Micro-organisms Or From Micro-organisms (e.g., Fermentates, Fungi, Bacteria, Viruses, Etc.) Patents (Class 504/117)
  • Patent number: 10674699
    Abstract: The invention provides methods for preparing a conifer seedling with increased tolerance to a pest. A conifer seedling is inoculated with an isolated endophyte when the conifer seedling is susceptible to colonization by the endophyte.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 22, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 9, 2020
    Assignee: Irving Licensing Inc.
    Inventors: John David Miller, Greg William Adams
  • Patent number: 10556839
    Abstract: Disclosed herein are methods of increasing nitrogen fixation in a non-leguminous plant. The methods can comprise exposing the plant to a plurality of bacteria. Each member of the plurality comprises one or more genetic variations introduced into one or more genes or non-coding polynucleotides of the bacteria's nitrogen fixation or assimilation genetic regulatory network, such that the bacteria are capable of fixing atmospheric nitrogen in the presence of exogenous nitrogen. The bacteria are not intergeneric microorganisms. Additionally, the bacteria, in planta, produce 1% or more of the fixed nitrogen in the plant.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 16, 2018
    Date of Patent: February 11, 2020
    Assignee: Pivot Bio, Inc.
    Inventors: Karsten Temme, Alvin Tamsir, Sarah Bloch, Rosemary Clark, Emily Tung
  • Patent number: 10448647
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a composition comprising a) recombinant exosporium-producing Bacillus cells that express a fusion protein comprising: (i) at least one plant growth stimulating protein or peptide and (ii) a targeting sequence that localizes the fusion protein to the exosporium of the Bacillus cells; and b) at least one particular insecticide disclosed herein in a synergistically effective amount. Furthermore, the present invention relates to the use of this composition as well as a method for enhancing plant growth, promoting plant health, and/or reducing overall damage of plants and plant parts.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 17, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 22, 2019
    Assignee: BASF CORPORATION
    Inventors: Damian Curtis, Brian Thompson
  • Patent number: 10450237
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a novel phosphate solubilizing strain of Penicillium bilaiae, which is a hybrid of Penicillium bilaiae ATCC 22348 and Penicillium bilaiae V08/021001, as well as compositions and methods for using the novel phosphate solubilizing strain to increase the availability of phosphorous for plant uptake from soil.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 7, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 22, 2019
    Assignee: NOVOZYMES BIOAG A/S
    Inventors: David Greenshields, Shelagh Steckler, Kari Priest, Caressa Caldwell, Michael Frodyma
  • Patent number: 10433549
    Abstract: A non-nematicidal composition comprises at least one glucan and/or at least one fucan which act individually or synergistically with mannitol to reduce losses in crop yield and marketable grade caused by the infestation of growth media with plant pathogenic nematodes, to levels equivalent to those achieved with commercial nematicides, but without posing a risk to the ecosystem or user. In some cases the composition comprises at least one glucan, at least one fucan and at least one mannitol which may be in a weight/weight ratio of approximately 1:2:3 of at least one glucan:at least one fucan:at least one mannitol or between approximately 1:1:1 to 1:1:3 of at least one glucan:at least one fucan:at least one mannitol.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 20, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 8, 2019
    Assignee: BioAtlantis Limited
    Inventors: John T. O'Sullivan, Kieran Guinan, Sujeeth Neerakkal
  • Patent number: 10412971
    Abstract: Compositions comprising microbiological strains and cultures and methods of use thereof are provided herein. Certain strains, cultures, and compositions thereof are useful for the control of head blight disease, for example, of various crop plants. Biological control compositions, and methods of use thereof to prevent, inhibit or treat the development of plant pathogens or disease and for preserving plant yield, are also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 19, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 17, 2019
    Assignee: MONSANTO TECHNOLOGY LLC
    Inventors: Christopher J. Grandlic, Wayne A. Green, Janne S. Kerovuo, Ryan T. McCann
  • Patent number: 10368547
    Abstract: The present invention provides both compositions comprising Methylobacterium and compositions comprising Methylobacterium that are depleted of substances that promote growth of resident microorganisms on a tomato plant or seed. Also provided are methods for improving tomato production, methods of making the compositions, and methods of treating a tomato plant, plant part, or seed with the compositions comprising Methylobacterium.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 4, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 6, 2019
    Assignee: NEW LEAF SYMBIOTICS, INC.
