Patents Examined by Charles Logsdon
  • Patent number: 10774335
    Abstract: There are provided compositions and methods for transforming plants, preferably monocot, and even more preferably, sugarcane. The transformation methods involve infection of plant tissue with Agrobacterium, and co-cultivation using culture medium comprising high concentrations of gelling agent, with the result of inhibiting the exacerbated growth of the bacteria and increasing the transformation frequencies. The invention includes regenerating transformed plants, and the transformed plants themselves.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 16, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 15, 2020
    Assignee: CTC—Centro de Tecnologia Canavieira S.A.
    Inventors: Mayra Faion-Molina, Paulo Cezar De Lucca
  • Patent number: 10767188
    Abstract: The present invention provides methods for obtaining plants that exhibit useful traits by perturbation of plastid function in plant rootstocks and grafting the rootstocks to scions. Methods for identifying genetic loci that provide for useful traits in plants and plants produced with those loci are also provided. In addition, plants that exhibit the useful traits, parts of the plants including seeds, and products of the plants are provided as well as methods of using the plants. Recombinant DNA vectors and transgenic plants comprising those vectors that provide for plastid perturbation are also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 24, 2014
    Date of Patent: September 8, 2020
    Assignee: NUTECH VENTURES
    Inventors: Sally Mackenzie, Michael Fromm, Kamaldeep Virdi, Yashitola Wamboldt
  • Patent number: 10760092
    Abstract: This disclosure provides a stress-responsive polypeptide sequence for fusion with a polypeptide to specifically induce stability of the fusion polypeptide under stress conditions, such as drought, high salt and high temperature, in plants. Also disclosed includes an expression vector for expressing a fusion polypeptide comprising the stress-responsive peptide in plants transformed therewith, and a method for generating a transgenic plant with enhanced tolerance to environmental stresses, comprising introducing into the transgenic plant a polynucleotide encoding a fusion polypeptide which comprises the stress-responsive peptide as disclosed and a plant anti-stress gene, such as the plant senescence-associated gene SSPP. A plant expressing the expression vector that have an enhanced stress tolerance, including Arabidopsis and soybean, is also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 8, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 1, 2020
    Assignee: NANKAI UNIVERSITY
    Inventors: Ningning Wang, Li Xiong, Juanjuan Bi, Sheng Liu, Wei Xu, Lifang Sun, Zhaoxia Guo, Nasrullah, Dan Wang, Yuanyuan Mei
  • Patent number: 10760088
    Abstract: Provided are isolated polynucleotides encoding a polypeptide at least 80% homologous to the amino acid sequence selected from the group consisting of SEQ ID NOs: 757, 456-756, 758-774, 8385-10836, and 10838-14462; and isolated polynucleotide comprising nucleic acid sequences at least 80% identical to SEQ ID NO: 377, 1-376, 378-455, and 775-8384. Also provided are nucleic acid constructs comprising same, isolated polypeptides encoded thereby, transgenic cells and transgenic plants comprising same and methods of using same for increasing yield, biomass, growth rate, vigor, oil content, fiber yield, fiber quality, abiotic stress tolerance, and/or nitrogen use efficiency of a plant.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 2, 2012
    Date of Patent: September 1, 2020
    Assignee: Evogene Ltd.
    Inventors: Noa Matarasso, Eyal Emmanuel, David Panik, Inbal Nurith Dangoor, Hagai Karchi
  • Patent number: 10752912
    Abstract: The present invention is directed to nucleic acid sequences coding for a protein which, (1) under a respective promoter, is able to suppress or repress or delay flowering of a plant, and (2) includes the motive “NAPDIIDS” (SEQ ID NO: 10) or, in preferred cases, “VNAPDIIDS” SEQ ID NO: 67), with the exception of the nucleic acid of the gene StSP5G or a part thereof. Preferably, the nucleic acid sequence belongs phylogenetically to the FT-clade of the PEBP gene family, wherein the motive “(V)NAPDIIDS” (SEQ ID NO: 68) is in place of the “(V)YAPGW” motive (SEQ ID NO: 69) of the flowering promoting proteins AtFT and BvFT2. The invention is further directed to peptides or proteins, obtainable by expression of the nucleic acid of any of the preceding claims, vectors, comprising a nucleic acid sequence as defined above, and to plants, parts of plants, or seed of plants, the plants comprising such a nucleic acid sequence.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 28, 2013
    Date of Patent: August 25, 2020
    Assignee: Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft zur Foerderung der angewandten Forschung e.V.
