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The Award database is continually updated throughout the year. As a result, data for FY19 is not expected to be complete until April, 2020.

  1. Leveraging Nematode Signals to Enhance Entomopathogenic Nematode Efficacy for Pest Control

    SBC: Pheronym, Inc.            Topic: 82

    The proposed project will test the feasibility of using nematode released factors to improve entomopathogenic nematodes' (EPNs) efficacy (ability to kill) in biological control. Broad-spectrum synthetic pesticides have adverse effects on the environment and human health. For example, approximately 26 million human poisonings and 220,000 deaths occur annually due to synthetic pesticides worldwi ...

    SBIR Phase I 2017 Department of Agriculture
  2. Developing A Ground Station For Airborne Wind Energy System

    SBC: EWINDSOLUTIONS, INC.            Topic: 812

    The tether and power generating ground station,are the focus of this proposal. Both these systems have challenges that are unique to the airborne wind energy field. First is the selection and design of the tether itself. This includes the material (e.g. nylon, steel,or composite) and whether to weave in electricity-transmitting wires between the ground station and the flying craft (which would inc ...

    SBIR Phase I 2017 Department of Agriculture
  3. Smart System for Poultry Welfare and Management

    SBC: Novateur Research Solutions, LLC            Topic: 83

    In recent years, consumer's concerns over hen well-being in conventional small wire cages (called battery cages) has resulted in some of the poultry farms to switch to cage-free housing where hens have freedom to walk around spread their wings, and lay their eggs in real nest boxes. This push towards cage-free egg production was further magnified in 2015 when many of the large fast food, resta ...

    SBIR Phase I 2017 Department of Agriculture
  4. Development of more sensitive monitoring and Attract and Kill technology for BMSB

    SBC: ALPHA SCENTS, INC.            Topic: 813

    he goal of this proposal is to develop a more effective and sensitive lure for the Brown Marmorated Stink Bug (BMSB) that can eventually incorporporated into an attract and kill control product. Semiochemicals, including pheromones, are commonly used to manipulate insect behaviors in IPM programs such as monitoring insect pest populations for timing of insecticide applications and control strategi ...

    SBIR Phase I 2017 Department of Agriculture
  5. Development of a hormonal implant for small, less than 1kg, marine finfish broodstock to enhance reproduction

    SBC: Live Advantage Bait, LLC            Topic: 87

    One of the requirements of a sustainable aquaculture industry is the capacity to control reproduction in captivity and acquire high-quality eggs and sperm, however most captive fish experience some degree of reproductive dysfunction. To answer this problem, hormone administration has been developed as an effective method to induce maturation and obtain fertilized eggs. Although this technology has ...

    SBIR Phase I 2017 Department of Agriculture
  6. Optimization of Silkstream Pump for Sea Lice Removal

    SBC: LINDGREN-PITMAN, INC.            Topic: 87

    This project involves the optimization of a Silkstream pump for the removal of sea lice from salmon in the aquaculture industry. Currently, the most common treatments involve chemical treatment and/or the fallowing of pens which both come at a significant cost to the farmer. The use of chemicals such as Slice has also raised environmental concerns due to potential interactions with the natural env ...

    SBIR Phase I 2017 Department of Agriculture
  7. Accurate and Rapid Device for Tuna Species Identification

    SBC: APPLIED FOOD TECHNOLOGIES, INC            Topic: 85

    In Phase I of this project, we will show "proof of concept" that we can develop a rapid method with end-point detection for tuna to differentiate between albacore tuna, and two common adulterants/substitutes for this species-- skipjack tuna and escolar. We propose to streamline the test procedure by eliminating the DNA extraction step (via a direct amplification technology); and replace traditiona ...

    SBIR Phase I 2017 Department of Agriculture
  8. Variable speed operation in hydroelectric

    SBC: BURNSHIRE HYDROELECTRIC, L.L.C.            Topic: 86

    Hydropower is now increasingly operated outside of original design conditions due to changing water availability and environmental induced operating parameters. Fifty percent of operational hydroelectric dams in the United States are 50 years or older and nearly all were designed to operate steadily as a primary base load resource. Compounding these issues is the increasing prevalence of intermitt ...

    SBIR Phase I 2017 Department of Agriculture
  9. Palmos- Environmental Landslide Monitoring And Detection For Rural Communities

    SBC: Palmos Co.            Topic: 86

    In the United States, landslides cause over $1 billion in damage and 50 deaths annually. Landslidesoccur in every state in the United States and the majority of these landslides occur in rural areas ofthe country. These events primarily affect the rural areas of the country and are becoming more frequent with the increase in extreme weather events due to climate change and variability. The propose ...

    SBIR Phase I 2017 Department of Agriculture
  10. The Biomie Construction System- Distributed Manufacturing of Near Zero Energy Home Replacements

    SBC: ORB Technologies, LLC            Topic: 86

    This project is relevant to USDA's Strategic Goal to, "Assist rural communities to create prosperity so they are self-sustaining, repopulating, and economically thriving" (USDA, 2014). By creating solutions for rural affordable housing, entrepreneurship, and electric utility financial sustainability, the proposed work simultaneously addresses issues that USDA supports individually through the ...

    SBIR Phase II 2017 Department of Agriculture

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