Patents Examined by Wayne Zhong
  • Patent number: 10036029
    Abstract: This disclosure concerns methods and compositions for identifying sunflower plants that have a low palmitic acid content phenotype. Some embodiments concern molecular markers to identify, select, and/or construct low palmitic acid content plants and germplasm, or to identify and counter-select relatively high palmitic acid content plants. This disclosure also concerns sunflower plants comprising a low palmitic acid content phenotype that are generated by methods utilizing at least one marker described herein.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 15, 2013
    Date of Patent: July 31, 2018
    Assignee: Dow AgroSciences LLC
    Inventors: Xueyi Hu, Mandy Sullivan-Gilbert, Jan E. Backlund, James T. Gerdes
  • Patent number: 10023876
    Abstract: Engineered pesticidal polypeptides that are highly active against a wide range of pests and methods of making such polypeptides are disclosed. The nucleotide sequences encoding the pesticidal polypeptide can be used to transform various prokaryotic and eukaryotic organisms, which organisms can be used to produce the pesticidal polypeptides. The recombinant organisms and/or the polypeptides produced by the recombinant organisms can be used to control pests in various environments.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 23, 2013
    Date of Patent: July 17, 2018
    Inventors: Mikyong Lee, Jeng Shong Chen, Cheryl Marie De Fontes, Jared Conville, Narendra Palekar
  • Patent number: 10010040
    Abstract: The invention relates to the soybean variety designated XR50E15X. Provided by the invention are the seeds, plants and derivatives of the soybean variety XR50E15X. Also provided by the invention are tissue cultures of the soybean variety XR50E15X and the plants regenerated therefrom. Still further provided by the invention are methods for producing soybean plants by crossing the soybean variety XR50E15X with itself or another soybean variety and plants produced by such methods.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 21, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 3, 2018
    Assignee: MONSANTO TECHNOLOGY LLC
    Inventor: Philip A. Owen
  • Patent number: 10004195
    Abstract: The present invention provides an inbred corn line designated GAQ2025, methods for producing a corn plant by crossing plants of the inbred line GAQ2025 with plants of another corn plant. The invention further encompasses all parts of inbred corn line GAQ2025, including culturable cells. Additionally provided herein are methods for introducing transgenes into inbred corn line GAQ2025, and plants produced according to these methods.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 13, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 26, 2018
    Assignee: Syngenta Participations AG
    Inventor: Adrian De Dreu
  • Patent number: 10006039
    Abstract: The present invention relates to compositions and methods for providing RNA interference (RNAi) vectors comprising trigalactosyldiacylglycerol (tgd) biosynthesis enzyme constructs for increasing oil content of plants. Further, the use of tgd RNAi silencing vectors in combination with co-expression of heterologous oil regulating transcription factors, such as WRINKLED1, are contemplated to overcome the reduced growth and variable levels of embryonic lethality in plants with reduced TGD protein. Additionally, plants having reduced APS1, a gene encoding a major catalytic isoform of the small subunit of AGPase (AGP(?) plants), co-expressing a heterologous oil modulating transcription factor are contemplated for use in combination with plants having reduced TGD. Oil harvested from vegetative tissues of plants comprising vectors and genes of the present invention is contemplated for use in biofuel and biodiesel products.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 4, 2013
    Date of Patent: June 26, 2018
    Assignee: Board of Trustees of Michigan State University
    Inventors: Christoph Benning, Sanjaya, Changcheng Xu
  • Patent number: 9992942
    Abstract: A novel maize variety designated PH1M5V and seed, plants and plant parts thereof are provided. Methods for producing a maize plant comprise crossing maize variety PH1M5V with another maize plant are provided. Methods for producing a maize plant containing in its genetic material one or more traits introgressed into PH1M5V through backcross conversion and/or transformation, and to the maize seed, plant and plant part produced thereby are provided. Hybrid maize seed, plants or plant parts are produced by crossing the variety PH1M5V or a locus conversion of PH1M5V with another maize variety.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 31, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 12, 2018
    Assignee: PIONEER Hl-BRED INTERNATIONAL, INC.
    Inventor: Jennifer Ann Tarter
  • Patent number: 9976157
    Abstract: Provided are isolated polynucleotides at least 80% identical to SEQ ID NOs: 1-479, 813-5173, 8511, 8513, 8515, 8517, 8519, 8521, 8523, 9096-9141 and 9142; and isolated polypeptides at least 80% homologous to an amino acid sequence selected from the group consisting of SEQ ID NOs: 624, 480-623, 625-812, 5174-7015, 7017-7021, 7024, 7026-8510, 8512, 8514, 8516, 8518, 8520, 8522, 8524, 9143-9177, such as the polypeptides set forth in SEQ ID NO:480-812, 5174-8510, 8512, 8514, 8516, 8518, 8520, 8522, 8524, and 9143-9177, nucleic acid constructs comprising same, transgenic cells and plants expressing same and methods of using same for increasing yield, biomass, growth rate, vigor, oil content, fiber yield, fiber quality, nitrogen use efficiency, and/or abiotic stress tolerance of a plant.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 23, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 22, 2018
    Assignee: Evogene Ltd.
