Patents Represented by Attorney Margaret A. Connor
  • Patent number: 7148397
    Abstract: A Solanum bulbocastanum gene has been cloned from a late blight-resistance locus and its sequence provided, together with the sequence of the encoded protein. DNA encoding the resistance protein has been introduced into potato plants and confers resistance to Phytophthora infestans, the causal agent of late blight. The resistance protein is in the class of Nucleotide Binding Site-Leucine-Rich Repeat Proteins (NBS-LRRP), and the gene in S. bulbocastanum is flanked by related NBS-LRRP gene sequences.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 20, 2003
    Date of Patent: December 12, 2006
    Assignee: The United States of America as represented by the Secretary of Agriculture
    Inventors: Teruko Osumi, William R. Belknap, David R. Rockhold, Mary M. Maccree, Kent F. McCue, Kenneth L. Deahl
  • Patent number: 6843985
    Abstract: The present invention is directed to methods and compositions for use to control parasitic mites of honey bees, particularly Varroa mites. In one aspect, the invention is directed to control of parasitic mites of honey bees wherein the active ingredient is a miticidally effective amount of a selected ketone or 1-heptanol, ethyl butyrate, benzaldehyde, heptaldehyde, or d-limonene. In a second aspect, the invention is directed to control of parasitic mites of honey bees wherein the active ingredient is an effective attractant amount of 2-heptanone. The attracted mites are then trapped or otherwise removed from the locus of the bees. The present invention is also directed to methods and compositions which include 2-heptanone to control hive invading pests of honey bees.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 27, 2002
    Date of Patent: January 18, 2005
    Assignees: The United States of America as represented by the Secretary of Agriculture, Cerexagri, Inc.
    Inventors: Eric H. Erickson, Jr., Gloria DeGrandi-Hoffman, Christian G. Becker, Roy S. Whitson, Thomas A. Deeby
  • Patent number: 6787590
    Abstract: This invention relates to novel composites comprising plastic and plant material derived from members of Parthenium spp. and, in particular, Parthenium argentatum (also known as guayule), Parthenium tomentosum or Parthenium incanum. The invention is also directed to composites that possess insect, fungal, and microbial resistance. Products made from composites of the instant invention are useful to make numerous items, particularly those used for construction such as lumber, plywood, particleboard, fiberboard, poles, railroad crossties, or the like.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 5, 2001
    Date of Patent: September 7, 2004
    Assignees: The United States of America as represented by the Secretary of Agriculture, The Board of Trustees of the University of Illinois
    Inventors: Francis S. Nakayama, John A. Youngquist, Poo Chow
  • Patent number: 6737260
    Abstract: The invention is directed to nucleic acid sequences which encode polypeptides having PhzO activity, namely, the ability to convert phenazine-1-carboxylic acid to a 2-hydroxylated phenazine, and isolated polypeptides having this activity. The invention is also directed to recombinant nucleic acid molecules, vectors, and host cells including the nucleic acid sequences as well as methods for producing and using the polypeptides, including expression in bacterial or plant cells to inhibit fungal pathogens.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 27, 2001
    Date of Patent: May 18, 2004
    Assignees: The United States of America, as represented by the Secretary of Agriculture, Washington State University Research Foundation
    Inventors: Linda S. Thomashow, Shannon M. Delaney, Dmitri V. Mavrodi, David M. Weller
  • Patent number: 6706948
    Abstract: The invention relates to the nucleotide sequence from sugarcane ubi9 polyubiquitin gene promoter, which is capable of directing constitutive expression of a nucleic acid sequence of interest that is operably linked to it. The sugarcane ubi9 promoter is useful in regulating expression of a nucleic acid sequence of interest in monocotyledonous and dicotyledonous plants.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 17, 1999
    Date of Patent: March 16, 2004
    Assignees: The United States of America as represented by the Secretary of Agriculture, University of Hawaii
    Inventors: Henrik H. Albert, Hairong Wei
  • Patent number: 6686513
    Abstract: The invention relates to the nucleotide sequence from the sugarcane ubi9 polyubiquitin gene promoter, which is capable of directing constitutive expression of a nucleic acid sequence of interest that is operably linked to it. The sugarcane ubi9 promoter is useful in regulating expression of a nucleic acid sequence of interest in monocotyledonous and dicotyledonous plants.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 20, 2000
    Date of Patent: February 3, 2004
    Assignees: The United States of America as represented by the Secretary of Agriculture, University of Hawaii
    Inventors: Henrik H. Albert, Hairong Wei
  • Patent number: 6638766
