Use of a Plant Universal Molecular Recognition Library for Root Knot Nematode Resistance

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Agriculture
Branch
n/a
Amount:
$350,000.00
Award Year:
2008
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase II
Contract:
n/a
Award Id:
88565
Agency Tracking Number:
2008-00161
Solicitation Year:
n/a
Solicitation Topic Code:
n/a
Solicitation Number:
n/a
Small Business Information
893 N WARSON RD, Saint Louis, MO, 63141
Hubzone Owned:
N
Minority Owned:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
072669828
Principal Investigator:
BingliGao
Director of Transgenic Discovery
(314) 812-8120
gao@divergence.com
Business Contact:
MichelleInsco
Director of Business Administration
(314) 812-8024
insco@divergence.com
Research Institute:
n/a
Abstract
The goal of this research is to generate crops, such as tomato, corn and carrot, with broad spectrum, season long resistance to root knot nematode. Plant parasitic nematodes, of which root knot is the most significant, annually cause damage in excess of $8 billion in the U.S. and $80 billion worldwide. Transgenic crops have a significant economic opportunity to replace the application of toxic nematicidal pesticides. Nematicides including organophosphates, carbamates, and fumigants (methyl bromide) are being deregistered or have tightly restricted use. Benefits of a successful transgenic approach would include higher grower yields, lower input costs, greater worker safety, and less environmental impact.

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