Pollination Aids Patents (Class 47/1.41)
  • Patent number: 8943745
    Abstract: A handheld, vibrating pollen sifter device is disclosed having a handle portion, a vibrating motor, an enclosure for storing pollen generating plants and a screen for dispensing the liberated pollen therefrom onto a target plant. The vibrating motor disturbs the pollen grains from the stamen of flowers placed within the enclosure. The pollen is then liberated into the air through the screen at the base of the enclosure, providing a means to fertilize a plant abiotically. The motor is electrically driven by a power means, preferably a battery pack to allow improved mobility outdoors. An embodiment of the device utilizes a vibratory wand attached to a fine-mesh sifter bowl at its distal end that supports the flower stamen.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 1, 2012
    Date of Patent: February 3, 2015
    Inventors: David Sexton, Jason Bruce
  • Publication number: 20140223812
    Abstract: An apparatus configured for dispensing grains of pollen may include a pollen storage container, a flow source configured to dispense the grains of pollen from the pollen storage container, and a control mechanism configured to selectively activate the flow source. The apparatus may or may not apply an electrical charge to the grains of pollen. Related methods may include steps of collecting pollen, inserting the pollen into a pollen storage container, connecting the pollen storage container to a dispensing device such as the above-described apparatus, and dispensing the pollen from the pollen storage container with the dispensing device. Known grains of pollen may be dispensed to create predetermined gamete crosses with known plants. Further, an outlet of a fan which dispenses the pollen from the pollen storage container or other parts of the dispensing device may be cleaned when swapping the pollen storage container to prevent cross-contamination.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 20, 2012
    Publication date: August 14, 2014
    Applicant: Pioneer Hi Bred International, Inc.
    Inventors: Jason Michael Cope, Bradley Thomas McAvoy
  • Publication number: 20130305600
    Abstract: Exemplary embodiments are disclosed of handheld vibrating pollinators. Also disclosed are exemplary embodiments of pollination methods. In an exemplary embodiment, a pollinator generally includes a pollen capture device (e.g., a spoon, etc.) for capturing pollen released from a flower. The pollinator also includes a handle portion operable for generating vibrations and at least one member (e.g., one or more wands, etc.) configured to be installed on the handle portion. The at least one member is operable for transferring the vibrations generated by the handle portion to a flower for causing the flower to release pollen for capture by the pollen capture device.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 15, 2013
    Publication date: November 21, 2013
    Applicant: VEGIBEE, LLC
    Inventor: William Michael Whaley
  • Publication number: 20130118066
    Abstract: A method is provided for bulk pollination of a plurality of plants. In various embodiments, the method includes collecting a plurality of known grains of pollen, loading the plurality of known grains of pollen into a bulk pollen distributing apparatus, sensing a target pollination location of each of the plurality of plants using an electronic sensor, and distributing the known grains of pollen to the plurality of plants with the bulk pollen distributing apparatus when the electronic sensor senses the target pollination location of each of the plants within a predefined proximity, thereby pollinating the plurality of plants. A plurality of plants may be prepared for controlled pollination by preventing pollination of the plurality of plants by an alternate pollen source. Known grains of pollen may be dispensed to create predetermined gamete crosses with known plants.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 8, 2012
    Publication date: May 16, 2013
    Applicant: PIONEER HI-BRED INTERNATIONAL, INC.
    Inventor: PIONEER HI-BRED INTERNATIONAL, INC.
  • Publication number: 20130118067
    Abstract: Methods for dispensing pollen contained in a solution onto a plant for pollination are provided herein. In one example embodiment, a method for dispensing grains of pollen comprises introducing a plurality of grains of pollen into a solution to create a pollen solution mixture. In some embodiments, the pollen solution mixture is contained in a pollen storage container. The method further comprises connecting the pollen storage container containing the pollen solution mixture to a dispensing device. The method further includes propelling at least a portion of the pollen solution mixture from the pollen storage container using the dispensing device to pollinate a plant.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 8, 2012
    Publication date: May 16, 2013
    Applicant: PIONEER HI-BRED INTERNATIONAL, INC.
    Inventor: PIONEER HI-BRED INTERNATIONAL, INC.
