The Polynucleotide Alters Plant Part Growth (e.g., Stem Or Tuber Length, Etc.) Patents (Class 800/290)
  • Patent number: 10907174
    Abstract: The present invention relates to nucleic acid molecules for use in inducing apomixis in a plant, transgenic cells, in particular transgenic plant cells, comprising said nucleic acid molecule, transgenic plants, in particular plant seeds, comprising said nucleic acid molecule, methods for inducing apomixis in a plant, methods for the production of apomictic plants and uses thereof.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 3, 2018
    Date of Patent: February 2, 2021
    Assignee: LEIBNIZ-INSTITUT FÜR PFLANZENGENETIK UND KULTURPFLANZENFORSCHUNG GATERSLEBEN (IPK)
    Inventors: José M. Corral, Timothy Sharbel
  • Patent number: 10905061
    Abstract: Nucleic acid and polypeptide sequences for predicting and controlling shell phenotype in palm.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 14, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 2, 2021
    Assignee: Malaysian Palm Oil Board
    Inventors: Rajinder Singh, Leslie Low Eng Ti, Leslie Ooi Cheng Li, Meilina Ong Abdullah, Rajanaidu Nookiah, Ravigadevi Sambanthamurthi, Andrew Van Brunt, Muhammad A. Budiman, Steven W. Smith, Nathan D. Lakey, Rob Martienssen, Jared Ordway
  • Patent number: 10900052
    Abstract: The invention relates to methods and compositions for increasing resistance or tolerance to a nematode plant pest in a plant or part thereof. Nucleotide sequences that confer resistance or tolerance to nematode plant pests when expressed in a plant are provided as well as compositions comprising the polypeptides encoded by the nucleotide sequences, and transgenic plants and parts thereof comprising the nucleotide sequences.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 9, 2018
    Date of Patent: January 26, 2021
    Assignees: Syngenta Participations AG, Evogene Ltd.
    Inventors: Dror Shalitin, Hagai Karchi, Xiang Huang
  • Patent number: 10876132
    Abstract: Compositions and methods for controlling pests are provided. The methods involve transforming organisms with one or more nucleic acid sequence encoding insecticidal protein(s) and one or more silencing element(s). In particular, the nucleic acid sequences are useful for preparing plants and microorganisms that possess insecticidal activity. Thus, transformed bacteria, plants, plant cells, plant tissues and seeds are provided. Compositions are insecticidal nucleic acids and proteins of bacterial species. The sequences find use in the construction of expression vectors for subsequent transformation into organisms of interest including plants, as probes for the isolation of other homologous (or partially homologous) genes. The molecular and breeding stacks find use in controlling, inhibiting growth or killing Lepidopteran, Coleopteran, Dipteran, fungal, Hemipteran and nematode pest populations and for producing compositions with insecticidal activity.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 3, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 29, 2020
    Assignees: E I DU PONT DE NEMOURS AND COMPANY
    Inventors: Scott Henry Diehn, Xu Hu, Albert L. Lu, Lu Liu, James Kevin Presnail, Gary A. Sandahl, Ute Schellenberger, Gusui Wu
  • Patent number: 10865406
    Abstract: The present invention relates to an ALS inhibitor herbicide tolerant Beta vulgaris plant and parts thereof comprising a mutation of an endogenous acetolactate synthase (ALS) gene, wherein the ALS gene encodes an ALS polypeptide containing an amino acid different from tryptophan at a position 569 of the ALS polypeptide.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 13, 2011
    Date of Patent: December 15, 2020
    Assignees: BAYER INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY GMBH, KWS SAAT AG
    Inventors: Ruediger Hain, Juergen Benting, Guenter Donn, Nathalie Knittel-Ottleben, Bernd Holtschulte, Andreas Loock, Clemens Springmann, Rudolf Jansen
  • Patent number: 10858404
    Abstract: Disclosed herein are method of altering CAM pathways in plants. In some examples, a disclosed method includes overexpressing one or more genes encoding one or more enzymes that carry out the basic biochemical sequence of nocturnal CO2 fixation (carboxylation) into C4 acids (malate), store C4 acids in the vacuole of the plant, and/or then decarboxylate and refix the released CO2 by C3 photosynthesis during the subsequent day in a plant cell, thereby altering CAM in the plant cell. Also disclosed herein are isolated polynucleotide sequences, transformation vectors, transgenic plant cells, plant part, and plants. The disclosed methods and compositions can be used to improve the water-use efficiency and drought tolerance and durability of plants, such as in plants in arid environments, and also enhance the ability of plants to perform.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 3, 2018
    Date of Patent: December 8, 2020
    Assignee: BOARD OF REGENTS OF THE NEVADA SYSTEM OF HIGHER EDUCATION ON BEHALF OF THE UNIVERSITY OF NEVADA, RENO
