Pseudomonas Patents (Class 435/874)
  • Patent number: 9730464
    Abstract: The invention provides carbohydrate compositions and products comprising the carbohydrate compositions, such as dry products or a low-viscosity reduced-sugar syrup, methods of making the carbohydrate compositions and products, and uses thereof.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 2, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 15, 2017
    Assignee: CARGILL, INCORPORATED
    Inventors: Lawrence E. Fosdick, Scott Helstad, Yauching W. Jasinski, Guo-hua Zheng
  • Patent number: 8623390
    Abstract: Six bacterial strains: Bacillus simplex strain 03WN13, Bacillus simplex strain 03WN23, Bacillus simplex strain 03WN25, Pseudomonas koreensis strain 10IL21, Pantoea agglomerans strain 10IL31, and Pseudomonas lini strain 13IL01, are superior antagonists of Phytophthora erythroseptica Pethybr., the causative agent of pink rot on potatoes. These bacterial strains are effective for suppression and control of pink rot on potatoes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 24, 2010
    Date of Patent: January 7, 2014
    Assignee: The United States of America, as represented by the Secretary of Agriculture
    Inventors: David A. Schisler, Patricia J. Slininger, Tugba Adiyaman
  • Patent number: 8357526
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates to isolation and identification of unique Pseudomonas stutzeri strains that can grow on crude oil under denitrifying conditions and are useful in oil recovery.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 18, 2008
    Date of Patent: January 22, 2013
    Assignee: E.I. du Pont de Nemours and Company
    Inventors: Sharon Jo Keeler, Robert D. Fallon, Edwin R. Hendrickson, Linda L. Hnatow, Scott Christopher Jackson, Michael P. Perry
  • Patent number: 8263385
    Abstract: The present invention provides a bacterial strain which is able to degrade or mineralize s-triazine compounds, such as simazine, which corresponds to Pseudomonas sp. strain MHP41, deposited under the accession number NRRL B-30908. The present invention provides a product for the bioremediation of environments contaminated with s-triazine, where the product includes a bacterial inoculum of Pseudomonas sp. strain MHP41. The present invention further provides a method for the bioremediation of environments contaminated with s-triazines, which uses this product for the bioremediation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 2, 2008
    Date of Patent: September 11, 2012
    Assignee: Universidad Technica Fedrico Santa Maria
    Inventors: Marcela Hernández, Verónica Morgante, Patricio Villalobos, Cecilia Flores, Myriam González, Michael Seeger
  • Patent number: 7935360
    Abstract: The invention concerns the application of compositions of micro-organisms in biological control of vine cryptogamic diseases. Said composition comprises a mixture of at least one bacterium and at least one yeast, the bacterium or bacteria and the yeast(s) being non-toxic for the plant. The invention also concerns bacterial and yeast strains, as well as biofungicide formulations containing an efficient amount of at least one composition of micro-organisms including in mixture at least one bacterium and one yeast, the bacterium or bacteria and the yeast(s) being non-toxic for the plant, and a composition of filamentous fungi, in particular of the genus Pichia, Pythium, Trichoderma, Gliocladium, Ampelomyces, Talaromyces, Epicococcum, combined with an inert carrier. The invention is useful for treating cryptogamic plant diseases, in particular crop plants and vine.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 1, 2003
    Date of Patent: May 3, 2011
    Assignee: Universite de Bourgogne
    Inventor: Bernard Paul
  • Patent number: 7776795
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates to isolation, identification and application of Shewanella putrefaciens strain LH4:18 that grows, under denitrifying anaerobic conditions, on crude oil as the sole carbon source. This organism assists in oil release from substrate in reservoir simulations when grown on either lactate or peptone as a carbon source. Shewanella putrefaciens strain LH4:18 can be used alone or in concert with other microorganisms to improve oil recovery.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 18, 2008
    Date of Patent: August 17, 2010
    Assignee: E.I. du Pont de Nemours and Company
    Inventors: Sharon Jo Keeler, Edwin R. Hendrickson, Linda L. Hnatow, Scott Christopher Jackson
  • Patent number: 7556960
    Abstract: A method for producing one or more pseudomycins is described including cultures of Pseudomonas syringae that produce one or more pseudomycins having general formula (I) where R is a lipophilic moiety.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 12, 2005
