Patents by Inventor Carl R. Simmons

Carl R. Simmons has filed for patents to protect the following inventions. This listing includes patent applications that are pending as well as patents that have already been granted by the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO).

  • Publication number: 20210310018
    Abstract: The present invention provides polynucleotides and related polypeptides of the class of genes involved in maize secondary wall (ZmSCW) formation. The invention provides genomic sequence for the ZmSCW genes. ZmSCW are responsible for controlling plant growth, secondary cell wall development and yield in crop plants.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 2, 2012
    Publication date: October 7, 2021
    Applicant: PIONEER HI BRED INTERNATIONAL INC
    Inventors: Kanwarpal S. Dhugga, Robert B. Meeley, Carl R. Simmons
  • Patent number: 9085633
    Abstract: Isolated polynucleotides and polypeptides and recombinant DNA constructs particularly useful for altering agronomic characteristics of plants under nitrogen limiting conditions, compositions (such as plants or seeds) comprising these recombinant DNA constructs, and methods utilizing these recombinant DNA constructs. The recombinant DNA construct comprises a polynucleotide operably linked to a promoter functional in a plant, wherein said polynucleotide encodes a SNF2 domain-containing polypeptide.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 26, 2010
    Date of Patent: July 21, 2015
    Assignees: E I DU PONT DE NEMOURS AND COMPANY, PIONEER HI-BRED INTERNATIONAL INC
    Inventors: Milo Aukerman, Carl R. Simmons, Stephen M. Allen, Dale Loussaert, Stanley Luck, Hajime Sakai, Scott V. Tingey
  • Patent number: 8962916
    Abstract: The present disclosure provides compositions and methods for regulating expression of heterologous nucleotide sequences in a plant. Compositions include a novel nucleotide sequence for a promoter. A method for expressing a heterologous nucleotide sequence in a plant using the promoter sequence disclosed herein is provided. The method comprises stably incorporating into the genome of a plant cell a nucleotide sequence operably linked to the promoter of the present invention and regenerating a stably transformed plant that expresses the nucleotide sequence.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 19, 2011
    Date of Patent: February 24, 2015
    Assignees: Pioneer Hi Bred International Inc, E I Du Pont de Nemours and Company
    Inventors: Scott Diehn, Albert L. Lu, Carl R. Simmons
  • Patent number: 8895716
    Abstract: The present disclosure provides compositions and methods for regulating expression of heterologous nucleotide sequences in a plant. Compositions include a novel nucleotide sequence for a promoter. A method for expressing a heterologous nucleotide sequence in a plant using the promoter sequence disclosed herein is provided. The method comprises stably incorporating into the genome of a plant cell a nucleotide sequence operably linked to the promoter of the present invention and regenerating a stably transformed plant that expresses the nucleotide sequence.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 21, 2011
    Date of Patent: November 25, 2014
    Assignees: Pioneer Hi-Bred International, Inc., E.I. du Pont de Nemours and Company
    Inventors: Scott Diehn, Albert L. Lu, Carl R. Simmons
  • Publication number: 20140275213
    Abstract: The present invention comprises methods and compositions for controlling nematode parasitism in host plant. The present invention comprises novel polynucleotides and polypeptides encoded by such polynucleotides comprising one or more nucleic acid sequences disclosed herein having a nucleotide sequence comprising any one of SEQ ID NOs: 1-142, a fragment or variant thereof, or a complement thereof, or a polypeptide sequence comprising any one of SEQ ID NOs: 143-159, a fragment or variant thereof.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 12, 2014
    Publication date: September 18, 2014
    Applicants: Pioneer Hi-Bred International, Inc., Iowa State University Research Foundation, Inc., The Curators of the University of Missouri, University of Georgia Research Foundation, Inc., North Carolina State University
    Inventors: Jun-zhi Wei, Gusui Wu, Carl R. Simmons, Thomas Baum, Eric Davis, Richard Hussey, Melissa G. Mitchum
  • Publication number: 20140259225
    Abstract: Methods and compositions relating to altering nitrogen utilization and/or uptake or yield in plants. Recombinant expression cassettes, host cells and transgenic plants are described. Serine-threonine protein phosphatases improve agronomic traits of a crop plant.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 25, 2013
    Publication date: September 11, 2014
    Applicant: PIONEER HI BRED INTERNATIONAL INC
    Inventors: Mary Frank, Rajeev Gupta, Kristin Haug Collet, Bo Shen, Carl R. Simmons, Jingrui Wu, Wengang Zhou
  • Patent number: 8710296
    Abstract: Methods and compositions for modulating development and defense responses are provided. Nucleotide sequences encoding defensin proteins are provided. The sequences can be used in expression cassettes for modulating development, developmental pathways, and defense responses. Transformed plants, plant cells, tissues, and seed are also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 29, 2011
    Date of Patent: April 29, 2014
    Assignee: Pioneer Hi Bred International Inc
    Inventors: Carl R. Simmons, Pedro A. Navarro Acevedo, Leslie Harvell, Rebecca Cahoon, Billy Fred McCutchen, Albert L. Lu, Rafael Herrmann, James F. H. Wong
  • Publication number: 20140041081
    Abstract: The present invention provides polynucleotides and related polypeptides of the ZmARGOS gene family. The invention provides genomic sequence for the ZmARGOS genes. ZmARGOS is responsible for controlling plant growth, organ size and yield in crop plants.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 17, 2013
    Publication date: February 6, 2014
    Applicant: Pioneer Hi Bred International Inc.
