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Patent
Inscent, Inc | Date: 2013-04-25

The present specification discloses psyllid attractants, compositions comprising such attractants, lures, traps and other devices using such attractants, methods and uses to attract, capture and/or kill psyllids using such attractants, compositions and/or lures, traps and/or other devices, and methods and uses for monitoring a psyllid population using such attractants, compositions and/or lures, traps and/or other devices.


Patent
Inscent, Inc | Date: 2014-05-03

The present specification discloses honeybee repellents exhibiting repellent properties similar to 2-heptanone, compositions comprising such repellents, uses to repel a honeybee from a mammal, location, plant, structure treated of such repellents, and methods of treating a mammal, location, plant, structure by applying such repellents.


Patent
Inscent, Inc | Date: 2014-05-03

The present specification discloses honeybee repellents exhibiting repellent properties similar to 2-heptanone, compositions comprising such repellents, uses to repel a honeybee from a mammal, location, plant, structure treated of such repellents, and methods of treating a mammal, location, plant, structure by applying such repellents.


Grant
Agency: Department of Agriculture | Branch: | Program: SBIR | Phase: Phase I | Award Amount: 99.90K | Year: 2014

Asian Citrus Psyllid (ACP) vectors citrus greening disease and is thus the most serious pest faced by the US citrus industry. The ACP has already severely affected Florida citrus production, has entered Texas, and is spreading into California, where citrus is a billion-dollar industry with a history dating back to the 19th century. However, current control approaches lack effective attractants for use in bait-and-kill stations and traps. The approach described uses rational design to isolate compounds that bind to critical ACP chemosensory proteins, and then identifies those compounds capable of attracting ACP. These novel attractants can then be incorporated into bait-and-kill stations containing a control product such as Spinosad. This project incorporates several novel platform technologies comprising a high throughput assay system for rapidly identifying molecules that interact with insect chemosensory proteins.


Grant
Agency: National Science Foundation | Branch: | Program: SBIR | Phase: Phase II | Award Amount: 494.23K | Year: 2011

This Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) Phase II project concerns a novel, rapid and cost effective detection system for fecal contamination in water supplies. Although existing methods can detect fecal contamination in water samples, improvements are needed in sensitivity, accuracy, and speed. This proposal describes the refinement of a novel sensor utilizing an insect chemosensory protein as the recognition element in a product that detects indole, a characteristic metabolite of coliform bacteria. The biosensor acts with high specificity and sensitivity, allowing the rapid detection of low level E. coli or fecal contamination in water supplies, and encompasses a novel implementation of lateral flow technology that can be used at home or in industry. The broader impacts of this research are that insect CSP-based biosensors as described constitute a platform technology with direct applications in the detection of environmental, chemical, or biological compounds or contaminants, including the detection of harmful volatile organic compounds (VOCs), quality control of foods and pharmaceuticals, the detection of toxins or stereoisomers generated during chemical or pharmaceutical synthesis, and the detection of volatile compounds present in weapons or explosives. These biosensors can also be used in medical diagnostics as well as numerous other applications where high speed, sensitivity and analyte selectivity are required. The platform technology has immediate application to a variety of important sensor and detector implementations that affect numerous industries, public safety, and public health. The water safety monitor described herein is only one example of the applications possible.

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