WASHINGTON, D.C., Oct. 18, 2017 – The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) today announced grants to help bring agricultural business ideas from the drawing board to the marketplace. Funding is made through NIFA’s Small Business Innovation Research Program.
“For small agricultural businesses, the federal government is a key, initial investor to help them get great ideas into the marketplace,” said NIFA Director, Sonny Ramaswamy. “The feasibility and scalability of these business concepts are evaluated through our peer review process, and businesses get to keep their intellectual property rights as they commercialize their ventures.” Read more
Dr. Kaplan is presenting at the New Context Conference on Nov 3-4 2017, San Francisco, CA.
Come see “Nematode pheromones: From bench to the market” at the session”Co-living with Nature” on Nov 4
Pheronym was accepted to Tech Futures Group to have business advice.
Tech Futures Group (TFG) is a Small Business Development Center (SBDC) program focusing exclusively on advising qualified technology clients located in the NorCal SBDC network coverage area. Funding from the Small Business Administration (SBA) and others allows TFG to pay its advisors and provide free services to its clients. TFG takes no equity and accepts no cash from clients.
If you missed our pitch on Demo Day, you have a second chance to watch it here!
Come and see Pheronym pitch at IndieBio Demo Day on Sept 14 between 3 and 5 PM Pacific time.
Join us to bring 21st century crop protection to the world.
Indiebio Blog by Kayla Liederbach
It’s no secret that the agricultural fertilizers and pesticides create major problems in our soil, water systems, animal life, and more. Thankfully there are people who aim to solve this problem, like Fatma Kaplan and Cameron Schiller, who co-founded their company Pheronym in 2012. Pheronym offers nontoxic plant protection in a new way:……Read more
We, Fatma and Cameron, are delighted to tell the story of Pheronym at Popping the Bubbl with Sandra and Pete.
To listen the podcast interview, click on the link.
Pheronym was selected to be in the California Life Sciences Institute Fall 2017 Fellows All-Stars Team (FAST) advisory program. Pheronym was one of the eight science startup companies. We are very excited for the opportunity to work with FAST advisers.
Here is the link to the Fall 2017 FAST Companies
Abigail Perret-Gentil is presenting at the APS meeting in San Antonio, Texas, August 5 – 9, 2017.
Pheronym was awarded a USDA-SBIR phase I grant titled “Leveraging Nematode Signals to Enhance Entomopathogenic Nematode Efficacy for Pest Control“.
The SBIR partners include Dr. Fatma Kaplan at Pheronym (PD), Dr. David Shapiro-Ilan (Co-PD) at the USDA-ARS, Byron, GA and Dr. Ed Lewis (Co-PD) at the University of Idaho, Moscow, ID.
Project summary/ Abstract
The proposed project will test the feasibility of using nematode released factors to improve entomopathogenic nematodes’ (EPNs) efficacy (ability to kill) in biological control. Broad-spectrum synthetic pesticides have adverse effects on the environment and human health. For example, approximately 26 million human poisonings and 220,000 deaths occur annually due to synthetic pesticides worldwide. We need environmentally friendly non-toxic agricultural pest control. One of the solutions is to use environmentally friendly biopesticides such as EPNs. EPNs, natural enemies of insects, are used as biological control agents for many economically important insect pests such as the black vine weevil, Japanese beetle, Diaprepes root weevil, and fungus gnats. Furthermore, they are so safe to the environment and humans that EPNs are not regulated as pesticides in the US. One of the major problems with EPNs is their variable efficacy in the field. This is a major hindrance to EPNs’ wider adoption for insect pest control. One of the reasons for this variability is that EPNs clump together and do not disperse sufficiently in commercial aqueous applications. Recently, our group found that nematode released factors can disperse EPNs under laboratory conditions. The overall goal of this project is to demonstrate the feasibility of nematode factors to improve dispersal leading to the improved EPN efficacy. We will test the effects of adding nematode factors in laboratory and greenhouse assays with three different types of soil, and optimize exposure time to the nematode factors for consistent dispersal and infectivity.
The anticipated results and potential commercial applications of the proposed research: This proposed research will improve EPN efficacy as biological control agents, encourage wider EPN adoption, provide alternative pest control to the agricultural industry and farmers (organic and conventional) and reduce toxic chemicals in the environment. Once proven successful for two important model EPN species, we will expand this technology to other commercial EPN species with different and specialized insect hosts to improve their field efficacy. The potential for commercial application is enormous.