    Date of Patent: July 7, 2009
    Assignee: Eli Lilly and Company
    Inventors: Matthew Dale Hilton, Robert Joseph Strobel, Jr., Penelope Jane Beverly Millar, Dennis Nelson Thomas, Andrew Richard Cockshott, Brian Gerald Getman, Jack Richard Eastridge, Cathleen Alice Cantwell
  • Patent number: 7527964
    Abstract: A method for cleavage of the ether-linkage of polyethoxylates is described. A novel pure microbial culture, Pseudomonas nitroreducens TX1 (Depository No.: BCRC910228), is used under aerobic condition to cleave the ether-linkage adjacent to the carboxylated terminus or ethoxyl terminus. This method is useful to cleave sequentially ether-linkage of polyethoxylates in an aqueous buffer solution with an initial concentration of the polyethoxylates between 0.05% and 20%. This method is also effective for the cleavage of the ether-linkages in short-chain polyethoxylates with one to three ethoxyl units.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 22, 2004
    Date of Patent: May 5, 2009
    Assignee: National Central University
    Inventors: Shir-Ly Huang, Gia-Luen Guo
  • Patent number: 7473546
    Abstract: Novel strains of isolated and purified bacteria have been identified which have the ability to degrade petroleum hydrocarbons including a variety of PAHs. Several isolates also exhibit the ability to produce a biosurfactant. The combination of the biosurfactant-producing ability along with the ability to degrade PAHs enhances the efficiency with which PAHs may be degraded. Additionally, the biosurfactant also provides an additional ability to bind heavy metal ions for removal from a soil or aquatic environment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 13, 2003
    Date of Patent: January 6, 2009
    Assignee: Savannah River Nuclear Solutions, LLC
    Inventors: Robin L. Brigmon, Sandra Story, Denis Altman, Christopher J. Berry
  • Patent number: 7332325
    Abstract: A biological method for removing organic polymers is provided. The method includes the cultivation of a bacterial strain Pseudomonas nitroreducens TX1. The deposit numbers are PTA-6168 at ATCC and BCRC910228 at Bioresources Collection and Research Center in Taiwan (Republic of China). A nitrogen source and inorganic salts are required for bacterial growth. Moreover, the method also provides the information of the supply of air and the water content in soils when this invention is applied to the removal of organic polymers in soils. In addition, the viability of cultivated bacteria is not affected by endogenous bacteria in soils and able to maintain the capacity of degrading organic polymers in the method. The present invention is able to remove the organic polymers in a wide range of amounts effectively and useful in the bioremediation of contamination from organic polymers in both soils and water.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 29, 2004
    Date of Patent: February 19, 2008
    Assignee: National Central University
    Inventors: Shir-Ly Huang, Dy-Hwa Tseng, His-Jien Chen
  • Patent number: 7326689
    Abstract: Plants and crops subject to attack by fungal related diseases are protected or treated by the application of Pseudomycin compositions which were originally isolated from Pseudomonas syringae.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 17, 2001
    Date of Patent: February 5, 2008
    Assignees: Eli Lilly and Company, Montana State University
    Inventors: Gary Strobel, Michael J. Rodriguez
  • Patent number: 7166270
    Abstract: Screening procedures are disclosed for identifying compounds useful for inhibiting infection or pathogenicity. Methods are also disclosed for identifying pathogenic virulence factors.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 3, 1997
    Date of Patent: January 23, 2007
    Assignees: The Netherlands Cancer Institute, The General Hospital Corporation
    Inventors: Frederick M. Ausubel, Laurence G. Rahme, Man-Wah Tan, Gary B. Ruvkun, Shalina Mahajan-Miklos, Annegien Broeks, Ronald H. A. Plasterk, Georg Jander, Jacqueline Heard
  • Patent number: 7141407
    Abstract: The present invention relates to the use of a strain of Burkholderia andropogonis for controlling the growth of a weed belonging to the order Caryophyllales. The present invention also provides a method for suppressing weed growth, comprising applying a strain of Burkholderia andropogonis to a weed belonging to the order Caryophyllales. Also provided is a biocontrol composition for controlling the growth of a weed belonging to the order Caryophyllales, the composition comprising a strain of Burkholderia andropogonis, and a suitable medium.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 5, 2004
    Date of Patent: November 28, 2006
    Assignee: Alberta Research Council Inc.
