Coated Or Impregnated Seed, Method Or Apparatus Patents (Class 47/57.6)
  • Patent number: 9538765
    Abstract: A seed treated with a fungal/bacterial antagonist combination and a seed assembly comprising a seed and a fungal/bacterial antagonist combination. The fungal/bacterial antagonist combination comprises a Trichoderma virens fungal antagonist and a Bacillus amyloliquefaciens bacterial antagonist for controlling plant pathogens as a biocontrol agent, bio-pesticide or bio-fungicide. In preferred embodiments, the invention produces an increase in plant yield. Control of early and late season stalk and root rot caused by fungi such as Fusarium, Phythium, Phytophthora and Penicillium in tomatoes, peppers, turf grass, soybeans, sunflower, wheat and corn is achieved.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 27, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 10, 2017
    Assignee: NOVOZYMES BIOAG A/S
    Inventor: Thomas D. Johnson
  • Patent number: 9456554
    Abstract: The present disclosure provides methods of separating plant germinants from gelled germination medium.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 25, 2013
    Date of Patent: October 4, 2016
    Assignee: Weyerhaeuser NR Company
    Inventor: Amy M. Jamruszka-Lewis
  • Patent number: 9456541
    Abstract: The present disclosure is directed generally towards to embryo insertion systems and methods for use with manufactured seeds. In some embodiments, embryo insertion systems according to the disclosure include an embryo delivery assembly and a fill material deposit assembly. The embryo delivery assembly may include an insertion member, a release assistance member, and a fill material deposit assembly. The fill material deposit assembly may include a fill material containment device, a fill material conveyance device, and optionally, a fill material separation device. Further aspects of the disclosure relate to methods for operating embryo insertion systems according to embodiments of the disclosure to enable simultaneous embryo insertion and fill material delivery.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 13, 2012
    Date of Patent: October 4, 2016
    Assignee: Weyerhaeuser NR Company
    Inventors: Michael W. Teodoro, Frederick T. Rubatino
  • Patent number: 9335252
    Abstract: A screening device (110) for screening at least one plant specimen (112) in a plurality of plant specimens (114) is disclosed. The screening device (110) comprises a detector (116) adapted for acquiring spatially resolved images (117). The screening device (110) further comprises at least one selection device (118) adapted for selecting a single plant specimen (120) or a group of plant specimens (122) from the plurality of plant specimens (114) for imaging by the detector (116). The selection device (118) comprises a deflection device (124) adapted for deflecting electromagnetic waves propagating between the plant specimens (112) and the detector (116).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 4, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 10, 2016
    Assignee: BASF Plant Science Company GmbH
    Inventors: Frederik Leyns, Cédrick Vandaele, Pierre Lejeune, Jeroen Baert, Fabio Fiorani
  • Patent number: 9335319
    Abstract: A method of sinuglating embryos is provided. The method includes providing a plurality of embryos (40) within a system (20) and sensing (34) at least one of the plurality of embryos in a fluid. The method also includes dispensing (26) at least one of the plurality of embryos on a surface (28).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 4, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 10, 2016
    Assignee: Weyerhaeuser NR Company
    Inventor: Anthony P. Swanda
  • Patent number: 9320209
    Abstract: Methods of sorting plant somatic embryos according to germination potential are provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 19, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 26, 2016
    Assignee: WEYERHAEUSER NR COMPANY
    Inventor: Craig N. Cootsona
  • Patent number: 9302240
    Abstract: A method and system for assembling building blocks of colloidal particles and also for shaping of colloids for self-assembly for manufacturing, processing and formation of compositions of matter. A first type of particle is selected as a “key” particle constructed to mate with a “lock” particle, the binding arising from depletion forces. A variety of shapes can be used to carry out this method and system to create compositions of matter. Colloids can be shaped by controlled deformation of multiphase colloid particles.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 4, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 5, 2016
    Assignee: New York University
    Inventors: David J. Pine, Paul Michael Chaikin, Stefano Sacanna, William Irvine
  • Patent number: 9285350
    Abstract: Apparatuses, systems, and methods for measuring the hydration profile of seeds during Soaking. In some example embodiments, the volume change of irregular-shaped seeds during soaking is measured as the difference in the volume for a given chamber and the volume of water to fill a chamber with seeds at pre-defined time intervals. A device according to some example embodiments of the present general inventive concept includes a soak chamber to hold the seed, a water bath as a source of the input water, and a measuring tank where the water volume can be determined with a level sensor. The soaking temperature is maintained constant by water baths with a circulating tank surrounding the soak chamber to reduce heat loss.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 26, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 15, 2016
    Assignee: Bush Brothers & Co.