    Inventors: Rachel DiDonato Floro, Justin Lee, Gregg Bogosian
  • Patent number: 10334855
    Abstract: Methods for improving the ability of a population of biological agents to compete and survive in a field setting are provided. The improved, modified population of agents is able to grow, compete with other microbial strains and fungi, and provide protection for plants from pathogens. Modified biological agents and modified populations of such agents that are herbicide tolerant or resistant are selected or engineered. In this manner, the protection from disease-causing agents is enhanced. Such modified populations can be added to soils to prevent fungal pathogens and the associated diseases thereby promoting plant growth. The present invention is useful for enhancing the competitiveness of modified biological agents particularly over other microbial agents which are not herbicide resistant. Disclosed compositions include selected or engineered herbicide resistant biological agents and modified populations of biocontrol agents.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 27, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 2, 2019
    Assignee: AGBIOME, INC.
    Inventors: Philip E. Hammer, Janice C. Jones, Michael G. Koziel, Scott Joseph Uknes
  • Patent number: 10271554
    Abstract: This application relates to methods and materials for providing a benefit to a seed, seedling or plant by producing seeds that are internally colonized with endophytes. Beneficial endophytes with particular characteristics are provided. These may be used in the methods described to provide a benefit to a seed, seedling or plant.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 24, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 30, 2019
    Assignee: AIT AUSTRIAN INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY GMBH
    Inventors: Birgit Mitter, Muhammad Naveed, Teresa Berninger, Stephane Compant, Angela Sessitsch, Geoffrey Von Maltzahn, Richard Bailey Flavell, Gerardo V. Toledo, Slavica Djonovic, Luis Miguel Marquez, David Morris Johnston, Yves Alain Millet, Jeffrey Lyford, Jonathan W. Leff, Phillip Samayoa, Craig Sadowski
  • Patent number: 10201164
    Abstract: The invention relates to a method for increasing the production of flowers, seeds and/or fruit of a plant, comprising the step of bringing said plant into contact with a composition comprising the micro-organism Colletotrichum tofieldiae and/or extracts of said micro-organism and/or filtrates of said micro-organism. Said micro-organism can be a strain of Colletotrichum tofieldiae deposited with the deposit number CECT 20833, CECT 20834, CECT 20835 or CECT 20836.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 17, 2014
    Date of Patent: February 12, 2019
    Assignees: UNIVERSIDAD POLITECNICA DE MADRID, PLANTRESPONSE BIOTECH SL
    Inventors: Diana Ramirez Zapata, Maria Soledad Sacristan Benayas, Evelin Elizeth Cueva Gonzalez, Angela Alonso Gonzalez, Marise Borja Y Tome, Diego Anton Rodriguez, Rosa Maria Perez Jimenez
  • Patent number: 10111438
    Abstract: The present invention provides compositions comprising Methylobacterium and depleted of substances that promote growth of resident microorganisms on a plant or seed, methods for improving fruit production, methods of making the compositions, and methods of treating a plant or seed with a composition comprising Methylobacterium. Also provided are methods and compositions comprising Methylobacterium that provide for improved fruit production.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 4, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 30, 2018
    Assignee: NEWLEAF SYMBIOTICS, INC.