    Inventors: Wenming Zhang, Michelle Sulz
  • Patent number: 7087424
    Abstract: A method of preventing or treating infection by a range of fungal pathogens in an animal or plant or stored plant product comprising administering an effective amount of a sugar acid, in particular mannonic acid, gluconic acid or galacturonic. The sugar acid can be delivered by a biocontrol that can manufacture the sugar acid. An exemplified biocontrol is Pseudomonas strain AN5, which is characterized by the capacity to convert aldose to sugar acid. Also disclosed are nucleotide sequences from enzymes in the Pseudomonas PQQ enzyme pathway which may be used to transform microorganisms and plants so that they produce sugar acids at levels sufficient to control the growth or viability of pathogens.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 28, 2000
    Date of Patent: August 8, 2006
    Assignee: Australian National University
    Inventors: Murali Nayudu, Rajvinder Kaur
  • Patent number: 6936447
    Abstract: Autoinducer molecules, e.g., N-(3-oxododecanoyl)homoserine lactone, for Pseudomonas aeruginosa are described. The molecules regulate gene expression in the bacterium. Therapeutic compositions and therapeutic methods involving analogs and/or inhibitors of the autoinducer molecules also are described. The molecules are useful for treating or preventing infection by Pseudomonas aeruginosa.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 3, 2000
    Date of Patent: August 30, 2005
    Assignees: University of Iowa Research Foundation, University of Rochester, Ithaca College
    Inventors: James P. Pearson, Kendall M. Gray, Luciano Passador, Kenneth D. Tucker, Anatol Eberhard, Barbara H. Iglewski, Everett P. Greenberg
  • Patent number: 6872788
    Abstract: A method is provided which biosynthesizes a PHA having an epoxy group on a side chain with improved physicochemical properties. Specifically, a method of producing a polyester containing an epoxy group in a side chain thereof using alkene as a raw material is provided which comprises the steps of bringing alkene into contact with a microorganism having an ability to uptake alkene and convert it to a polyester and allowing the microorganism to convert the alkene into a polyester containing an epoxy group in a side chain thereof. Further, a method of producing a crosslinked polymer is provided which comprises reacting the polyester obtained by the above mentioned method with a diamine compound.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 2, 2003
    Date of Patent: March 29, 2005
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Takeshi Imamura, Etsuko Sugawa, Tetsuya Yano, Shin Kobayashi, Tsutomu Honma, Takashi Kenmoku
  • Patent number: 6806070
    Abstract: Use of an extract of bacterium from the family Pseudomonadaceae in the production of cosmetic compositions in particular for combating ageing of the skin.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 18, 2002
    Date of Patent: October 19, 2004
    Assignee: L'Oreal
    Inventors: Richard Martin, Pascal Hilaire, Nathalie Pineau, Lionel Breton
  • Patent number: 6803444
    Abstract: Polyhydroxyalkanoate type polyester that comprises one unit % or more of 3-hydroxy-&ohgr;-(4-vinylphenyl)alkanoic acid units. A microbial production method is also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 28, 2002
    Date of Patent: October 12, 2004
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Tomohiro Suzuki, Etsuko Sugawa, Tetsuya Yano, Tsuyoshi Nomoto, Takeshi Imamura, Tsutomu Honma, Takashi Kenmoku
  • Patent number: 6777153
    Abstract: A polyhydroxyalkanoate characterized by having in the molecule a unit represented by Chemical Formula (1): wherein n may assume any one integral value within the range of from 1 to 8. Also disclosed are a process for producing the polyhydroxyalkanoate by the use of a microorganism having the ability to produce the polyhydroxyalkanoate and accumulate it in the bacterial body; a charge control agent, a toner binder and a toner which contain this polyhydroxyalkanoate; and an image-forming method and an image-forming apparatus which make use of the toner.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 26, 2002
    Date of Patent: August 17, 2004
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Tetsuya Yano, Etsuko Sugawa, Takeshi Imamura, Tsutomu Honma, Takashi Kenmoku
  • Patent number: 6689357
    Abstract: A novel predator bacterium Burkholderia casidae is disclosed. The invention is directed to the isolation and use of Burkholderia casidae to control microbial diseases of plants. The genetic, biochemical and physiological characteristics of Burkholderia casidae are described. Biocontrol compositions comprising Burkholderia casidae, and antimicrobial compounds and antimicrobial preparations prepared from Burkholderia casidae are also disclosed, as are methods for accomplishing all of the foregoing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 6, 2001
