STTR Phase I:Development of a novel BioNematicide to control soybean cyst nematode

Period of Performance: 01/01/2010 - 12/31/2010


Phase 1 STTR

Recipient Firm

Agricultural Research Initiatives, Inc.
700 Research Center Blvd.
Fayetteville, AR 72701
Principal Investigator

Research Institution

University of Arkansas
210 Administration Building
Fayetteville, AR 72701
Institution POC


This Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) Phase I project proposes to develop a novel bionematicide to control soybean cyst nematode (SCN) in soybeans. In wide-ranging preliminary research, this bionematicide controlled several nematode stages, including up to 90% of cysts (the primary inoculum source for SCN infestations). The isolate also controls SCN over a broad range of soil temperatures and SCN races (biotypes), indicating that resistance to the isolate by SCN will be of minimal consequence. The overall objectives of this project are to 1) demonstrate and determine field parameters for application of the technology and 2) evaluate scale-up production protocol(s) for eventual commercial production. The advantage of the project is supported through the collaborative efforts of a strong public and private alliance utilizing very diverse professional expertise. This alliance provides an excellent framework to design and implement field and laboratory testing as well as marketing (and related) strategies to make the project successful. Results will provide data and structure for an expeditious commercialization track.