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  1. An Autonomous Pallet-Stacking Robot for Field Use

    SBC: Tanner Research, Inc.            Topic: 813

    We propose to develop a lightweight and affordable one-armed autonomous robot to transfer produce from a wheeled transport robot to a pallet. In-field automation improves efficiency by increasing production and/or reducing labor costs by up to $35M/year for California strawberries alone. Our robot will improve health and safety by reducing worker injuries from repeated lifting and by minimizing ch ...

    SBIR Phase I 2018 Department of Agriculture
  2. Advancing Over the Top Citrus Harvesting Equipment for Fresh Markets: Harvesting Arm Development

    SBC: GEO-SPIDER, INCORPORATED            Topic: 813

    Numerous challenges face the Florida and U.S. citrus industries, including global market pressure, urban and environmental pressures, labor issues, and emerging diseases and pests, thus underscoring the need for new production approaches. Over the last decade, over 200,000 acres of Florida citrus production has been lost due to the citrus canker eradication program and citrus greening known as HLB ...

    SBIR Phase I 2018 Department of Agriculture
  3. An Accessible Microfluidic Protoplast Selection and Isolation Tool for Transformation and Gene Editing Workflows

    SBC: Nodexus Inc            Topic: 813

    Improvements in genome engineering tools have enabled unprecedented control over genetic material, allowing for tremendous potential for creating new crop varieties. As the world population climbs, there are increasing demands to efficiently produce and distribute food. This challenge, as well as higher temperatures, drought, flooding, pests, and disease place food security among the top of worldw ...

    SBIR Phase I 2018 Department of Agriculture
  4. Development of a biological insect control agent using a sterilizing virus

    SBC: Lepidext L.L.C            Topic: 82

    In 2016, the U.S. planted 94,004,000 acres of corn with a value of $51.5 billion. Unfortunatelyhalf of the sweet cornplanted in the U.S. is unsalable due to corn ear damage caused by insect pests. Because of insects, $30 per acre of corn was spent on pest management or lost to damaged crops in 2003. If that figure is currently accurate, then over $3 billion was lost to insect control or damage in ...

    SBIR Phase I 2018 Department of Agriculture
  5. SPLAT FAW: An inexpensive mating disruption solution to effectively protect row crops from damaging insecticide-resistant fall armyworms.

    SBC: Isca Technologies, Inc.            Topic: 82

    Summary:The objective of this project is to develop SPLAT FAW, a formulation to disrupt the mating of FAW in corn and other row crops, suppressing the pest's population in the treated area as well as the damage inflicted to the crop. An infestation by FAW can cause 15-73% reductions in corn crop yield, leading to losses between $0.5B and $2B a year. This makes FAW a serious liability for agric ...

    SBIR Phase I 2018 Department of Agriculture
  6. Corn Based Chemistries For Making Renewable Optical Polymers

    SBC: Novol Inc            Topic: 88

    In summary, this proposal will build a route to industrial manufacturing of a commercially viable polymeric material using Corn-based monomers like Isosorbide, test these methods and demonstrate a path to a prototype product. Work presented in this proposal is novel and unique in the following ways:First application of Isosorbide for making optical polymersFirst report of non-brittle Isosorbide po ...

    SBIR Phase I 2018 Department of Agriculture
  7. Phosphatase engineering for microbial production of a high-value organic acid

    SBC: Lygos, Inc.            Topic: 88

    Lygos is developing novel bio-manufacturing processes to valuable chemicals. Our targeted chemicals have existing, large markets of >$250MM per year. Current petroleum-based production of these chemicals has a number of pitfalls. Current chemical manufacturing requires petroleum feedstocks, utilize environmentally damaging processes, achieve low-yields, and have high production costs. In contra ...

    SBIR Phase I 2018 Department of Agriculture
  8. Development of a Prototype Electropenetrograph for Real-Time Recording of Tick Feeding Behavior on a Calf

    SBC: Dowell, Andrew M., INC.            Topic: 83

    Ticks are the most globally significant arthropod vectors of disease for agriculturally important animals, and a major obstacle to sustainable and profitable livestock production and food security. Tick-borne pathogens affect approximately ~80% of the global cattle population, costing the cattle industry $19 billion annually. Despite their economic importance, effective control measures are limite ...

    SBIR Phase I 2018 Department of Agriculture
  9. Mapping and Predicting Tree Mortality using High-resolution Nanosatellite Data for Improved Forest Management

    SBC: Salo Sciences, Inc.            Topic: 81

    This project will enable forest monitoring at previously inaccessible scales by combining daily, high resolution satellite imagery with deep learning algorithms and extensive field observations. The innovation in this proposal is not in developing any one of the approaches; high resolution imagery has previously been used to map tree mortality, and deep learning has been used for object detection ...

    SBIR Phase I 2018 Department of Agriculture
  10. Ambro Repel: A semiochemical repellent for invasive ambrosia beetles.

    SBC: Isca Technologies, Inc.            Topic: 81

    This Phase I project seeks to develop Ambro Repel, an effective semiochemical tool that will allow users, such as foresters, landscapers and farmers, to protect susceptible trees from three invasive ambrosia beetle pests, redbay ambrosia beetle (RAB), Xyleborus glabratus, black stem borer (Xylosandrus germanus), and an unidentified species, polyphagous shothole borer, previously misidentified as t ...

    SBIR Phase I 2018 Department of Agriculture

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