    Date of Patent: February 10, 2004
    Assignees: Virginia Tech Intellectual Properties, Inc., The Penn State Research Foundation
    Inventors: Lester Earl Casida, Jr., Joseph Oliver Falkinham, III, Cody Christopher Cain
  • Patent number: 6686439
    Abstract: PHA containing a novel 3-hydroxy-thioalkanoic acid unit having a highly reactive thienyl group in a side chain thereof, and a method of producing the same are provided. Specifically, 5-(2-thienyl-sulfanyl)valeric acid represented by Chemical Formula [4] below and 6-(2-thienylsulfanyl)hexanoic acid represented by Chemical Formula [5] below are provided. Further, a method of producing PHA, comprising the step of collecting PHA from cells of a microorganism cultured in a medium containing the valeric acid or hexanoic acid, and a novel PHA represented by Chemical Formula [1] below are provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 28, 2002
    Date of Patent: February 3, 2004
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Takashi Kenmoku, Etsuko Sugawa, Tetsuya Yano, Tsuyoshi Nomoto, Takeshi Imamura, Tomohiro Suzuki, Tsutomu Honma
  • Patent number: 6664088
    Abstract: A method of producing vanillin comprising the steps of: (1) providing trans-ferulic acid or a salt thereof; and (2) providing trans-ferulate: CoASH ligase activity (enzyme activity I), trans-feruloyl ScoA hydratase activity (enzyme activity II), and 4-hydroxy-3-methoxyphenyl-&bgr;-hydroxy-propionyl SCoA (HMPHP SCoA) cleavage activity (enzyme activity III). Conveniently the enzymes are provided by Pseudomonas fluorescens Fe3 or a mutant or derivative thereof. Polypeptides with enzymes activities II and III and polynucleotides encoding the polypeptides. Use of the polypeptides or the polynucleotides in a method for producing vanillin is also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 7, 2000
    Date of Patent: December 16, 2003
    Assignee: Plant Bioscience Limited
    Inventors: Arjan Narbad, Michael John Charles Rhodes, Michael John Gasson, Nicholas John Walton
  • Patent number: 6649380
    Abstract: A method is provided for controlling the molecular weight of a polyhydroxyalkanoate containing at least one of a unit: —[OCH((CH2)mR1)CH2C(O)]— (m=1-8; R1 is a residue having a ring structure of any of phenyl and thienyl structure), and a unit: —[OCH((CH2)kC6H1)R2)CH2C(O)]— (k=0-8; R2 denotes a substituent on the cyclohexyl group including H, CN, NO2, halogen atom, CH3, C2H5, C3H7, CF3, C2F5 or C3F7), wherein a microorganism is cultivated in the presence of a hydroxyl group-containing compound, which is capable of producing the polyhydroxyalkanoate from R3(CH2)qCH2CH2COOH (q=1-8; R3 contains a residue having a ring structure of phenyl or thienyl) or R4C6H10(CH2)rCH2CH2COOH (r=0-8; R4 denotes a substituent on the cyclohexyl group including H, CN, NO2, halogen, CH3, C2H5, C3H7, CF3, C2F5, or C3F7).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 26, 2003
    Date of Patent: November 18, 2003
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Tetsuya Yano, Takashi Kenmoku, Tsutomu Honma, Etsuko Sugawa, Tatsuki Fukui, Takeshi Imamura
  • Patent number: 6645756
    Abstract: A method of remediating an environment contaminated with carbon tetrachloride by introducing Pseudomonas strain sp. KC (PsKC) into the environment under iron limiting conditions and converting the carbon tetrachloride directly to carbon dioxide and a non-volatile water soluble fraction. Further, conditions providing a niche advantage for PsKC in accordance with the invention allow for the use of PsKC as a vector in various other environmental conditions for introducing specific activities of the PsKC, whether naturally occurring or genetically altered, into those environments.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 9, 1995
    Date of Patent: November 11, 2003
    Assignee: Board of Trustees of Michigan State University
    Inventors: Craig Criddle, Michael Dybas, Greg Tatara
  • Patent number: 6645743
    Abstract: A polyhydroxyalkanoate (PHA) having a desired configuration is produced using a raw material containing &ohgr;-(4-vinylphenyl)-alkanoic acid and (&ohgr;-substituted alkanoic acid in which a group having a ring structure selected from phenyl, thienyl, and cyclohexyl structures substitutes therefor on the end thereof by producing a PHA copolymer containing the corresponding 3-hydroxy-&ohgr;-(4-vinylphenyl)-alkanoate unit and the corresponding 3-hydroxy-&ohgr;-substituted alkanoate unit by making use of a microorganism capable of producing the PHA or by oxidizing a predetermined portion of the corresponding PHA.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 25, 2003
