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Development of IMNV Resistant Heritable Transgenic Litopenaeus vannamei

Award Information
Agency: Department of Agriculture
Branch: N/A
Contract: 2013-00339
Agency Tracking Number: 2013-00339
Amount: $95,350.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Solicitation Topic Code: 8.7
Solicitation Number: USDA-NIFA-SBIR-003848
Solicitation Year: 2013
Award Year: 2013
Award Start Date (Proposal Award Date): N/A
Award End Date (Contract End Date): N/A
Small Business Information
Mesa, AZ 85205-5840
United States
DUNS: 078494458
HUBZone Owned: No
Woman Owned: No
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: No
Principal Investigator
 Jeremy Ellis
 CEO and Head Scientist
 (480) 719-0362
Business Contact
 Jeremy Ellis
Title: CEO and Head Scientist
Phone: (480) 719-0362
Research Institution

Aquaculture stands as a potential solution for the long-term production of animal protein worldwide and is reported to achieve some of the highest feed-to-protein conversion ratios when compared to poultry, cattle, and pig farming. The shrimp aquaculture specifically, suffers from periodic and devastating disease outbreaks that continually limit crop yields. This effect stifles the development and reliability of this industry. The recently emerged shrimp virus, Infectious Myonecrosis Virus (IMNV) is of great concern for the shrimp industry as it results in large crop losses (greater than $100-200 million in traceable losses), and no significant effective control or resistance measures have been developed. This grant proposal aims to establish a new technological solution by means of heritable transgenic shrimp. The proposed heritable transgenic technology will enable the delivery of virus resistance traits into a cultured shrimp species, L. vannamei. Third party investigators will determine the effectiveness of the introduced resistance. The application of heritable transgenic viral resistant strains of shrimp will reduce the necessity of molecular viral screening, improve the predictability of crop yield, and contribute to a reduction of the transmission of viruses.

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