Enhancing Mycoherbicide Storage Capabilities Through Encapsulation Technology

Award Information
Agency: Department of Agriculture
Branch: N/A
Contract: 2004-33610-14332
Agency Tracking Number: 2004-00058
Amount: $77,281.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2004
Solitcitation Year: N/A
Solitcitation Topic Code: N/A
Solitcitation Number: N/A
Small Business Information
Agricultural Research Initiatives, Inc.
700 Research Center Blvd., Fayetteville, AR, 72701
Duns: N/A
Hubzone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Kelly Cartwright
 (479) 841-3699
 dkellyc@arkansas.net
Business Contact
 Kelly Cartwright
Phone: (479) 841-3699
Email: dkellyc@arkansas.net
Research Institution
N/A
Abstract
Although biocontrol technology, including mycoherbicides, has been investigated for a long period of time, few products have actually made it into the commercial loop. The reasons for this are varied and include unfavorable environmental conditions, small markets and poor shelf-life. The test mycoherbicide candidate in this project, A. destruens, is plagued by poor shelf-life and storage capabilities. This SBIR project will investigate a unique encapsulation technology that will enable a protective microcapsule to be placed around A. destruens conidia and, in some cases, allow for shielding components to be incorporated for added protection. In doing this, the conidia will be protected and rendered more viable in storage and subsequent post application(s).

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