    Date of Patent: November 11, 2003
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Tsutomu Honma, Etsuko Sugawa, Tetsuya Yano, Takeshi Imamura, Takashi Kenmoku, Tatsuki Fukui
  • Patent number: 6624139
    Abstract: The present invention is directed to imparting stress resistance to plants. This can be achieved by applying a hypersensitive response elicitor in a non-infectious form to plants or plant seeds under conditions effective to impart stress resistance to plants or plants grown from the plant seeds. Alternatively, transgenic plants or plant seeds transformed with a DNA molecule encoding the elicitor can be provided and the transgenic plants or plants resulting from the transgenic plant seeds are grown under conditions effective to impart stress resistance to plants or plants grown from the plant seeds.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 2, 1999
    Date of Patent: September 23, 2003
    Assignee: Eden Bioscience Corporation
    Inventors: Zhong-Min Wei, Richard L. Schading
  • Patent number: 6596520
    Abstract: Immobilized lipase is prepared by adsorbing lipase from a crude lipase solution onto polyolefin particles such as polypropylene particles which are nonpolar. The crude solution may be a cell-free culture broth. Lipase sources include Pseudomonas burkholderia and Pseudomonas aeruginosa. Uses of the immobilized lipase include enantioselective conversion of substrates such as enantioselective acylating or hydrolyzing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 6, 2000
    Date of Patent: July 22, 2003
    Assignee: BASF Aktiengesellschaft
    Inventors: Thomas Friedrich, Rainer Stürmer
  • Patent number: 6586562
    Abstract: A polyhydroxyalkanoate having a monomer unit composition represented by General Formula (1): AmB(1−m)  (1) wherein A is represented by General Formula (2), B is at least one selected from the group consisting of monomer units represented by General Formula (3) or (4), and m has a value of 0.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 27, 2000
    Date of Patent: July 1, 2003
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Tsutomu Honma, Toyoko Kobayashi, Tetsuya Yano, Shin Kobayashi, Takeshi Imamura, Sakae Suda, Takashi Kenmoku
  • Patent number: 6541240
    Abstract: A microbial process is provided for selective cleavage of only organic C—N bonds while leaving C—C bonds intact which may be used for reducing the nitrogen content of nitrogen-containing organic carbonaceous materials. Microorganisms of Pseudomonas ayucida have been found which have the ability of selective cleavage of organic C—N bonds. A particularly preferred microorganism is Pseudomonas ayucida strain ATCC No PTA-806. Other microorganisms useful in the cleavage of organic C—N bonds are Aneurinibacillus sp, Pseudomonas stutzeri, Yokenella sp. and Pseudomonas nitroreducens.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 30, 1999
    Date of Patent: April 1, 2003
    Assignee: Petroleo Brasileiro S.A.-Petrobras
    Inventors: John J. Kilbane, II, Claudia Maria Soares Ribeiro, Mônica Moreira Linhares
  • Patent number: 6492147
    Abstract: A method for producing a microbial polyester by culturing a microorganism being capable of producing a poly hydroxyalkanoate polyester in a culture medium containing 1-hexene as a sole carbon source.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 20, 2000
    Date of Patent: December 10, 2002
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Takeshi Imamura, Tetsuya Yano, Shin Kobayashi, Sakae Suda, Tsutomu Honma
  • Patent number: 6479621
    Abstract: Microorganisms capable of synthesizing novel polyhydroxyalkanoate having 3-hydroxythienylalkanoic acid as monomer unit, using thienylalkanoic acid as a stock are cultured on a culture medium containing thienylalkanoic acid, and the polyhydroxyalkanoate produced in the cultured cell is extracted and
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 28, 2001
    Date of Patent: November 12, 2002
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Tsutomu Honma, Tetsuya Yano, Shin Kobayashi, Takeshi Imamura, Takashi Kenmoku, Shinya Kozaki
  • Patent number: 6432688
    Abstract: A purified amino alcohol dehydrogenase which reductively converts a keto alcohol into an amino alcohol and oxidatively converts an amino alcohol into a keto alcohol is disclosed. The enzyme is NAD(H) dependent, has a molecular weight of 100,000 Da when determined by gel filtration, has a optimum temperature of about 30° C. in reductive amination, an optimum pH of 10.0 in an oxidative deamination and of 7.0 in a reductive amination and can be isolated from Steptomyces virginiae.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 18, 2000
    Date of Patent: August 13, 2002
    Assignee: Daicel Chemical Industries, Ltd.
