CEDAR RAPIDS - A Corridor company known internationally for its agricultural nutrition supplements, is using a U.S. Department of Agriculture grant to develop a potential product for fish.
John Peloquin, senior research fellow at Diamond V’s Research and Innovation Center at Kirkwood Community College. said the $99,907 Small Business Innovation Research grant will enable the company to evaluate a patented technology for a variety of uses in aquaculture.
“There may be uses in other animal systems, but we’re starting out in fish,” Peloquin said. “The product originated with a discovery made at the University of Wisconsin in Milwaukee.”
Peloquin, principal investigator, said the project is being done in conjunction with the U.S. Geological Survey’s Western Fisheries Laboratory in Washington state.
“It’s a new technology that will reduce mortality in aquaculture systems, but it may have applications elsewhere,” he said. “We had an individual identified to work on the experiments, but they took another job. We had to go back to scratch, but we’re back in the saddle and have been for about a month.”
Peloquin said Diamond V scientists should begin hearing about the outcome of the experiments within a couple of months.
“The materials that we’re using are ultimately based on corn,” he said. “The product would be made at our plant in Cedar Rapids and could go to market in a fairly short period of time.
“We’re looking at getting a handle on activity and dosage. Once that is determined, we have a very good marketing group in Cedar Rapids that can interpret the science and put together a packaged product.”
Peloquin declined to provide specific information about the potential new product, citing the need to protect trade secret technology.
Diamond V, founded by C.W. Bloomhall in 1943, researches, develops and markets fermentation products for animal nutrition and health to achieve food safety and cost-effective production. The company operates two manufacturing plants in Cedar Rapids as well as a plant in Ankeny for Embria Health Sciences, a division that focuses on nutritional supplements for humans.