SPLAT BASE: A Revolutionary Attract And Kill Technology To Effectively Manage Orchard Pests.

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Agriculture
Branch
n/a
Amount:
$460,000.00
Award Year:
2011
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase II
Contract:
2011-02294
Agency Tracking Number:
2011-02294
Solicitation Year:
2011
Solicitation Topic Code:
8.2
Solicitation Number:
USDA-NIFA-SBIR-00339
Small Business Information
ISCA TECHNOLOGIES, INC.
1230 Spring St, Riverside, CA, 92507-1309
Hubzone Owned:
N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
960774941
Principal Investigator:
Kim Spencer
Biologist/Regulatory
(951) 686-5008
kls@iscatech.com
Business Contact:
Annlok Yap
Business Director
(951) 686-5008
annlok.yap@iscatech.com
Research Institution:
n/a
Abstract
Our Phase I research and development in laboratory bioassays, wind tunnel, caged trees, and small field trials, indicates that different approaches are needed to maximize contact of the moth with the source containing the insecticide. We found that optimizing an attract and kill formulation that actually attracts and kills the males, instead of disrupting their orientation, is a fine balancing act of different components (pheromone and insecticide dose and release rate) that affect the behavior of the male in very different ways. Our Phase I research and development demonstrated that it is possible to have the same results in fruit protection as the golden standard commercial mating disruption formulation when using the SPLAT BASE strategy with formulations containing 20% or less pheromone. It is clear that the development of formulations as proposed here could provide the best opportunity for success in effectively and economically controlling key Lepidopteran pests in pome fruit orchards and we aim to explore this breakthrough in understanding A & K through this SBIR project and to create an effective SPLAT BASE attract and kill line of products.

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