    Inventors: Federico Harte, Vinay Mannam, Stacy Worley, John Wilkerson, David Smith
  • Patent number: 9265187
    Abstract: An autonomous vehicle platform and system for selectively performing an in-season management task in an agricultural field while self-navigating between rows of planted crops, the autonomous vehicle platform having a vehicle base with a width so dimensioned as to be insertable through the space between two rows of planted crops, the vehicle base having an in-season task management structure configured to perform various tasks, including selectively applying fertilizer, mapping growth zones and seeding cover crop within an agricultural field.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 20, 2014
    Date of Patent: February 23, 2016
    Assignee: ROWBOT SYSTEMS LLC
    Inventors: Kent Cavender-Bares, Joseph B. Lofgren
  • Patent number: 9253939
    Abstract: A method of coating seeds is provided using observations of coating and coated seeds to modify the coating of yet-to-be coated seeds.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 15, 2013
    Date of Patent: February 9, 2016
    Assignee: Agrigenetics, Inc.
    Inventors: Heather McConnell Smith, Scott M. Fleming, Alan Howard Paulsen
  • Patent number: 9253981
    Abstract: The present invention is directed to an insecticidal water based suspension concentrate formulation comprising a water-soluble insecticide selected from the group consisting of N-cyanomethyl-4-(trifluoromethyl)nicotinamide and (EZ)-1-(6-chloro-3-pyridylmethyl)-N-nitroimidazolidin-2-ylidineamine and at least one water-soluble salt selected from the group consisting of magnesium sulfate (hydrated and anhydrous forms) and sodium sulfate, wherein the water-soluble insecticide is present in an insecticidally effective amount and methods of use.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 16, 2007
    Date of Patent: February 9, 2016
    Assignee: FMC Corporation
    Inventors: Robin W. Dexter, Hong Liu
  • Patent number: 9210945
    Abstract: An active or Probiotic animal food having a low water activity that can be contained within a package having a low vapor transmission rate. The animal food can have a shelf life sufficient to deliver a target dose of Probiotic to an animal. The water activity of the animal food can be controlled. The activity level of the Probiotic can be controlled.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 31, 2009
    Date of Patent: December 15, 2015
    Assignee: The Iams Company
    Inventors: Monika Barbara Horgan, Gregory Dean Sunvold, Stephen Robert Glassmeyer, Patrick Joseph Corrigan, Michelle Marie Houston
  • Patent number: 9174886
    Abstract: Embodiments of the present disclosure provide for coated particles, compositions including coated particles, methods for making coated particles, methods of reducing dust, and the like.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 25, 2013
    Date of Patent: November 3, 2015
    Assignee: UNIVERSITY OF FLORIDA RESEARCH FOUNDATION, INC.
    Inventors: Wallace Gregory Sawyer, Kyle Gene Rowe, Alexander Rejender Webber
  • Patent number: 9078427
    Abstract: Methods for obtaining genetic material from plant embryos while preserving their viability are provided. In the methods, preservation of viability may be maintained by suspending the embryos in an aqueous solution surrounded by an oil matrix. Genetic material may be obtained from an aliquot of the aqueous solution and may be used directly for molecular analysis, or whole genome amplification may be performed prior to molecular analysis.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 29, 2014
    Date of Patent: July 14, 2015
    Assignee: PIONEER HI BRED INTERNATIONAL INC
    Inventors: Randal Arnold, Matthew Paul Cope, Justin Schares, Yue Yun
  • Patent number: 9055722
    Abstract: The invention relates to a product for use in agriculture or horticulture comprising a capsule dissolving or disintegrating in the presence of humidity wherein at least a seed and a controlled release system comprising an agrochemical compound is located.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 22, 2002
    Date of Patent: June 16, 2015
    Assignee: Syngenta Crop Protection, Inc.
