Development of marker free crown gall resistant roses.

Award Information
Agency: Department of Agriculture
Branch: N/A
Contract: 2011-02296
Agency Tracking Number: 2011-02296
Amount: $460,000.00
Phase: Phase II
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2011
Solicitation Year: 2011
Solicitation Topic Code: 8.2
Solicitation Number: USDA-NIFA-SBIR-00339
Small Business Information
NOVAFLORA, INC
25 LEWIS RD, West Grove, PA, 19390-9701
DUNS: 928313519
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Michael Dobres
 (610) 869-2428
 mdobres@novaflora.com
Business Contact
 Michael Dobres
Title: President&CEO
Phone: (610) 869-2428
Email: mdobres@novaflora.com
Research Institution
 Stub
Abstract
There is an urgent need for an effective chemical-free control measure for crown gall. Crown gall is a major disease of many perennial crops. It is especially a problem in long-lived woody crops such as roses, where galls on rose bushes render plants unsalable. In the case of woody fruit and nut producing crops such as walnut, grapes, pears and apples, galled trees and vines are less productive. Losses of 10 to 30% have been reported and control with chemicals has both an environmental cost and a significant business costs, estimated at more than a $1000 per acre for roses alone. Rose and other nursery crop growers currently work under an EPA Critical Exemption for the use of such chemicals. This exemption could be lifted at anytime.

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