Patents Examined by Wayne A. Langel
  • Patent number: 10793480
    Abstract: The present invention provides a method for the preparation of multi-nutrient potassic fertilizer, by recovering potassium from sugarcane molasses based alcohol distillery effluent (commonly known as ‘spent wash’). The process involves pre-treatment of spent wash to clarify the aqueous phase and utilization of the treated spent wash in production of potassic fertilizer. The present invention enables utilisation of spent wash for recovery of value-added product (viz., potash fertiliser of >99% purity) and improves ease of ‘Zero Liquid Discharge’ compliance by subjecting the relatively benign process effluent to industrially practiced techniques for water recovery and salt reclamation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 26, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 6, 2020
    Assignee: COUNCIL OF SCIENTIFIC & INDUSTRIAL RESEARCH
    Inventors: Pratyush Maiti, Soumya Haldar, Subarna Maiti
  • Patent number: 10793482
    Abstract: Compounds, including chelated compounds, which may be used for the delivery of nutrients and micronutrients to plants are provided. In addition, processes for preparing such compounds, compositions comprising such compounds, and methods for delivering nutrients and micronutrients to plants with such compounds are provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 28, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 6, 2020
    Assignee: Spero Energy, Inc.
    Inventors: Mahdi M. Abu-Omar, Basudeb Saha, Ian Klein
  • Patent number: 10793483
    Abstract: A system and method for reclaiming nutrients from dairy manure includes a centrifuge for separating a liquid fraction of the manure from a solid fraction comprising organic material; a mechanical vapor recompression evaporator (“MVR”) to receive the liquid fraction from the centrifuge and evaporating the liquid fraction by mechanical vapor recompression to produce ammonia-laden water vapor and a concentrated nutrient slurry; a dryer for drying the nutrient slurry to a selected moisture content to be available as an ingredient in compounded fertilizer; and an ammonia stripping tower assembly to receive ammonia-laden water vapor from the MVR and from it to precipitate ammonium sulphate salt and condense water as separate products.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 3, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 6, 2020
    Assignee: Dari-Tech, Inc.
    Inventors: David DeWaard, Josh McCort, Michael Klapper
  • Patent number: 10793484
    Abstract: A strain of Gluconacetobacter diazotrophicus (Gd) characterised by the presence of at least one nucleic acid sequence selected from SEQ ID NOS 1-10 or variants or paralogues thereof and/or the presence of a single plasmid of about 17566 bp in size. Such strains, exemplified by IMI504853, are useful in agriculture, in particular as they are able to colonise plants intracellularly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 27, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 6, 2020
    Assignee: Azotic Technologies LTD
    Inventors: David Dent, Dhaval Patel, Gary Devine
  • Patent number: 10779534
    Abstract: The invention relates to a method for preparing disinfected seed, a use of a treatment composition, and an apparatus for disinfecting of seed. The method of the invention comprises contacting seed with a treatment composition comprising at least one disinfecting agent and/or a liquid component, and thereafter or at least partly simultaneously, exposing said seed to a treatment atmosphere for an exposure time of at least 1 second, wherein the treatment atmosphere has a relative humidity of at least 50% and a temperature of at least 40° C.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 10, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 22, 2020
    Assignee: THERMOSEED GLOBAL AB
    Inventors: Victor Manuel Sanchez-Sava, Gustaf Robert Forsberg, Abraham Johan Ten Heuw, Arvid Sven Georg Järbel
  • Patent number: 10781145
    Abstract: Compositions and methods for enhancing nutrient uptake in plants are disclosed. The primary ingredients of the disclosed compositions are (a) poly amino acids, such as tri-polyaspartic acid (TPA), and (b) citric acid. Another component, (c) L amino acids may also be included in the composition. The composition may be used to enhance fertilizer efficiency and to promote plant growth and/or yield.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 15, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 22, 2020
    Inventor: Bryan D. Evans
  • Patent number: 10766829
    Abstract: [Problem] The present invention seeks to provide a composition for plants that is highly safe and that contributes to early harvesting, increasing yield, and increasing added value of crops. Specifically, the present invention provides a yeast extract that, by addition to a foliar surface spray or to soil or water, provides an effect of promoting growth, an effect of root lengthening, an effect of improved taste, and an effect of increased amino acid content of a plant. A substance obtained from yeast that is edible and considered to be safe is preferred as the yeast extract. [Means for Solving the Problem] A yeast extract having a peptide content of 5 wt % or more and an RNA content of 5 wt % or more is sprayed onto or provided as fertilizer to a plant. The yeast extract is preferably derived from Candida utilis, which is edible and considered to be safe.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 16, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 8, 2020
