efficient and effective mating disruption product for OBLR that will prevent damage caused by this pest and increase grower adoption of this technology in organic and commercial fruit crops. Further development of this product will lead to a dual or triple dispenser which will include Codling Moth and/or Oriental Fruit Moth.

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