DESICCATION OF ENTOMOGENOUS NEMATODES FOR LONG-TERM MASS STORAGE

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Agriculture
Branch
n/a
Amount:
$210,000.00
Award Year:
1987
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase II
Contract:
n/a
Agency Tracking Number:
4651
Solicitation Year:
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Solicitation Topic Code:
n/a
Solicitation Number:
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Small Business Information
Biosis
1057 East Meadow Circle, Palo Alto, CA, 94303
Hubzone Owned:
N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
n/a
Principal Investigator:
() -
Business Contact:
DR. IRENE POPIEL
() -
Research Institution:
n/a
Abstract
INFECTIVE JUVENILES (IJ'S) OF STEINERNEMATID NEMATODES IN THE GENUS NEOAPLECTANA ARE EFFECTIVE CONTROL AGENTS FOR A WIDE RANGE OF INSECT PESTS. MARKET REQUIREMENTS FOR THE YEAR 1987 DETERMINE A PRODUCTION GOAL OF 1011 NEMATODES PER WEEK, WITH 1988 REQUIREMENTS APPROXIMATING 1016 PER WEEK. PHASE I ADDRESSES THE PROBLEM OF STORAGE AND SHIPMENT OF S SUCH LARGE NUMBERS (=LARGE VOLUMES) OF NEMATODES. IJ'S ARE AQUATIC, REQURE OXYGEN AND SURVIVE AT THE EXPENSE OF STORED ENERGY. PRESENT STORAGE METHODS UTILIZING POLYURETHANE FOAM,ACTIVATED CHARCOAL OR OTHER NEMATODES SUBSTRATES REQUIRING LOW-TEMPERATURE STORAGE. SUCH METHODS DO NOT ALLOW FOR LONG -TERM STORAGE AND ARE PRACTICALLY DESICCATION OF ENTOMO GENOUS NEMATODES FOR LONG-TERM MASS STORAGE-TECHNICAL AB ABSTRACT AND ECONOMICALLY INDADEQUATE. THE OVERALL PHASE I OBJECTIVE IS TO DEVISE AND EVALUATE A RESEARCH SCALE TECHNI NIQUE FOR THE LONG-TERM STORAGE OF DESICCATED IJ'S. THE RESEARCH EFFORT WILL DETERMINE: THE BEST DESICCATION AND REHYDRATION REGIMES; THE LARGEST VOLUME OF NEMATODES THAT CAN BE EFFECTIVELY DESICCATED AS A SINGLE UNIT; SURVIVAL AND PATHOGENICITY OF DESICCATED IJ'S VERSUS STORAGETIME; OXYGEN REQUIREMENTS OF DESICCATED IJ,S; THE RESISTANCE OF DESICCATED IJ,S TO ENVIRONMENTAL EXTREMES.

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