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  1. Stackable farming for economically and environmentally sustainable urban food production

    SBC: Vecna Technologies, Inc.            Topic: 812

    Lack of fresh, year-round produce contributes to illness for the 13.5 million Americans who in live "food deserts," those mostly urban areas where little but fast and processed food is available. Growing urban produce is possible using controlled environment agriculture (CEA), including greenhouses and artificially lighted "plant factories," but has been difficult to do affordably and flexibly. Bu ...

    SBIR Phase II 2018 Department of Agriculture
  2. Stackable farming for economically and environmentally sustainable urban food production

    SBC: Vecna Technologies, Inc.            Topic: 812

    More than ever before, we have the tools to measure and identify historical trends. With this information, we can predict the future of food security, and the outlook is dire. The data suggests that traditional methods of farming are wearing on the ecosystem, the U.S. economy, and our health. Armed with a forward-looking mindset and technological advances, we will be able to develop healthier, mor ...

    SBIR Phase I 2017 Department of Agriculture
  3. Transparent Wood Composites for Energy Efficiency Applications

    SBC: Inventwood LLC            Topic: 81

    Energy used for lighting and thermal comfort contributes to more than 50% of the total energy consumption in residential and commercial buildings. Consequently, conserving air conditioning and lighting usage especially during daytime can yield substantial savings. Effective and consistent sunlight harvesting can substantially reduce electrical usage while promoting natural and comfortable indoor l ...

    SBIR Phase I 2017 Department of Agriculture
  4. Low-Cost, Low-Power Sensors For Detection Of Gases For Farming And Agricultural Activities

    SBC: N5 Sensors, Inc.            Topic: 84

    Farming and livestock activities affect air quality through emissions of gases such as carbon dioxide, methane, ammonia etc. which have both short term hazards for individuals nearby and long term hazards for the environment in the form of global warming. In order to set guidelines to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, a means for quantitatively determining site-emission of green-house gases (GHGs) ...

    SBIR Phase I 2017 Department of Agriculture
  5. Control of White Spot Syndrome Virus (WSSV) of Shrimp Using Genome Editing

    SBC: BRIOBIOTECH, LLC            Topic: 87

    No drugs or treatmentsare available to combat viral diseases in shrimp such as the white spot syndrome disease (WSD) caused by white spot syndrome virus (WSSV). Viral diseases can rapidly spread in shrimp stocks and threaten the viability of the US and global shrimp aquaculture industry. While management and good biosecurity are part of the solution, having a direct method to respond to an outbrea ...

    SBIR Phase I 2016 Department of Agriculture
  6. Automated Strawberry Calyx and Defects Removal Technology for Improving Food Quality and Safety and Minimizing Field Labor.

    SBC: Industry Vision Automation, Corp.            Topic: 85

    Strawberries are the 2nd largest non-citrus fruit crop in the U.S., trailing grapes and surpassing apples (USDA 2012). With strawberries harvested for processing (as a value-added food ingredient), the calyx (the stem cap with green crown leaves) must be removed to avoid having inedible leaves in the food product. The current in-field labor intensive de-capping processUsing cutting tools risks fin ...

    SBIR Phase II 2016 Department of Agriculture
  7. Development of a multi-sample testing platform for a rapid, facile identification of Ralstonia solanacearum

    SBC: PathSensors, Inc.            Topic: 813

    For Phase I, PathSensors, Inc. developed a proof-of-concept multi-well diagnostic device, based upon CANARY technology, capable of detecting Ralstonia solancerarum down to 65 colony-forming units (cfu) in response to the NIFA SBIR solicitation. In the Recovery Plan for Ralstonia solancearum Race 3 biovar 2, which was drafted as part of the National Plant Disease Recovery System, the USDA lists one ...

    SBIR Phase II 2016 Department of Agriculture
  8. Development of a multi-sample testing platform for a rapid, facile identification of Ralstonia solanacearum

    SBC: PathSensors, Inc.            Topic: 813

    Bacterial wilt is a disease that occurs in many important agricultural crops, including pepper, tobacco, tomato, and potato, and can be caused by the bacterium Ralstonia solancearum. This bacterium is classified into 5 races that are based loosely on host ranges, and into 5 biovars, which are based upon their differential ability to utilize a panel of carbohydrates. While Race 1 is endemic to the ...

    SBIR Phase I 2015 Department of Agriculture
  9. Commercialization of Bacteriophages against the Larval Shellfish Pathogens, Vibrio tubaishii and Vibrio coralliilyticus

    SBC: Intralytix Inc            Topic: 87

    The overall objective of this Phase II project is to advance the development of our phage preparation (VTP-200) for reducing V. tubiashii- and V. coralliilyticus-associated mortality of larval oysters to the point when subsequent regulatory approvals and eventual commercialization should be feasible. If the results of the studies proposed in this application support our Phase I findings that phage ...

    SBIR Phase II 2015 Department of Agriculture
  10. Automated Strawberry Calyx and Defects Removal Technology for Improving Food Quality and Safety and Minimizing Field Labor.

    SBC: Industry Vision Automation, Corp.            Topic: 85

    Strawberries are the 2nd largest non-citrus fruit crop in the U.S., trailing grapes and surpassing apples (USDA 2012). With strawberries harvested for processing (as a value-added food ingredient), the calyx (the stem cap with green crown leaves) must be removed to avoid having inedible leaves in the food product. The current in-field labor intensive de-capping process using cutting tools risks fi ...

    SBIR Phase I 2014 Department of Agriculture

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