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  1. Pythium root-rot suppression from vermicompost to improve the profitability of hydroponic baby leaf spinach production.

    SBC: RT SOLUTIONS, LLC            Topic: 812

    Hydroponic vegetable production in the U.S. has experienced steady substantial growth due to its ability to produce fresh produce, year round close to the source(s) of consumption. A major obstacle to hydroponic production is the gap in effective conventional fungicides and sustainable/organic nutrient sources to protect edible raw food crop against significant root diseases such as Pythium. Fresh ...

    SBIR Phase I 2014 Department of Agriculture
  2. Absorbent Fungal Biocomposites For Use As Soilless Growth Mediums

    SBC: ECOVATIVE DESIGN LLC            Topic: 82

    Soilless growth mediums widely used throughout the horticultural industry are either synthetic in origin, or require synthetic chemicals and energy-intensive processing. Ecovative & #39;s biomaterial consists of a self-assembling moldable mass of fungal mycelium, which acts as a biological resin that achieves cohesion to domestic agricultural lignocellulosic waste for the growth of a soilless ...

    SBIR Phase I 2014 Department of Agriculture
  3. Vermicomposted Dairy Manure as a Disease Suppressive Seed Treatment

    SBC: RT SOLUTIONS, LLC            Topic: 82

    The overwhelming majority of all seeds used in agriculture are treated with various agrichemicals and other materials to provide protection and support for young plants. Seed treatments applied by crop appropriate seed coating technologies comprise a specialized segment of the agrichemical industry with annual sales of over $3 billion.The goal of this project is to develop a first-of-its-kind biol ...

    SBIR Phase I 2014 Department of Agriculture
  4. Fungal Mycelium Biocomposites for Absorbent Floral Foam Materials

    SBC: ECOVATIVE DESIGN LLC            Topic: 88

    Ecovative & #39;s vision is to grow sustainable products that directly replace the toxic plastics that poison our planet. The use and handling of phenol-formaldehyde foams and resins in the floricultural industry have documented environmental health and safety concerns. Although the physical performance of phenol formaldehyde foams is adequate for floricultural arrangements, there are signific ...

    SBIR Phase I 2014 Department of Agriculture
  5. A Novel Vaginal Mucosa Assay for Evaluating Estrous Cycle in Dairy Cows

    SBC: ORATEL DIAGNOSTICS LLC            Topic: 83

    Billions of people worldwide consume milk and dairy products every day, and the global demand for protein-rich dairy products is continually increasing, with the FAO estimating that the demand will increase on average, 2% per year at least until 2022. Dairy farmers are challenged to improve efficiency and increase milk production. Key to addressing this challenge is improving the dairy cow lactati ...

    SBIR Phase I 2014 Department of Agriculture
  6. GameteGuard: an approach to counteract fertility decline in dairy cattle

    SBC: MEMBRANE PROTECTIVE TECHNOLOGIES            Topic: 83

    This Small Business Innovation Research phase I project addresses profitability as affected by reduced pregnancy rates in artificially inseminated mammals. Pregnancy rates directly impact profitability of dairy farmers; a 2-3% increase may improve profit by $40,000 per 1000 head. Handling, freezing and thawing of bull sperm generates oxidative free radicals leading to irreversible damage to DNA an ...

    SBIR Phase I 2014 Department of Agriculture
  7. Feral Swine Population Control Enabled by An Intelligent Species-Specific Recognition System

    SBC: INFORMATION SYSTEM TECHNOLOGIES INC            Topic: 83

    Feral swine (Sus scrofa, or more generally known as "wild pigs") populations in the United States inflict serious and growing ecological and economic impacts to the farming and ranching ecosystems where the population continues to grow and invade new territory (see http://digitalcommons.unl.edu/icwdm_usdanwrc/292/). These invasions ultimately impact the security, quality, and safety of t ...

    SBIR Phase I 2014 Department of Agriculture
  8. Harnessing Clean River Energy with the RivGen Power System to Replace and Offset Diesel Fuel Use by Rural Communities

    SBC: ORPC ALASKA, LLC            Topic: 86

    ORPCproposes a project that will alter fossil fuel use and energy economics in remote off-grid river communities. The project will allow conversion of hydrokinetic river energy, a vast renewable resource that is underutilized, into an economical, reliable source of clean electricity for river communities. ORPC will accomplish this by optimizing the prototype RivGen & reg; Power System design f ...

    SBIR Phase II 2014 Department of Agriculture
  9. Effect of Human Population on Land Use and Species Viability: Methodology and Software

    SBC: Applied Biomathematics Inc            Topic: 86

    Human land-use decisions can adversely affect the vitality and diversity of natural communities. However, well-designed regional development plans can mitigate or even reverse biodiversity losses. This project aims to develop methods and software for evaluating the effects of human landusedecisions on biodiversity.The proposed work will enable rapid assessment of the biodiversity consequences of a ...

    SBIR Phase II 2014 Department of Agriculture
  10. Using Elemental Iodine Vapor Bubbles in a Liquid Medium to Inactivate Mastitis and Environmental Pathogens in the Dairy Environment

    SBC: I2 AIR FLUID INNOVATION INC            Topic: 83

    Worldwide, there is ever increasing demand for quality milk products and its consumption crosses all nationalities and socio-economic classes. Milk is the cornerstone of a balanced diet and is consumed abundantly in both developed and developing countries providing a source of nutrients in a vehicle that is easily consumed. Additionally, in the United States, hundreds of thousands of jobs are crea ...

    SBIR Phase II 2014 Department of Agriculture

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