    Assignee: KOHJIN LIFE SCIENCES CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Tomohiro Nakagawa, Yoshie Yasumatsu, Naoto Kaji, Kenichi Ason
  • Patent number: 10766826
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a method for producing a composition for use in land application. The method comprises: (a) obtaining a fermentation product by a production process comprising the steps of: (i) treating lignocellulosic feedstock to produce sugar; (ii) fermenting the sugar to produce a fermented mixture comprising the fermentation product; and (iii) recovering the fermentation product from the fermented mixture in one or more stages to produce a concentrated fermentation product and still bottoms; and (b) recovering the still bottoms, the still bottoms comprising organic and inorganic components; and (c) providing the still bottoms for use in a land application. Also provided is a soil conditioning composition for use in land application. The soil conditioning composition contains still bottoms and optionally other components.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 21, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 8, 2020
    Assignee: Iogen Energy Corporation
    Inventors: Patrick J. Foody, Robert Glenns
  • Patent number: 10752559
    Abstract: A particulate, urea-containing composition and use of an additive for producing a particulate, urea-containing composition and methods of producing a particulate, urea-containing composition.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 17, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 25, 2020
    Assignees: THYSSENKRUPP FERTILIZER TECHNOLOGY GMBH, THYSSENKRUPP AG
    Inventors: Matthias Potthoff, Thomas Krawczyk, Harald Franzrahe, Luc Albert Vanmarcke
  • Patent number: 10745327
    Abstract: A method for inoculating a plant with a nitrogen-fixing bacteria such as Gluconacetobacter diazotrophicus, said method comprising administering the nitrogen-fixing bacteria to a wound of a growing plant, for example to recently cut grass. Inoculation in this manner leads to enhanced growth characteristics including increased greenness of grass. Novel compositions suitable for use in the method are also described and claimed, together with kits for producing these.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 28, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 18, 2020
    Assignee: Azotic Technologies LTD
    Inventors: David Dent, Ian Clarke
  • Patent number: 10737987
    Abstract: Disclosed herein are fluid ionized compositions, such as fluid calcium cyanamide fertilizer compositions, methods of preparation and uses thereof. In some examples, a fluid composition includes a mixture of about 40 to 20 parts of dissolved acid or acid-formed approximately neutral pH nitrogen plant nutrient compounds (such as urea ammonium nitrate and H2O) and about 1 to about 5 parts of a mixture of insoluble or weakly soluble high pH calcium-formed plant nutrient compounds (such as calcium cyanamide and H2O). The disclosed compositions and methods stabilize the compositions' contained active nutrient ions and digested carbon. The disclosed compositions and methods facilitate controllable site-directed delivery of the contents of the compositions. The compositions and methods are effective for microbes nourishment plant fertilizing, soil amending, heavy metals leaching inhibition, and digesting organic proteinaceous excreta.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 18, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 11, 2020
    Assignee: BI-EN CORP.
    Inventor: Richard O. Hartmann
  • Patent number: 10734664
    Abstract: A method of removing one or more target impurities from crude hydrogen bis(fluorosulfonyl)imide (HFSI) using a crystallization technique. In some embodiments, the method includes contacting the crude HFSI with at least one anhydrous solvent to create a solution. The solution is caused to have a temperature sufficient to cause HFSI in the solution to crystalize while the one or more impurities remain dissolved in the mother liquor of the solution. The crystalized HFSI and the mother liquor containing the one or more impurities are separated to obtained a purified HFSI product. Purified HFSI products are also disclosed, as are systems, such as secondary batteries, incorporating purified HFSI products.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 13, 2019
    Date of Patent: August 4, 2020
    Assignee: SES Holdings Pte. Ltd.
    Inventors: Rajendra P. Singh, Qichao Hu
  • Patent number: 10723664
    Abstract: A stable metal phosphite composition made from water, phosphorous acid (H3PO3), a metal salt and a sufficient a quantity of liquid ammonium hydroxide (NH4OH) where the molar ratio of ammonium ions to metal ions is 1-4 moles ammonium to 1 mole metal. The composition can be diluted for use-application providing beneficial nutrients for plant uptake.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 21, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 28, 2020
    Assignee: JH BIOTECH, INC.