    Inventors: John C. Cushman, Sung Don Lim, Won Cheol Yim
  • Patent number: 10837025
    Abstract: The invention relates to nucleic acids, proteins and methods for modulating the cellulose content of plants.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 4, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 17, 2020
    Assignee: Board of Trustees of Michigan State University
    Inventors: Kyung-Hwan Han, Jae-Heung Ko, Won-Chan Kim, Joo-Yeol Kim
  • Patent number: 10822612
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a method of enhancing the activity of a transcription factor in a plant comprising expressing in said plant a chimeric protein comprising a GIF moiety comprising a GIF domain or fragment thereof, and a DNA binding domain (DBD) moiety. The chimeric proteins comprise a GIF moiety comprising a GIF domain or fragment thereof, or a polypeptide with an amino acid sequence having at least 85%, preferably at least 90%, even more preferably at least 95% sequence identity to the amino acid sequence of a GIF domain or fragment thereof; and a DBD moiety comprising the DBD or plant transcription factor whose activity enhancement is intended, or a binding protein which is capable of forming a tertiary complex with the DBD or transcription factor whose activity modification and/or enhancement is intended. The invention also relates to polynucleotides and polypeptides useful in the method of the invention.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 16, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 3, 2020
    Assignees: CONSEJO NACIONAL DE INVESTIGACIONES CIENTÍFICAS Y TÉCNICAS (CONICET), UNIVERSIDAD NACIONAL DE ROSARIO
    Inventors: Carla Schommer, Javier Palatnik, Juan Manuel Debernardi, Ramiro Esteban Rodriguez Virasoro
  • Patent number: 10822616
    Abstract: Methods and materials for modulating biomass composition in plants are disclosed. For example, nucleic acids encoding biomass composition-modulating polypeptides are disclosed as well as methods for using such nucleic acids to transform plant cells. Also disclosed are plants having altered biomass composition and plant products produced from plants having altered biomass composition.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 8, 2019
    Date of Patent: November 3, 2020
    Assignee: Ceres, Inc.
    Inventors: Joon-Hyun Park, Roger I. Pennell, Richard Flavell, Chuan-Yin Wu
  • Patent number: 10808259
    Abstract: The assimilated C and N largely influence plant growth and crop yields. Previous attempts to alter the carbon and nitrogen status of the plants attempted with one or two genes The present invention involves simultaneous co-overexpression of three genes wherein one gene (PEPCase) efficiently capture CO2 whereas the other two encode for enzymes (Asp AT and GS) involved in nitrogen assimilation. The combined effect is the enhancement of carbon and nitrogen status of the plant and the productivity.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 19, 2012
    Date of Patent: October 20, 2020
    Assignee: Council of Scientific & Industrial Research
    Inventors: Anish Kaachra, Surender Kumar Vats, Paramvir Singh Ahuja, Sanjay Kumar
  • Patent number: 10752911
    Abstract: This invention relates to methods for increasing carbon fixation and/or increasing biomass production in a plant, comprising: introducing into a plant, plant part, and/or plant cell heterologous polynucleotides encoding (1) a succinyl CoA synthetase, (2) a 2-oxoglutarate:ferredoxin oxidoreductase, (3) a 2-oxoglutarate carboxylase, (4) an oxalosuccinate reductase, or (5) an isocitrate lyase, or (6) a succinyl CoA synthetase and a 2-oxoglutarate:ferredoxin oxidoreductase, (7) a 2-oxoglutarate carboxylase and an oxalosuccinate reductase polypeptide, and/or (8) a 2-oxoglutarate carboxylase polypeptide, an oxalosuccinate reductase polypeptide and an isocitrate lyase polypeptide to produce a stably transformed plant, plant part, and/or plant cell, wherein said heterologous polynucleotides are from a bacterial and/or an archaeal species. Additionally, transformed plants, plant parts, and/or plant cells are provided as well as products produced from the transformed plants, plant parts, and/or plant cells.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 19, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 25, 2020
    Assignee: NORTH CAROLINA STATE UNIVERSITY
    Inventors: Amy Michele Grunden, Heike Sederoff
  • Patent number: 10724047
    Abstract: The present disclosure provides compositions and methods for altering gibberellin (GA) content in corn or other cereal plants. Methods and compositions are also provided for altering the expression of genes related to gibberellin biosynthesis through suppression, mutagenesis and/or editing of specific subtypes of GA20 or GA3 oxidase genes. Modified plant cells and plants having a suppression element or mutation reducing the expression or activity of a GA oxidase gene are further provided comprising reduced gibberellin levels and improved characteristics, such as reduced plant height and increased lodging resistance, but without off-types.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 17, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 28, 2020