    Inventors: Limor Poraty-Gavra, Eyal Emmanuel, Hagai Karchi
  • Patent number: 9944936
    Abstract: The present invention relates to an Agrobacterium having improved gene transfer efficiency. The present invention provides a transformed Agrobacterium which harbors a foreign GABA transaminase gene and exhibits improved gene transfer efficiency, and a method for producing a transformed plant using the same.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 7, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 17, 2018
    Assignee: UNIVERSITY OF TSUKUBA
    Inventors: Hiroshi Ezura, Koji Nakamura, Satoko Nonaka, Tatsuhiko Someya, Sha Zhou
  • Patent number: 9920330
    Abstract: Provided are isolated polynucleotides comprising a nucleic acid sequence encoding a polypeptide at least 80% identical to SEQ ID NO: 422, 362-421, 423-601, 2429-4085 and 4086, such as a polynucleotide which is at least 80% identical to SEQ ID NO: 260, 1-259, 261-361, 602-2427 and 2428, nucleic acid constructs comprising same, plant cells comprising same, transgenic plants expressing same, and methods of generating thereof for increasing the yield, biomass, growth rate, vigor, oil content, fiber yield, fiber quality, nitrogen use efficiency and/or abiotic stress tolerance of a plant.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 27, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 20, 2018
    Assignee: Evogene Ltd.
    Inventors: Noa Matarasso, Hagai Karchi
  • Patent number: 9920303
    Abstract: The present invention relates to Brassica plants comprising mutant FAD3 alleles, FAD3 nucleic acid sequences and proteins, as well as methods for generating and identifying said plants and alleles, which can be used to obtain seed oil with a reduced alpha-linolenic acid content.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 19, 2010
    Date of Patent: March 20, 2018
    Assignee: BAYER CROPSCIENCE NV
    Inventors: Benjamin Laga, Peter Denolf
  • Patent number: 9873890
    Abstract: The invention further relates to vectors, host cells, seeds, and plants comprising such a nucleic acid molecule. One aspect of the invention is an isolated antibody or antigen binding fragment thereof that specifically binds to a polypeptide molecule of the present invention. One aspect of the invention is a plane or plant cell transfected by a vector of the present invention. One aspect of the invention relates to isolated nucleic acid molecules and fragments thereof encoding enzymes or proteins involved in disease resistance in jute.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 8, 2012
    Date of Patent: January 23, 2018
    Assignee: Bangladesh Jute Research Institute
    Inventors: Maqsudul Alam, Haseena Khan, Mahboob Zaman, Mohammed K. Uddin, Mohammed S. Haque, Mohammed S. Islam, Muhammad S. Azam, Niaz Mahmood
  • Patent number: 9861105
    Abstract: Transgenic plants expressing a Vip3 protein have been found to be efficacious against plant-infesting nematodes. Disclosed are methods of controlling nematode populations using transgenic plants expressing Vip3 protein.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 11, 2012
    Date of Patent: January 9, 2018
    Assignee: Syngenta Participations AG
    Inventors: Xiang Huang, Jeng Shong Chen
  • Patent number: 9862961
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates to, inter alia, a gene for increasing biomass production isolated from Arabidopsis thaliana, and a method for producing a transgenic plant by using the same. More specifically, the present disclosure provides, inter alia, a composition for increasing production of plant biomass, a recombinant expression vector and a transgenic plant, comprising a base sequence encoding for the amino acid sequence of sequence number 2. Consequently, by using the gene for increasing biomass production of the present disclosure, it is possible to obtain a transgenic plant with which the amount of biomass production is increased and, ultimately, by using the same, it can be expected to be possible to increase starting materials for the pulp and papermaking industries, and starting materials for bioethanol.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 10, 2013
    Date of Patent: January 9, 2018
    Assignee: POSTECH ACADEMY-INDUSTRY FOUNDATION
    Inventors: Il Doo Hwang, Kang Min Kim, Hyun Suk Kim
  • Patent number: 9856495
    Abstract: Disclosed herein are methods of controlling insect pests, in particular Leptinotarsa spp. which infest crop plants, and methods of providing plants resistant to such pests. Also disclosed are polynucleotides and recombinant DNA molecules and constructs useful in such methods, insecticidal compositions such as topical sprays containing insecticidal double-stranded RNAs, and solanaceous plants with improved resistance to infestation by Leptinotarsa spp. Further disclosed are methods of selecting target genes for RNAi-mediated silencing and control of Leptinotarsa spp.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 29, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 2, 2018
    Assignee: MONSANTO TECHNOLOGY LLC
    Inventors: Jodi Lynn Beattie, Michael John Crawford, Brian Donovan Eads, Lex Evan Flagel, Mahak Kapoor, Christina Marie Taylor
  • Patent number: 9856297
    Abstract: The invention relates to plant transcription factor polypeptides, polynucleotides that encode them, homologs from a variety of plant species, and methods of using the polynucleotides and polypeptides to produce transgenic plants having improved tolerance to drought, shade, and low nitrogen conditions, as compared to wild-type or reference plants.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 28, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 2, 2018
    Assignee: Mendel Biotechnology, Inc.
