A scalable platform to produce nematode pheromones for crop protection by National Science Foundation SBIR Phase I award

2019: Microgravity effect on entomopathogenic nematodes’ ability to find and kill insects by Center for the Advancement of Science in Space

Space Florida - Wikipedia2018: Enhancing Biocontrol efficacy for Agricultural pest control by leveraging nematode signals by Space Florida Israel Innovation Partnership Program.

2018: “Group behavior and chemical signaling as drivers for entomopathogenic nematode foraging and infection dynamics” awarded by USDA-NIFA-AFRI Pests and Beneficial Species in Agricultural Production Systems. This multi-institutional grant was awarded to Pheronym, USDA-ARS in Georgia and Florida, the University of Georgia and the University of Idaho were partnered. Project Directors are Drs. David Shapiro, Fatma Kaplan, Ed Lewis, Hans Alborn and Paul Schliekelman.  We at Pheronym are very excited to be part of this great team to identify the signals to increase entomopathogenic nematode (EPN) market share in biocontrol market for sustainable and eco-friendly food production by increasing their efficacy and reliability of EPNs.

2018: “Nematode-resistant pepper varieties for Florida” awarded by Florida Department of Agriculture & Consumer Services: Specialty Crop Block Grant Award. The University of Florida (UF) and Pheronym partnered for this proposal. Project Director is Dr. Bala Rathinasabapathi, Professor of Horticulture at UF and Co-project Directors are Dr. Donald Dickson, Professor of Nematology at UF and Dr. Fatma Kaplan, Pheronym Inc. We are very excited to be a part of this great team.

2017: “Leveraging Nematode Signals to Enhance Entomopathogenic Nematode Efficacy for Pest Control” was awarded by USDA-SBIR Phase I program. “The Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) program at the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) offers competitively awarded grants to qualified small businesses to support high-quality research related to important scientific problems and opportunities in agriculture that could lead to significant public benefits.” – USDA Small Business Innovation Grant Program

SBIR awards are competitive grants with a funding rate of 14% of the applications. Pheronym’s SBIR Phase I grant proposal is part of that 14%.