Development of a New Production System for Baculovirus Pesticides

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Agriculture
Branch:
N/A
Amount:
$80,000.00
Award Year:
2006
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase I
Contract:
2006-33610-16844
Agency Tracking Number:
2006-00040
Solicitation Year:
N/A
Solicitation Topic Code:
N/A
Solicitation Number:
N/A
Small Business Information
Paratechs Corporation
105c AgTeCC/KTRDC; Univ. and Cooper Drive, Lexington, KY, 40546
Hubzone Owned:
N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
N/A
Principal Investigator
 Angelika Fath-Goodin
 (859) 433-5293
 afath@uky.edu
Business Contact
 Leonard Heller
Phone: (859) 552-5898
Email: lehell2@uky.edu
Research Institution
N/A
Abstract
Insects are major pests of plant and animal food and fiber and also vector diseases causing millions of human deaths and untold suffering annually. Moreover, our efforts to control insect pests have caused massive environmental contamination and continue to cause human and animal fatalities annually. Biotechnology offers alternatives to conventional pest control that have great promise although, like other technological innovations, there is resistance to its use and it carries some risks with which we have little prior experience. One increasingly important aspect of biotechnology is its potential to replace conventional products with process and materials that are more environmentally sound. Paratechs' biology-based baculovirus production (B3P) technology is an example of such a `green' process in that it has the potential to produce biopesticides that can be used to replace chemical pesticides and relies upon natural biological processes rather than synthetic chemicals to do so. Such a technology would have important commercial impact and also have beneficial environmental and health impacts.

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