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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. 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
  2. EXTENDED ROTOR TURBINE- PHASE2

    SBC: SONSIGHT INC            Topic: 86

    Well over 50 % of US land area constitutes low wind-speed sites, yet current wind turbines are not effective in low winds. To extract significantly more energy from such DOE Class 1 or Class 2 wind sites requires substantially increasing turbine blade rotor diameter (wind power is proportional to the square of the blade diameter).Recently, we have successfully demonstrated advanced low-RPM generat ...

    SBIR Phase II 2014 Department of Agriculture
  3. Development of an effective non-antibiotic dry-off agent for the dairy industry

    SBC: AMELGO            Topic: 83

    Intramammary infection (a.k.a., mastitis) is the largest attributable cause of lost productivity, discarded milk, chronic morbidity, and prophylactic antibiotic use in the dairy industry. The majority of new infections are associated with the dry period, during which the udders are temporarily engorged with milk that often leaks from the teat ends. Furthermore, the three major agencies of the U.S. ...

    SBIR Phase II 2014 Department of Agriculture
  4. Developing a High Sensitivity, High Specificity Lameness Detection System for Dairy Cattle

    SBC: STEP ANALYSIS LLC            Topic: 83

    Lameness in dairy cows is a growing and severe problem. Current methods to detect lameness are inadequate for all but the smallest herds and suffer from high levels of subjectivity. At this point, no device is able to constantly monitor dairy cows for lameness using an automated, non-invasive, objective method.The 3D StepMetrix system being validated in Phase II will correctly identify sound and l ...

    SBIR Phase II 2014 Department of Agriculture
  5. Polyvalent Vaccines to Protect Poultry from Avian Influenza

    SBC: MEDIGEN, INC.            Topic: 83

    Medigen successfully designed and tested a conceptually novel VLP design as a vaccine for avian influenza (AI). This vaccine isnot dependent on egg production and allows protection against multiple AI viruses by using a single preparation of VLP vaccine. For example, we demonstrated that co-expression of H5, H7, and H9 HA proteins along with other influenza proteins resulted in a triple-HA H5/H7/H ...

    SBIR Phase II 2013 Department of Agriculture
  6. Automated Inspection and Coding of Cases on Produce Packaging Lines

    SBC: RSI SYSTEMS, LLC            Topic: 813

    In response to recent spinach and tomato/pepper recalls, the produce industry launched the Produce Traceability Initiative (PTI) to institute electronic traceability standards. PTI created standards for marking produce cases which includes embedding a Global Trade Item Number (GTIN), lot/batch, and/or harvest date within a barcode. These new standards present challenges for adoption within the ind ...

    SBIR Phase I 2013 Department of Agriculture
  7. Low-Cost High-Energy Extended Rotor Turbine

    SBC: SONSIGHT INC            Topic: 86

    Well over 50 % of US land area constitutes low wind-speed sites, yet current wind turbines are not effective in low winds. To extract significantly more energy from such DOE Class 1 or Class 2 wind sites requires substantially increasing turbine blade rotor diameter (wind power is proportional to the square of the blade diameter). Recently, we have successfully demonstrated advanced low-RPM genera ...

    SBIR Phase I 2013 Department of Agriculture
  8. Bacteriophages for reducing Vibrio tubiashii associated mortality of shellfish

    SBC: Intralytix Inc            Topic: 87

    This project aims to develop a phage-based product (VTP-100) that will contain a mixture of lytic phages effective against a variety of hatchery strains of Vibrio tubiashii. V. tubiashii is a major cause of larval shellfish mortality, which results in increased costs to the aquaculture industry and consumer. Therefore, if our V. tubiashii phage preparation is successfully commercialized, its use c ...

    SBIR Phase I 2013 Department of Agriculture
  9. Development of phage preparation for managing Salmonella in foods

    SBC: Intralytix Inc            Topic: 85

    Our project envisions developing a bacteriophage-based product, designated SalmoShield, for eliminating or significantly reducing contamination of poultry products (and eventually other foods) with Salmonella. Salmonellae continue to be one of the leading causes of foodborne disease worldwide, causing 1.3-1.4 million cases of salmonellosis annually in the USA, with associated costs estimated to be ...

    SBIR Phase I 2011 Department of Agriculture
  10. Production and Marketing of a Novelty Specialty Pepper, Capsicum baccatum

    SBC: WILSON'S CEDAR POINT FARMS LLC            Topic: 812

    Certain types of specialty peppers may be desired by chefs. Capsicum baccatum, a relative of peppers commonly grown in the U.S. A, is a diverse species; both wild and cultivated forms occur in South America. However, cultivation of C. baccatum outside of South America is rare, and little scientific information is available with regard to cultivation of these relatively primitive cultivars of peppe ...

    SBIR Phase I 2011 Department of Agriculture

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