For Fruit Patents (Class 47/24.1)
  • Patent number: 8752328
    Abstract: The disclosure provides compositions that can be used to make films to increase the efficiency of producing plants and plant parts. The films are designed in part to be environmentally friendly and/or edible. Also provided are methods of using such compositions as well as plants and plant parts comprising such compositions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 22, 2010
    Date of Patent: June 17, 2014
    Assignee: State of Oregon acting by and through the State Board of Higher Education on behalf of Oregon State University
    Inventors: Clive Kaiser, J. Mark Christensen
  • Patent number: 8424243
    Abstract: Disease, sunburn and insect damage to fruit and vegetable crops is significantly reduced by treatment of both fruit and foliage with a preventative amount of a protective agent (such as copper sulfate or hydroxide) and an optional amount of thixotropic smectic clay material, chemically altered to render its surface lipophilic, which are combined with a wax emulsion comprising a matrix of complex hydrocarbons, an emulsifying agent and water. In the practice of this disclosure the disease, sunburn, and insect protective composition is further diluted in an aqueous solution that is sprayable by commercial applicators.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 24, 2010
    Date of Patent: April 23, 2013
    Assignees: The United States of America as Represented by Secretary of Agriculture, Pace International LLC, Washington State University Research Foundation
    Inventors: Jan Narciso, Robert Fassel, Lawrence E. Schrader
  • Patent number: 8074396
    Abstract: The invention relates to a device for protecting different articles against birds, insects and dust. The inventive device consists of a tubular element (11) comprising a flexible mesh or a non-woven fabric, which can be closed at the upper and lower openings thereof and which encloses the article to be protected (9a, 9b). The invention is also equipped with a series of hoops (17) or supports which keep the tube (11) at a certain distance from the article to be protected.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 12, 2011
    Date of Patent: December 13, 2011
    Inventors: Manuel Foix Robert, Maria Victoria Gómez Gámez
  • Patent number: 7941966
    Abstract: The invention relates to a device for protecting different articles against birds, insects and dust. The inventive device consists of a tubular element (11) comprising a flexible mesh or a non-woven fabric, which can be closed at the upper and lower openings thereof and which encloses the article to be protected (9a,9b). The invention is also equipped with a series of hoops (17) or supports which keep the tube (11) at a certain distance from the article to be protected.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 24, 2004
    Date of Patent: May 17, 2011
    Inventors: Manuel Foix Robert, María Victoria Gómez Gámez
  • Publication number: 20110088313
    Abstract: A method of growing fruit such as papaya commercially, the method including the use of a structure having a covering adapted to permit sufficient light, nutrients and moisture, while substantially precluding access by potentially virus-carrying insects; together with seeds that are obtained, germinated, planted, and grown in a manner that permits plants to grow and bear seedless fruit suitable for harvest.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 20, 2010
    Publication date: April 21, 2011
    Inventor: Jorge Mendoza-Sosa
  • Patent number: 7877925
    Abstract: A method of growing fruit such as papaya commercially, the method including the use of a structure having a covering adapted to permit sufficient light, nutrients and moisture, while substantially precluding access by potentially virus-carrying insects; together with seeds that are obtained, germinated, planted, and grown in a manner that permits plants to grow and bear seedless fruit suitable for harvest.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 10, 2007
    Date of Patent: February 1, 2011
    Inventor: Jorge Mendoza-Sosa
  • Publication number: 20100172601
    Abstract: A covering mesh bag used for planting fruit and vegetables is disclosed. The covering mesh bag includes a mesh bag and two cords separately disposed along two edges of opening of the mesh bag. Two ends of each of the two cords are outside the mesh bag. There is a zipper at the bottom of the mesh bag. The opening of the mesh bag can be girded by pulling the two cords and the cords can be tied to a branch of a fruit tree or treillage. The zipper is used as a closeable opening for observing the fruitage covered in the mesh bag.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 2, 2009
    Publication date: July 8, 2010
    Inventor: Ming-Yun Lin
  • Patent number: 7703237
    Abstract: An apparatus for cultivating a cucumber, eggplant or the like includes a fastening element for allowing an opened cover body to be fastened into a closed state or a closed cover body to be separated into an opened state by causing a catching protrusion opened along the longitudinal direction of the cover body, and a plurality of catching steps to allow the cover body to be coupled and fastened when catching steps are hooked on a catching protrusion, and a cover body distortion prevention projection formed protruding from the catching protrusion to fix opposite sides of each of the catching steps when each catching step is hooked on the catching protrusion. Cover body separation/opening supports are formed, respectively, on the top of each catching step and on the catching protrusion such that the fastened cover body can be unfastened and opened.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 25, 2005
    Date of Patent: April 27, 2010
    Inventor: Sung-rae Cho
  • Publication number: 20100028504
    Abstract: An apparatus for producing a pre-selected design on an outer surface of a pre-selected piece of fruit by a natural ripening process. The apparatus includes at least one sticker having a predetermined design. The at least one sticker is engageable with and attachable to such outer surface of such pre-selected fruit prior to such pre-selected fruit ripening. The at least one sticker prevents an area covered thereby from changing color as such pre-selected fruit ripens and a remaining outer surface thereof does change color.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 1, 2008
    Publication date: February 4, 2010
    Inventor: James K. Perry
