SBIR Phase I: Enabling High Output Carotenogenesis in Plant Cells

Award Information
Agency:
National Science Foundation
Branch
n/a
Amount:
$92,850.00
Award Year:
2004
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase I
Contract:
0418989
Award Id:
68633
Agency Tracking Number:
0418989
Solicitation Year:
n/a
Solicitation Topic Code:
n/a
Solicitation Number:
n/a
Small Business Information
2800 Woodlawn Drive, Honolulu, HI, 96822
Hubzone Owned:
N
Minority Owned:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
n/a
Principal Investigator:
Michele Champagne
PI
(808) 753-2693
gordow@aloha.net
Business Contact:
Gordon Wallace
(808) 753-2693
gordow@aloha.net
Research Institution:
n/a
Abstract
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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