    Inventors: Nobuya Ito, Akinobu Matsuyama, Yoshinori Kobayashi
  • Publication number: 20020042103
    Abstract: A procedure for the preparation of pseudomonic acid A comprising submerged cultivation of a Pseudomonas bacterium strain capable of biosynthesis of the substantially pure pseudomonic acid A in aerated conditions via fermentation; and isolation of the desired compound is disclosed. In particular, the procedure of the present invention comprises cultivation of the Pseudomonas sp. bacterium strain No. 19/26 deposited under accession No. NCAIM(P)B 001235 in the National Collection of the Agricultural and Industrial Microorganisms, Budapest, Hungary, or its pseudomonic acid A-producing mutant or variant, on a medium at a temperature of between about 20° C. and 30° C. containing organic nitrogen and carbon sources and, optionally, mineral salts.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 11, 2001
    Publication date: April 11, 2002
    Inventors: Valeria Szell, Ildiko Lang, Istvan Barta, Aniko Tedges, Karoly Albrecht, Julianna Mozes Nee Suto, Istvan M. Szabo, Magdolna Petroczki, Janos Erdei, Eva Gulyas, Gabor Balogh
  • Patent number: 6319497
    Abstract: A novel predator bacterium Burkholderia casidae is disclosed. The invention is directed to the isolation and use of Burkholderia casidae to control microbial diseases of plants. The genetic, biochemical and physiological characteristics of Burkholderia casidae are described. Biocontrol compositions comprising Burkholderia casidae, and antimicrobial compounds and antimicrobial preparations prepared from Burkholderia casidae are also disclosed, as are methods for accomplishing all of the foregoing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 22, 1998
    Date of Patent: November 20, 2001
    Assignees: Virginia Tech Intellectual Properties, Inc., Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, The Penn State Research Foundation
    Inventors: Lester Earl Casida, Jr., Joseph Oliver Falkinham, III, Cody Christopher Cain
  • Patent number: 6297032
    Abstract: The present invention relates to an enzyme process for the one-step conversion of cephalosporin C or a derivative thereof into 7-aminocephalosporanic acid or a corresponding derivative thereof. The one step conversion is effected using a cephalosphorin C amidohydrolase derived from Pseudomonas Vesicularis B965, or from any cephalosporin C amidolydrolase producing or potentially producing descendants thereof, or from expression of DNA derived from Pseudomonas Vesicularis B965 or any cephalosporin C amidohydrolase producing or potentially producing descendants thereof.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 26, 1999
    Date of Patent: October 2, 2001
    Assignee: Glaxo Group Limited
    Inventors: Martin Ramsden, David Wilson Spence
  • Patent number: 6287846
    Abstract: A method and composition for microbial remediation or other treatment of chemicals is described. The method particularly uses solidified oils or oils impregnated into inert particles or particles which release nutrient medium over time.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 16, 1998
    Date of Patent: September 11, 2001
    Assignee: Board of Trustees operating Michigan State University
    Inventors: Michael J. Dybas, Craig S. Criddle, Michael E. Witt
  • Patent number: 6225438
    Abstract: This invention relates to polymer production and in particular to a novel copolymer and a process for microbiologically producing the same. More specifically this invention provides for a poly-3-hydroxyalkanoate (PHA) that includes medium length 3-hydroxyacyl monomers and a process comprising culturing a microorganism with a medium chain fatty carbon source and a fatty acid oxidation inhibitor. This invention allows the use of microorganisms which normally incorporate only short chain fatty acids to produce PHAs containing short and medium chain 3-hydroxyacyl monomers. The purpose of this invention is to produce a more versatile PHA polymer which includes C6, C7 and/or C8 3-hydroxyacyl monomers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 31, 2000
    Date of Patent: May 1, 2001
    Assignee: The Procter & Gamble Company
    Inventor: Phillip Richard Green
  • Patent number: 6221651
    Abstract: A mutant Pseudomonas ayucida strain ATCC N° PTA-806 which is able to selectively cleave organic C—N bonds and reduce the nitrogen content of organic carbonaceous materials is described.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 3, 2000
    Date of Patent: April 24, 2001
    Assignee: Petroleo Brasileiro S.A.-Petrobras
    Inventors: John J. Kilbane, II, Claudia Marie Soares Ribeiro, Mônica Moreira Linhares
  • Patent number: 6204048
    Abstract: A mutant Pseudomonas ayucida strain No PTA-806 which is able to selectively cleave organic C—N bonds and reduce the nitrogen content of organic carbonaceous materials is described.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 30, 1999