    Inventors: Rachel DiDonato Floro, Justin Lee, Gregg Bogosian
  • Patent number: 10092622
    Abstract: The present invention is directed to novel antifungal glycopeptide compounds and salts thereof produced by a strain of Burkholderia contaminans useful for preventing or treating fungal infection or disease in animals and plants and the bacterial strain that produces the compounds.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 22, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 9, 2018
    Assignee: MISSISSIPPI STATE UNIVERSITY
    Inventors: Shien Lu, James L. Smith, Frank Austin, Ganyu Gu
  • Patent number: 9993005
    Abstract: Provided are methods and compositions for preventing or delaying a chill injury response of a plant or plant part that exhibits a chill injury response. The methods comprise exposing the plant or plant part to one or more bacteria, one or more enzymes, and/or an enzymatic extract isolated from one or more bacteria. The one or more bacteria, one or more enzymes, and/or the enzymatic extract isolated from one or more bacteria are exposed to the plant or plant part in a quantity sufficient to prevent or delay the chill injury response of the plant or plant part.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 12, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 12, 2018
    Assignee: Georgia State University Research Foundation, Inc.
    Inventor: George E. Pierce
  • Patent number: 9975817
    Abstract: Disclosed herein are methods of increasing nitrogen fixation in a non-leguminous plant. The methods can comprise exposing the plant to a plurality of bacteria. Each member of the plurality comprises one or more genetic variations introduced into one or more genes or non-coding polynucleotides of the bacteria's nitrogen fixation or assimilation genetic regulatory network, such that the bacteria are capable of fixing atmospheric nitrogen in the presence of exogenous nitrogen. The bacteria are not intergeneric microorganisms. Additionally, the bacteria, in planta, produce 1% or more of the fixed nitrogen in the plant.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 28, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 22, 2018
    Assignee: Pivot Bio, Inc.
    Inventors: Karsten Temme, Alvin Tamsir, Sarah Bloch, Rosemary Clark, Emily Tung
  • Patent number: 9918480
    Abstract: Methods and compositions for controlling the growth of an invasive species by application of a composition comprised of a natural pesticide derived from a species to the invasive species, especially endocides. Disclosed herein are methods and compositions for controlling the growth of a first invasive species by application of a composition comprising a natural pesticide derived from a second invasive species to the first invasive species. In some embodiments, the invasive species is an invasive species with glands as the primary accumulation sites of autotoxic chemicals. The first and second invasive species may be the same or they may be different. In some embodiments, the natural pesticide may be an endocide. An endocide (endogenous biocide) is a biocide derived from an endogenous bioactive agent (e.g., a secondary metabolite) that does not cause apparent poison in normal growth of the producing species but will poison or inhibit and even eliminate the parent species when induced in producing species.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 5, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 20, 2018
    Assignee: Stephen F. Austin State University
    Inventors: Shiyou Li, Ping Wang, Wei Yuan, Zushang Su, Steven H. Bullard
  • Patent number: 9781929
    Abstract: Bacteriophage are provided, and methods of making and using the bacteriophage also are provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 29, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 10, 2017
    Assignees: ALTRIA CLIENT SERVICES LLC, Micreos BV
    Inventors: Elisabeth Miller, Ujwala Warek, Dongmei Xu, Fritz Eichenseher, Steven Hagens, Chengalrayan Kudithipudi
  • Patent number: 9758438
    Abstract: The present invention provides novel phosphate-solubilizing fungal strains, compositions comprising novel phosphate-solubilizing fungal strains, and methods of using novel phosphate-solubilizing fungal strains to increase the availability of phosphate for plant uptake in soil. In some embodiments, one or more of the novel phosphate-solubilizing fungal strains is coated onto a seed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 13, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 12, 2017
    Assignee: NOVOZYMES BIOAG A/S
    Inventors: David Greenshields, Shelagh Steckler, Kari Priest, Caressa Caldwell, Michael Frodyma
  • Patent number: 9642371
    Abstract: Provided are methods and compositions for controlling at least one plant. Methods and compositions can comprise at least one strain of Colletotrichum spp., such as Colletotrichum fioriniae TR-123, Colletotrichum fioriniae TR-126, and combinations thereof. Methods and compositions of the invention are useful, for example, for controlling Toxicodendron radicans and/or Schinus terebinthifolus.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 30, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 9, 2017
    Assignee: Virginia Tech Intellectual Properties, Inc.