    Inventors: Diane Zimmermann, Nathalie Nurdin, Eric Allemann, Eric Doelker, Robert Gurny, Eric van der Drift, Ruud Scheffer, Stefan Baum
  • Publication number: 20150150161
    Abstract: The present invention relates to new methods of selecting and breeding organisms, in particular organisms which exhibit symbiotic behaviour with symbionts such as fungal endophytes or epiphytes or bacterial microbiome in plants, and to new organisms and symbiota developed thereby. More particularly, the present invention provides artificial seeds comprising symbiota, and methods for preparing and using such artificial seeds, as well as plants, plant seeds and other plant parts derived from artificial seeds or symbiont-containing plants of the present invention.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 29, 2013
    Publication date: May 28, 2015
    Applicant: Agriculture Victoria Services PTY LTD
    Inventors: German Carlos Spangenberg, Yidong Ran, John Gregory Mason, Kathryn Michaela Guthridge
  • Publication number: 20150135586
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates to a pick-up and delivery system including a pick-up assembly and a delivery assembly. The pick-up assembly includes a robotic arm, a pick-up device rotatably mounted on the robotic arm, and a first vacuum pressure supply port operably connected to the pick-up device. The delivery assembly includes an insertion device and a second vacuum pressure supply port. The insertion device may include an insertion member and a release assistance rod arranged inside the insertion member. The release assistance rod is moveable between an extended position and a retracted position. When the release assistance rod is in the extended position, a proximal end extends beyond an end of the insertion member. Further aspects are directed towards methods for grasping and releasing an object with a pick-up and delivery system.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 20, 2014
    Publication date: May 21, 2015
    Applicant: WEYERHAEUSER NR COMPANY
    Inventors: Fredrick T. Rubatino, Michael W. Teodoro
  • Publication number: 20150121751
    Abstract: A material for assisting in at least one of germination, protection, hydration, and thriving of seeds and the plants originating therefrom treats a seed with a tackifier or binder, such as corn syrup or the like, which secures a layer of hydrating polymer particles thereto. Nutrients, protectants, and the like may be absorbed in the polymer before or after coating of a seed thereby. Weighting materials, extenders, flowing agents, and the like may assist in the functioning or handling of the coated seeds.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 12, 2015
    Publication date: May 7, 2015
    Inventors: Calder Hendrickson, Todd Naff
  • Patent number: 9023757
    Abstract: The present invention relates to substituted cellulose acetates and methods of use thereof. One embodiment of the present invention provides a coating having a substituted cellulose acetate having a polar substituent that has an oxygen atom covalently bonded to a nonmetal selected from the group of sulfur, phosphorus, and boron; wherein the nonmetal is present in at least about 0.01% by weight of the substituted cellulose acetate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 27, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 5, 2015
    Assignee: Celanese Acetate LLC
    Inventors: Michael T. Combs, Thomas S. Garrett
  • Publication number: 20150101245
    Abstract: Disclosed herein are several exemplary seed coating compositions, and exemplary methods for creating and using the same. Also disclosed are several exemplary seed coating manufacturing processes, and the products created by such processes. The seed coating compositions for increasing crop production by protecting coated seeds after planting and during seedling emergence. The seed coating comprising a fungicidally effective amount of at least one zeolite.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 14, 2014
    Publication date: April 16, 2015
    Inventor: Stuart Barclay
  • Publication number: 20150104234
    Abstract: A seed-containing crayon is presented. The crayon includes an elongated member formed of a marking composition to leave a colored mark on a surface when the elongated member contacts the surface. The marking composition is formed of a wax, a pigment, and a plant nutrient that is activated by application of water to the elongated member. Plant seeds are embedded in the marking composition of the elongated member. The crayon can include a paper band that at least partially surrounds the elongated member along at least part of the length of the elongated member in which the plant seeds are embedded.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 13, 2014
    Publication date: April 16, 2015
    Inventor: Robert Falken
  • Publication number: 20150101082
    Abstract: Disclosed are methods for reduction on apparent contact angle of seeds coat surface by cold plasma treatment, agricultural devices for said treatment and seeds obtained by methods thereof.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 23, 2013
    Publication date: April 9, 2015
    Inventors: Edward Bormashenko, Roman Grynyov, Yelena Bormashenko, Elyashiv Drobi
  • Patent number: 8999031
    Abstract: A composite particle and a population of particles comprising a water-insoluble polyphosphate composition, methods of producing, and methods of using the same are provided. The polyphosphate composition may comprise at least one alkaline earth metal selected from calcium and magnesium and optionally at least one nutrient ion selected from the group consisting of potassium, ammonium, zinc, iron, manganese, copper, boron, chlorine, iodine, molybdenum, selenium or sulfur.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 8, 2011
    Date of Patent: April 7, 2015
    Assignee: Agtec Innovations, Inc.
