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  1. Collaboration-Optimized Network for Naturlistic Exploration and Communication about Traffic (CONNECT)

    SBC: APTIMA, INC.            Topic: 081NH2

    Collaboration-Optimized Network for Naturalistic Exploration and Communication about Traffic (CONNECT) 3/19/2018 Collaboration-Optimized Network for Naturalistic Exploration and Communication about Traffic (CONNECT) will be a tool that allows users to easily generate a wide range of data visualizations from the Fatality Analysis Reporting System (FARS). CONNECT will leverage open-source visual ...

    SBIR Phase I 2018 Department of Transportation
  2. On-Farm Conversion of Solar Energy, Water, and Carbon Dioxide to Hydrocarbon Fuel

    SBC: Giner, Inc.            Topic: 812

    Fossil fuels are the dominant energy source in the agriculture sector, comprising a large fraction of farming operational expenditures and emitting CO2 as a greenhouse gas. Despite recent market penetration, renewable energy adoption on farms remains low. Large capital costs, intermittency, and immobility of renewable energy prevents adoption on small and mid-size farms. A particularly detrimental ...

    SBIR Phase I 2018 Department of Agriculture
  3. Small and Mid-size Farm Efficiency Ecosystem

    SBC: Boston Labs Design and Development LLC            Topic: 812

    Small farms are critical to the futureof America. Small farms promote and sustain communities, create jobs, improve the health of the land and of the people who live on it. Currently small to mid-sized farms raising pasture-based livestock have been left to invent/build their own feeding/watering systemsand are at a disadvantage to large, fully automated, high-efficiency systems on large scale far ...

    SBIR Phase I 2018 Department of Agriculture
  4. Combined Fermentation-based Biosynthesis and Whole-Animal Screening Platform for Biobased Nematicide Discovery & Commercialization

    SBC: MANUS BIOSYNTHESIS, INC.            Topic: 813

    Plant parasitic nematodes cause over $125 billion USD a year in food production losses, or over 12% of all crops. Regulatory changes are resulting in fewer options for nematode control for farmers and requiring that new products be more sustainable in use. Optimized through evolutionary processes for biological activity, natural products (NPs) are a rich source of bioactive molecules that are biod ...

    SBIR Phase I 2018 Department of Agriculture
  5. Ultra-High Efficiency Ethylene Scrubber to Reduce Cold Storage Costs of Produce

    SBC: Sonata Scientific            Topic: 813

    The importance of improving postharvest handling can be understood in terms of the primary impact of poor postharvest care--food loss. Technologies for improving postharvest handling focus on extending the shelf life of the fruit or vegetable while maintaining or improving upon the quality of the produce. A major achievement in prolonging produce storage life has been the implementation of cold st ...

    SBIR Phase I 2018 Department of Agriculture
  6. Cloud Effects Correction Of Drone-Collected Crop Imagery For Precision Agriculture

    SBC: Spectral Sciences, Inc.            Topic: 813

    The effect of cloud shadows on aerial imagery is an unsolved problem that has been identified by many operators of unmanned aerial vehicle (drone)-based remote sensing systems for agriculture. Shadows affect the ability to compare imagery, including multispectral and hyperspectral imagery (MSI and HSI), taken over periods of time, and the ability to quantify image data analytics, including NDVI an ...

    SBIR Phase I 2018 Department of Agriculture
  7. "Wide-Area and Local-Area Water Characterization in Underlying Soil Using Cost-Effective, Directional Detectors and Novel Moderation Designs"

    SBC: Silverside Detectors Inc.            Topic: 84

    The Cosmic-ray Neutron Sensing (CRNS) method can measure the water content of soil with 2% accuracy (under optimal conditions) for agriculture-sized (ie., hectometers) scale. The method uses a neutron detector situated above ground in the center of the measurement area, monitoring in real-time the emission of cosmic-ray produced neutrons from the soil. The simple, non-invasive measurement can prov ...

    SBIR Phase I 2018 Department of Agriculture
  8. Drone-based Microwave Observatory of Subcanopy and Subsurface

    SBC: REMOTE SENSING SOLUTIONS, INC.            Topic: 84

    Scarcity of water and its criticality for agriculture is a topic of increasing urgency as pressures on this fundamental resource continue to grow. Knowledge of the soil moisture is key to informed irrigation practices, yet probes are expensive and sparse. Current Earth observation technologies provide coarse (multi-km) observations of just the upper surface (0-5cm). The root zone soil moisture (to ...

    SBIR Phase I 2018 Department of Agriculture
  9. Novel Filtration for Higher Nutritional Value Food Products

    SBC: Via Separations, LLC            Topic: 85

    Via Separations has developed a novel membrane material with considerable economic, environmental, and nutritional impact in food and dairy processing applications. Commercially available nanofiltration (NF) membrane systems employ polymer membranes, which have inherent chemical and thermal intolerance and are therefore difficult to clean or cannot be used in all separation streams.The Via Separat ...

    SBIR Phase I 2018 Department of Agriculture
  10. Rapid Speciation of Arsenic in Rice and Rice Products

    SBC: Giner, Inc.            Topic: 85

    Rice is a major source of food in many parts of the world and its consumption can be a major contributor to the overall dietary arsenic intake in populations that are not exposed to high levels of arsenic in drinking water. Long-term arsenic exposure has been linked to increased risks of health complications including cancer, cardiovascular, and pulmonary diseases. Arsenic accumulation in rice gra ...

    SBIR Phase I 2018 Department of Agriculture

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