Inventors Win ARS Technology Transfer Honors
By Marcia Wood
February 11, 2009
11--Delicious new apricots, a better way to keep hot dogs and sausage
safe to eat, and simpler ways to produce catfish are among the innovations that
have garnered technology transfer awards for Agricultural Research Service (ARS)
scientists at laboratories nationwide. ARS is the principal intramural
scientific research agency of the U.S.
Department of Agriculture.
For moving their research-based technologies out of the laboratory and into
the marketplace, 15 ARS experts and their university and corporate
co-investigators were honored yesterday by the agency at a ceremony here.
"Agricultural research is fundamental to the strength of our farm
sector, and holds the key to improving nutrition, fostering the development of
new sources of renewable energy, and creating new sources of revenue for our
farmers and ranchers," said Agriculture Secretary
"Americans everywhere benefit from this research," said ARS
Top honors for outstanding technology transfer went to:
- The Flash Pasteurization Research Group, for a technique that uses bursts
of steam to improve the safety of hot dogs and sausages. Microbiologist
H. Sommers, chemical engineer
J. Geveke, mechanical engineer
Goldberg, and Michael F. Kozempel (retired) with the ARS
Safety Intervention Technologies Research Unit, Wyndmoor, Pa., shared the
honor with corporate collaborator ALKAR-RapidPak, Inc., of Lodi, Wis.
- The iBMC Consortium, for discovering and commercializing their
"BovineSNP50" genotyping assay for improving the genetics of dairy
and beef cattle. Geneticists
P. Van Tassell and
Sonstegard of the ARS
A. Wallace Beltsville (Md.) Agricultural Research Center, and chemist
P.L. Smith and biological science lab technician
A. Godtel of the agency's
L. Hruska U.S. Meat Animal Research Center in Clay Center, Neb., teamed
with Marylinn Munson and Cindy Taylor Lawley of Illumina, Inc., in San Diego,
Calif., and collaborators from George Mason
University, Manassas, Va.; the University of Missouri-Columbia for this
Teams and individuals commended for superior efforts in technology transfer
* The AGWA team, with hydraulic engineer
C. Goodrich and hydrologist
L. Unkrich of the ARS
Watershed Research Center in Tucson, Ariz., for helping water districts,
homeowners and others across the country conserve water by using the team's
computer-based "Automated Geospatial Watershed Assessment"
technology. The Tucson scientists’ AGWA teammates are from the U.S.
Environmental Protection Agency in Las Vegas,
Nev.; the University of Arizona-Tucson;
the University of Wyoming-Laramie; the
University of Nebraska-Lincoln, and
CH2M Hill in Albuquerque, N.M..
* Ulrich R.
Bernier, a chemist with the ARS
for Medical, Agricultural and Veterinary Entomology in Gainesville, Fla.,
for procedures that ensure soldiers’ uniforms are properly insect-proofed
to protect against mosquito-transmitted disease.
* Joe W.
Dorner, a microbiologist with the ARS
Peanut Research Laboratory in Dawson, Ga., for enabling the peanut industry
to use ARS' Afla-Guard technology to protect the crop against aflatoxin, a
* William A. Dozier III, formerly with the ARS
Research Unit in Mississippi State, Miss., for quickening transfer of new,
science-based technologies to the U.S. poultry industry.
* Craig A.
Ledbetter, a geneticist at the ARS
Joaquin Valley Agricultural Sciences Center near Parlier, Calif., for
developing "Apache," "Helena" and other superb apricots.