STTR Phase I: A Biodetector for Rapid On-Site Screening of Breder Chickens with High Feed Efficiency

Award Information
Agency: National Science Foundation
Branch: N/A
Contract: 0512668
Agency Tracking Number: 0512668
Amount: $100,000.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: STTR
Awards Year: 2005
Solicitation Year: 2004
Solicitation Topic Code: MI
Solicitation Number: NSF 04-604
Small Business Information
535 W. Research Blvd., Fayetteville, AR, 72701
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Xiao-Li Su
 (479) 571-2592
Business Contact
 Mark Wagstaff
Phone: (479) 571-2592
Research Institution
 University of Arkansas
 Neil R Pumford
 120 Ozark Hall
Fayetteville, AR, 72701
 (479) 575-3845
 Nonprofit college or university
This Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) Phase I Project will develop an immunosensor for rapid, on-site identification of feed efficiency (FE) in breeder chickens. The proposing company's industrial partner has developed a pedigree line of breeder chickens whose progeny is one of the major lines of broilers used commercially in the U.S. Individual birds from the same male-line and fed the same diet exhibit approximately 20% difference in FE. Prior work has determined that at least 18 plasma proteins are differentially expressed in low and high FE birds. This Phase I project will focus on developing a low cost assay using a capillary column based bioseparator / bioreactor (for protein capture) and an optical detection cell (for protein detection) with the sensitivity necessary to rapidly differentiate protein expression levels in low and high FE broilers. The commercial application of this project will be on the poultry industry. Companies breeding elite lines of broilers will find substantial savings in feed and labor costs with the proposed device.

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