PhylloTech, LLC (Madison, WI) announces that it has been awarded a $100,000 Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) grant from the United States Department of Agriculture-National Institute of Food and Agriculture (USDA-NIFA). “The goal of this project is to control bacterial plant pathogens using an environmentally-friendly strategy to disrupt intercellular communication,” stated Chakradhar Mattupalli, Ph.D., Project Director for the USDA-NIFA grant. “With the research supported by this grant, we will develop a novel way to manage bacterial plant diseases that pose continual problems in crop production.”
“It’s very rewarding to receive this USDA-NIFA grant because this exciting biodeterrent project builds on the research from my postdoctoral fellowship at the University of California-Berkeley,” said Dr. Ryan Shepherd, PhylloTech’s Chief Executive Officer. “We’re expanding our product development into the control of bacterial plant pathogens with established market impact, fully complementing our existing biofungicide technologies.” PhylloTech is an agricultural biotechnology company that is also developing novel protein bioproduction systems in plants and innovative strategies for disease control. PhylloTech is headquartered at the University Research Park in Madison, WI, and currently has six employees. Please visit www.phyllotech.com for further information.