With Heater Patents (Class 47/16)
  • Patent number: 8966813
    Abstract: To provide an accelerated aging seed testing kit system, a single sheet of plastic or other suitable formable sheet material is pressed into the shape of a compartment base having recesses for mounting a seed holder. A seed holder that includes a seed support and a seed support holder is formed. The seed support holder is formed of a single sheet of plastic having radially extending tabs that fit into the recesses of the container to support the seed support above the bottom of the test kit. A bypass channel for addition of an aqueous solution used in the prescribed test condition is provided in the seed holder. A lid is formed out of one piece of plastic having a bendable tab to serve as a port and the openings and connecting points of the lid and seed holder are positioned so they can only fit together in one orientation having the port above the bypass channel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 29, 2007
    Date of Patent: March 3, 2015
    Assignee: Kamterter II, L.L.C.
    Inventors: Christopher Lee Petersen, John Alvin Eastin, Timothy Raymond Meyer
  • Patent number: 8375628
    Abstract: A saturated cold germination test kit includes a compartment base, a lid and a holder for an oxygen scavenger. The base is water and airtight and includes a liquid gas exchange control trough around its perimeter. It is sized to house a high moisture holding seed planting surface pack at the bottom so seeds can be placed on top of the surface to imbibe and initiate pre-germination mechanisms. The lid has an edge that fits into a trough that houses a gas barrier liquid in the base to form an airtight seal and has an attachable compartment for an oxygen scavenger so the kit may be placed together in an airtight configuration with the oxygen scavenger inside to provide an anaerobic atmosphere for performing the saturated cold germination test in a cool location.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 20, 2007
    Date of Patent: February 19, 2013
    Assignee: Kamterter Products, LLC
    Inventors: Christopher Lee Petersen, John Alvin Eastin, Timothy Raymond Meyer
  • Patent number: 5873197
    Abstract: A method for treating plant seed is provided comprising contacting them with a first surface of semi-permeable membrane having first and second surfaces, the second surface being in direct contact with a solution of predetermined osmotic potential, whereby the seeds abstract water from the solution through the membrane, wherein the seed and semi-permeable membrane are constantly or periodically caused to move relative to each other such as to constantly or periodically reorient the seed with respect to the first surface such that the transfer of water occurs evenly over substantially the entire surface area of the seed. For seed priming the osmotic pressure and the period for which the seeds are maintained in contact with the membrane are sufficient to allow pre-germinative metabolic processes to take place within the seeds up to a level limited to that immediately preceding radicle emergence. Methods for germinating seed and inducing desiccation tolerance in seed are also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 17, 1997
    Date of Patent: February 23, 1999
    Assignee: British Technology Group Limited
    Inventors: Hugh Robert Rowse, John Michael Terence McKee
  • Patent number: 4989367
    Abstract: An apparatus and a method to provide accelerated germination of seed sprouts specifically mung beans. The seed sprouts are placed in a closed vessel, soaked and then have air blown through a layer of seeds and showered at predetermined intervals. The method comprises forming a layer of seeds on a screen in an enclosed vessel, soaking the seeds with water plus additives, then humidified air is blown through the layer of seeds, and water plus additives are sprayed at intervals while the air is being blown through the vessel. Temperature of the vessel is controlled during the operation by heating both air and water sprayed onto the seeds.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 11, 1989
    Date of Patent: February 5, 1991
    Inventor: Huy Chung
  • Patent number: 4926598
    Abstract: An apparatus and a method provide accelerated germination of seed sprouts specifically mung beans. The seed sprouts are placed in a closed vessel, soaked and then have air blown through a layer of seeds and showered at predetermined intervals. The method comprises forming a layer of seeds on a screen in an enclosed vessel, soaking the seeds with water plus additives, then humidified air is blown through the layer of seeds, and water plus additives are sprayed at intervals while the air is being blown through the vessel. Temperature of the vessel is controlled during the operation by heating both air and water sprayed onto the seeds.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 20, 1988
    Date of Patent: May 22, 1990
    Inventor: Huy Chung
  • Patent number: 4787172
    Abstract: A device for cultivating bean sprouts comprises at least one cultivating container, a bubble generating pump, a control unit which controls the bubble generating pump, a timer, an electric heater, and a temperature sensor. Also, the device further comprises a U-shaped tube for supplying the water in a water reservoir tank to a water-ascending pipe which is disposed in the center of the cultivating container. An air conduit injects air bubbles into the water ascending pipe which terminates in a T-shaped rotable injection pipe disposed at the top end of the of the water-ascending pipe. Spaced-apart sieve plates are disposed on the top and the bottom of the cultivating container for housing and treating the beam sprouts which can be automatically irrigated.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 29, 1987
    Date of Patent: November 29, 1988
    Assignee: Chan Beom Kim
    Inventor: Soo H. Lee
  • Patent number: 4380551
    Abstract: Preparing a foodstuff for human or animal consumption by sowing seeds of at least one quick-germinating plant of a type such as to produce strong root systems in peat which is allowed to lie in a layer having a thickness in the range of from 40 to 200 mm for a vegetation period of from 10 to 21 days, there being at least 900 Kg of seeds per hectare of the layer and recovering the germinated seeds and the peat as the foodstuff.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 27, 1980
    Date of Patent: April 19, 1983
    Assignee: Jacek Dlugolecki
    Inventor: Stanislaw Frontczak
  • Patent number: 4258501