    Date of Patent: March 20, 2001
    Assignee: Petroleo Brasileiro S.A-Petrobras
    Inventors: John J. Kilbane, II, Claudia Maria Soares Ribeiro, Mônica Moreira Linhares
  • Patent number: 6121024
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a process for the preparation of D(-)N-carbamoylphenylglycine, by growing Pseudomonas sp deposited at National Collection of Industrial Microorganisms, Pune, India and at American Type Cultural Centre, Rockville, U.S.A and afforded accession No. ATCC 55940 in a conventional nutrient, medium, suspending the cells in alkaline buffer containing buffer, acidifying the broth to obtain the product.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 31, 1998
    Date of Patent: September 19, 2000
    Inventors: Sandhya Suresh Sudge, Kulbhushan Balwant Bastawade, Digamber Vitthal Gokhale, Rohini Ramesh Joshi, Uttam Ramrao Kalkote, Thottapillil Ravindranathan
  • Patent number: 6107247
    Abstract: Sprouting in stored potatoes is suppressed with sprout control agents of bacterial origin. These agents are typically applied to the potato surfaces as whole culture broths and they prevent softening and necrosis of the tuber. In a preferred embodiment of the invention, selected isolates also have the secondary effect of Fusarium dry rot control.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 25, 1999
    Date of Patent: August 22, 2000
    Assignee: The United States of America as represented by the Secretary of Agriculture
    Inventors: Patricia J. Slininger, Karen D. Burkhead, David A. Schisler, Rodney J. Bothast
  • Patent number: 6103508
    Abstract: This invention relates to a method for removing fumarase activity from a microorganism or processed product thereof having ethylenediamine-N,N'-disuccinic acid ethylenediamine lyase activity, which includes treating the microorganism or processed product thereof with an aqueous alkaline solution at a pH of 8.0 to 10.5 in the presence of at least one salt with a concentration of 5 mM to 1000 mM. The salt is preferably selected from the group consisting of sodium, potassium, ammonium and C.sub.2-6 alkanediamine salts of boric acid, phosphoric acid, hydrochloric acid, sulfuric acid, acetic acid, oxalic acid, fumaric acid, maleic acid and ethylenediamine-N,N'-disuccinic acid, and mixtures thereof.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 28, 1998
    Date of Patent: August 15, 2000
    Assignee: Mitsubishi Rayon Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Mami Kato, Makoto Kaneko, Takakazu Endo
  • Patent number: 6077505
    Abstract: A bacterial inoculant for controlling root rot and damping off in corn, and for fostering the growth of corn, is disclosed. Also disclosed are two mutant bacterial strains, Burkholderia cepacia 2J6 and Burkholderia cepacia 2J6, which foster the growth of corn and protect against fungal disease.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 11, 1997
    Date of Patent: June 20, 2000
    Assignee: Wisconsin Alumni Research Foundation
    Inventors: Jennifer L. Parke, Amy D. Clark, Kurt M. Regner
  • Patent number: 6057147
    Abstract: The present invention is directed to an apparatus and method for enhanced bioremediation of hydrocarbons removed from a contaminated object comprising: (a) a basin for cleansing said hydrocarbon-contaminated object, said basin having a means for introducing a recycling bioremediating cleaning solution (NATURES WAY PC.TM.) for washing said object, a means for draining said solution from said basin into a biochamber reservoir and a means for screening particles from said solution upon entry into said reservoir; and (b) said reservoir having a means for temperature control between 90.degree. to 112.degree. F., means for aerating said solution, means for agitating said solution, an outlet means to a plurality of filters for filtering said solution, an inlet means from said filters and means for removing filtered sediments.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 21, 1997
    Date of Patent: May 2, 2000
    Inventors: Bert A. Overland, Gary M. Mitchell
  • Patent number: 6017866
    Abstract: The present invention provides mutant lipases which retain lipase activity, but have improved surfactant resistance and are thus highly advantageous for use in detergent compositions. Preferred lipases of this type include modified functional forms of a lipase of Pseudomonas alcaligenes having one or more amino acid substitutions at or near the surface of the lipase which effect interaction of the hydrophobic portions of surfactant molecules with initiation sites on the enzyme for surfactant denaturation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 22, 1996
    Date of Patent: January 25, 2000
    Assignee: Genencor International, Inc.
