Patents by Inventor Juan A. Morales-Ramos

Juan A. Morales-Ramos 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: 20180271056
    Abstract: The insect water supply system is configured to prevent the insects (such as crickets) from self-contaminating the water supplied to the insects' rearing enclosure. The system is designed so that the insects drink in an inverted (i.e. upside down) and elevated position—consequently the insects' feces fall downward toward the ground and away from their water source—and therefore do not contaminate the insects' water supply.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 26, 2018
    Publication date: September 27, 2018
    Inventors: JUAN A. MORALES RAMOS, SCOTT L. LEE, MARIA G. ROJAS
  • Patent number: 8677935
    Abstract: The system produces beneficial parasites by depositing parasite-infected cadavers adjacent to a filtering device inside an enclosed package. The parasites are then allowed to migrate from the infected cadavers, through the filtering device, and into a parasite-sustaining medium. After the migration is complete, the spent cadavers and the filtering device are removed and the package is closed. In the preferred embodiment, beneficial nematodes migrate through a screen matrix into polyacrylamide gel to create a package of beneficial nematodes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 25, 2011
    Date of Patent: March 25, 2014
    Assignee: The United States of America as represented by the Secretary of Agriculture
    Inventors: David Shapiro Ilan, W. Louis Tedders, Juan A. Morales Ramos, Maria G. Rojas
  • Patent number: 8647686
    Abstract: A composition suitable for the preparation of insect diet formulations, containing proteins, carbohydrates, vitamins, salts, and lambda carrageenan; the composition contains maltodextrin and no agar. An insect diet formulation, containing the composition described herein and water (room temperature). A method for rearing insects from eggs, involving providing the insect diet formulation described herein and culturing the insects with the insect diet formulation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 27, 2008
    Date of Patent: February 11, 2014
    Assignee: The United States of America, as represented by the Secretary of Agriculture
    Inventors: Maria G. Rojas, Juan A. Morales Ramos
  • Patent number: 8505236
    Abstract: Disclosed is a taping apparatus for packaging arthropods having been infected with entomopathogenic nematodes wherein the tape forms a continuous line of packaged arthropods. In one embodiment of the invention, the tape formulation has the arthropods Tenebrio molitor, Aethina tumida, or Diaprepes abbreviatus infected with the nematodes of Heterorhabditis indica or Steinernema carpocapsae.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 24, 2010
    Date of Patent: August 13, 2013
    Assignee: The United States of America, as represented by the Secretary of Agriculture
    Inventors: Juan A. Morales-Ramos, W. Louis Tedders, Carl Brian Dean, David I. Shapiro-Ilan, Maria Guadalupe Rojas
  • Patent number: 8327797
    Abstract: Predatory mites contained in an enclosed housing are provided with a continuous food source (i.e. spidermites) so that the healthy adult predatory mites migrate upwards to a collection container at the apex of the housing where a user harvests the predatory mites. The predatory mites are provided with spidermite-infested vegetation disposed in planar trays. The trays are chronologically arranged in a vertical stack within the housing so that as new trays loaded with spidermites are added to the top of the stack, old trays depleted of spidermites are removed from the bottom of the stack. The predatory mites intuitively display negative geotropism and positive phototropism so that the mites naturally move upwards and toward the light. Consequently the predatory mites migrate to the upper trays as new trays are added and eventually reach the collection container at the apex of the housing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 29, 2009
    Date of Patent: December 11, 2012
    Assignee: The United States of America as represented by the Secretary of Agriculture
    Inventors: Juan Morales-Ramos, Maria Rojas, Daniel Cahn
  • Patent number: 8025027
    Abstract: The automated insect separation system processes an aggregate mixture of insects and other materials so that selected insects are separated from the other components of the mix. Specifically, the aggregate mix is directed into a separator apparatus so that the mix flows vertically through a series of vibrating screens. In the preferred embodiment, the screening process separates two different sizes of mealworm larvae from the aggregate mixture. The mix includes the mealworm larvae, unconsumed food materials (usually wheat bran), and insect frass.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 5, 2009
    Date of Patent: September 27, 2011
    Assignee: The United States of America as represented by the Secretary of Agriculture