    Inventor: Chandrika Varadachari
  • Publication number: 20150089865
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates to a pick-up and delivery system including a pick-up assembly and a delivery assembly. The pick-up assembly includes a robotic arm, a pick-up device rotatably mounted on the robotic arm, and a first vacuum pressure supply port operably connected to the pick-up device. The delivery assembly includes an insertion device. The insertion device may include an insertion member having a tip and a release assistance piston arranged inside the insertion member. The release piston is moveable between an extended position and a retracted position. When the release assistance piston is in the extended position, a proximal end of is substantially flush with an end of the insertion member. Further aspects are directed towards methods for grasping and releasing an object with a pick-up and delivery system.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 11, 2014
    Publication date: April 2, 2015
    Applicant: WEYERHAEUSER NR COMPANY
    Inventors: Frederick T. Rubatino, Michael W. Teodoro
  • Patent number: 8966814
    Abstract: A multi-plant product and a method of producing a container of plants are described. Cast pellets containing plant seeds selected for their seed germination timing are planted in a container with a vegetative cutting. The cutting can be selected for having root initiation timing synchronized with the seed germination timing of the plant seeds in the cast pellet. The seed germination timing of the plant seeds can be modified by selecting the volume of the cast pellet.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 9, 2011
    Date of Patent: March 3, 2015
    Assignee: Ball Horticultural Company
    Inventor: Robert Conrad
  • Patent number: 8965564
    Abstract: In various embodiments, the present invention comprises associating a marker with at least some of the seeds containing a genetic element of interest of the bulk sample, exciting the seeds using an photonic emitting device, evaluating at least some of the seeds of the bulk sample for the presence or absence of the marker, and sorting the seeds containing a genetic element of interest based on the presence or absence of the marker. In various other embodiments, the method may comprise associating a red fluorescent protein marker with at least some of the seeds containing a genetic element of interest of the bulk sample, evaluating at least some of the seeds of the bulk sample for the presence of the red fluorescent protein marker using an evaluating device, and sorting the seeds containing a genetic element of interest based on the presence of the red fluorescent protein marker.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 25, 2013
    Date of Patent: February 24, 2015
    Assignee: Pioneer Hi Bred International Inc
    Inventors: Steven M. Becker, Steven J. Corak, James L. Hunter, Gary L. Jaehnel, Hugh Lu, James W. Stevenson
  • Publication number: 20150027042
    Abstract: A fertilizer product for delivering starter fertilizer to crops in soils as an alternative to traditional phosphorus applications to enhance rapid early plant development. Specifically, the fertilizer product comprises a synergistic mixture of: from about 0.5 to about 1 part Mg: from about 2.4 to about 2.8 parts P2O5: from about 1.4 to about 2.8 parts Zn.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 15, 2014
    Publication date: January 29, 2015
    Inventors: Mark Goodwin, Kerry Green
  • Publication number: 20150013221
    Abstract: Methods and uses of controlling the flowability of a population of plant seeds and dust drift therefrom by placing individual seeds in contact with particles of a flowability enhancing agent that is made up of at least one species of wax that adheres more firmly to the said plant seeds than a compound or composition that comprises a substance that is or includes a mineral earth component.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 3, 2013
    Publication date: January 15, 2015
    Applicant: EXOSECT LIMITED
    Inventor: Nicholas Jessop
  • Patent number: 8931207
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates to a pick-up and delivery system including a pick-up assembly and a delivery assembly. The pick-up assembly includes a robotic arm, a pick-up device rotatably mounted on the robotic arm, and a first vacuum pressure supply port operably connected to the pick-up device. The delivery assembly includes an insertion device. The insertion device may include an insertion member having a tip and a release assistance piston arranged inside the insertion member. The release piston is moveable between an extended position and a retracted position. When the release assistance piston is in the extended position, a proximal end of is substantially flush with an end of the insertion member. Further aspects are directed towards methods for grasping and releasing an object with a pick-up and delivery system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 8, 2011
    Date of Patent: January 13, 2015
    Assignee: Weyerhaeuser NR Company
    Inventors: Fredrick T. Rubatino, Michael W. Teodoro
  • Patent number: 8931208
    Abstract: The present invention is directed to an automated system and methods for separating and singulating plant embryos.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 18, 2012
    Date of Patent: January 13, 2015
    Assignee: Weyerhaeuser NR Company
    Inventors: Anthony P. Swanda, Robert A. Starr, Amy M. Jamruszka-Lewis
  • Publication number: 20140373441
    Abstract: A rotary atomizer is disclosed for the even distribution of a treatment fluid within a treatment chamber. The treatment fluid is delivered onto a rotating disk atomizer through multiple outlet ports. Fluid passages provide each outlet port with an even flow of treatment fluid at generally the same time and rate. This even and simultaneous flow of treatment fluid results in a more even distribution of treatment fluid on the seed that flows through the treatment chamber throughout the treatment cycle.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 11, 2014
    Publication date: December 25, 2014
    Applicant: KSI CONVEYOR, INC.