    Inventors: Wolfgang Aehle, Gijsbert Gerritse, Hermanus B. M. Lenting
  • Patent number: 6017746
    Abstract: A process for remedying an environment contaminated with an aliphatic organochlorine compound which includes the use of Pseudomonas cepacia strain KK01 (FERM BP-4235) or Corynebacterium species (FERM BP 5102) and Renobacter species (FERM BP-5353). The first two microorganisms are capable of introducing an oxygen atom into the aliphatic organochlorine compound in order to convert the aliphatic compound to an epoxide. During protonization the epoxide is converted into a chlorinated organic acid. Renobacter species strain FERM BP-5353 decomposes chlorinated organic acids to substances naturally existing in nature. The chlorinated and/or halogenated acids include chloroacetic acid, dichloroacetic acid, trichloroacetic acid and dichloropropionic acid, etc. The polluted environments in which the processes may be carried out include the soil, ground water and waste water.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 4, 1997
    Date of Patent: January 25, 2000
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Takeshi Imamura, Tetsuya Yano
  • Patent number: 6017752
    Abstract: An isolate from the surface of apple leaves, Pseudomonas syringae pv. lachrymans having the deposited accession number NRRL B-18739, exhibits antifungal properties. The organisms have utility in methods for controlling postharvest disease in agricultural commodities caused by fungal pathogens.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 27, 1990
    Date of Patent: January 25, 2000
    Assignee: The United States of America as represented by the Secretary of Agriculture
    Inventors: Wojciech J Janisiewicz, Leonard Yourman
  • Patent number: 5998198
    Abstract: Microorganisms belonging to the genus Burkholderia and having the ability to decompose halogenated hydrocarbon, which are able to decompose 50% or more of 100 ppm of trichloroethylene in 2 days, or decompose 100% of 30 ppm of trichloroethylene in 18 hours, as well as providing a process for decomposing halogenated hydrocarbons in water or soil using those microorganisms.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 19, 1997
    Date of Patent: December 7, 1999
    Assignee: Toyota Jidosha Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Mika Nakayama, Chie Miyazaki, Osamu Asami, Yukio Yamada, Koichi Numata, Yasushi Oda
  • Patent number: 5993658
    Abstract: There are here provided a method for biodegrading trichloroethylene which comprises the step of bringing an aqueous medium containing trichloroethylene into contact with microorganisms having a trichloroethylene degrading ability derived from intestines of termites to degrade trichloroethylene; a method for obtaining the microorganisms; a method for remediating a soil by the use of the microorganisms; and a method for biodegrading an chlorinated organic compound with the microorganisms.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 24, 1996
    Date of Patent: November 30, 1999
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Kinya Kato, Shinya Kozaki, Takeshi Imamura, Toshiyuki Komatsu
  • Patent number: 5985268
    Abstract: A bacterial preparation from Pseudomonas species isolated #15 ATCC 55638 that has been exposed to gamma radiation exhibits cytotoxicity that is specific for neoplastic carcinoma cells. A method for obtaining a bacterial preparation having antitumor activity consists of suspending a bacterial isolate in media and exposing the suspension to gamma radiation. A bacterial preparation of an aged culture of an amoeba-associated bacteria exhibits anti-reverse transcriptase activity. A method for obtaining a bacterial preparation having anti-reverse transcriptase activity from an amoeba-associated bacterial isolate grown to stationary phase is disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 15, 1997
    Date of Patent: November 16, 1999
    Assignee: Lockheed Martin Energy Research Corp.
    Inventors: Arpad A. Vass, Richard L. Tyndall, Peggy Terzaghi-Howe