MAXIMIZATION OF AGAR BIOSYNTHESIS IN THE RED ALGAE

Award Information
Agency: National Science Foundation
Branch: N/A
Contract: N/A
Agency Tracking Number: 729
Amount: $202,654.00
Phase: Phase II
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 1985
Solitcitation Year: N/A
Solitcitation Topic Code: N/A
Solitcitation Number: N/A
Small Business Information
Ocean Genetics Inc.
1990 N California Blvd., Suite 830, Walnut Creek, CA, 94596
Duns: N/A
Hubzone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Drs. John S. Paul/buce Ma
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Research Institution
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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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