    Inventors: Paul Arthur Kaeb, Bradley S. Strahm, Jason Paul Kaeb
  • Publication number: 20140371074
    Abstract: A method for increasing crop yield using plant growth regulators is disclosed. The invention relates to plant growth regulators including but not limited to auxins, cytokinins, gibberellins, ethylene and abscisic acid and any combination thereof. Auxin forms include but are not limited to phenoxy herbicide, phenoxy herbicide esters, and herbicides mixed with surfactants and fertilizers. The invention relates to the application of the plant growth regulators to seed, soil and seedlings. The invention further relates to using different application rates and combinations of the plant growth regulators to seeds, soil, seedlings and plants.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 14, 2013
    Publication date: December 18, 2014
    Inventor: John Hugh McCleery Wilson
  • Patent number: 8904704
    Abstract: This present invention relates to improvements in seed and seed-related products, processes for making such products and processes for establishing and improving seed beds and seed bed germination. As additional benefits, this invention is directed at improving soil productivity through enhancements in soil fertility, soil condition/tilth, and control of soil moisture. Further, the invention relates to productive use of certain types of abundantly available manufacturing waste, which waste is currently being disposed of in landfills.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 10, 2000
    Date of Patent: December 9, 2014
    Assignee: Encap, LLC.
    Inventors: Daniel Paul Madigan, Michael Dennis Krysiak, Ronald Dean Eichhorn, Glen H. Wesenberg
  • Publication number: 20140352210
    Abstract: The invention consists of a sonication and imbedding process for the uptake of water and/or other beneficial substances into a seed for the purposes of reducing the time needed for germination of a plant and the time needed for full maturity growth of the resultant plant. This invention teaches that ultrasound applied to the shell of a seed will develop micro-punctures which enable the faster absorption of water and other liquid nutrients into the seed structure. The sonic energy may be at frequencies between 15 kHz and 30 kHz for periods between about 1 and 20 minutes, and can utilize either a sinusoidal waveform or an alternating ultrasonic transmission consisting of a saw tooth wave form lasting 50 milliseconds, followed by a square wave form lasting 50 milliseconds, or such similar combination of ultrasonic transmissions. The treated seed tends to grow into a mature plant at a substantially accelerated rate.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 3, 2013
    Publication date: December 4, 2014
    Inventor: Bruce K. Redding, JR.
  • Patent number: 8893429
    Abstract: The present disclosure includes a manufactured seed comprising a seed shell and a restraint disposed within the seed shell. The seed shell is a structure having an open end and a closed end. A primary end seal is disposed on the open end of the seed shell. A secondary end seal is arranged on the primary end seal, the secondary end seal being coated, at least partially, with a paraffin oil.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 26, 2012
    Date of Patent: November 25, 2014
    Assignee: Weyerhaeuser NR Company
    Inventors: Jeffrey E. Hartle, William C. Carlson, Craig N. Cootsona, Russell T. Barham, Katie A. Brinkerhoff, Jessica M. King
  • Publication number: 20140331553
    Abstract: A composition comprising super absorbent polymers, such as polyacrylates, combined with other materials, and provided to the seed at the time of planting in the soil, or shortly thereafter, provides hydration to the seed for proper germination of the seed. The composition is effective to provide hydration for an extended period when placed or injected underground adjacent to the seed, even if no rainfall is experienced. The material supports and aids uniform germination of multiple, plants, such as plants in an agricultural field.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 13, 2014
    Publication date: November 13, 2014
    Inventor: Luther Vernon Owens
  • Publication number: 20140318009
    Abstract: A particulate material treating system (458) includes a loss-in-weight particulate material bin assembly (460), a particulate material metering device (462), and a downstream treater (464) yielding a treated material output (468). A controller (470) is employed to determine the flow rates of material from the bin assembly (460) using loss-in-weight calculations, and this information is used to at least in part control the operation of the metering device (462).
