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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. A Bio-based Fuel Cell System for Rural Energy Generation

    SBC: Antek            Topic: N/A

    Electricity generation accounts for greater than 50% of total U.S. farm emissions. Renewable energy sources such as wind and solar power are expensive and unreliable. The fuel costs incurred by U.S. farms are offset by supplemental assistance from the government. Particularly attractive are bio-based approaches which use enzymes or entire cells to directly convert renewable compounds into electric ...

    SBIR Phase I 2006 Department of Agriculture
  2. Effect of Human Population on Land Use and Species Viability: Methodology and Software

    SBC: Applied Biomathematics Inc            Topic: N/A

    Distribution and abundance of endangered species are adversely affected by changes in the land-use patterns that cause habitat loss, habitat fragmentation, pollution or other disturbances. As sensitivity to human impact on local, regional, and global ecologies increases, researchers, planners, and managers are faced with the task of developing local and regional strategies to safeguard biodiversit ...

    SBIR Phase I 2006 Department of Agriculture
  3. Prototyping NUGGET: A Nutrient and Greenhouse Gas Evaluation Tool


    Farmers, crop consultants, and regulators are constantly faced with management/policy decisions that require the integration of current crop and soil conditions, and current and future weather conditions. Farmers and crop consultants must make these management decisions within a regulatory environment that is becoming more restrictive and complex. Regulators are forced to make policy recommendatio ...

    SBIR Phase II 2006 Department of Agriculture
  4. Enhanced Control of Fruit Ripening


    Ethylene is a growth hormone for fruits and vegetables that is generated by the plants themselves; that is, it acts as a self-ripening agent. Hence, the removal of ethylene gas can play a central role in maintaining the freshness of these products. Whereas the temperature and the levels of oxygen and carbon dioxide gases are also important system variables that demand a significant economic invest ...

    SBIR Phase II 2006 Department of Agriculture
  5. Enhanced Performance of Agriculture Based Biodegradable Hydraulic Fluids


    A. Water must be removed from biodegradable hydraulic fluids as they react with water and degrade insitu. B. Biodegradable hydraulic fluids for farm equipment provide a significant improvement over traditional petroleum based fluids due to decreased pollution. Increase the use and value of biodegradable hydraulic fluids by development of a membrane-based dewatering system.

    SBIR Phase I 2006 Department of Agriculture
  6. Agricultural Emissions Reduction Using Bio-Fuels with Membrane Supplied Nitrogen


    The use of biodiesel offers significant advantages with regards to the reduction of total harmful engine emissions with the exception of NOx. Biodiesel is a renewable resource and soybean oil is known to be economically viable as a biodiesel fuel. Recent studies from the Environmental Protection Agency have shown that soybean oil alone or blended with #2 diesel fuel results in a significant decrea ...

    SBIR Phase I 2006 Department of Agriculture
  7. A New Method of Lignocellulose Material Treatment for Ruminant Nutrition

    SBC: eVionyx, Inc.            Topic: N/A

    Agriculture or forestry lignocellulose, including millions of tons of yearly waste, is a large potential source of improved animal feeds. However, most of these lignocellulose materials have low digestibility for ruminants and, consequently, low animal production potential. The purpose of this project is modification of various lignocellulose materials for their usage as high-digestible ruminant f ...

    SBIR Phase I 2006 Department of Agriculture
  8. The Use of Reproductive Technology to Improve Flounder Growth


    Summer flounder (Paralichthys dentatus) are a valuable commercial and recreational species with a natural range from the southern Gulf of Maine to South Carolina. Landings of Atlantic flounders decreased from 90,000 mt in 1984 to 25,000 mt in 1994. Total annual landings of summer flounder peaked at 39.9 million pounds in 1979, but recently from 1990-2003 landings have been much lower, fluctuating ...

    SBIR Phase I 2006 Department of Agriculture
  9. Development of the nanoDETECT Integrated Pathogen Detection System

    SBC: Illuminaria LLC            Topic: N/A

    Sample preparation is extremely important to food borne pathogen detection because food matrices can severely inhibit nucleic acid amplification based detection methods. Samples must typically be pre-enriched to provide adequate numbers of target cells for detection. In addition, current zero-tolerance levels necessitate a very rigorous detection level. IMS is an attractive alternative to preenric ...

    SBIR Phase I 2006 Department of Agriculture
  10. Development of Whole Farm Forage Balancing Program for Small and Mid-Size Dairy/Livestock Farms

    SBC: Insights/On-Site            Topic: N/A

    Dairy farms grow forages on their land. Since 1937, Natural Resources Conservation Service has been working with farms to reduce soil erosion. In 1985, the Food Security Act was passed requiring farms to meet stricter limits for soil loss values. The most cost effective method to reduce soil erosion is Conservation Crop Rotation, balancing soil eroding row crops with soil saving hay crops. Without ...

    SBIR Phase I 2006 Department of Agriculture

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