    Inventors: Hsinhung John Hsu, Franz Fernandez
  • Patent number: 10717682
    Abstract: A granular fertilizer product having at least two sources of boron having different solubilities to tailor boron availability during the entire growing season of a plant, while reducing the risk of boron toxicity. A first source of boron can include a sodium-based or highly water soluble boron compound such as sodium tetraborate and/or boric acid, while a second source of boron can include a calcium-based boron compound such as colemanite (CaB3O4(OH)3.(H2O)) (e.g. when the carrier fertilizer is N- or K-based) and/or boron phosphate (BPO4) (e.g. when the carrier fertilizer is P-based). The solubility of the first source of boron is higher than the solubility of the second source of boron such that the sources of boron have different release rates into the soil.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 2, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 21, 2020
    Assignee: The Mosaic Company
    Inventors: Michael McLaughlin, Jozefien Degryse, Roslyn Baird, Rodrigo Coqui da Silva, Kyle Freeman, Thomas Fry
  • Patent number: 10703682
    Abstract: Fertilizer pellets may be formed by compressing or compacting a primary fertilizer powder mixed with micronized sulphur.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 19, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 7, 2020
    Inventors: Satish Iyer, Eric Pedersen, Richard Knoll, Babasola Ajiboye
  • Patent number: 10696604
    Abstract: Novel granular fertilizers and methods of making those fertilizers are provided. The method utilized involves recycling streams, including one that provides water having dissolved solids therein, with that water being used during the mixing and granulation process. This method results in a low-moisture, hard, substantially spherical granule, which can include any number of macronutrients and/or micronutrients. Advantageously, the granular fertilizer can be applied to the soil around plants to supply those plants with the necessary nutrients.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 23, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 30, 2020
    Assignee: Produquímica Indústria e Comércio S.A.
    Inventors: André Cotrim, Ricardo Oliveira, Michel Castellani, Ithamar Prada
  • Patent number: 10696603
    Abstract: A treated biochar comprising a porous carbonaceous particle that has been treated and mixed with a media containing a mineral solubilizing microorganism, whereby the porous carbonaceous particle after mixing has retained the mineral solubilizing microorganism.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 2, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 30, 2020
    Assignee: Carbon Technology Holdings, LLC
    Inventors: Richard W. Belcher, Han Suk Kim, Brian Buege, Ronald A. Sills
  • Patent number: 10689307
    Abstract: A method for vermicomposting includes providing an underground cell comprising a bottom, sidewalls and an open top, layering a base bedding layer at the bottom of the underground cell, layering a bottom organic waste layer on the base bedding layer, layering a stack of one (1) or more intermediate bedding layers and one (1) or more one or more intermediate organic waste layers, alternating between an intermediate bedding layer and an intermediate organic waste layer, on the bottom organic waste layer to partially form a compost heap, layering a top bedding layer on a top organic waste layer of the stack of the intermediate bedding layers and the intermediate organic waste layers to form the compost heap, watering the compost heap at a predetermined watering cycle, introducing worms to the compost heap, aerating the compost heap at a predetermined aeration cycle, and harvesting compost from the compost heap.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 5, 2019
    Date of Patent: June 23, 2020
    Inventor: Wilfred F. Hoath
  • Patent number: 10683240
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a process for producing a particulate composition containing methionine, methionylmethionine, potassium in the form of potassium salt and ammonium sulfate, and use thereof.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 1, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 16, 2020
    Assignee: Evonik Operations GmbH
    Inventors: Harald Jakob, Hans Joachim Hasselbach, Dominik Egly, Waldemar Hessberger
  • Patent number: 10683238
    Abstract: Aspects of the invention include compositions for fertilizing and remediating soil. Compositions according to certain embodiments include a cellulose nutrient composition, a microbial blend composition, a source of nitrogen, a source of phosphorus and exotic micronutrients. Methods for using compositions of the invention to fertilize and remediate soil and kits having one or more compositions for fertilizing and remediating soil are also described.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 12, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 16, 2020
    Inventor: Thomas T. Yamashita