  • Publication number: 20120311925
    Abstract: The invention relates to the cultivation of insect (840) pollinated plants (710, 711) in a greenhouse (700, 701 and 802) environment. In more particular, the invention relates to a lighting device and a method of illumination designed to enhance insect pollination in plants, such as the tomato. The best mode of the invention is considered to be the use of a LED (101, 102, 103 and 104) lighting device having emission peaks (401, 402, 403, 410 and 510) matching the photosynthetic relative absorption peaks of green plants, and the relative reflectance peaks of flowers of plants being cultivated and the relative sensitivity peaks of the insect's vision being used in the pollination. The inventive lighting device and method reduces insect mortality and increases pollination efficiency, photosynthetic growth and thereby increases the productivity of plant cultivation.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 24, 2012
    Publication date: December 13, 2012
    Applicant: VALOYA OY
    Inventors: Lars AIKALA, Ilkka KIVIMÄKI, Titta KOTILAINEN
  • Publication number: 20120297671
    Abstract: A handheld, vibrating pollen sifter device is disclosed having a handle portion, a vibrating motor, an enclosure for storing pollen generating plants and a screen for dispensing the liberated pollen therefrom onto a target plant. The vibrating motor disturbs the pollen grains from the stamen of flowers placed within the enclosure. The pollen is then liberated into the air through the screen at the base of the enclosure, providing a means to fertilize a plant abiotically. The motor is electrically driven by a power means, preferably a battery pack to allow improved mobility outdoors. An embodiment of the device utilizes a vibratory wand attached to a fine-mesh sifter bowl at its distal end that supports the flower stamen.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 1, 2012
    Publication date: November 29, 2012
    Inventors: David Sexton, Jason Bruce
  • Patent number: 7624533
    Abstract: An apparatus and method to isolate at least a part of a plant from passage of things or materials of certain size or characteristics. In one aspect, a shroud or sock (10) of material can be removably placed over at least a part of the plant (3) with a releasable closure (13). The material is highly permeable to air and moisture and is substantially light transmissive. However, it has a pore size which blocks the undesirable materials or things (e.g., pollen or insects). The material can have a relatively light weight so that it can be optionally suspended by the plant (3) without significant effect on the growth or health of the plant. The material can have substantial tensile strength to resist deformation, tearing, or puncture during normal handling or in moderate to high winds. It can be utilized to provide a barrier over a part of a plant, substantially an entire plant, or a plurality of plants.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 31, 2007
    Date of Patent: December 1, 2009
    Assignee: Pioneer Hi-Bred International, Inc.
    Inventors: Mark M. Iwig, Mitchell Brett Callaway, Daniel M. Goldman, Kirby L. Kester
  • Patent number: 7607256
    Abstract: An apparatus and method to isolate at least a part of a plant from passage of things or materials of certain size or characteristics. In one aspect, a shroud or sock (10) of material can be removably placed over at least a part of the plant (3) with a releasable closure (13). The material is highly permeable to air and moisture and is substantially light transmissive. However, it has a pore size which blocks the undesirable materials or things (e.g., pollen or insects). The material can have a relatively light weight so that it can be optionally suspended by the plant (3) without significant effect on the growth or health of the plant. The material can have substantial tensile strength to resist deformation, tearing, or puncture during normal handling or in moderate to high winds. It can be utilized to provide a barrier over a part of a plant, substantially an entire plant, or a plurality of plants.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 22, 2004
    Date of Patent: October 27, 2009
    Assignee: Pioneer Hi-Bred International, Inc.
    Inventors: Mark M. Iwig, Mitchell Brett Callaway, Daniel M. Goldman, Kirby L. Kester
  • Publication number: 20090000187
    Abstract: An apparatus and method of quantitatively obtaining a measurement of pollen of a plant. A quantitative collection of a sample of pollen is counted. Total pollen of the plant can be calculated. One way of quantitative collection of pre-shed pollen involves blending a part of the plant with pollen in the presence of liquid (e.g. water) in a blender. The action of the blender tends to destroy the non-pollen parts of the plant and release the pollen into the liquid. Extraction of the pollen from the blender can be through a sidewall port that includes a filter or sieve having a mesh size that passes relevant pollen but blocks most non-pollen plant parts. The sample can be efficiently prepared for counting of pollen. One method of counting comprises imaging the sample with the pollen well distributed in the focal plane of the imager.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 27, 2007
    Publication date: January 1, 2009
    Applicant: PIONEER HI-BRED INTERNATIONAL, INC.
    Inventors: Adda Sayers, Dean M. Tranel, Travis A. Hanselman, Stephen D. Strachan
  • Patent number: 6925751
    Abstract: The present invention relates to an automated pest control dust applicator device for remote applications, such as bug or bee or hornet spraying in high areas, e.g., trees, overhangs, porch roofs, dormers, eaves, etc. Thus, the automated pest control dust applicator device includes: an elongated support pole having a predetermined length and having a distal end and a proximal end; a dust dispensing nozzle located proximate the distal end of the pole, and connected to a dust reservoir; a conduit and a compressor, with appropriate controls. The dust reservoir is located at the distal end of the elongated support pole. The dust reservoir has an air inlet connected to the conduit, and has an outlet connected to the dust dispensing nozzle for dispersion of the dust. The conduit extends from the dust reservoir a substantial distance in length along the elongated support pole and is connected at its lower end to an air compressor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 22, 2003
    Date of Patent: August 9, 2005
    Inventors: Kenneth E. Williams, Kevin E. Williams
  • Patent number: 6357171
    Abstract: Disclosure of a method for aerial distribution of pollinating agents into a field by either propelling the agent through the air from the field periphery or dropping the agent into the field from above. Aerial distribution of pollinating agents is a particularly effective, efficient, and economic means for achieving uniform saturation pollination of large fields of row crops.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 19, 2000
    Date of Patent: March 19, 2002
    Inventor: William A. Harper