    Inventors: Juan A. Morales-Ramos, Maria G. Rojas, David I. Shapiro Ilan, W. Louis Tedders
  • Publication number: 20110139075
    Abstract: The insect inoculation system and method optimizes the conditions wherein host insect cadavers are infected by a selected parasite. Host insect cadavers are exposed to the selected parasite within the inoculation chamber. The inoculation chamber is configured to optimize the parasite infection and reproduction process. The insect parasites produce multiple offspring which remain in the infected insect cadavers. At the end of the inoculation process, the infected cadavers are removed from the chamber and the insect parasites are harvested and used in bio-pest control processes.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 11, 2009
    Publication date: June 16, 2011
    Inventors: David I. Shapiro Ilan, W. Louis Tedders, Juan A. Morales Ramos, Maria G. Rojas
  • Patent number: 7914777
    Abstract: Ant foods mixed together in a matrix suitable to be used as baits for ants are provided. This ant matrix is preferred by ants over naturally-occurring foods such as other known ant matrices. It comprises protein, carbohydrate, fat and sterol as ant-preferred nutrients and uric acid as a bait enhancing agent is carried in a unique gel system that is specifically attractive to insects. Methods of controlling ants using such matrices to deliver ant toxins are also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 30, 2005
    Date of Patent: March 29, 2011
    Assignees: FMC Corporation, The United States of America Dept. of Agriculture
    Inventors: Maria Guadalupe Rojas, Juan A. Morales-Ramos, Ligia M. Hernandez, Jonathan D. Peters
  • Patent number: 7628979
    Abstract: Termite bait matrix containing cellulose, calco oil blue V (solvent blue 58 or 9,10-anthracenedione, 1,4-bis[(2-ethylhexyl)amino]), and optionally a termite toxicant (e.g., chitin synthesis inhibitor). Methods of monitoring termite activity in a region involving placing a termite bait matrix in the region and assessing the presence of termites at the site of the termite matrix, the termite bait matrix contains cellulose and 9,10-anthracenedione, 1,4-bis[(2-ethylhexyl)amino]. Methods of killing termites, involving placing a termite bait matrix in a termite habitat and allowing termites to feed on the bait matrix, the termite bait matrix contains cellulose, 9,10-anthracenedione, 1,4-bis[(2-ethylhexyl)amino], and a termite toxicant (e.g., chitin synthesis inhibitor).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 20, 2005
    Date of Patent: December 8, 2009
    Assignee: The United States of America as represented by the Secretary of Agriculture
    Inventors: Juan A. Morales-Ramos, Maria G. Rojas
  • Patent number: 7182952
    Abstract: Nitrogen containing compounds are effective as subterranean termite feeding stimulants/aggregants and as masking agents for concealing the presence of other compounds which are repellents to termites, when they are used in low concentrations, less than or equal to about 1000 ppm (0.1%, by weight). The nitrogen containing compounds may be formulated alone, or optionally in a bait or in combination with other compounds effective for controlling or marking subterranean termites.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 13, 2004
    Date of Patent: February 27, 2007
    Assignee: The United States of America as represented by the Secretary of Agriculture
    Inventors: Guadalupe M. Rojas, Juan A. Morales-Ramos, David R. Nimocks, III
  • Publication number: 20050244446
    Abstract: Ant foods mixed together in a matrix suitable to be used as baits for ants are provided. This ant matrix is preferred by ants over naturally-occurring foods such as other known ant matrices. It comprises protein, carbohydrate, fat and sterol as ant-preferred nutrients and uric acid as a bait enhancing agent is carried in a unique gel system that is specifically attractive to insects. Methods of controlling ants using such matrices to deliver ant toxins are also provided.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 30, 2005
    Publication date: November 3, 2005
    Inventors: Maria Rojas, Juan Morales-Ramos, Ligia Hernandez, Jonathan Peters
  • Patent number: 6916469
    Abstract: Ant foods mixed together in a matrix suitable to be used as baits for ants are provided. This ant matrix is preferred by ants over naturally-occurring foods such as other known ant matrices. It comprises protein, carbohydrate, fat and sterol as ant-preferred nutrients and uric acid as a bait enhancing agent is carried in a unique gel system that is specifically attractive to insects. Methods of controlling ants using such matrices to deliver ant toxins are also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 20, 2003
    Date of Patent: July 12, 2005
    Assignees: The United States of America as represented by the Secretary of Agriculture, Waterbury Companies, Inc.
