Patents Assigned to The United States of America as represented by the Secretary of the Agriculture
  • Patent number: 10813323
    Abstract: The tall fescue DH66OP Accession No. PI 690020 represents a genetic stock possessing an L. multiflorum cytoplasm that can enhance or induce rhizome formation across various genotypes. DH66OP may allow for the transfer the L. multiflorum cytoplasm to additional tall fescue genotypes for the recovery of genotypes expressing rhizomes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 12, 2019
    Date of Patent: October 27, 2020
    Assignee: The United States of America, as represented by the Secretary of Agriculture
    Inventor: Bryan K. Kindiger
  • Patent number: 10815491
    Abstract: Transcription regulatory elements, namely promoter and terminator sequences, obtained from Sorghum bicolor that drive RNA transcription predominately in root hair cells are described, as well as cassettes, expression vectors, and genetically modified plants containing these transcription regulatory elements. The genetically modified plants can be gymnosperms, dicots, or monocots. Methods of directing transcription of a heterologous polynucleotide under control of these transcription regulatory elements in a genetically modified plant's root hair cells are also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 14, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 27, 2020
    Assignee: The United States of America, as represented by the Secretary of Agriculture
    Inventors: Scott R. Baerson, Zhiqiang Pan, James J Polashock
  • Patent number: 10808261
    Abstract: The present invention relates to the field of double-stranded RNA (dsRNA)-mediated gene silencing in insect species. More particularly, the present invention relates to genetic constructs designed for the expression of dsRNA corresponding to novel target genes in the insect pest Lymantria dispar, commonly known as the gypsy moth. The present invention also provides methodologies for introducing dsRNA into target insects to induce RNA interference. These constructs are particularly useful in RNAi-mediated control of the gypsy moth.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 13, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 20, 2020
    Assignee: The United States of America, as represented by The Secretary of Agriculture
    Inventors: Dawn E. Gundersen-Rindal, Saikat Kumar B. Ghosh
  • Patent number: 10799590
    Abstract: A composition comprising a bitter tastant and at least one sophorolipid and optionally a carrier; wherein the composition is edible and wherein the bitter taste of said bitter tastant is reduced. A method of reducing bitter taste attributed to a bitter tastant in an edible composition, said method comprising adding to said edible composition an effective amount of at least one sophorolipid and optionally a carrier; such that any bitter taste induced by the bitter tastant is reduced.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 30, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 13, 2020
    Assignees: The United States of America, as represented by the Secretary of Agriculture, Monell Chemical Senses Center
    Inventors: Daniel Solaiman, Richard D Ashby, Mehmet Hakan Ozdener, Alexander Bachmanov
  • Patent number: 10774337
    Abstract: The present invention is directed to a soybean plant with mutations in FAD2-1A and FAD2-1B. Moreover, the present invention is directed to seeds from said plants with altered ratios of monosaturated and polyunsaturated fats. In particular, the present invention is directed to plants where the plants exhibit elevated levels of oleic acid.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 11, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 15, 2020
    Assignees: The Curators of the University of Missouri, The United States of America as Represented by the Secretary of Agriculture
    Inventors: Kristin D. Bilyeu, James Grover Shannon, Jeong-Dong Lee, Anh Tung Pham
  • Patent number: 10772924
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates to health benefits of Chardonnay seed products.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 28, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 15, 2020
    Assignees: SONOMACEUTICALS, LLC, THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA, AS REPRESENTED BY THE SECRETARY OF AGRICULTURE
    Inventors: Torey James Arvik, Rebecca Susan Lipson, Wallace H. Yokoyama
  • Patent number: 10768177
    Abstract: A biosensor for detecting bacteria may use bacteriophages in a sandwich-assay system. The biosensor may include a capture element and a detection element. The capture element may include a substrate and a bacteriophage. The detection element may include a bacteriophage and a signal amplification element. The biosensor may be utilized such that the target bacterium is sandwiched between the capture element and the detection element, and a quantifiable signal may be generated to measure the amount of bacteria in a sample. The biosensor of the present invention utilizes direct sensing to detect the bacteria in the sample as opposed to indirect sensing methods.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 29, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 8, 2020
    Assignee: The United States of America, as represented by the Secretary of Agriculture
    Inventors: Vivian C. Wu, Irwin Quintela
  • Patent number: 10753891
    Abstract: The presence of chlorine and nitrogen are determined and measured using a non-invasive portable neutron-generating and gamma ray detecting system(s). Portable devices of the present invention can also be used to detect chlorine and/or nitrogen-containing underground objects rapidly and on-site. Devices and systems described herein can be operated remotely and pre-programmed with search patterns, guided by an operator remotely, or programmed to home in on high-chlorine and/or nitrogen concentration areas.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 27, 2019
    Date of Patent: August 25, 2020