    Assignee: MONSANTO TECHNOLOGY LLC
    Inventors: Edwards M. Allen, Jayanand Boddu, Charles R. Dietrich, Alexander Goldshmidt, Miya Howell, Kevin R. Kosola, Sivalinganna Manjunath, Anil Neelam, Linda Rymarquis, Thomas L. Slewinski, Tyamagondlu V. Venkatesh, Huai Wang
  • Patent number: 10683515
    Abstract: Compositions and methods useful in identifying and counter-selecting maize plants with having enhanced yield-related traits relative to control plants under abiotic stress conditions such as salt stress and/or drought are provided herein. The methods use molecular genetic markers to identify, select and/or construct salt stress tolerant and/or drought tolerant maize plants. Also provided are methods to enhance tolerance to salt stress and/or drought in crop plants by transforming crop plants with the Zea mays antiporter/sodium ion transporter or by introducing favorable allelic variants of the Zea mays antiporter/sodium ion transporter gene via gene editing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 25, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 16, 2020
    Assignees: E. I. DU PONT DE NEMOURS AND COMPANY, PIONEER HI-BRED INTERNATIONAL, INC.
    Inventors: Jennifer S. Jaqueth, Bailin Li, Zhizeng Liu
  • Patent number: 10526611
    Abstract: The present invention provides methods and compositions for enhancing the efficiency of Agrobacterium-mediated transformation of host cells, such as plant cells, wherein the host cells overexpress light-dependent short hypocotyls 10 (LSH10) protein. The methods of the invention comprise Agrobacterium-mediated transfer of T-DNA to a plant cell, wherein the T-DNA contains a DNA of interest to be inserted into a plant genome at a homologous position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 3, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 7, 2020
    Assignee: Purdue Research Foundation
    Inventors: Stanton B Gelvin, Lan-Ying Lee, Yaling Wang
  • Patent number: 10472684
    Abstract: The present disclosure is in the field of plant breeding. The disclosure provides methods for breeding corn plants having a brachytic trait using marker-assisted selection. The disclosure further provides brachytic germplasm, markers associated with a brachytic trait for introgressing the trait into elite germplasm in a breeding program. This disclosure also provides brachytic or dwarf elite corn varieties having yield equal to or higher than conventional non-brachytic corn varieties.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 27, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 12, 2019
    Assignee: Monsanto Technology LLC
    Inventors: Ty Jason Barten, Alana N. Brown, Edward James Cargill, Romain Fouquet, Jose Rafael Gomez, Matthew Sean Marengo, Manuel Oyervides Garcia, Jeanette M. Peevers, Dennis Hung Yang
  • Patent number: 10426118
    Abstract: This invention relates to crop plants of which the fruit dehiscence properties are modulated. More specifically the invention relates to improved methods and means for reducing seed shattering, or delaying seed shattering until after harvest, in plants, while maintaining at the same time an agronomically relevant threshability of the pods.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 13, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 1, 2019
    Assignee: BASF AGRICULTURAL SOLUTIONS SEED, US LLC
    Inventors: Benjamin Laga, Bart den Boer, Bart Lambert
  • Patent number: 10421973
    Abstract: The invention relates to a novel chemically inducible plant viral amplicon (CMViva) expression system that permits controllable, high level expression of foreign genes in plant hosts. This system employs agro-infiltration of plants to provide a transient production of a protein of interest, such as a human blood protein. This system provides a major advantage over existing plant expression systems because it allows for consistent expression of foreign or heterologous proteins in plant hosts.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 13, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 24, 2019
    Assignee: The Regents Of The University Of California
    Inventors: Karen A. McDonald, Abhaya Dandekar, Bryce W. Falk, Mysore R. Sudarshana, Sandra L. Uratsu, Michael A. Plesha, Ting-Kuo Huang
  • Patent number: 10323256
    Abstract: Methods and materials for modulating biomass composition in plants are disclosed. For example, nucleic acids encoding biomass composition-modulating polypeptides are disclosed as well as methods for using such nucleic acids to transform plant cells. Also disclosed are plants having altered biomass composition and plant products produced from plants having altered biomass composition.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 10, 2012
    Date of Patent: June 18, 2019
    Assignee: Ceres, Inc.
