Sustained-Release Delivery Systems for Semiochemicals/Kairomones for Control of Fire Ants

Period of Performance: 01/01/2002 - 12/31/2002

$77.5K

Phase 1 SBIR

Recipient Firm

BioGuard Research & Development, Inc.
2000 Logston Blvd.
Richland, WA 99352
Principal Investigator
Firm POC

Abstract

BioGuard proposes to develop an improved sustained-release delivery system for volatile chemicals that can be used to attract or repel the imported fire ant and/or its predators. In conjunction with USDA/ARS in Gainesville, FL BioGuard will implement the development and testing of sustained-release delivery systems for a series of semiochemicals and kairomones to improve control measures for repelling fire ants in broad area applications, improve existing baits by addition of attractants, and the sustained delivery of kairomones to improve the performance of the parasitic phorid fly. Sustained-release delivery systems to be developed under this SBRI project will be designed to control the release and subsequent air or soil concentrations of repellents and attractants related to fire ant control strategies. The systems to be developed will be based on polymeric sustained-release delivery systems that BioGuard has commercialized over the last decade and/or been working on with USDA/ARS under CRADA #58-3K95-M-834 to release volatile chemical attractants for the German cockroach (Blattella germanica).