    Inventors: Lena Harig, Dirk Pruefer, Rainer Fischer
  • Patent number: 10724047
    Abstract: The present disclosure provides compositions and methods for altering gibberellin (GA) content in corn or other cereal plants. Methods and compositions are also provided for altering the expression of genes related to gibberellin biosynthesis through suppression, mutagenesis and/or editing of specific subtypes of GA20 or GA3 oxidase genes. Modified plant cells and plants having a suppression element or mutation reducing the expression or activity of a GA oxidase gene are further provided comprising reduced gibberellin levels and improved characteristics, such as reduced plant height and increased lodging resistance, but without off-types.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 17, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 28, 2020
    Assignee: MONSANTO TECHNOLOGY LLC
    Inventors: Edwards M. Allen, Jayanand Boddu, Charles R. Dietrich, Alexander Goldshmidt, Miya Howell, Kevin R. Kosola, Sivalinganna Manjunath, Anil Neelam, Linda Rymarquis, Thomas L. Slewinski, Tyamagondlu V. Venkatesh, Huai Wang
  • Patent number: 10717984
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a method of controlling the flowering time of a plant by regulating the formation of the SVP-FLM-? protein complex, based on the finding that the SVP-FLM-? protein complex is a regulating factor for plant flowering that senses small changes in ambient temperature. The FLM-? RNAi and SVP RNAi for controlling flowering time according to the present invention can be used to control flowering time by inhibiting the expression of FLM-? and SVP or regulating the interaction therebetween, and thus, they can prevent a decrease in crop production or a change in the ecosystem from being caused by a sudden change in temperature.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 12, 2014
    Date of Patent: July 21, 2020
    Assignee: KOREA UNIVERSITY RESEARCH AND BUSINESS FOUNDATION
    Inventor: Ji Hoon Ahn
  • Patent number: 10704056
    Abstract: The present invention provides for compositions comprising mutated PYR/PYL receptor polypeptides that bind to a type 2 protein phosphatase in the absence of abscisic acid. The present invention further provides for methods of making and using the mutated PYR/PYL receptor polypeptides.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 19, 2012
    Date of Patent: July 7, 2020
    Assignee: The Regents of the University of California
    Inventors: Sean R. Cutler, Assaf Mosquna
  • Patent number: 10689660
    Abstract: In alternative embodiments, the invention provides compositions and methods for manipulating the exchange of water and/or carbon dioxide (CO2) through plant stomata by controlling the expression of a novel apoplastic subtilisin-like serine endopeptidase-like protein. In alternative embodiments, the invention provides plants having increased water use efficiency, and drought-resistant plants; and methods for engineering of water transpiration and water use efficiency in plants, and engineering plants with increased water use efficiency and drought-resistant plants.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 21, 2013
    Date of Patent: June 23, 2020
    Assignee: THE REGENTS OF THE UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA
    Inventors: Julian I. Schroeder, Cawas Engineer
  • Patent number: 10683515
    Abstract: Compositions and methods useful in identifying and counter-selecting maize plants with having enhanced yield-related traits relative to control plants under abiotic stress conditions such as salt stress and/or drought are provided herein. The methods use molecular genetic markers to identify, select and/or construct salt stress tolerant and/or drought tolerant maize plants. Also provided are methods to enhance tolerance to salt stress and/or drought in crop plants by transforming crop plants with the Zea mays antiporter/sodium ion transporter or by introducing favorable allelic variants of the Zea mays antiporter/sodium ion transporter gene via gene editing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 25, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 16, 2020
    Assignees: E. I. DU PONT DE NEMOURS AND COMPANY, PIONEER HI-BRED INTERNATIONAL, INC.
    Inventors: Jennifer S. Jaqueth, Bailin Li, Zhizeng Liu
  • Patent number: 10676753
    Abstract: Isolated polynucleotides and polypeptides, and recombinant DNA constructs are useful for conferring drought tolerance and/or improved nitrogen use efficiency. Compositions (such as plants or seeds) comprise these recombinant DNA constructs; and methods utilize these recombinant DNA constructs. The recombinant DNA constructs comprise a polynucleotide operably linked to a promoter that is functional in a plant, wherein said polynucleotides encode glutamate receptor polypeptides.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 19, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 9, 2020
    Assignee: PIONEER OVERSEAS CORPORATION
    Inventors: Guihua Lu, Yang Gao, Junhua Liu, Guanfan Mao, Changgui Wang, Wei Wang, Xiping Wang
  • Patent number: 10669593
    Abstract: Methods, compositions, and kits for predicting and controlling fruit color in palm.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 26, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 2, 2020
    Assignee: Malaysian Pal Oil Board
    Inventors: Rajinder Singh, Leslie Ooi Cheng Li, Leslie Low Eng Ti, Rahimah Abdul Rahman, Meilina Ong Abdullah, Jayanthi Nagappan, Rozana Rosli, Mohd Amin Ab. Halim, Rajanaidu Nookiah, Chan Kuang Lim, Norazah Azizi, Ravigadevi Sambanthamurthi, Rob Martienssen, Steven W. Smith, Nathan D. Lakey, Andrew Van Brunt, Jared Ordway, Michael Hogan, Chunyan Wang
  • Patent number: 10662435
    Abstract: The disclosure discloses isolated polynucleotides and polypeptides, and recombinant DNA constructs useful for conferring improved nitrogen use efficiency and drought tolerance; compositions (such as plants or seeds) comprising these recombinant DNA constructs; and methods utilizing these recombinant DNA constructs. The recombinant DNA constructs comprise a polynucleotide operably linked to a tissue specific or inducible promoter that is functional in a plant, wherein said polynucleotides encode NAC transcription factor polypeptides.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 2, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 26, 2020
