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Honey Bee Fast Response System for Broad Band Detection of Airborne Toxicants.

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Army
Contract: W81XWH-04-C-0013
Agency Tracking Number: A032-3760
Amount: $120,000.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Solicitation Topic Code: A03-160
Solicitation Number: 2003.2
Solicitation Year: 2003
Award Year: 2004
Award Start Date (Proposal Award Date): 2003-12-12
Award End Date (Contract End Date): 2004-06-11
Small Business Information
200 Rimrock Way
Missoula, MT 59812
United States
DUNS: 140067534
HUBZone Owned: No
Woman Owned: No
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: No
Principal Investigator
 Jerry Bromenshenk
 (406) 544-9007
Business Contact
 Jerry Bromenshenk
Title: CEO
Phone: (406) 544-9007
Research Institution

This Small Business Innovative Research Phase I project is to develop a broad band detection system for air toxicity. Our overall objective is to show that honey bee orientation and locomotor behaviors can be used as reliable and measurable indicators of certain airborne toxicants. Locomotor sufficiency and directional orientation are behaviors that should unambiguously indicate toxicant exposure. Nearly all airborne toxicants affect the sensory systems or neuromuscular coordination of honey bees, either through cuticular absorption or inhalation,. Above threshold exposures, neurological and motor impairment should progressively degrade efficiency of movement of bees toward a goal. The resulting application builds upon our proven bee colony real-time monitoring and data delivery system. The proposed project introduces new features to: (1) demonstrate that honey bee orientation and movement at the hive exhibit unique responses upon exposure to airborne toxicants, (2) quantify dose-response relationships to the tested toxicant, (3) determine lower threshold concentrations for measurable response; (4) determine whether other environmental perturbations could elicit a similar behavioral response, and (4) demonstrate that a bee colony will display measurable responses across a range of exposures in less than 30 minutes, over a two week demonstration period. These studies will facilitate construction of semi-quantitative response profiles for a hazard evaluation system, and for benchmarking bee responses to existing human exposure risk data, resulting in a report on the efficacy of using bee behaviors to monitor health hazards from airborne toxicants, as well as a plan for a hive-mounted device that can be incorporated into our existing real-time monitoring/reporting systems, leading to Phase II application, and Phase III activities and self-sufficiency.

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