    Abstract: The invention relates to nucleic acid sequences isolated from sugarcane and to methods of using them. In particular, the inventions relates to nucleotide sequences which are derived from sugarcane polyubiquitin genes and which are capable of directing constitutive expression of a nucleic acid sequence of interest that is operably linked to the sugarcane polyubiquitin nucleotide sequences. The sugarcane polyubiquitin nucleotide sequences are useful in regulating expression of a nucleic acid sequence of interest in monocotyledonous and dicotyledonous plants.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 24, 2001
    Date of Patent: October 28, 2003
    Assignees: The United States of America as represented by the Secretary of Agriculture, University of Hawaii
    Inventors: Henrik H. Albert, Hairong Wei
  • Patent number: 6638552
    Abstract: The present invention is directed to methods of improving flour by altering glutenin content in seeds of plants, particularly wheat. The invention relates to methods of introducing a recombinant construct comprising a glutenin gene into a parental plant.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 16, 1997
    Date of Patent: October 28, 2003
    Assignee: The United States of America as represented by the Secretary of Agriculture
    Inventors: Ann E. Blechl, Olin D. Anderson
  • Patent number: 6623779
    Abstract: The invention relates to intermediate-moisture formed food products made from a mixture of partially dehydrated fruit or vegetable pieces and a gelled matrix such that the water activity in the matrix is substantially equivalent to the water activity of the fruit or vegetable pieces in the mixture. The product may be made from one type of fruit or vegetable alone, a mixture of different fruits, a mixture of different vegetables, or a mixture of various fruit and vegetable pieces.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 30, 2001
    Date of Patent: September 23, 2003
    Assignee: The United States of America as represented by the Secretary of Agriculture
    Inventors: Charles C. Huxsoll, Tara H. McHugh, Donald A. Olson
  • Patent number: 6622565
    Abstract: The invention provides a simple, non-invasive means for measuring pressure of fluid in fluid-containing, resilient tubing by measuring the force to mechanically compress the tubing to a predetermined distance. In the apparatus of the invention, first and second opposed members are moved together to a predetermined distance to compress the fluid-containing, resilient tubing therebetween. Measuring means connected to at least one of the members is used to measure the force exerted by the fluid-containing, resilient tubing against the members when the members are at the predetermined distance from one another, wherein the measuring means has been pre-calibrated at the predetermined distance, to correspond to fluid pressure within the fluid-containing, resilient tubing. An important application of the invention is the provision of a convenient, non-intrusive, low-cost device for field measurement of pressure in drip irrigation systems, without installing special fittings or puncturing the tubing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 29, 2002
    Date of Patent: September 23, 2003
    Assignee: The United States of America as represented by the Secretary of Agriculture
    Inventors: Dennis C. Kincaid, Thomas J. Trout
  • Patent number: 6620986
    Abstract: The invention is a method of Agrobacterium-mediated transformation of castor. The flower bud of an intact castor plant is wounded and Agrobacterium comprises the transgene is infiltrated into the wound. The flower bud is allowed to get seed, and seed comprising the transgene is grown into a transformed castor plant.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 16, 2000
    Date of Patent: September 16, 2003
    Assignee: The United States of America as represented by the Secretary of Agriculture
    Inventors: Thomas A. McKeon, Grace Q. Chen
  • Patent number: 6596930
    Abstract: This invention provides expression cassettes and vectors comprising a recombinant nucleic acid which comprises a nucleic acid sequence encoding a functional puroindoline B. This invention further provides such cassettes and vectors wherein the nucleic acid sequence encoding a functional puroindoline B is operably linked to a promoter. The invention also provides methods of producing plants with soft grain by transforming them with such expression cassettes and vectors, as well as the cells and plants produced by such methods.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 22, 1998
    Date of Patent: July 22, 2003
    Assignees: The United States of America as represented by the Secretary of Agriculture, Montana State University
    Inventors: Craig F. Morris, Michael J. Giroux
  • Patent number: 6576457
    Abstract: An in vitro system using Agrobacterium-transformed dicotyledon roots (such as carrot roots) and vesicular-arbuscular mycorrhizal fungi (such as Glomus intradices) was developed to produce viable and aseptic spores. The entire life cycle from the growth of initial germ tubes to the formation of external mycelium network and spore production was observed nondestructively using light microscopy. The system may be subcultured continuously for the production of viable and clean spores.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 15, 2000
    Date of Patent: June 10, 2003