    Inventors: Joon-Huyn Park, Roger I. Pennell, Richard Flavell, Chuan-Yin Wu
  • Patent number: 10294486
    Abstract: The present invention provides recombinant DNA constructs, vectors and molecules comprising a polynucleotide sequence encoding a florigenic FT protein operably linked to a vegetative stage promoter, which may also be a meristem-preferred or meristem-specific promoter. Transgenic plants, plant cells and tissues, and plant parts are further provided comprising a polynucleotide sequence encoding a florigenic FT protein. Transgenic plants comprising a florigenic FT transgene may produce more bolls, siliques, fruits, nuts, or pods per node on the transgenic plant, particularly on the main stem of the plant, relative to a control or wild type plant. Methods are further provided for introducing a florigenic FT transgene into a plant, and planting transgenic FT plants in the field including at higher densities. Transgenic plants of the present invention may thus provide greater yield potential than wild type plants and may be planted at a higher density due to their altered plant architecture.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 18, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 21, 2019
    Assignee: Monsanto Technology LLC
    Inventors: Brent Brower-Toland, Rico A. Caldo, Shunhong Dai, Karen Gabbert, Alexander Goldshmidt, Miya D. Howell, Balasulojini Karunanandaa, Sivalinganna Manjunath, Bradley W. McDill, Daniel J. Ovadya, Sasha Preuss, Elena A. Rice, Beth Savidge, Vijay K. Sharma
  • Patent number: 10155957
    Abstract: Provided are methods of increasing tolerance of a plant to abiotic stress, and/or increasing biomass, growth rate, vigor and/or yield of a plant. The methods are effected by expressing within the plant an exogenous polynucleotide encoding a polypeptide comprising an amino acid sequence at least 90% homologous to the amino acid sequence selected from the group consisting of SEQ ID NOs:201, 207, 212, 202-206, 208-211, 213-391, 1655, 961-1529, and 1660-1663. Also provided are polynucleotides, nucleic acid constructs, polypeptides and transgenic plants expressing same which can be used to increase tolerance of a plant to abiotic stress, and/or increase biomass, growth rate, vigor and/or yield of a plant.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 28, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 18, 2018
    Assignee: Evogene Ltd.
    Inventors: Gil Ronen, Hagai Karchi, Alex Diber, Basia Judith Vinocur, Sharon Ayal, Eyal Emmanuel, Michael Gang, Dotan Dimet
  • Patent number: 10131919
    Abstract: The present invention relates to nucleic acid molecules for use in inducing aponnixis in a plant, transgenic cells, in particular transgenic plant cells, comprising said nucleic acid molecule, transgenic plants, in particular plant seeds, comprising said nucleic acid molecule, methods for inducing apomixis in a plant, methods for the production of apomictic plants and uses thereof.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 25, 2012
    Date of Patent: November 20, 2018
    Assignee: LEIBNIZ-INSTITUT FUR PFLANZENGENETIK UND KUL TURPFLANZENFORSCHUNG GATERSLEBEN (IPK)
    Inventors: José M. Corral, Timothy Sharbel
  • Patent number: 10125371
    Abstract: The present invention discloses isolated polynucleotides encoding WUSCHEL-related homeobox4 proteins from two species of jute plants, namely, the Corchorus olitorius (“C. olitorius”) and Corchorus capsularis (“C. capsularis”), and corresponding polypeptides derived therefrom. The disclosed polynucleotide sequences encode WUSCHEL-related homeobox4 polypeptides (WOX4), which possess catalytic activities in enhancing fiber production in jute. The present invention also relates to the plants having a modulated expression of a nucleic acid encoding a WOX4 polypeptide, which have enhanced fiber yield relative to corresponding wild type plants or other control plants. Vectors, expression constructs and host cells comprising and/or consisting of the nucleotide sequences of the protein are also provided. Also disclosed are methods for producing the proteins and methods for modifying the proteins in order to improve their desirable characteristics.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 20, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 13, 2018
    Assignee: Bangladesh Jute Research Institute
    Inventors: Maqsudul Alam, Mohammed Shahidul Islam, Borhan Ahmed, Mohammed Samiul Haque, Mohammed Monjurual Alam
  • Patent number: 9890389
    Abstract: Provided are isolated polypeptides which are at least 80% homologous to SEQ ID NOs: 202-219, 221-292, 295-327, 4064-4175, 4177-4210, 4212-4580, 4582-4603, 4605-4749, 4751-4778, 4780-5223, 5225-5493, 5522-5807, 5812, 5815-5816, 5828-6679, 6689-6690, 6708-6785, 6792-6892 or 6893, isolated polynucleotides which are at least 80% identical to SEQ ID NOs: 1-91, 94-201, 328-2317, 2320-2321, 2323, 2326-3835, 3838-3840, 3842-3843, 3848, 3850-3852, 3854, 3856-3953, 3955-4061 or 4062, nucleic acid constructs comprising same, transgenic cells expressing same, transgenic plants expressing same and method of using same for increasing yield, abiotic stress tolerance, growth rate, biomass, vigor, oil content, photosynthetic capacity, seed yield, fiber yield, fiber quality, fiber length, and/or nitrogen use efficiency of a plant.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 19, 2013
    Date of Patent: February 13, 2018
    Assignee: Evogene Ltd.
