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Each year, approximately 60 new patents are issued by the U.S. Patent Office for USDA inventions. The Office of Technology Transfer (OTT) transfers these inventions through licenses to the private sector for commercialization. Below are links to the new technologies that are available for licensing. 

Docket

Title

Description

Contact

 

152.13    NEW

 

 

METHOD AND SYSTEM FOR PRODUCING AQUACULTURE FEED

 

A method and system for producing a high-moisture, water-stable aquafeed.

Potential Commercial Applications
-Feed for slow feeding aquatic animals like shrimp, abalone, grazing species (rudderfish or Kysoids) and sturgeon
-Feed for traditional fish stock
-Specialty fish feeds including weaning diets, medicated feeds, brood feed and larval feeds

Competitive Advantages
-Texture similar to natural feeds such as sardines
-Significantly reduced amounts of total carbohydrates as compared to conventional feed
-Soft yet durable with high water stability and does not disintegrate upon soaking in water as quickly as traditional feeds do
-Contains over 45% moisture (before an optional post-production drying step)

david.nicholson@ars.usda.gov

 

270.12 + 36.14        NEW
 

 

NOVEL NYLANDERIA  FULVA VIRUS

At least one novel virus capable of infecting crazy ants (Nylanderia fulva), along with polynucleotide sequences and amino acid sequences of the virus. The virus is capable of be used as a biopesticide to control populations of crazy ants.

 

Potential Commercial Applications

- Potentially the virus could be utilized as a biopesticide or biological control agent to eliminate or at least reduce the spread of Nylanderia fulva and their colonies

-The virus could serve as a gene delivery system to study functional genomics in the ant

 

Competitive Advantages

-This Nylanderia fulva virus is the first virus to be discovered from the invasive ant species N. fulva

thomas.valco@ars.usda.gov     joseph.lipovsky@ars.usda.gov

 

10.12        NEW

 

PROCESS FOR ISOMERIZATION AND DECARBOXYLATION OF UNSATURATED ORGANIC COMPOUNDS WITH A METAL CATALYST OR CATALYST PRECURSOR

Agriculturally-derived fatty acids are directly converted into olefins, or other useful hydrocarbons. The process involves the use of a metal catalyst or catalyst precursor that facilitates the isomerization and/or decarboxylation of unsaturated carboxylic acids derivatives into olefins.

Potential Commercial Applications
Biobased:
-- alkene for polymers such as linear low density Polyethylene:
-- polyolefin plasticizer
-- polyolefin lubricant

Competitive Advantages
- ~100% biobased content helps meet biobased formulation requirements
- Useful as a drop-in for replacement for commercial polymers without modification of existing process

renee.wagner@ars.usda.gov

 


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