    Assignee: The United States of America, as represented by the Secretary of Agriculture
    Inventors: Henry A. Torbert, III, Stephen A. Prior, Aleksandr G. Kavetskiy, Galina N. Yakubova
  • Patent number: 10745675
    Abstract: Provided herein are compositions and methods for the synthesis of the trisaccharide, isomelezitose, using genetically modified glucansucrase enzymes from representative microorganisms, including lactic acid bacteria such as Leuconostoc mesenteroides. Various modified enzymes are detailed, increasing isomelezitose yields and provide the foundation for large-scale production of isomelezitose for food, industrial and biomedical applications.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 30, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 18, 2020
    Assignee: The United States of America, as represented by the Secretary of Agriculture
    Inventors: Gregory L. Cote, Christopher D. Skory
  • Patent number: 10737958
    Abstract: Disclosed herein are processes for treating high-P fluid involving (1) providing a high-P containing stream; (2) chemically treating the high-P stream such that a majority of dissolved P in the stream is transformed into a solid form via sorption of P onto particles placed or precipitated within the stream; and (3) removing the solid form containing P from the chemically treated fine solids stream, such that > about 90% of the total P is removed from the high-P fluid. Also disclosed are systems for treating a high-P stream, the systems involving (1) a chemical treatment station operable to chemically treat and transform equal to or greater than about 90% of dissolved P in a high-P stream into a solid form; and (2) a liquid-solid separator station operable to remove the solid form containing P from the chemically treated high-P stream.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 11, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 11, 2020
    Assignees: The United States of America, as represented by the Secretary of Agriculture, The Penn State Research Foundation
    Inventors: Clinton Church, Ray B. Bryant, Peter J. Kleinman, Alex Hristov
  • Patent number: 10729756
    Abstract: Multiple DIVA vaccines effective against porcine reproductive and respiratory syndrome virus (PRRSV) are disclosed. The DIVA vaccines may be negative DIVAs or positive DIVAs. The DIVA vaccines may be produced by modifying the nsp2 region of a modified live virus vaccine. The modification may be one or more deletions only (negative DIVAs) or a deletion with an insertion (positive DIVAs). The insertion may be of an epitope tag, such as a V5, S-Tag, or FLAG tag. Produced DIVA vaccines may be stable through multiple passes and thus may be effective for production and vaccination of animals.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 25, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 4, 2020
    Assignee: The United States of America, as represented by the Secretary of Agriculture
    Inventors: Kay S. Faaberg, Allyn Spear, Matthew A. Kappes, Kelly M. Lager
  • Patent number: 10731190
    Abstract: The invention relates to composite components and methods of producing composite components. In yet another embodiment, the present invention relates to a method of producing a composite component using anaerobically digested biomass. In still yet another embodiment, the method further comprises using liquid effluent from the digester. In still yet another embodiment, the method further comprises wet-mat forming and cold pressing the anaerobically digested biomass and wet-mat drying under heat and pressure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 4, 2013
    Date of Patent: August 4, 2020
    Assignees: DVO. Inc., The United States of America as Represented by the Secretary of Agriculture
    Inventors: Stephen W. Dvorak, John F. Hunt
  • Patent number: 10722561
    Abstract: A novel method of using an aquaporin protein from Rhipicephalus microplus (RmAQP2), fragments of RmAQP2, and/or the cDNA encoding RmAQP2 and/or the fragments are described. Immunogenic composition containing recombinant RmAQP2 and/or fragments of RmAQP2 are produced and administered to an ungulate which generates an immune response to RmAQP2. After feeding female ticks on the ungulate injected with RmAQP2 and/or fragments of RmAQP2, the female ticks have lower reproductive viability because of a reduced egg mass, reduced hatching percentage, and reduced survival of larvae. Thus, administering RmAQP2 and/or RmAQP2 fragments to an ungulate can reduce the incidence of R. microplus and also reduce the incidence of tick-borne pathogens in ungulates because of the lower number of R. microplus.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 12, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 28, 2020
    Assignee: The United States of America, as represented by the Secretary of Agriculture
    Inventors: Glen A. Scoles, Felicito Guerrero, Reginaldo Bastos
  • Patent number: 10723663
    Abstract: A system and method for separating nutrients, such as phosphorus and protein, from biological materials may be disclosed. Biological material, for example in the form of wet solids from raw manure, may first be separated out by a solid-liquid separator. The wet solids may then be dissolved in an acidic solution. The resulting supernatant from the acidic treatment may then be separated and phosphorus reclaimed therefrom. The resulting precipitate from the acidic treatment may be separated from the supernatant and treated with a basic solution. The resulting supernatant following the basic treatment may then be separated and protein reclaimed therefrom. In some embodiments, the supernatant resulting from the acidic treatment may itself be alkalinized, creating a precipitate which contains phosphorus solids and a supernatant which can be separated from the phosphorus solids and used as the basic solution with which to treat the precipitate resulting from the acidic treatment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 5, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 28, 2020