    Inventors: Michal Shoresh, Hagai Karchi
  • Patent number: 9879236
    Abstract: A method for increasing growth or biomass of a plant in a shorter period of time, compared to a control plant, includes transforming a plant cell using a recombination vector including a geranylgeranyl pyrophosphate synthase (GGPS) gene. A method for preparing a transgenic plant having higher growth or biomass in a shorter period of time, compared to a control plant, includes transforming a plant cell using the recombination vector having the GGPS gene. A composition for promoting higher growth or biomass of a plant, compared to a plant body, includes a GGPS gene. A plant or seed of the plant having higher growth or biomass, compared to the control plant, is prepared using the method.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 5, 2011
    Date of Patent: January 30, 2018
    Assignee: KOREA RESEARCH INSTITUTE OF BIOSCIENCE AND BIOTECHNOLOGY
    Inventors: Beung Tae Ryu, Kumar Tata Sandeep
  • Patent number: 9725728
    Abstract: The invention relates to plant transcription factor polypeptides, polynucleotides that encode them, homologs from a variety of plant species, and methods of using the polynucleotides and polypeptides to produce transgenic plants having advantageous properties compared to a reference plant. Sequence information related to these polynucleotides and polypeptides can also be used in bioinformatic search methods and is also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 5, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 8, 2017
    Assignee: Mendel Biotechnology, Inc.
    Inventors: Bradley K. Sherman, Jose Luis Riechmann, Cai-Zhong Jiang, Jacqueline E. Heard, Volker Haake, Robert A. Creelman, Oliver J. Ratcliffe, Luc J. Adam, T. Lynne Reuber, James S. Keddie, Pierre E. Broun, Marsha L. Pilgrim, Arnold N. DuBell, III, Omaira Pineda, Guo-Liang Yu
  • Patent number: 9605270
    Abstract: The invention relates to a novel chemically inducible plant viral amplicon (CMViva) expression system that permits controllable, high level expression of foreign genes in plant hosts. This system employs agro-infiltration of plants to provide a transient production of a protein of interest, such as a human blood protein. This system provides a major advantage over existing plant expression systems because it allows for consistent expression of foreign or heterologous proteins in plant hosts.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 24, 2007
    Date of Patent: March 28, 2017
    Assignee: THE REGENTS OF THE UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA
    Inventors: Karen A. McDonald, Abhaya Dandekar, Bryce W. Falk, Mysore R. Sudarshana, Sandra L. Uratsu, Michael A. Plesha, Ting-Kuo Huang
  • Patent number: 9499836
    Abstract: Plants having modulated expression of a HAF or BEE polypeptide and which modulate aspects of plant fertility, such as parthenocarpy, fertilization efficiency, and/or fruit size, are described. Methods of modulating fertility characteristics in a plant by modulating the expression of a HAF or BEE polypeptide in the plant are also described.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 31, 2012
    Date of Patent: November 22, 2016
    Assignee: The Regents of the University of California
    Inventors: Brian C. W. Crawford, Martin F. Yanofsky
  • Patent number: 9475849
    Abstract: This invention relates to crop plants of which the fruit dehiscence properties are modulated. More specifically the invention relates to improved methods and means for reducing seed shattering, or delaying seed shattering until after harvest, in plants, while maintaining at the same time an agronomically relevant threshability of the pods.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 25, 2008
    Date of Patent: October 25, 2016
    Assignee: Bayer CropScience N.V.