    Assignee: PIONEER OVERSEAS CORPORATION
    Inventors: Guihua Lu, Yang Gao, Cong Li, Guanfan Mao, Wei Wang, Xiping Wang, Changgui Wang
  • Patent number: 10645888
    Abstract: The present invention provides medium compositions and methods for the regeneration of the whole plant from explants obtained from plants belonging to the Malvaceae family, particularly the Abelmoschus genus, more preferably Abelmoschus esculentus L, through somatic embryogenesis. The present invention also provides an efficient methodology for genetic transformation of plants belonging to the Malvaceae family through somatic embryogenesis in semisolid culture with the use of the Agrobacterium. The present invention is also related to a method for the development of virus-resistant transgenic plants belonging to the Malvaceae family.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 27, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 12, 2020
    Assignee: RASI SEEDS PRIVATE LIMITED
    Inventors: Poovannan Kandasami, Sabaripriya Ravindran, Mohanraj Perumal, Manonmani Elangovan, Packialakshmi Maruthayee Rajendran, Saravanakumar Marappan, Subramanian Vaidyanathan, Ramasami Muthugounder
  • Patent number: 10633668
    Abstract: The present invention relates to compositions and methods for modulating the juvenile to adult developmental growth transition in plants, such as grasses (e.g. maize). In particular, the invention provides methods for enhancing agronomic properties in plants by modulating expression of GRMZM2G362718, GRMZM2G096016, or homologs thereof. Modulation of expression of one or more additional genes which affect juvenile to adult developmental growth transition such as Glossy15 or Cg1, in conjunction with such modulation of expression is also contemplated. Nucleic acid constructs for down-regulation of GRMZM2G362718 and/or GRMZM2G096016 are also contemplated, as are transgenic plants and products produced there from, that demonstrate altered, such as extended juvenile growth, and display associated phenotypes such as enhanced yield, improved digestibility, and increased disease resistance. Plants described herein may be used, for example, as improved forage or feed crops or in biofuel production.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 7, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 28, 2020
    Assignee: Wisconsin Alumni Research Foundation
    Inventors: Shawn Kaeppler, Natalia de Leon Gatti, Jillian Foerster
  • Patent number: 10633715
    Abstract: Nucleic acid sequences for predicting and controlling shell phenotype in palm.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 13, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 28, 2020
    Assignee: The Malaysian Palm Oil Board
    Inventors: Rajinder Singh, Leslie Low Eng Ti, Leslie Ooi Cheng Li, Meilina Ong Abdullah, Rajanaidu Nookiah, Ravigadevi Sambanthamurthi, Steven W. Smith, Nathan D. Lakey, Rob Martienssen, Jared Ordway, Michael Hogan
  • Patent number: 10619165
    Abstract: This invention relates to crop plants of which the fruit dehiscence properties are modulated. More specifically the invention relates to improved methods and means for reducing seed shattering, or delaying seed shattering until after harvest, while maintaining at the same time an agronomically relevant treshability of the pods, and for increasing yield.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 10, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 14, 2020
    Assignee: BASF AGRICULTURAL SOLUTIONS SEED, US LLC
    Inventors: Benjamin Laga, Bart Den Boer, Bart Lambert
  • Patent number: 10604764
    Abstract: The invention provides cotton event TAM66274, and plants, plant cells, seeds, plant parts, and commodity products comprising event TAM66274. The invention also provides polynucleotides specific for event TAM66274 and plants, plant cells, seeds, plant parts, and commodity products comprising polynucleotides specific for event TAM66274. The invention also provides methods related to event TAM66274.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 9, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 31, 2020
    Assignee: The Texas A&M University System
    Inventors: Keerti S. Rathore, Devendra Pandeya, LeAnne M. Campbell, Sreenath R. Palle
  • Patent number: 10602743
    Abstract: Provided are method of induce plant drought and/or salinity tolerance using microbes such as Bacillus, and particularly Bacillus megaterium cultures responsible for controlling plant drought and/or salinity tolerance.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 11, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 31, 2020
    Assignee: MARRONE BIO INNOVATIONS, INC.
    Inventors: Ana Lucia Cordova-Kreylos, Carly Todd, Debora Wilk
  • Patent number: 10597670
    Abstract: Disclosed is a PHD protein regulating the differentiation of plant phloem; a recombinant vector containing a gene encoding the same; a plant transformed with the recombinant vector; a seed of the plant; and a method for regulating the development and formation of plant phloem by using the gene encoding the PHD protein. Regulated is the development of phloem, which plays the role in moving a photosynthetic product and finally storing the same in starch and sugar forms in a plant storage organ, so as to regulate the function of phloem, thereby having an effect of controlling the size and storage capacity of the plant storage organ. The development of phloem can be improved by allowing the PHD gene to be silent in plants, and thus it is expected that the function of plant phloem can be increased through the regulation of PHD gene expression by using genetic engineering techniques.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 9, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 24, 2020
    Assignee: POSTECH ACADEMY-INDUSTRY FOUNDATION
    Inventors: Ildoo Hwang, Joonseon Yoon, Ho Jin Ryu, Hyunwoo Cho