Spensa gains grant for Z-Trap development
The US company, Spensa Technologies (West Lafayette, Indiana), has received a $630,000 grant from the National Science Foundation to expand the use of its electronic insect-trapping device, Z-Trap. The NSF will also match any outside investment to the company up to $500,000 over the next two years. The funds will be used to extend the use of Z-Trap from a single insect species per device to multiple pest species. Z-Trap allows real-time data collection via a smartphone application. It was developed by researchers at Purdue University. Spensa's short-term aim is to expand the use of Z-Trap to various agricultural markets, with a long-term aim to move into non-agricultural markets. Spensa recently received $1.3 million from multiple investors to develop its pest monitoring business.