    Inventors: Benjamin Laga, Bart den Boer, Bart Lambert
  • Patent number: 9434957
    Abstract: The invention provides for compositions and methods for producing plants that have higher yield in drought conditions by manipulating the G-proteins such as the rice alpha subunit gene, RGA1.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 19, 2013
    Date of Patent: September 6, 2016
    Assignee: The Penn State Research Foundation
    Inventors: Sarah Assmann, Angel Ferrero-Serrano, David Chakravorty
  • Patent number: 9334506
    Abstract: A method to generate siRNAs in vivo is described, as are constructs and compositions useful in the method. The method does not depend on the use of DNA or synthetic constructs that contain inverted duplications or dual promoters so as to form perfect or largely double-stranded RNA. Rather, the method depends on constructs that yield single-stranded RNA transcripts, and exploits endogenous or in vivo-produced miRNAs or siRNAs to initiate production of siRNAs. The miRNAs or siRNAs guide cleavage of the transcript and set the register for production of siRNAs (usually 21 nucleotides in length) encoded adjacent to the initiation cleavage site within the construct. The method results in specific formation of siRNAs of predictable size and register (phase) relative to the initiation cleavage site. The method can be used to produce specific siRNAs in vivo for inactivation or suppression of one or more target genes or other entities, such as pathogens.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 25, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 10, 2016
    Assignee: State of Oregon acting by and through the State Board of Higher Education on behalf of Oregon State University
    Inventors: James C. Carrington, Edwards Allen
  • Patent number: 9322070
    Abstract: The instant description provides reporter constructs, transgenic cells, and transgenic organisms and methods for identifying agents that can regulate gene expression and improve plant performance and yield. Compounds that increase plant performance or yield are identified by contacting a test compound with a plant cell that comprises a target promoter sequence operably linked to a polynucleotide sequence encoding a DNA sequence-specific transactivator, and a reporter polynucleotide that is operably linked to a promoter sequence that is recognized by the DNA sequence-specific transactivator. The target promoter sequence can be recognized by a transcriptional regulatory polypeptide capable of modulating specific signaling pathways that enhance plant performance or yield.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 23, 2011
    Date of Patent: April 26, 2016
    Assignee: Koch Biological Solutions, LLC
    Inventors: Joshua I. Armstrong, Hans E. Holtan, Masa-aki Ohto, Adina M. Bailey
  • Patent number: 9296998
    Abstract: Glutamine phenylpyruvate transaminase (GPT) proteins, nucleic acid molecules encoding GPT proteins, and uses thereof are disclosed. Provided herein are various GPT proteins and GPT gene coding sequences isolated from a number of plant species. As disclosed herein, GPT proteins share remarkable structural similarity within plant species, and are active in catalyzing the synthesis of 2-hydroxy-5-oxoproline (2-oxoglutaramate), a powerful signal metabolite which regulates the function of a large number of genes involved in the photosynthesis apparatus, carbon fixation and nitrogen metabolism.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 4, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 29, 2016
    Assignees: Los Alamos National Security, LLC, University of Maine System Board of Trustees
    Inventors: Pat J. Unkefer, Penelope S. Anderson, Thomas J. Knight
  • Patent number: 9234206
    Abstract: This invention relates to the identification and characterization of poplar PFT genes and their role in the induction of early flowering and repression of short-day induced growth cessation in perennial plant species. This has important applications for forestry, for example in tree breeding programs.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 20, 2005
    Date of Patent: January 12, 2016
    Assignee: Swetree Technologies AB
    Inventors: Ove Nilsson, Henrik Bohlenius
  • Patent number: 9228182
    Abstract: In angiosperm and gymnosperm plants, overexpressing a SAMdc nucleotide sequence can decrease lignin content and, for plants with woody tissue, increase wood density.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 22, 2011
    Date of Patent: January 5, 2016
    Assignee: Fibria Celulose S.A.
    Inventors: Fabio Papes, Paulo Arruda, Isabel Rodrigues Gerhardt
  • Patent number: 9212373
    Abstract: A gene expression system for controllable expression of ethylene response in a plant cell includes an activation cassette comprising a DNA-binding domain that recognizes a response element; an ecdysone receptor ligand binding domain; and an activation domain; and a target cassette comprising an inducible promoter, which comprises, in operative association, the response element and a minimal promoter responsive to the activation domain. The inducible promoter controls the expression of a nucleic acid sequence that encodes a selected regulatory protein that modifies sensitivity to ethylene of certain signal proteins in the plant. Interaction among the components of the activation cassette and target cassette, when in a plant cell, in the presence of an inducing composition, increases expression of the selected regulatory protein, and in turn decreases expression and accumulation of the signal protein in the plant, thereby and decreasing ethylene sensitivity in the plant cell.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 2, 2010
    Date of Patent: December 15, 2015
    Assignee: AgroFresh Inc.
