ENGINEERING AN INNOVATIVE SYSTEM FOR UTILIZING ORGANIC WASTE MATERIALS IN THE PRODUCTION OF GRASS SODS

Award Information
Agency:
National Science Foundation
Branch
n/a
Amount:
$217,718.00
Award Year:
1989
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase II
Contract:
n/a
Agency Tracking Number:
7473
Solicitation Year:
n/a
Solicitation Topic Code:
n/a
Solicitation Number:
n/a
Small Business Information
Buckeye Bluegrass Farms Inc.
Box 176 0r 4751 Stover Rd, Ostrander, OH, 43061
Hubzone Owned:
N
Minority Owned:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
n/a
Principal Investigator:
Dr Henry F Decker
() -
Business Contact:
() -
Research Institution:
n/a
Abstract
THIS PHASE I PROPOSAL IS DESIGNED TO EXAMINE CLOSELY AN INNOVATIVE CONCEPT FOR RECOVERING THE RESOURCE POTENTIAL OF ORGANIC MUNICIPAL AND INDUSTRIAL WASTE MATERIALS. THE WASTE MATERIALS WILL BE SUBSTITUTED FOR TOPSOIL IN A NOVEL SYSTEM FOR GROWING GRASS SODS. THE NEW GRASS GROWING SYSTEMAPPEARS CAPABLE OF PRODUCING A SOD CROP IN AS LITTLE AS 6 WEEKS AS COMPARED TO 1 TO 2 YEARS FOR SOD PRODUCED IN THE CONVENTIONAL MANNER. THIS WILL BE ACHIEVED BY GERMINATING THE GRASS SEED IN RENDERED WASTE MATERIALS SPREAD OVER POLYETHYLENE SHEETING. THE PRIMARY ROOTS OF THE GRASSES WILL NOT PENETRATE THE POLYETHYLENE BUT RATHER WILL RUN ALONG IT AND WILL QUICKLY BIND THE WASTE MATERIAL INTO A A SOD. THE YOUNG SOD WILL BE ROLLED LIKE CARPETING OFF THE POLYETHYLENE SHEETING, WHICH WILL BE LEFT IN PLACE FOR SUBSEQUENT CROPS. THE SYSTEM WILL PROVIDE SEVERAL SIGNIFICANT OPPORTUNITIES: A USEFUL PRODUCT WILL BE GROWN UTILIZING PROBLEM WASTE MATERIALS; SEVERAL CROPS CAN BE PRODUCED PER YEAR; SEVERAL MILLION CUBIC YARDS OF TOPSOIL WILL BE SAVED AND REPLACED BY WASTE MATERIALS FROM WHICH NUTRIENT RESOURCES WILL BE RECOVERED THAT WOULD OTHERWISE BE WASTED; AND THE WASTE MATERIALS WILL BE RECYCLED INTO A NON-FOOD CROP.

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