    Inventors: Maria Guadalupe Rojas, Juan A. Morales-Ramos, Ligia M. Hernandez, Jonathan D. Peters
  • Publication number: 20050042246
    Abstract: Nitrogen containing compounds are effective as subterranean termite feeding stimulants/aggregants and as masking agents for concealing the presence of other compounds which are repellents to termites, when they are used in low concentrations, less than or equal to about 1000 ppm (0.1%, by weight). The nitrogen containing compounds may be formulated alone, or optionally in a bait or in combination with other compounds effective for controlling or marking subterranean termites.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 13, 2004
    Publication date: February 24, 2005
    Inventors: Guadalupe Rojas, Juan Morales-Ramos, David Nimocks
  • Patent number: 6824787
    Abstract: Nitrogen containing compounds are effective as subterranean termite feeding stimulants/aggregants and as masking agents for concealing the presence of other compounds which are repellents to termites, when they are used in low concentrations, less than or equal to about 1000 ppm (0.1%, by weight). The nitrogen containing compounds may be formulated alone, or optionally in a bait or in combination with other compounds effective for controlling or marking subterranean termites.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 22, 2000
    Date of Patent: November 30, 2004
    Assignee: The United States of America as represented by the Secretary of Agriculture
    Inventors: Guadalupe M. Rojas, Juan A. Morales-Ramos, David R. Nimocks, III
  • Publication number: 20040166138
    Abstract: Ant foods mixed together in a matrix suitable to be used as baits for ants are provided. This ant matrix is preferred by ants over naturally-occurring foods such as other known ant matrices. It comprises protein, carbohydrate, fat and sterol as ant-preferred nutrients and uric acid as a bait enhancing agent is carried in a unique gel system that is specifically attractive to insects. Methods of controlling ants using such matrices to deliver ant toxins are also provided.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 20, 2003
    Publication date: August 26, 2004
    Inventors: Maria Guadalupe Rojas, Juan A. Morales-Ramos, Ligia M. Hernandez, Jonathan D. Peters
  • Patent number: 6773727
    Abstract: Low concentrations of gossypol and related phyllophage toxins from cotton improve the effectiveness of insecticidal agents against social insects, including cockroaches, and particularly termites and ants. Levels of gossypol and other cotton phyllophage toxins which are sufficiently low as to be non-biocidal to social insects alone, will significantly increase the control efficacy of other insecticidal agents. Consequently, use of these low levels of these cotton phyllophage toxins allows the levels of insecticidal agents necessary for effectively controlling the insects to be significantly reduced relative to applications without cotton phyllophage toxins. Furthermore, insecticidal agents which are normally ineffective for control of social insects when used alone, may be effective when used in conjunction with the cotton phyllophage toxins.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 13, 2001
    Date of Patent: August 10, 2004
    Assignee: The United States of America as represented by the Secretary of Agriculture
    Inventors: Maria G. Rojas, Juan A. Morales-Ramos, Peter J. Wan
  • Patent number: 6691453
    Abstract: Termite foods mixed together in a matrix suitable to be used as baits and attractants for termites are provided. They comprise cellulose, naphthalenic compounds, water and potentially other termite-preferred nutrients. Methods of monitoring the presence of termites using such matrices and methods of controlling termites using such matrices to deliver termite toxins are also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 30, 2002
    Date of Patent: February 17, 2004
    Assignee: The United States of America as represented by the Secretary of Agriculture
    Inventors: Maria Guadalupe Rojas, Juan A. Morales-Ramos, Frederick Green, III
  • Patent number: 6585991
    Abstract: Termite foods mixed together in a matrix suitable to be used as baits and attractants for termites are provided. This termite matrix is preferred by termites over naturally-occurring foods such as deadwood, trees and wood used in human constructions, and other known termite matrices. It comprises cellulose, water and termite-preferred nutrients. Methods of monitoring the presence of termites using such matrices, and methods of controlling termites using such matrices to deliver termite toxins are also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 26, 2000
    Date of Patent: July 1, 2003
    Assignee: The United States of America as represented by the Secretary of Agriculture
    Inventors: Guadalupe M. Rojas, Juan A. Morales-Ramos, Edgar G. King, Jr.
  • Publication number: 20030104024
    Abstract: Nitrogen containing compounds are effective as subterranean termite feeding stimulants/aggregants and as masking agents for concealing the presence of other compounds which are repellents to termites, when they are used in low concentrations, less than or equal to about 1000 ppm (0.1%, by weight). The nitrogen containing compounds may be formulated alone, or optionally in a bait or in combination with other compounds effective for controlling or marking subterranean termites.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 22, 2000
    Publication date: June 5, 2003
    Inventors: Guadalupe M. Rojas, Juan A. Morales-Ramos, David R. Nimocks
  • Patent number: RE44543
    Abstract: Termite foods mixed together in a matrix suitable to be used as baits and attractants for termites are provided. They comprise cellulose, naphthalenic compounds, water and potentially other termite-preferred nutrients. Methods of monitoring the presence of termites using such matrices and methods of controlling termites using such matrices to deliver termite toxins are also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 3, 2012
    Date of Patent: October 22, 2013
    Assignee: The United States of America as Represented by the Secretary of Agriculture
    Inventors: Maria Guadalupe Rojas, Juan A. Morales-Ramos, Frederick Green, III, Thomas A. Kuster