MAXIMIZATION OF AGAR BIOSYNTHESIS IN THE RED ALGAE

Award Information
Agency:
National Science Foundation
Branch
n/a
Amount:
$202,654.00
Award Year:
1985
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase II
Contract:
n/a
Award Id:
729
Agency Tracking Number:
729
Solicitation Year:
n/a
Solicitation Topic Code:
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Solicitation Number:
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Small Business Information
1990 N California Blvd., Suite 830, Walnut Creek, CA, 94596
Hubzone Owned:
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Minority Owned:
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Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
n/a
Principal Investigator:
Drs. John S. Paul/buce Ma
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Business Contact:
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Research Institute:
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Abstract
AN INTERNAL NEED EXISTS FOR A STABLE SOURCE OF HIGH-QUALITY PURIFIED AGAR (AGAROSE) FOR BIOCHEMICAL AND MICROBIOLOGICAL RESEARCH. MATERIAL IS CURRENTLY OBTAINED EXCLUSIVELY FROM NATURAL POPULATIONS BY LABOR-INTENSIVE METHODS, SINCE CULTURE SYSTEMS HAVE YET TO BE WIDELY DEVELOPED. PRESENT PRODUCTION OF AGAR IS THREATENED BY OVER-EXPLOITATION OF NATURAL POPULATIONS AND UNSTABLE SOCIO-POLITICAL SITUATIONS IN COUNTRIES MARKETING THIS MATERIAL. OCEAN GENETICS, INC. HAS BROUGHT TOGETHER A TEAM OF SCIENTISTS WITH EXPERTISE IN DIVERSE AREAS OF ALGAL PHYSIOLOGY AND BIOCHEMISTRY IN AN ATTEMPT TO DEVELOP SUPERIOR STRAINS OF AGAROPHYTES. THESE AGAROPHYTES WILL BE MANIPULATED THROUGH BIOCHEMICAL AND PHYSIOLOGICAL MEANS TO PRODUCE MAXIMAL QUANTATIES OF HIGH- GRADE AGAR IN CULTURE. THE PROPOSED PROGRAM IS ATTRACTIVE BECAUSE IT WILL SUPPLY THE MEANS FOR MAKING AQUACULTURE OF THESE PLANTS COMPETITIVE WITH EXPLOITATION OF NATURAL SOURCES OF SEAWEEDS.

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