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 25, 2014
    Publication date: October 30, 2014
    Applicant: USC, L.L.C.
    Inventors: Lynn E. Strahm, Daniel M. Tramp, Andy Renyer, Jim Renyer, Greg Renyer, Timothy A. Craft
  • Patent number: 8866106
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a method for the authentication of a product, comprising providing said product with at least one marker, wherein said marker is a phosphorescent marker selected from a set of m phosphorescent markers each having a different emission spectrum, wherein m is an integer equal or greater than 3, and wherein said marker is provided at an amount that results in a phosphor-specific emission below background radiation emitted from said product.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 12, 2010
    Date of Patent: October 21, 2014
    Assignee: Rhino Research Europe B.V.
    Inventor: Johan Gaston Marie Van Asbrouck
  • Patent number: 8863437
    Abstract: The present disclosure includes a shoot restraint for use with manufactured seeds comprising. In some embodiments, the shoot restraint includes a substantially porous material having a top surface and a bottom surface. The substantially porous material is formed to define a substantially cylindrical upper portion having an upper diameter; and a substantially cylindrical lower portion having a lower diameter. The upper diameter is larger than the lower diameter. A parabolic cavity extends from the top surface to the bottom surface through the upper portion and at least partially into the lower portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 26, 2012
    Date of Patent: October 21, 2014
    Assignee: Weyerhaeuser NR Company
    Inventors: Jeffrey E. Hartle, William C. Carlson, Michael W. Teodoro
  • Publication number: 20140290134
    Abstract: The subject invention provides novel and advantageous materials and methods for controlling phytopathogenic and/or soil-dwelling nematodes by attaching an effective amount of Pasteuria spores to a seed and delivering the seeds to the situs of nematodes.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 16, 2014
    Publication date: October 2, 2014
    Inventors: THOMAS E. HEWLETT, JOHN P. WATERS, CHARLES S. BARMORE
  • Publication number: 20140283447
    Abstract: The invention relates to the field of seed germination and growing of plants. A composition comprising a clay, an inert material, optionally a fibrous material, and a fourth component is provided, characterized in that said fourth component comprises a cation selected from the group consisting of Al, Zr and Ti and an anion selected from the group consisting of oxyhydroxide, oxychloride, nitrate, sulfate, chloride, hydroxide and alkoxide, and wherein the concentration of said fourth component ranges from 0.1 to 70 percent by weight (w %), preferably 0.5-25 w %, more preferably 1-10 w %, of the total weight of the clay, the inert material, and optionally the fibrous material, together.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 19, 2014
    Publication date: September 25, 2014
    Applicant: Eurochem N.V.
    Inventors: Jiri Havrda, Bart Andre Maria Van Hulle
  • Publication number: 20140283443
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a method for cultivating sugar cane comprising removing buds together with meristematic tissue from the stalk of a 6 to 18 months old sugar cane plant, treating the buds with at least one fungicide and/or at least one insecticide and/or at least one nematicide and/or at least one growth regulator and/or at least one rooting enabler and/or growth-promoting bacteria, planting these buds in a growth medium, growing seedlings from the buds at a temperature of at least 15° C., and 10 to 120 days after planting the buds, planting the seedlings grown from the buds to the field if the growth medium is not a field, or, in case the growth medium is a field, exposing the seedlings obtained from the buds to ambient conditions.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 21, 2012
    Publication date: September 25, 2014
    Applicant: BASF SE
    Inventors: Frank Werner, Nilton Degaspari, Antonio Cesar Azenha, Cassio da Silva Cardoso Teixeira, Paulo Cesar Queiroz, Marco Antonio Tavares-Rodrigues
  • Publication number: 20140274685
    Abstract: The disclosure provides for methods for reducing dust by treating a seed with a dust reducing composition described herein. The disclosure also provides for methods of reducing exposure to vacuum planter dust released during seed planting by applying a composition described herein to a seed. Methods for increasing seed lubricity by coating a seed with a composition described herein are also provided for. Compositions and seeds useful in these methods are also described.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 5, 2014
    Publication date: September 18, 2014
    Applicant: BAYER CROPSCIENCE LP
    Inventors: Yaodong HUANG, William HANSON, Philip M. Mathew, Smita PATEL, Justin ELDRIDGE