    Inventors: John G. Jelesko, Matthew Kasson
  • Patent number: 9585391
    Abstract: The present invention relates to an agrochemical mixture for increasing the health of a plant, comprising as active ingredients a herbicidal compound (I) selected from the group consisting of: Benzoic acids, Pyridine carboxylic acids, Quinoline carboxylic acids, and benazolin-ethyl; and a fungicidal compound (II) in synergistically effective amounts. The present invention further relates to a method for improving the health of a plant, wherein the plant, the locus where the plant is growing or is expected to grow or plant propagation material from which the plant grows is treated with an effective amount of a mixture as defined above. In addition, the invention relates to the use of a mixture as defined above for synergistically increasing the health of a plant.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 30, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 7, 2017
    Assignee: BASF SE
    Inventors: Markus Gewehr, Robert John Gladwin, Lutz Brahm
  • Patent number: 9532573
    Abstract: This application relates to methods and materials for providing a benefit to a seed or seedling of an agricultural plant (e.g., an agricultural grass plant), or the agricultural plant derived from the seed or seedling. For example, this application provides purified bacterial populations that include novel seed-origin bacterial endophytes, and synthetic combinations of seeds and/or seedlings (e.g., cereal seeds and/or seedlings) with heterologous seed-derived bacterial endophytes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 5, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 3, 2017
    Assignee: Indigo Ag, Inc.
    Inventors: Geoffrey von Maltzahn, Craig Sadowski, Richard Bailey Flavell, Gerardo V. Toledo, Slavica Djonovic, Luis Miguel Marquez, David Morris Johnston, Yves Alain Millet, Jeffrey Lyford, Alexander Naydich
  • Patent number: 9493379
    Abstract: A method for the production of an agent for enhancing soil growth is described, comprising: grinding a biomass feedstock to produce ground biomass particles; subjecting the ground biomass particles to a biofractioning process including an auger reactor; selectively collecting at least one volatile component as it is released from the ground biomass particles; collecting a last remaining nonvolatile component comprising BMF char; rendering a surface of the BMF char hydrophilic; exposing the BMF char to microorganisms; and adding the BMF char to soil.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 12, 2013
    Date of Patent: November 15, 2016
    Assignee: Cool Planet Energy Systems, Inc.
    Inventors: Michael C. Cheiky, Ronald A. Sills
  • Patent number: 9380788
    Abstract: The present invention provides a package (200) comprising at least one first component in the form a well (220), the first component comprising particulate matter comprising at least one natural oil; at least one second component, in the form of a plurality of second wells (230) comprising antagonist(s) of a microbial pathogen; wherein the at least one first component and the at least one second component are contained in separate compartments of said package. Also provided by the present invention is a method for providing an anti-bacterial agent, the method comprising mixing the first component comprising particulate matter carrying at least one natural oil; and at least one second component comprising at least one antagonist of a microbial pathogen, and allowing said mixture to form into an emulsion with anti-bacterial activity.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 10, 2014
    Date of Patent: July 5, 2016
    Assignee: NOBACTRA ISRAEL LTD.