    Assignee: The United States of America, as represented by the Secretary of Agriculture
    Inventor: Sui-Sheng T. Hua
  • Patent number: 6551599
    Abstract: The present invention is directed to a method of producing monoclonal antibodies that are highly specific for (1) unique epitopes of Campylobacter jejuni (Cj) only and (2) epitopes conserved between Campylobacter jejuni and Campylobacter coli (Cc) outer membranes; to specific monoclonal antibodies made by the methods of the instant invention; and uses thereof The invention is drawn further to immunogens comprising the outer membrane complexes of Cj and Cc.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 16, 2001
    Date of Patent: April 22, 2003
    Assignee: The United States of America, as represented by the Secretary of Agriculture
    Inventors: Robert E. Mandrell, Anna H. Bates, David L. Brandon
  • Patent number: 6541725
    Abstract: An object, such as a pistachio nut, is sorted based on a given trait. The sorting process commences by bouncing the object off a body so that the object emits a sound. The sound emitted by the object is converted to an electrical signal which is analyzed to determine electrical characteristics that indicate the trait of the object. For example, the electrical signal can be integrated and a signal gradient produced to discriminate among signals from different classes of objects.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 3, 2001
    Date of Patent: April 1, 2003
    Assignee: The United States of America as represented by the Secretary of Agriculture
    Inventor: Thomas C. Pearson
  • Patent number: 6514707
    Abstract: Methods to detect prion or PrP-Sc protein as an indication of transmissible spongiform encephalopathies (TSEs), including preclinical detection of infected live animals, and postmortem detection methods, are described. In one aspect, the invention is directed to a non-invasive diagnostic assay using third eyelid-associated lymphoid tissue. In another aspect, the invention is directed to monoclonal antibodies that specifically bind a conserved epitope of PrP-Sc protein in fixed or frozen treated tissue.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 12, 2000
    Date of Patent: February 4, 2003
    Assignees: The United States of America as represented by the Secretary of Agriculture, Washington State University Research Foundation
    Inventors: Katherine I. O'Rourke, Donald P. Knowles, Timothy V. Baszler, Steven M. Parish
  • Patent number: 6506597
    Abstract: Improved artificial diets or growth media are described which are suitable for rearing large numbers of viable and biologically fit arthropods, including zoophagous arthropods and phytophagous arthropods, including facultatively zoophagous arthropods. In a first embodiment, the growth medium is composed of a mixture of cooked egg, liquid, and carbohydrate source. In a second embodiment, the growth medium is composed of a plant-based phytophage diet which includes cooked egg yolk or cooked whole egg. In a third embodiment, the growth medium is composed of a mixture of cooked egg, liquid, and carbohydrate source in admixture with a plant-based phytophage diet which includes cooked egg yolk or cooked whole egg. The growth media are devoid of meat products or insect components and are suitable for mass production of arthropods at a reasonable cost for use in biological control programs or other biologically based technologies.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 24, 2001
    Date of Patent: January 14, 2003
    Assignee: The United States of America as represented by the Secretary of Agriculture
    Inventor: Allen C. Cohen
  • Patent number: PP15891
    Abstract: A new and distinct variety of grapevine denominated ‘Sweet Scarlet’ which is characterized by its midseason ripening seedless fruit, attractive raspberry red coloration, its ovoid fruit shape, its firm fruit texture with a light muscat flavor, and its medium to tight cluster.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 20, 2003
    Date of Patent: July 26, 2005
    Assignee: The United States of America as represented by the Secretary of Agriculture
    Inventors: David W. Ramming, Ronald E. Tarailo
  • Patent number: PP16229
    Abstract: A new and distinct variety of grapevine denominated ‘Scarlet Royal’ which is characterized by its mid-season ripening seedless fruit, attractive dark red coloration, its oval fruit shape, its firm fruit texture with neutral sweet flavor, and its medium dense cluster.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 28, 2004
    Date of Patent: January 31, 2006
    Assignee: The United States of America as represented by the Secretary of Agriculture
    Inventors: David W. Ramming, Ronald E. Tarailo
  • Patent number: PP16284
    Abstract: A new and distinct variety of grapevine denominated ‘Autumn King’ which is characterized by its late season ripening seedless fruit, attractive pale green coloration, its cylindrical to ovoid fruit shape, its firm fruit texture with neutral sweet flavor, and its medium to tight cluster.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 28, 2004
    Date of Patent: February 21, 2006
    Assignee: The United States of America as represented by the Secretary of Agriculture
    Inventors: David W. Ramming, Ronald E. Tarailo