SBIR Phase I: Enabling High Output Carotenogenesis in Plant Cells

Award Information
Agency: National Science Foundation
Branch: N/A
Contract: 0418989
Agency Tracking Number: 0418989
Amount: $92,850.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2004
Solicitation Year: 2003
Solicitation Topic Code: BT
Solicitation Number: NSF 03-535
Small Business Information
2800 Woodlawn Drive, Honolulu, HI, 96822
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Michele Champagne
 (808) 753-2693
Business Contact
 Gordon Wallace
Phone: (808) 753-2693
Research Institution
This Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) Phase I project will demonstrate the technical feasibility of enhancing isoprenoid biosynthesis by mevalonate pathway addition to plastids of a eukaryotic model. Isoprenoids, as carotenoids, serve as natural colorants in plant products and also have a market as human dietary supplement. Increasing the output of carotenoids in cultivated plants and microalgae is of considerable interest as a way to provide these isoprenoids as natural products from renewable sources rather than from chemical synthesis. The commercial application of this project will be on the aquaculture and the ornamental horticulture industries.

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