    Inventor: Jeffrey L. Rosichan
  • Patent number: 9212369
    Abstract: A method for providing a transgenic plant, including transforming a plant cell or plant material with a nucleotide sequence coding for a BBM protein, wherein activity of the BBM protein is induced during transformation and/or regeneration of the transformed plant cell or plant material, and wherein the plant cell or plant material originates from a recalcitrant plant is provided. In addition, a transgenic plant or material thereof having a BBM protein, wherein the transgenic plant is a recalcitrant plant is also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 5, 2010
    Date of Patent: December 15, 2015
    Assignees: Enza Zaden Beheer B.V., Stichting Dienst Landbouwkundig Onderzoek
    Inventors: Iris Heidmann, Kimberly Anne Boutilier, Brenda Johanna Maria De Lange
  • Patent number: 9145563
    Abstract: An object of the present invention is to provide a transgenic plant on which a useful phenotype is conferred by regulating expression of pseudo-response regulator (PRR) genes with an approach that is different from deletion of PRR genes. According to the present invention, there is provided a transgenic plant into which a polynucleotide encoding a protein comprising a CCT motif and a pseudo-receiver domain which is a common motif of plant pseudo-response regulator genes, a fusion polynucleotide of said polynucleotide and a polynucleotide encoding at least one transcription activation domain of a transcription factor, or a recombinant vector comprising said polynucleotide or fusion polynucleotide has been introduced.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 22, 2010
    Date of Patent: September 29, 2015
    Assignee: RIKEN
    Inventors: Hitoshi Sakakibara, Norihito Nakamichi, Nobue Makita
  • Patent number: 9062323
    Abstract: The invention provides a wheat cell, part, tissue culture or whole plant comprising at least one disrupted KRP gene of the present invention. The present invention also provides methods of increasing weight, size, and/or number of one or more organs, and/or yield of a wheat plant by utilizing the disrupted KRP genes of the present invention. Furthermore, methods of breeding wheat plants to produce new wheat plants having increased weight, size, and/or number of one or more organs, and/or yield are provided. The present invention provides isolated Kinase Inhibitor Protein (KIP) Related Protein (KRP) polynucleotide sequences and isolated KRP polypeptide sequences and methods of their use.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 11, 2012
    Date of Patent: June 23, 2015
    Assignees: The Regents of the University of California, Targeted Growth, Inc.
    Inventors: Jean Paul Olivier, Tom Todaro, Jorge Dubcovsky, Wenjun Zhang
  • Patent number: 9062322
    Abstract: The present invention relates generally to the field of molecular biology and concerns a method for enhancing various economically important yield-related traits in plants. More specifically, the present invention concerns a method for enhancing yield-related traits in plants by modulating expression in a plant of a nucleic acid encoding an ASPAT (Asparatate AminoTransferase) polypeptide. The present invention also concerns plants having modulated expression of a nucleic acid encoding an ASPAT polypeptide, which plants have enhanced yield-related traits relative to control plants. The invention also provides hitherto unknown ASPAT-encoding nucleic acids and constructs comprising the same, useful in performing the methods of the invention.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 21, 2009
    Date of Patent: June 23, 2015
    Assignee: BASF Plant Science GmbH
    Inventor: Yves Hatzfeld
  • Publication number: 20150150158
    Abstract: A method for enhancing yield-related traits in plants by modulating expression in a plant of a nucleic acid up-regulated upon overexpression of a NAC1 or NAC5-encoding gene, referred to herein as a NUG or NAC up-regulated gene, is provided. Plants having modulated expression of a NUG, which plants have enhanced yield-related traits relative to corresponding wild type plants or other control plants, are also provided. A method for conferring abiotic stress tolerance in plants, comprising modulating expression of a nucleic acid encoding a NAC1 or NAC5 polypeptide in plants grown under abiotic stress conditions, is also provided. Plants expressing a nucleic acid encoding a NAC1 or NAC5 polypeptide, aside from having increased abiotic stress tolerance, have enhanced yield-related traits and/or modified root architecture compared to corresponding wild type plants. Constructs useful in the methods and plants produced by the methods are also provided.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 19, 2012
    Publication date: May 28, 2015
    Applicants: BASF Plant Science Company GmbH, Crop Functional Genomic Center
    Inventors: Christophe Reuzeau, Yang Do Choi, Ju Kon Kim, Jin Seo Jeong
  • Patent number: 9040776
    Abstract: The invention relates to genes coding for TCP family transcription factors and having a biological role in the development of axillary buds and branch growth. Furthermore, the invention relates to the promoters of the transcription of said genes, to the genetic constructs containing same and to the uses thereof, including the use of agents that modulate the expression of these genes in order to modify plant architecture.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 27, 2009
    Date of Patent: May 26, 2015