    Inventors: Wesley B Bruce, Mei Guo, Rajeev Gupta, Mary Rupe, Carl R. Simmons
  • Publication number: 20140041082
    Abstract: The present invention provides polynucleotides and related polypeptides of the protein AMT. The invention provides genomic sequence for the AMT gene. AMT is responsible for controlling nitrogen utilization efficiency in plants.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 19, 2013
    Publication date: February 6, 2014
    Applicant: PIONEER HI BRED INTERNATIONAL INC
    Inventors: Kanwarpal Singh Dhugga, Rajeev Gupta, Juan Liu, Carl R. Simmons
  • Patent number: 8592647
    Abstract: The present invention provides polynucleotides and related polypeptides of the protein AMT. The invention provides genomic sequence for the AMT gene. AMT is responsible for controlling nitrogen utilization efficiency in plants.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 17, 2012
    Date of Patent: November 26, 2013
    Assignee: Pioneer Hi Bred International Inc
    Inventors: Rajeev Gupta, Juan Liu, Kanwarpal Singh Dhugga, Carl R Simmons
  • Patent number: 8575422
    Abstract: The present invention provides polynucleotides and related polypeptides (SEQ ID NO: 11 and 44) of the ZmARGOS (Auxin-Regulated Gene involved in Organ Size) gene family. The invention provides genomic sequence for the ZmARGOS genes. ZmARGOS is responsible for controlling plant growth, organ size and yield in crop plants. Transgenic plants expressing ZmARGOS show a positive impact on biomass accumulation and rate of maize plant growth, as well as an increase in organ size. These maize genes will find utility for enhancing agronomic traits in maize (and other crops).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 29, 2010
    Date of Patent: November 5, 2013
    Assignee: Pioneer Hi Bred International Inc.
    Inventors: Mei Guo, Mary A Rupe, Wesley B Bruce, Rajeev Gupta, Carl R Simmons
  • Publication number: 20130145502
    Abstract: The invention relates to gene expression regulatory sequences, specifically introns that act as enhancers of gene expression, the promoter and terminator sequences endogenously associated with these introns. Presence of these intronic enhancer sequences in proximity to promoter sequences leads to enhancement of gene expression. Methods of finding such new intronic enhancer sequences and using them to generate transgenic plants are also described.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 9, 2011
    Publication date: June 6, 2013
    Applicants: PIONEER HI-BRED INTERNATIONAL, INC., E. I. DU PONT DE NEMOURS AND COMPANY
    Inventors: Scott Diehn, Ajit Nott, David A. Selinger, Carl R. Simmons, Priyanka Bhyri, Venkata S. Tavva
  • Publication number: 20130091605
    Abstract: The NR enzymes described herein were discovered in the red algae of Porphyra perforata (PpNR) and Porphyra yezoensis (PyNR). The present invention provides methods and compositions relating to altering NR activity, nitrogen utilization and/or uptake in plants. The invention relates to a method for the production of plants with maintained or increased yield under low nitrogen fertility. The invention provides isolated nitrate reductase (NR) nucleic acids and their encoded proteins. The invention further provides recombinant expression cassettes, host cells, and transgenic plants. Plants transformed with nucleotide sequences encoding the NR enzyme show improved properties, for example, increased yield and growth.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 19, 2012
    Publication date: April 11, 2013
    Applicant: PIONEER HI BRED INTERNATIONAL INC
    Inventors: Dale F. Loussaert, Dennis O'Neill, Carl R. Simmons, Haiyin Wang
  • Patent number: 8395022
    Abstract: The present disclosure provides compositions and methods for regulating expression of heterologous nucleotide sequences in a plant. Compositions include a novel nucleotide sequence for a promoter. A method for expressing a heterologous nucleotide sequence in a plant using the promoter sequence disclosed herein is provided. The method comprises stably incorporating into the genome of a plant cell a nucleotide sequence operably linked to the promoter of the present invention and regenerating a stably transformed plant that expresses the nucleotide sequence.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 30, 2010
    Date of Patent: March 12, 2013
    Assignees: Pioneer Hi Bred International Inc, E.I. du Pont de Nemours and Company
    Inventors: Scott Diehn, Albert L. Lu, Carl R. Simmons
  • Patent number: 8350121
