Development of IMNV Resistant Heritable Transgenic Litopenaeus vannamei

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Agriculture
Branch
n/a
Amount:
$95,350.00
Award Year:
2013
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase I
Contract:
2013-00339
Award Id:
n/a
Agency Tracking Number:
2013-00339
Solicitation Year:
2013
Solicitation Topic Code:
8.7
Solicitation Number:
USDA-NIFA-SBIR-003848
Small Business Information
5916 E ENROSE, Mesa, AZ, 85205-5840
Hubzone Owned:
N
Minority Owned:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
078494458
Principal Investigator:
Jeremy Ellis
CEO and Head Scientist
(480) 719-0362
info@transgenada.com
Business Contact:
Jeremy Ellis
CEO and Head Scientist
(480) 719-0362
info@transgenada.com
Research Institution:
Stub




Abstract
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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