  • Publication number: 20140223813
    Abstract: An object of the present invention is to provide a method for efficiently producing polyploids in para rubber trees that are extremely useful for breeding new varieties. The method of the present invention is characterized by carrying out colchicine treatment on para rubber tree (Hevea brasiliensis) seeds after rooting. In the present invention, the seeds are preferably seeds that have rooted but have not yet germinated. In addition, colchicine treatment is preferably carried out by allowing the seeds to contact a colchicine solution having a colchicine concentration of 400 ppm to 800 ppm.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 8, 2012
    Publication date: August 14, 2014
    Applicants: The Agency for the Assessment and Application of Technology, BRIDGESTONE CORPORATION
    Inventor: Norie Watanabe
  • Patent number: 8793931
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates to a pick-up and delivery system including a pick-up assembly and a delivery assembly. The pick-up assembly includes a robotic arm, a pick-up device rotatably mounted on the robotic arm, and a first vacuum pressure supply port operably connected to the pick-up device. The delivery assembly includes an insertion device and a second vacuum pressure supply port. The insertion device may include an insertion member and a release assistance rod arranged inside the insertion member. The release assistance rod is moveable between an extended position and a retracted position. When the release assistance rod is in the extended position, a proximal end extends beyond an end of the insertion member. Further aspects are directed towards methods for grasping and releasing an object with a pick-up and delivery system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 8, 2011
    Date of Patent: August 5, 2014
    Assignee: Weyerhaeuser NR Company
    Inventors: Fredrick T. Rubatino, Michael W. Teodoro
  • Patent number: 8789311
    Abstract: A manufactured seed is provided. The manufactured seed includes a seed shell housing a nutritive media and a restraint disposed within the seed shell. The restraint includes a cavity. The manufactured seed also includes an embryo disposed within the cavity and a fill material disposed within the cavity. The manufactured further includes a seal disposed on the seed shell to seal the embryo within the seed shell.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 1, 2008
    Date of Patent: July 29, 2014
    Assignee: Weyerhaeuser NR Company LLP
    Inventors: Jeffrey E. Hartle, William C. Carlson, Antony R. Shoaf
  • Patent number: 8782949
    Abstract: A method for growing plants is disclosed. The method includes the steps of mixing a gel precursor that is characterized by the ability to absorb water, form a viscous gel, provide water and nutrition to a plant, and remain capable of being reconstituted with a fresh supply of water, with a gel—forming nutrient composition in an amount sufficient to create a viscous gel, and adding a plant item selected from the group consisting of seeds and seedlings to the gel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 16, 2013
    Date of Patent: July 22, 2014
    Assignee: Fayetteville State University
    Inventor: Steven Singletary
  • Patent number: 8769869
    Abstract: The invention provides methods of preventing flooding of a cavity within a shoot restraint of a manufactured seed by lowering the water potential of the nutritive media relative to the water potential of a plant embryo disposed within the cavity.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 15, 2011
    Date of Patent: July 8, 2014
    Assignee: Weyerhaeuser NR Company
    Inventor: Jeffrey E. Hartle
  • Patent number: 8765160
    Abstract: A method for the control of soil-dwelling pests and/or soil-borne diseases comprising treating a plant propagation material with an effective amount of the pesticidal composition and/or applying an effective amount of a pesticidal composition to a locus where control is desired, provided that the composition comprises, as active ingredient, one or more pesticides (A) having a water solubility of at most 100 ?g/liter, at 25° C. at neutral pH, and at least one formulation auxiliary, wherein the size of particles in the composition is in the range 3.60 ?m to 0.70 ?m at X90. Abamectin has been found to be particularly effective against nematode damage.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 18, 2006
    Date of Patent: July 1, 2014
    Assignee: Syngenta Crop Protection LLC
    Inventors: Frederique Guyon, Christoph Grimm
  • Publication number: 20140173979
    Abstract: A method of coating seeds is provided using observations of coating and coated seeds to modify the coating of yet-to-be coated seeds.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 15, 2013
    Publication date: June 26, 2014
    Inventors: Heather McConnell Smith, Scott Michael Fleming, Al Paulsen