  • Publication number: 20090145024
    Abstract: A method of growing fruit such as papaya commercially, the method including the use of a structure having a covering adapted to permit sufficient light, nutrients and moisture, while substantially precluding access by potentially virus-carrying insects; together with seeds that are obtained, germinated, planted, and grown in a manner that permits plants to grow and bear seedless fruit suitable for harvest.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 10, 2007
    Publication date: June 11, 2009
    Inventor: Jorge Mendoza-Sosa
  • Patent number: 7003913
    Abstract: Vegetable Cradle with a rigid support platform that is radially curved when looking at an end view and straight and parallel to the ground when looking at a side view. A plurality of legs are attached the underside of the platform to keep the lowest portion of the platform approximately one inch off the ground. The platform has a plurality of ventilation slots and or apertures thereby allowing a fruit or vegetable to be ventilated. The platform is constructed of transparent material such as clear acrylic plastic. In a preferred embodiment, the legs include a broad foot to help prevent the legs from sinking into the ground.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 6, 2004
    Date of Patent: February 28, 2006
    Inventor: Dudley Smith
  • Patent number: 6857224
    Abstract: Sunburn and insect damage to fruit and vegetable crops is significantly reduced by treatment of both fruit and foliage with a preventative amount of thixotropic smectic clay material, chemically altered to render its surface lipophilic, which is combined with a wax emulsion comprising a matrix of complex hydrocarbons, an emulsifying agent and water. In the practice of this invention the sunburn and insect protective composition is further diluted in an aqueous solution that is sprayable by commercial applicators.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 26, 1999
    Date of Patent: February 22, 2005
    Assignee: Washington State University Research Foundation
    Inventors: Rudolf Kammereck, Lawrence E. Schrader
  • Patent number: 6813859
    Abstract: A protective polyethylene canopy, in the order of 100 to 110 inches in width and approximately 1.3 mils thick, is placed over trellised grapevines and fastened by the disclosed tie downs at the respective canopy sides. To form the tie downs, the side edges of the canopy are gathered and folded back upon themselves at intervals up to 2 inches. Thereafter, tape, in the form of adhesive labels, is placed over the folded edges so as to capture the folded and gathered side film edges. The label and folded film is transpierced, typically by a worker using grape clippers holding attached twine. Once transpierced and threaded with the twine, the twine is tied to the label and the canopy material, and then secured at its remote end to tightly secure the canopy overlying the trellis and vines growing on the trellis.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 13, 2003
    Date of Patent: November 9, 2004
    Assignee: Gerawan Farming Partners, Inc.
    Inventors: Michael Gerawan, Douglas Zweigle
  • Publication number: 20040128906
    Abstract: An improved protective bag structure, having a protective bag body made up of an insulating yarn layer interlacing with a reflective yarn layer with a multiple of small air-penetrating pores distributed at the surface thereon. The protective bag body also has an opening end and three other sealed edges wherein the opening end has a gathering string adapted thereto to collect and seal up the protective bag body thereof without any other extra string required. Via the opening end, the protective bag body can be easily and quickly applied onto fruit to shelter it therein or removed from it. The insulating yarn layer thereof can absorb the ultraviolet ray of sunbeams, and the reflective yarn layer can send back sunbeams to protect the fruit sheltered therein from the damage of sunburn, facilitating the benefits of high air-penetrability, well ventilation of humidity, heat resistance, heat-sinking capability, and bug-proof.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 12, 2002
    Publication date: July 8, 2004
    Inventor: Joe Jiang
  • Publication number: 20030159342
    Abstract: A protective cover for protection of agricultural products comprises a fibrous nonwoven fabric exhibiting sufficient vapor permeability to alter or control the ripening of the agricultural product so ensconced while retarding passage of dust and insects. The protective cover is positioned generally about associated agricultural products, with the cover being particularly suited for use on products prior to harvest, such as bananas. The cover may be formed from fibrous and/or filamentary elements, and may be formed from fibrous material selected from the group consisting of thermoplastic polymers, thermoset polymers, natural fibers, and combinations thereof. The nonwoven fabric may be formed with protection-enhancing agents such as insecticidal, fungicidal, algaecidal, decay-inhibiting, and UV-protective agents. The nonwoven fabric may be pigmented as desired.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 22, 2002
    Publication date: August 28, 2003
    Inventors: Fermin Ruiz, Fernando Espinosa, Sergio Diaz De Leon, Nick Carter
  • Patent number: 6588143
    Abstract: A cone shaped, multi-use garden accessory, consisting of a single unit. The cone body is open at each end. The base, or larger end, is formed by a rounded rim. The neck, or smaller end, has a tubular extension with prongs affixed. Stiffeners are arrayed within the cone and extend through the tubular neck and along the prongs. The entire structure is composed of translucent, semi-rigid or rigid material.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 4, 2002
    Date of Patent: July 8, 2003
    Inventor: Elizabeth K. Merrell
  • Patent number: 6505438
    Abstract: A protection cage system for growing fruits defining a half cage which has a upper connection member and a lower connection member on opposite rims of the half cage; the upper connection member being a plate with at least one hole; the lower connection member being a plate with at least an extruding rod on each surfaces of the plate; the rims having optional curved-down regions. In addition, a protection cages for growing fruits consists of two half cages.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 4, 2002
    Date of Patent: January 14, 2003
    Inventor: Chih-Yu Hsia