SBIR Phase II: A Gene Targeting System for Plants

Award Information
Agency: National Science Foundation
Branch: N/A
Contract: 0422159
Agency Tracking Number: 0319602
Amount: $499,999.00
Phase: Phase II
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2004
Solicitation Year: N/A
Solicitation Topic Code: N/A
Solicitation Number: N/A
Small Business Information
Phytodyne, Inc.
2711 South Loop Drive, Ames, IA, 50010
DUNS: N/A
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 David Wright
 PI
 (515) 296-5513
 leafstedt@phytodyne-inc.com
Business Contact
 David Wright
Phone: (515) 296-5513
Email: wright@phytodyne-inc.com
Research Institution
N/A
Abstract
This Small Business Innovation Research Phase II project will develop a non-transgenic approach for genetic improvement of crops by using a zinc-finger nuclease strategy for homologous recombination in plants and a strategy for selection of non-selectable phenotypes. The commercial application of this project will be to enable the production of new crop varieties, including those that better withstand pests, have enhanced food value, and produce compounds of industrial importance. The proposed approach is expected to produce genetically modified (GM) plants requiring less regulatory oversight than existing technologies for plant genetic engineering, facilitating faster and less expensive marketing of GM plants.

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