    Inventor: Giora Kritzman
  • Patent number: 9365464
    Abstract: The present invention provides novel phosphate-solubilizing fungal strains, compositions comprising novel phosphate-solubilizing fungal strains, and methods of using novel phosphate-solubilizing fungal strains to increase the availability of phosphate for plant uptake in soil. In some embodiments, one or more of the novel phosphate-solubilizing fungal strains is coated onto a seed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 14, 2013
    Date of Patent: June 14, 2016
    Assignee: NOVOZYMES BIOAG A/S
    Inventors: David Greenshields, Shelagh Steckler, Kari Priest, Caressa Caldwell, Michael Frodyma
  • Patent number: 9266786
    Abstract: A method of modulating and in particular, reducing nitrous oxide emission from a substrate for growing on or more plants by applying a microbial based soil additive and a fertilizer blend to the substrate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 15, 2013
    Date of Patent: February 23, 2016
    Assignees: The United States of America, as represented by The Secretary of Agriculture, Auburn University, Tenfold Technologies LLC
    Inventors: Joseph W Kloepper, Pamela Calvo Velez, Henry Allen Torbert, III, Dexter B Watts, Robert Norman Ames
  • Patent number: 9241454
    Abstract: The invention relates to lipochitooligosaccharides obtainable from arbuscular mycorrhizal fungi, and which are useful for stimulating arbuscular mycorrhizal symbiosis, and lateral root formation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 28, 2009
    Date of Patent: January 26, 2016
    Assignees: INSTITUT NATIONAL DE LA RECHERCHE AGRONOMIQUE, CENTRE NATIONAL DE LA RECHERCHE SCIENTIFIQUE (C.N.R.S.), UNIVERSITE PAUL SABATIER
    Inventors: Jean Denarie, Fabienne Maillet, Véréna Poinsot, Olivier Andre, Guillaume Becard, Monique Gueunier, Laurence Cromer, Alexandra Haouy, Delphine Giraudet
  • Patent number: 9155334
    Abstract: A method of modifying the content of certain bacteria in uncured tobacco material is provided, the method including contacting an uncured tobacco material with a treatment solution, wherein the treatment solution is selected from the group consisting of: (i) a solution comprising salt, sugar, or a combination thereof; (ii) a solution comprising one or more enzymes; and (iii) a solution comprising one or more probiotics, wherein said contacting provides a treated tobacco material having a reduced total bacterial content following harvest. In certain embodiments, the treated tobacco material is subsequently cured, and can optionally be fermented. Smoking articles and smokeless tobacco products including such treated tobacco materials are also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 5, 2013
    Date of Patent: October 13, 2015
    Assignee: R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Company
    Inventors: Serban C. Moldoveanu, Marvin Glenn Riddick, Jerry Wayne Marshall
  • Patent number: 9131700
    Abstract: A bio-stimulant composition for obtaining improved plant growth, either combined or uncombined with urea and/or other agricultural compounds, as well of methods of producing and using said composition.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 12, 2014
    Date of Patent: September 15, 2015
    Assignee: Donaghys Limited
    Inventor: Timothy Allen Jenkins
  • Patent number: 9101088
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a method of enhancing growth conditions for plants by growing the plants in soil containing, in proximity to the plant roots, both a phosphorus source and at least two strains of the fungus Penicillium, particularly P. bilaiae, more particularly strains NRRL 50162 and NRRL 50169.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 27, 2012
    Date of Patent: August 11, 2015
    Assignee: NOVOZYMES BIOLOGICALS LIMITED
    Inventors: Garry Lawrence Hnatowich, Shelagh Jean Steckler, Mary Elizabeth Leggett, Kari Lynn Priest
  • Publication number: 20150135371
    Abstract: Methods and compositions are provided for control of pathogenic fungal or oomycetous infection.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 10, 2014
    Publication date: May 14, 2015
    Inventors: Johannes Henricus Josephus Leveau, Hung Kim Doan
  • Publication number: 20150125923
    Abstract: The present invention generally relates to compositions and methods of delivering substances in a dry mode, wherein the compositions include a surface layer disposed on the outer surface of the composition that is permeable to carbon dioxide and oxygen. The compositions may be used to deliver microorganisms to remove contaminates, such as oil, chemical, waste, or sewage, from soil, water, or air. In other embodiments, the compositions can also be used for delivering liquid food, liquid food additives, liquid biotech agricultural ingredients, conventional liquid agricultural ingredients, liquid human wellness and dietary supplements, and liquid fragrances and beauty products.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 5, 2011
    Publication date: May 7, 2015
    Applicant: DryLet LLC
    Inventors: Ramiro Trevino, Steven R. Ellis
  • Publication number: 20150126365
    Abstract: The invention provides a synthetic combination of a crop and at least one fungal endophyte, wherein the crop is a host plant of the endophyte. Provided are also methods and compositions for producing such synthetic combinations. The endophyte reproduces and enhances the agronomic characteristics of the crop. Methods for inoculating the host plant with the endophyte, for propagating the host-endophyte combination, and for detecting the presence of the endophyte and of its metabolites within a host plant are also described.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 6, 2014
    Publication date: May 7, 2015
    Inventor: Gregory A. Sword
  • Publication number: 20150119246
    Abstract: Provided are methods and compositions for controlling at least one plant. Methods and compositions can comprise at least one strain of Colletotrichum spp., such as Colletotrichum fioriniae TR-123, Colletotrichum fioriniae TR-126, and combinations thereof. Methods and compositions of the invention are useful, for example, for controlling Toxicodendron radicans and/or Schinus terebinthifolus.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 30, 2014
    Publication date: April 30, 2015
    Applicant: VIRGINIA TECH INTELLECTUAL PROPERTIES, INC.
