SBIR Phase I: Enhancing Starch Quantity and Quality in Hybrid Grain Sorghum

Award Information
Agency: National Science Foundation
Branch: N/A
Contract: 0741194
Agency Tracking Number: 0741194
Amount: $99,989.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2008
Solicitation Year: N/A
Solicitation Topic Code: BT
Solicitation Number: NSF 07-551
Small Business Information
Caisson Laboratories, Inc.
1740 Research Park Way, North Logan, UT, 84341
DUNS: 026399712
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Dominique Roche
 DPhil
 (435) 770-0197
 droche@caissonlabs.com
Business Contact
 Dominique Roche
Title: DPhil
Phone: (435) 770-0197
Email: droche@caissonlabs.com
Research Institution
N/A
Abstract
This Small Business Innovation Research Phase I project developes methods to molecularly abort sorghum embryos, early in their development, to redirect nutrients, normally used for embryo development, toward starch accumulation. The research will construct and test genetic cassettes necessary for aborting embryo development in seeds and identify sorghum lines possessing high tissue culture regeneration potential. These high-energy grain sorghum products are being designed for the biomaterials/biofuels industries, and the goal is to achieve a 10-20% increase in yield of extractable starch per acre from sorghum hybrid seeds. The broader impacts of this research are the lessening of the nation's dependence on foreign oil in its production of bioplastics, biofilms and other biomaterials, enhanced agricultural prosperity for marginal farmland, and new and cost-effective methods of producing pharmaceuticals and other industrial chemicals.

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