    Abstract: The present disclosure provides compositions and methods for regulating expression of heterologous nucleotide sequences in a plant. Compositions include a novel nucleotide sequence for a promoter. A method for expressing a heterologous nucleotide sequence in a plant using the promoter sequence disclosed herein is provided. The method comprises stably incorporating into the genome of a plant cell a nucleotide sequence operably linked to the promoter of the present invention and regenerating a stably transformed plant that expresses the nucleotide sequence.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 7, 2010
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2013
    Assignees: Pioneer Hi Bred International Inc, E.I. du Pont de Nemours and Company
    Inventors: Scott Diehn, Albert L. Lu, Carl R. Simmons
  • Patent number: 8344206
    Abstract: The present disclosure provides compositions and methods for regulating expression of heterologous nucleotide sequences in a plant. Compositions include a novel nucleotide sequence for a promoter. A method for expressing a heterologous nucleotide sequence in a plant using the promoter sequence disclosed herein is provided. The method comprises stably incorporating into the genome of a plant cell a nucleotide sequence operably linked to the promoter of the present invention and regenerating a stably transformed plant that expresses the nucleotide sequence.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 7, 2010
    Date of Patent: January 1, 2013
    Assignees: Pioneer Hi Bred International Inc, E.I. du Pont de Nemours and Company
    Inventors: Scott Diehn, Albert L. Lu, Carl R. Simmons
  • Patent number: 8338662
    Abstract: The present disclosure provides compositions and methods for regulating expression of heterologous nucleotide sequences in a plant. Compositions include a novel nucleotide sequence for a promoter. A method for expressing a heterologous nucleotide sequence in a plant using the promoter sequence disclosed herein is provided. The method comprises stably incorporating into the genome of a plant cell a nucleotide sequence operably linked to the promoter of the present invention and regenerating a stably transformed plant that expresses the nucleotide sequence.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 7, 2010
    Date of Patent: December 25, 2012
    Assignees: Pioneer Hi Bred International Inc, E.I. du Pont de Nemours and Company
    Inventors: Scott Diehn, Albert L. Lu, Carl R. Simmons
  • Publication number: 20120284876
    Abstract: The invention provides isolated NUE (nitrogen utilization efficiency) nucleic acids and their encoded proteins. The present invention provides methods and compositions relating to altering nitrogen utilization and/or uptake in plants. The invention further provides recombinant expression cassettes, host cells and transgenic plants.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 17, 2012
    Publication date: November 8, 2012
    Applicant: Pioneer Hi Bred International Inc
    Inventors: HOWARD P. HERSHEY, Carl R. Simmons, Dale Loussaert
  • Publication number: 20120284872
    Abstract: The present invention provides polynucleotides and related polypeptides of the protein AMT. The invention provides genomic sequence for the AMT gene. AMT is responsible for controlling nitrogen utilization efficiency in plants.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 17, 2012
    Publication date: November 8, 2012
    Applicant: Pioneer Hi Bred International Inc.
    Inventors: RAJEEV GUPTA, Juan Liu, Kanwarpal S. Dhugga, Carl R. Simmons
  • Patent number: 8269066
    Abstract: The NR enzymes described herein were discovered in the red algae of Porphyra perforata (PpNR) and Porphyra yezoensis (PyNR). The present invention provides methods and compositions relating to altering NR activity, nitrogen utilization and/or uptake in plants. The invention relates to a method for the production of plants with maintained or increased yield under low nitrogen fertility. The invention provides isolated nitrate reductase (NR) nucleic acids and their encoded proteins. The invention further provides recombinant expression cassettes, host cells, and transgenic plants. Plants transformed with nucleotide sequences encoding the NR enzyme show improved properties, for example, increased yield and growth.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 8, 2010
    Date of Patent: September 18, 2012
    Assignee: Pioneer Hi Bred International Inc
    Inventors: Dale F Loussaert, Dennis O'Neill, Carl R Simmons, Haiyin Wang