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  1. Wood Plastic Composite Structural Lumber for Aquaculture Net Pens

    SBC: InnovaSea Systems, Inc.            Topic: 81

    The purpose of this USDA SBIR Phase I project is to determine the feasibility of a novel wood fiber based composite material for structural elements of marine structures, particularly the structural frame of the aquaculture pens manufactured by InnovaSea Systems.InnovaSea has been manufacturing and marketing the Aquapod spherical geodesic fish pens since 2006 and has learned much in the years sinc ...

    SBIR Phase I 2016 Department of Agriculture
  2. Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) Traffic Management (UTM) for Wildland Fire Management

    SBC: Unmanned Experts Inc.            Topic: 81

    SummaryUnmanned aircraft systems (UAS) and small UAS (SUAS) technology hold great promise for facilitating the management of wildfires on forest lands. However technology is only a small part of the problem of integrating UAS into fireground operations. Significant concerns must be addressed about the coordination of air assets in the high-risk operational wildland fire airspace environment, which ...

    SBIR Phase I 2016 Department of Agriculture
  3. An innovative mechanized system for transferring tissue-cultured plantlets to propagation trays to revolutionize vegetable and floral crop production

    SBC: Alaska AgriTech Inc.            Topic: 813

    Tissue culture is a well-established micropropagation method for many vegetable and floral crops. However, transferring plantlets from tissue culture vessels to the propagation trays is extremely time consuming and labor intensive. It is the major obstacle in crop production. The purpose of this projectis to design and produce a prototype which can efficiently transfer plantlets to propagation tra ...

    SBIR Phase I 2016 Department of Agriculture
  4. Harnessing the anti-inflammatory potency of Alaska berries as a functional food

    SBC: Cereon Biotechnology LLC            Topic: 85

    A persistent and spreading inflammatory and oxidative stress is largely responsible for the progressive degeneration of neuronal connectivity ultimate reflected by a debilitating decline of cognitive function, which accompanies normal aging as well as age and/or trauma-related ailments. The yearly economic burden due to age-related cognitive decline is estimated to exceed $600 billion worldwide an ...

    SBIR Phase I 2016 Department of Agriculture
  5. A Biological Efficacy and Phytotoxicity Study of a Novel Oxidant Product for Plant Protection against Pathogens

    SBC: TDA Research, Inc.            Topic: 82

    Floriculture and nursery crops are one of the highest value-per-acre industries in the farm sector. Like food crops, ornamental crops are infected by many fungal and bacterial pathogens, which result in substantial yield and quality losses. The environmental horticulture industry is one of the key subsectors of the U.S. agricultural economy, providing an estimated 48,883 permanent and temporary jo ...

    SBIR Phase I 2016 Department of Agriculture
  6. Rapid agricultural water on site contaminant detection method to improve food safety

    SBC: VisuGen Global, LLC            Topic: 85

    The purpose of the VisuGen Global E. coli test under development is to provide a rapid on-site water monitoring method to test environmental water or to assist produce growers establish a Microbial Water Quality Profile in compliance with the FSMA produce rule requirements. Our method will provide rapid on site testing andresults to avoid costly recalls and reduce illness due to microbial contamin ...

    SBIR Phase I 2016 Department of Agriculture
  7. Value Extraction and Protein Recycle from Liquid Acid Whey Using Catalytic Electrolysis

    SBC: Waste Hub, LLC            Topic: 85

    Greek (strained) yogurt represents nearly half of the $5B U.S. yogurt industry and has grown at a rate of more than 60 percent per year for the past eight years. For every pound of milk used in the manufacture of Greek yogurt, only one-quarter to one-third ends up in the final product. The remaining waste is liquid acid whey, which contains more than 93 percent water, along with minerals, protein, ...

    SBIR Phase I 2016 Department of Agriculture
  8. Efficient Process for the Production of a Drop-in Diesel Fuel Oxygenate from Bio-succinic Acid

    SBC: TDA Research, Inc.            Topic: 88

    This SBIR project will develop a new process to produce diesel fuel oxygenates from bio-succinic acid and bio-butanol, which are produced in existing biorefineries.Biorefineries produce large quantities of C5 sugars, which are now commercially fermented to bio-succinic acid (C4O4H10) and bio-butanol (C4OH10). What is needed is an efficient means to convert these biomolecules into useful products s ...

    SBIR Phase I 2016 Department of Agriculture
  9. Feral Swine Population Control Enabled by An Intelligent Species-Specific Recognition System


    Feral swine (Sus scrofa) populations in the United States inflict serious and growing ecological and economic impacts to the farming and ranching ecosystems where their population continues to grow and invade new territory. These invasions ultimately impact the security, quality, and safety of the food supply and water resources coming from these regions. Recent and ongoing research is investigati ...

    SBIR Phase II 2016 Department of Agriculture
  10. GameteGuard: A Novel Method to Counteract Fertility Decline in Dairy Cattle


    Fertility in artificially inseminated dairy cattle has declined as milk production has increased, and is one of the most costly challenges faced by today's dairy farmer. This fertility decline causes economic losses of >$300 million annually, losses due in part to damage incurred by sperm during the handling, cooling, freezing and thawing necessary for artificial insemination. For it is the ...

    SBIR Phase II 2016 Department of Agriculture

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