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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. "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
  2. ACCTRA Rat: Development of long-lasting semiochemical rat lure.

    SBC: Isca Technologies, Inc.            Topic: 86

    ISCA plans to greatly improve on existing state of the art in rodent control by creating synthetic semiochemical lures that are significantly more attractive to rats, and that will last significantly longer in the field than current food-based lures. This SBIR Phase I project will follow up on the successful chemical-ecological preliminary work done, during which precise blends of five novel semio ...

    SBIR Phase I 2018 Department of Agriculture
  3. 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
  4. Ammonia Production for Fertilizers at Ambient Pressure and Low Temperature

    SBC: Giner, Inc.            Topic: 813

    Ammonia (NH3) is an extremely important feedstockfor producing nitrogen fertilizers, such as that provide essential nutrition for crop vitality. The worldwide production of ammonia is more than 100 million tons per year. The conventional Haber-Bosch ammonia production process requires high pressure and temperature (up to 300 atm and 500 & deg;C) and is, as such, extremely energy-intensive. Thi ...

    SBIR Phase I 2014 Department of Agriculture
  5. 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
  6. 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
  7. An eddy covariance system for simultaneous flux measurements of total reactive nitrogen, ammonia, and nitrogen oxides (NOx).

    SBC: Aerodyne Research, Inc.            Topic: 84

    SummaryNitrogen balance plays a critical role in agricultural food security and biodiversity. While some nitrogen addition, such as fertilization, is highly beneficial to agriculture, too much can result in lower crop yields and plant loss. Air pollution can tip the nitrogen balance toward unhealthy soil and poor growing conditions and affect a plant's ability to cope with drought. Understandi ...

    SBIR Phase II 2018 Department of Agriculture
  8. 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
  9. Biobased BPA-Free Epoxy Coatings for Food and Beverage Applications

    SBC: VURONYX TECHNOLOGIES LLC            Topic: 88

    In this Phase II SBIR project, Vuronyx Technologies will investigatehigh performance BPA free epoxy coatings for food and beverage cans.Canning of foods and beverages in metal containers is extensively used for food preservation and storage. The protective coating applied on the inside surface of the food/beverage container should be safe for food contact, have excellent adhesion to the substrate, ...

    SBIR Phase II 2018 Department of Agriculture
  10. CBB Repel: Safeguarding the Prosperity of the Small Farm Hawaiian Coffee Industry

    SBC: Isca Technologies, Inc.            Topic: 812

    CBB Repel will help growers to protect their coffee crops from the most damaging coffee pest in the world, while promoting responsible environmental stewardship. If successful, CBB Repel will allow stakeholders who have been suffering with the scourge of this invasive CBB species, to reengage on the development of the healthy, prosperous, and energetic local communities centered on the small- and ...

    SBIR Phase II 2018 Department of Agriculture

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