Development of a Mycoherbicide for Control of Dandelion

Award Information
Agency: Department of Agriculture
Branch: N/A
Contract: N/A
Agency Tracking Number: 2010-00286
Amount: $90,000.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2010
Solitcitation Year: N/A
Solitcitation Topic Code: 8.2
Solitcitation Number: N/A
Small Business Information
AGRICULTURAL RESEARCH INITIATIVES INC
700 RESEARCH CENTER BLVD, Fayetteville, AR, 72701
Duns: 077158843
Hubzone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Kelly Cartwright
 President
 (479) 841-3699
 dkellyc@windstream.net
Business Contact
 Kelly Cartwright
Title: President
Phone: (479) 841-3699
Email: dkellyc@windstream.net
Research Institution
N/A
Abstract
This Small Business Innovation Research Phase I program will evaluate a fungal organism as a mycoherbicide for control of dandelion in the turf. Because of significant growth in the turf grass industry and the subsequent increase in use of chemical herbicides, this technology can have impact to lessen environmental issues surrounding pesticide use, especially in areas of high public contact such as golf courses, athletic venues and home lawn areas. The fungal isolate has proven effective in preliminary testing and this Phase I program would expand on current results in the areas of host range, application timing, scale up technologies and compatibility with current turf management scenarios. A product based on this technology will offer a product to homeowners who are concerned about pesticide applications; to golf course managers who are under strict regulations; and to other turf markets (e.g. parks, athletic areas) where decreased dependence on chemical pesticides are desirable. And, because of the public nature of turf venues, the technology will create much broader impacts for the consuming public through the overall reduction of chemical pesticide applications and by providing for a much needed alternative in weed control strategies.

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