    Abstract: A plurality of perforated individual seed germinating and sprout growing bags are suspended from sets of portable racks which are placed on circular tray structures. The tray structures are supported in spaced vertical relationship by an upright mast located within an enclosed housing and adapted to rotate about its longitudinal axis. The rack sets of each tray structure are arranged about the longitudinal axis of the mast to form circular tiers. Periodically, filtered and anti-bacterially treated irrigation water is supplied to each bag at a fast enough rate to thoroughly mix the seeds located therein. Water draining from the bags is collected in a storage tank and subsequently recycled after first being filtered and purified. Once the seeds have sprouted, artificial light is provided so that substantially all the sprouts in each bag receive a uniform amount of growing light.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 15, 1979
    Date of Patent: March 31, 1981
    Assignees: Lawrence C. Calvert, II, Richard C. Kiltz
    Inventor: Bruce M. Brown
  • Patent number: 4130964
    Abstract: A new hydroponically oriented apparatus for the sprouting of legume plants such as alfalfa, green beans, wheat and the like is disclosed. A unique process for sprouting of the legumes from seed, which includes the step of mineralizing the sprouts is also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 15, 1977
    Date of Patent: December 26, 1978
    Inventor: Edward A. Caballero
  • Patent number: 4114315
    Abstract: The temperature and wetness of alfalfa seeds are varied during specified time periods to bring about germination in 48 hours. After germination, the alfalfa sprouts are exposed for 192 hours to an environment of regulated and varying temperature, humidity and light intensity to produce maximum growth and nutritional value. Thereby, alfalfa sprouts, high in nutritional value and suitable for human consumption, can be grown from seeds during a 240 hour period.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 5, 1977
    Date of Patent: September 19, 1978
    Inventor: Pamela A. Rinella
  • Patent number: 4092802
    Abstract: A device for producing sprouts consisting of a receptacle for containing the growing sprouts having a drain therein and a water reservoir method above the first receptacle. The water reservoir is filled at a slow regulated rate and is automatically emptied into the first receptacle at regular intervals. Heater means raises the reservoir water to the desired temperature and the entire assembly is contained within an insulated housing for maintaining a nearly constant temperature and providing a dark environment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 7, 1977
    Date of Patent: June 6, 1978
    Inventor: George Clement Oyama
  • Patent number: 4057930
    Abstract: The apparatus includes a seed supporting screen mounted a predetermined distance above a water reservoir in which an aerator grid is immersed to provide a circulating flow of moisture droplets and moisture laden air around and through the screen to provide a maximum supply of the nitrogen in ordinary air to the seed roots exposed to the moisture laden air. The air coming up from the grid agitates and aerates a surface layer of the water supply. A regulatable preset thermostatically controlled heater is provided. The seed support screen is mounted in predetermined spaced relation above the level of the water in the reservoir below the screen. The method disclosed includes maintaining the water at a desired temperature while air is forced through the aerator grid introducing an even distribution of air bubbles into the water. The bubbles rise to the surface and break to thus continuously bathe the seed with an abundant supply of moisture droplets and moisture laden air for substantially accelerating growth.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 18, 1976
    Date of Patent: November 15, 1977
    Inventor: Rayford A. Barham
  • Patent number: 4006559
    Abstract: A self-irrigating display rack is provided for potted plants, which comprises a tier of display dishes supported on a reservoir base. The display dishes are mounted in vertically spaced coaxial positions on an upright central tubular member which, in turn, is supported on the base. A pipeline extends upwardly through the interior of the tubular member from the lower end to the upper end thereof coaxially with the tubular member. A pump is mounted in the reservoir base for circulating irrigating water from the reservoir up through the pipeline to the top of the central tubular member. The water from the pipeline is returned to the reservoir through the tubular member. The tubular member is provided with a first set of openings located over each of the dishes, and with a second set of openings located at a predetermined level in each dish.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 15, 1975
    Date of Patent: February 8, 1977
    Inventor: Richard A. Carlyon, Jr.
  • Patent number: 3991514
    Abstract: There is disclosed a device for hydroponic growth of plants which includes an elongated chamber having an inlet door, an outlet door, and an interior designed to support vertically spaced trays which are arranged to be advanced one tray-length each day from the inlet door toward the outlet door. The trays are illuminated with light adapted to promote photosynthesis after advancing three tray-lengths through the chamber. The chamber is at least seven tray-lengths long and is provided with sprays above the top row of trays. The trays have corrugated bottoms with drain holes in the lowermost portion of each corrugation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 27, 1975
    Date of Patent: November 16, 1976
    Inventor: Darrel S. Finck
  • Patent number: 3943658
    Abstract: Apparatus providing a controlled environment for intensive cultivation of vegetable matter, e.g. bean sprouts is disclosed. A valve regulates the supply of water from a reservoir to a water-spray inlet in the roof of a cultivation chamber having an air vent and a water drainage outlet. A timing device, operatively connected to a valve actuating mechanism, opens the valve for a predetermined length of time at predetermined intervals. The water supplied to the spray inlet is heated by a thermostatically controlled heater. The chamber may be thermally insulated and its interior may be heated by a thermostatically controlled heater.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 24, 1974
    Date of Patent: March 16, 1976
    Assignee: Winner Food Products Limited
    Inventor: Harry Wong Hon Hai