    Inventors: John G. Jelesko, Matthew Kasson
  • Publication number: 20150111748
    Abstract: A product for treating and/or preventing diseases such as basal stem rot caused by Ganoderma infection, in plants such as oil palms, comprising a growth medium used to grow Pseudomonas fluorescens bacteria, said growth medium including palm oil mill effluent.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 8, 2013
    Publication date: April 23, 2015
    Inventors: Siew Fan Loh, Mohd Amid Fursan bin Abdullah
  • Publication number: 20150105255
    Abstract: Derivatives of Agrobacterium vitis strain F2/5 are disclosed. These derivatives were generated following homologous recombination with an internal fragment of targeted genes resulting in gene disruption by insertion of a copy of suicide vector pVIK165. The genes disrupted were F-avi5813 encoding a phosphopantetheinyltransferase, F-avi4329 encoding an aminotransferase and F-avi0838 (rirA) encoding an iron responsive transcriptional regulator. Such derivatives control crown gall on grapevines. In addition, these derivatives did not induce roots necrosis but enhanced root development and callus formation. On young stem explants, it was shown as well that the F2/5 derivatives are necrosis-negative.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 15, 2013
    Publication date: April 16, 2015
    Applicant: Cornell University
    Inventors: Thomas J. Burr, Desen Zheng
  • Publication number: 20150099629
    Abstract: Disclosed are methods of enhancing growth of soybean plants, comprising treating soybean seed or the soybean plant that germinates from the seed with an effective amount of at least one chitooligosaccharide, wherein upon harvesting the soybean plant exhibits at least one of increased plant yield measured in terms of bushels/acre, increased root number, increased root length, increased root mass, increased root volume and increased leaf area, compared to untreated soybean plants or soybean plants harvested from untreated soybean seed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 12, 2014
    Publication date: April 9, 2015
    Inventors: R. Stewart Smith, Ahsan Habib
  • Patent number: 8999698
    Abstract: According to the present invention new isolates of bacterial strains have been shown to possess unique properties. These bacterial strains are plant growth-promoting rhizobacterium (PGPR), posses an enhanced competitive advantage at colonizing leguminous plants, and enhance the overall performance of leguminous plant growth. Further still, the present invention discloses a novel method for screening and selecting bacterial strains having the aforementioned beneficial characteristics.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 30, 2012
    Date of Patent: April 7, 2015
    Assignee: Novozymes Biologicals, Inc.
