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Research Project: Large Scale Non-Destructive Sampling of Field Crops

Location: Produce Safety and Microbiology Research

Project Number: 2030-42000-050-008-N
Project Type: Non-Funded Cooperative Agreement

Start Date: Dec 12, 2016
End Date: Feb 12, 2018

The objective of this cooperative research project is to collaborate to prepare and execute successful SBIR Phase 1 and Phase 2 grants to validate and commercialize a sampling solution for in-field microbial sampling.

Four strategies have been identified and experimental protocols are being developed to evaluate and optimize these strategies. The work will flow from bench scale to field trial as the various subcomponents are developed and optimized to show proof of concept. Provisional and regular patents will be filed to protect intellectual property. The specific milestones are as follows: (These activities are not entirely sequential). 1. Develop pool of concepts and ideas for improved sample collection. (In progress) 2. Develop draft disclosure for provisional patent(s) proposing enabling details. (In Progress) 3. Develop quantitative metric for evaluating sampling concepts. 4. Evaluate sampling concepts with metric. 5. Optimize best candidate concepts with metric. 6. Identify requirements for taking concept to the field. 7. Complete and file provisional patent 8. Take the concepts to field trials for proof of concept. 9. Submit SBIR II proposal. 10. Prepare and file regular patent applications. 11. Gain regulatory recognition of procedure. 12. Commercialize sampling system.