STTR Phase I: Constitutive Promoters for Crop Improvement

Award Information
Agency:
National Science Foundation
Branch
n/a
Amount:
$150,000.00
Award Year:
2008
Program:
STTR
Phase:
Phase I
Contract:
0810649
Award Id:
88533
Agency Tracking Number:
0810649
Solicitation Year:
n/a
Solicitation Topic Code:
n/a
Solicitation Number:
n/a
Small Business Information
307 Hillsborough Street, Chapel Hill, NC, 27514
Hubzone Owned:
N
Minority Owned:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
805889412
Principal Investigator:
Tedd Elich
PhD
(919) 654-0399
telich@cropsolution.com
Business Contact:
Tedd Elich
PhD
(919) 654-0399
telich@cropsolution.com
Research Institution:
Duke University
Judith Dillon
Duke University
Durham, NC, 27708
(919) 661-8689
Nonprofit college or university
Abstract
This Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) Phase I develops better gene promoters in order to allow the creation of improved genetically modified crops for food and biofuels. Gene promoters are a critical element of all transgenic crops, precisely controlling when and where within the plant a transgene is expressed. This project utilizes the proprietary root analysis system, the RootArray platform, to identify and characterize these enhanced promoters. The RootArray provides an unprecedented ability to monitor gene expression within developing plant roots. The broader impacts of this research are the development of better genetically modified crop varieties. The next generation of genetically modified food crops will more easily withstand environmental stresses, like drought and pests, while producing higher yields and more nutritional value. These crops will play an important role in guaranteeing food security. Moreover, genetically modified crops hold tremendous promise to produce better biofuel crops to help meet the nation's growing demand for energy. Genetically modified plants have the potential to play a key role in reducing our dependence on fossil fuels and cutting greenhouse emissions. Innovations in plant biotechnology - including the development of enhanced gene promoters - will help bring these enormous benefits to society.

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