    Inventors: Yaowei Kang, Jessica Smith, Shawn Semones, Kristi Woods
  • Patent number: 8993482
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a composition of granulated or pelletized endomycorrhizal fungi spores coated with a covering of mineral clays and binders with calcium sulphate monohydrate and the production and use thereof in agriculture.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 25, 2010
    Date of Patent: March 31, 2015
    Inventor: José Luis Miranda Valencia
  • Publication number: 20150072861
    Abstract: According to the present invention new isolates of Bradyrhizobium japonicum have been isolated and possess unique properties. These Bradyrhizobia are plant growth-promoting rhizobacterium (PGPR), possess superior tolerance/resistance to desiccation, and enhance the overall performance of leguminous plant growth.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 13, 2014
    Publication date: March 12, 2015
    Inventors: Yaowei Kang, Anh Tran, Shawn Semones
  • Patent number: 8975213
    Abstract: Biocontrol agents are provided, which protect plant and plant material from pests and pathogens, and promote the growth of plants. Also provided are compositions comprising the same, methods for protecting plant and plant material and promoting growth in plants, and uses of said biocontrol agent in the preparation of a pesticidal composition and a growth-promoting composition.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 31, 2011
    Date of Patent: March 10, 2015
    Assignee: Yissum Research Development Company of the Hebrew University of Jerusalem Ltd.
    Inventors: Marganit Levy, Aviva Gafni
  • Patent number: 8975489
    Abstract: The invention provides isolated fungal endophytes and synthetic combinations thereof with host grass plants. Methods for inoculating grass plant with the endophytes, for propagating the grass-endophyte combinations, and for producing feeds and biofuels from grass-endophyte combinations are also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 29, 2011
    Date of Patent: March 10, 2015
    Assignee: The Samuel Roberts Noble Foundation
    Inventor: Kelly Craven
  • Publication number: 20150045220
    Abstract: Disclosed herein are methods of accelerating root growth in a plant, the method comprising applying to the plant root a composition comprising a) a mixture of proteins and polypeptides, and b) a surfactant, whereby root growth is accelerated as compared to an untreated plant. Also disclosed herein are methods of improving the foliar uptake of a biologically active compound by a plant, the method comprising applying to the plant foliage a composition comprising a) a mixture of proteins and polypeptides, and b) a surfactant, whereby root growth is accelerated as compared to an untreated plant.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 27, 2014
    Publication date: February 12, 2015
    Inventors: Andrew H. MICHALOW, Carl W. PODELLA, John W. BALDRIDGE, Michael G. GOLDFELD
  • Publication number: 20150045219
    Abstract: Compositions and methods for improving a plant's resistance to biotic and/or abiotic stress are provided, including methods of seed production comprising: (a) providing a plant or part thereof; (b) exposing the plant to a composition comprising one or more defense activators present in a concentration ranging from 0.01 mg/l to 25 g/l or from 0.25 nM to 10 mM and chosen from jasmonates, salicylic acid, chitin, acibenzolar-S-methyl, harpins, microbes, and one or more defense peptides comprising a consensus amino acid sequence: wherein: X is an amino acid chosen from Alanine (A), Cysteine (C), Aspartic acid (D), Glutamic acid (E), Phenylalanine (F), Glycine (G), Histidine (H), Isoleucine (I), Lysine (K), Leucine (L), Methionine (M), Asparagine (N), Proline (P), Glutamine (Q), Arginine (R), Serine (S), Threonine (T), Valine (V), Tryptophan (W), or Tyrosine (Y); (c) growing the plant to produce developed seeds from the plant comprising defenses induced by the defense activators.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 7, 2014
    Publication date: February 12, 2015
    Inventors: Barbara Scheer, Justin Scheer
  • Publication number: 20150033420
    Abstract: Described herein are compositions and methods related to isolated Trichoderma harzianum and strains thereof.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 25, 2014
    Publication date: January 29, 2015
    Applicant: Adaptive Symbiotic Technologies LLC
    Inventors: Russell John Rodriguez, Regina Soon Redman
  • Patent number: 8933042