    Assignee: The United States of America, as represented by the Secretary of Agriculture
    Inventors: Matias B. Vanotti, Ariel A. Szogi
  • Patent number: 10718032
    Abstract: Novel time and temperature integrator (TTI) assays, kits containing the components of the assays, and the novel components for those assays are provided herein. These novel TTI assays evaluate and/or determine the inactivation of biological material in/on a sample by quantifying the degradation of DNA using qPCR. The sample can be a food product (e.g., fruits, vegetables, meat from animals, or eggs) while the item can be any object (e.g., medical equipment, especially reusable medical equipment) for which one needs to determine that the amount of inactivation of specific hazardous biological material on the object or in a sample is at or below a pre-determined amount.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 9, 2014
    Date of Patent: July 21, 2020
    Assignee: The United States of America, as represented by the Secretary of Agriculture
    Inventors: Ilenys M. Perez Diaz, Jane M. Caldwell
  • Publication number: 20200221684
    Abstract: The combination of a repellent agent or an attractant agent with a wavelength-specific visual cue agent has been found to produce an unexpected and synergistic effect of increased repellency or attraction in dichromatic animals who are not maximally sensitive to the wavelength of the repellent or attractant agent. The method of the invention may be used to repel dichromatic-animal pests; or to prevent or minimize monetary damage, particularly to agricultural products, natural resources or private property. The method of the invention may also be used to attract dichromatic animals for the purpose of agricultural production, recreational opportunities (e.g., wild-rodent feeders), or the effective administration of target-animal pharmaceuticals or mitigation techniques.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 30, 2020
    Publication date: July 16, 2020
    Applicants: The United States of America, Represented by the Secretary of Agriculture, Arkion Life Sciences, LLC
    Inventors: Scott J. Werner, Kenneth E. Ballinger, JR.
  • Patent number: 10710937
    Abstract: A system and method for separating nutrients, such as phosphorus and protein, from biological materials may be disclosed. Biological material, for example in the form of wet solids from raw manure, may first be separated out by a solid-liquid separator. The wet solids may then be dissolved in an acidic solution, which may be created directly or by fermentation. The resulting supernatant from the acidic treatment may then be separated and phosphorus reclaimed therefrom. The resulting precipitate from the acidic treatment may be separated from the supernatant and treated with a basic solution. The resulting supernatant following the basic treatment may then be separated and protein reclaimed therefrom.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 8, 2019
    Date of Patent: July 14, 2020
    Assignee: The United States of America, as represented by the Secretary of Agriculture
    Inventors: Matias B. Vanotti, Ariel A. Szogi, Raul Moral Herrero
  • Patent number: 10711278
    Abstract: Two novel cDNAs for two different genes, HDT1 and HDT2, are isolated from red clover and sequenced. Both HDT1 and HDT2 encode hydroxycinnamoyl-CoA:L-DOPA/tyrosine hydroxycinnamoyl transferase (HDT) which enzymatically produces clovamide and/or related hydroxycinnamoyl amides. Clovamide and related hydroxycinnamoyl amides reduce post-harvest protein degradation. Genetically altered alfalfa plants containing an expression cassette containing a cDNA encoding HDT1 or HDT2 are generated. These genetically altered alfalfa plants produce hydroxycinnamoyl-CoA:L-DOPA/tyrosine hydroxycinnamoyl transferase, which in turn produces clovamide and/or related hydroxycinnamoyl amides.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 14, 2019
    Date of Patent: July 14, 2020
    Assignee: The United States of America, as represented by the Secretary of Agriculture
    Inventor: Michael L Sullivan
  • Patent number: 10689267
    Abstract: Disclosed are methods to remove organic and/or inorganic compounds (e.g., contaminants) from water containing organic and/or inorganic compounds, involving contacting the water with an effective organic and/or inorganic compounds removing amount of hemoglobin/Fe3O4 composite where the compounds in the water adsorb onto the hemoglobin/Fe3O4 composite, and removing (e.g., using a magnet since the composite is magnetic) the hemoglobin/Fe3O4 composite from the water.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 3, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 23, 2020
    Assignee: The United States of America, as represented by the Secretary of Agriculture
    Inventors: Matthew Essandoh, Rafael A. Garcia
  • Patent number: 10663446
    Abstract: Systems and methods for sampling within a conveyance system are provided herein, such systems and methods being particularly useful in batch sampling of food products for a targeted biological agent. In one aspect, the sampling system includes a conveyance system and one or more sampling devices positioned along a conveyance path such that at least one portion of the batch contacts a sampling medium of the one or more sampling devices. In another aspect, sampling devices are provided that allow a sampling member to be secured in a sampling position for batch testing and readily removed after sampling and tested. The systems, devices and methods herein provide improved sampling coverage of the entire batch and reduce waste and inefficiency as compared to conventional batch sampling methods.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 18, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 26, 2020
    Assignees: FREMONTA Corporation, THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA AS REPRESENTED BY THE SECRETARY OF AGRICULTURE
    Inventors: Florence Wu, Yongqing Huang, Terrance Arthur, Tommy Wheeler