    Inventors: Jacqueline E Heard, Jose Luis Riechmann, Robert A Creelman, Oliver J Ratcliffe, Roger D Canales, Peter P Repetti, Roderick W Kumimoto, Neal I Gutterson, T. Lynne Reuber, Omaira Pineda, Cai-Zhong Jiang, Karen S Century, Luc Adam, James Z Zhang, Frederick D Hempel, Jeffrey M Libby
  • Patent number: 9856493
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a method of increasing resistance against soybean rust in transgenic plants and/or plant cells. In these plants, the content and/or the activity of an ADR-1-protein are increased in comparison to the wild-type plants not including a recombinant ADR-1-gene.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 16, 2011
    Date of Patent: January 2, 2018
    Assignee: BASF Plant Science Company GmbH
    Inventor: Holger Schulthei╬▓
  • Patent number: 9856492
    Abstract: A nucleic acid expression vector comprising a nucleic acid sequence encoding a dominant negative T3SS protein is disclosed. The nucleic acid expression vector further comprising a cis acting regulatory element capable of driving transcription of the nucleic acid sequence in a plant cell. Moreover, the dominant negative T3SS protein mediates assembly of a dysfunctional needle complex.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 1, 2012
    Date of Patent: January 2, 2018
    Assignee: Futuragene Israel Ltd.
    Inventors: Hanan Stein, Dror Avisar
  • Patent number: 9850496
    Abstract: Disclosed herein are methods of controlling insect pests, in particular Leptinotarsa spp. which infest crop plants, and methods of providing plants resistant to such pests. Also disclosed are polynucleotides and recombinant DNA molecules and constructs useful in such methods, insecticidal compositions such as topical sprays containing insecticidal double-stranded RNAs, and solanaceous plants with improved resistance to infestation by Leptinotarsa spp. Further disclosed are methods of selecting target genes for RNAi-mediated silencing and control of Leptinotarsa spp.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 22, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 26, 2017
    Assignee: MONSANTO TECHNOLOGY LLC
    Inventors: Jodi Lynn Beattie, Michael John Crawford, Brian Donovan Eads, Lex Evan Flagel, Mahak Kapoor, Christina Marie Taylor
  • Patent number: 9802989
    Abstract: An isolated novel oil globule protein encoded by a polynucleotide sequence is provided together with a composition which includes the isolated protein. A transgenic organism transformed by a polynucleotide encoding a protein which at least partially comprises the amino acid sequence of the novel oil globule protein is also provided. The invention also provides a method for producing or enhancing the production of a carotenoid such as astaxanthin, which is an oil globule constituent.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 30, 2011
    Date of Patent: October 31, 2017
    Assignees: Ben Gurion University of the Negev Research and Development Authority, Yeda Research and Development Co. Ltd. at the Weizmann Institute of Science
    Inventors: Sammy Boussiba, Ehud Peled, Uri Pick, Aliza Zarka, Stefan Lou, Meira Weiss
  • Patent number: 9777288
    Abstract: Disclosed herein are methods of controlling insect pests, in particular Leptinotarsa spp. which infest crop plants, and methods of providing plants resistant to such pests. Also disclosed are polynucleotides and recombinant DNA molecules and constructs useful in such methods, insecticidal compositions such as topical sprays containing insecticidal double-stranded RNAs, and solanaceous plants with improved resistance to infestation by Leptinotarsa spp. Further disclosed are methods of selecting target genes for RNAi-mediated silencing and control of Leptinotarsa spp.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 18, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 3, 2017
    Assignee: MONSANTO TECHNOLOGY LLC
    Inventors: Jodi Lynn Beattie, Michael John Crawford, Brian Donovan Eads, Lex Evan Flagel, Mahak Kapoor, Christina Marie Taylor