    Abstract: The present invention relates to methods for controlling pest infestation using double stranded RNA molecules. The invention provides methods for producing transgenic cells expressing the double stranded RNA molecules, as well as compositions and commodity products containing or treated with such molecules.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 18, 2006
    Date of Patent: January 13, 2015
    Assignee: Devgen NV
    Inventors: Romaan Raemaekers, Pascale Feldmann, Geert Plaetinck, Irene Nooren, Els Van Bleu, Frederic Pecqueur, Laurent Kubler, Nicole Damme, Lies Degrave, Isabel Remory
  • Patent number: 8932844
    Abstract: The invention induces an increase in the resistance of potato plants, without apparent toxicity for the plant. Preliminary experiments indicate that the increase in metabolism of plants efficiently fosters (above 60%) the reduction of the development of the pathogenic phytobacteria, Erwinia carotovora, one of the principal agents in causing diseases in potatoes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 19, 2013
    Date of Patent: January 13, 2015
    Assignee: Uniao Brasileira de Educacao e Assistencia—Mantenedora da PUCRS
    Inventors: Leandro Vieira Astarita, Fernando Rostirolla Dalmas, Vera Aparecida Dus Poiatti
  • Publication number: 20140378303
    Abstract: A seed treated with a fungal/bacterial antagonist combination and a seed assembly comprising a seed and a fungal/bacterial antagonist combination. The fungal/bacterial antagonist combination comprises a Trichoderma virens fungal antagonist and a Bacillus amyloliquefaciens bacterial antagonist for controlling plant pathogens as a biocontrol agent, bio-pesticide or bio-fungicide. In preferred embodiments, the invention produces an increase in plant yield. Control of early and late season stalk and root rot caused by fungi such as Fusarium, Phythium, Phytophthora and Penicillium in tomatoes, peppers, turf grass, soybeans, sunflower, wheat and corn is achieved.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 11, 2014
    Publication date: December 25, 2014
    Inventor: Thomas D. Johnson
  • Publication number: 20140364312
    Abstract: A species of Burkholderia sp with no known pathogenicity to vertebrates but with pesticidal activity (e.g., plants, insects, fungi, weeds and nematodes) is provided. Also provided are natural products derived from a culture of said species and methods of controlling pests using said natural products.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 21, 2014
    Publication date: December 11, 2014
    Inventors: Ratnakar Asolkar, Marja Koivunen, Pamela Marrone, Ana LUcia Cordova-Kreylos, Huazhang Huang
  • Publication number: 20140349850
    Abstract: The present invention relates to coated dehydrated microorganisms comprising a dehydrated microorganism surrounded by at least one coating, said coating comprising by dry weight at least 25% of hygroscopic salt(s) and wherein the pH of the coating is compatible with viability of the coated dehydrated microorganism. The coating can be partially crystalline, the salt(s) in the coating having preferably a crystallinity degree of up to 60% once applied onto the dehydrated microorganism. The present invention also relates to liquid coating compositions, methods for coating and protecting a dehydrated microorganism. Finally, the present invention relates to a method for the preparation of food products, feed products, consumer healthcare products or agri-products as well as to a food product, feed product, a consumer healthcare product or an agri-product containing such coated dehydrated microorganisms.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 13, 2014
    Publication date: November 27, 2014
    Inventors: Isabelle Mazeaud, Kathryn Tse, Jean-Philippe Obert, Claudette Berger, Geoffrey Babin, Patrick Chaigneau, Hans Hedegaard Jensen, Erwan Henri
  • Publication number: 20140336050
    Abstract: Recombinant bacterial strains comprising heterologous nif genes in its genome, and capable of fixing nitrogen. The strain may be, for example, a recombinant Pseudomonas fluorescens strain comprising heterologous nif genes in its genome. An inoculum and a method for increasing plant productivity are further described.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 22, 2012
    Publication date: November 13, 2014
    Inventors: Gabriela Cynthia Soto, SR., Nicolas Daniel Ayub, Lorena Maria Setten
  • Patent number: 8883679
    Abstract: The present invention relates to liquid mycorrhiza compositions and to methods for colonizing a plant, grass, tree or shrub with one or more mycorrhizas.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 22, 2013
    Date of Patent: November 11, 2014
    Assignee: Novozymes A/S
    Inventors: Kristi Woods, Erin Divers