    Assignee: Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Cientificas
    Inventors: Mar Martín Trillo, María Luisa Rodríguez Buey, Pilar Cubas Domínguez
  • Publication number: 20150143581
    Abstract: Polynucleotides useful for improvement of plants are provided. In particular, polynucleotide sequences are provided from plant sources. Polypeptides encoded by the polynucleotide sequences are also provided. The disclosed polynucleotides and polypeptides find use in production of transgenic plants to produce plants having improved properties.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 23, 2014
    Publication date: May 21, 2015
    Inventors: Jingdong Liu, Yihua Zhou, David K. Kovalic, Steven E. Screen, Jack E. Tabaska, Yongwei Cao, Scott E. Andersen, Michael D. Edgerton, Karen L. Fincher, Kim Hammond-Kosack, Thomas J. Larosa, James D. Masucci, Martin Urban, Jinhua Xiao, Todd E. Ziegler
  • Publication number: 20150143585
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates to, inter alia, a gene for increasing biomass production isolated from Arabidopsis thaliana, and a method for producing a transgenic plant by using the same. More specifically, the present disclosure provides, inter alia, a composition for increasing production of plant biomass, a recombinant expression vector and a transgenic plant, comprising a base sequence encoding for the amino acid sequence of sequence number 2. Consequently, by using the gene for increasing biomass production of the present disclosure, it is possible to obtain a transgenic plant with which the amount of biomass production is increased and, ultimately, by using the same, it can be expected to be possible to increase starting materials for the pulp and papermaking industries, and starting materials for bioethanol.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 10, 2013
    Publication date: May 21, 2015
    Inventors: Il Doo Hwang, Kang Min Kim, Hyun Suk Kim
  • Publication number: 20150143586
    Abstract: A technique by which the production of plant biomass can be significantly increased is provided. A protein phosphatase 2C gene having 3 consensus sequences comprising the amino acid sequences shown in SEQ ID NOS: 1-3 from the N-terminal side in such order is over-expressed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 30, 2015
    Publication date: May 21, 2015
    Applicants: TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA, OKAYAMA PREFECTURE
    Inventors: Satoshi KONDO, Chikara Ohto, Norihiro Mitsukawa, Nobuhiko Muramoto, Kenichi Ogawa, Hiroki Sugimoto, Tomoko Tanaka, Madoka Yonekura
  • Patent number: 9035132
    Abstract: The invention relates to polynucleotides encoding a modified HaHB4 transcription factor and polynucleotides encoding functionally active fragments and variants of a modified HaHB4 transcription factor as well as vectors and host cells containing these polynucleotides and the polypeptides encoded by these polynucleotides. The invention also encompasses transgenic host cells, plants, seed, pollen, and plant parts containing the polypeptides and/or polynucleotides of the invention. The invention further encompasses methods of producing transgenic host cells, plants, seed, pollen, and plant parts and the processed plant products produced from these transgenic hosts.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 20, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 19, 2015
    Inventors: Lia Raquel Chan, Daniel Hector Gonzalez
  • Publication number: 20150135360
    Abstract: Transcription factor polynucleotides and polypeptides incorporated into nucleic acid constructs, including expression vectors, have been introduced into plants and were ectopically expressed. Transgenic plants transformed with many of these constructs have been shown to be more resistant to disease (in some cases, to more than one pathogen), or more tolerant to an abiotic stress (in some cases, to more than one abiotic stress). The abiotic stress may include, for example, salt, hyperosmotic stress, water deficit, heat, cold, drought, or low nutrient conditions.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 8, 2014
    Publication date: May 14, 2015
    Inventors: Peter P. Repetti, T. Lynne Reuber, Oliver Ratcliffe, Karen S. Century, Katherine Krolikowski, Robert A. Creelman, Frederick D. Hempel, Roderick W. Kumimoto, Luc J. Adam, Neal I. Gutterson, Roger Canales, Emily L. Queen, Jennifer M. Costa
  • Publication number: 20150135366
    Abstract: Methods and compositions for modulating plant development are provided. Polynucleotide sequences and amino acid sequences encoding isopentenyl transferase (IPT) polypeptides are provided. The sequences can be used in a variety of methods including modulating root development, modulating floral development, modulating leaf and/or shoot development, modulating senescence, modulating seed size and/or weight, and modulating tolerance of plants to abiotic stress. Polynucleotides comprising an IPT promoter are also provided. The promoter can be used to regulate expression of a sequence of interest. Transformed plants, plant cell, tissues, and seed are also provided.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 13, 2014
    Publication date: May 14, 2015
    Inventor: Norbert Brugiere
  • Patent number: 9029638
    Abstract: The present invention relates generally to the field of molecular biology and concerns a method for altering various aspects of plant growth and/or development by modulating expression in a plant of a nucleic acid encoding an UBiquitin-Specific Protease (UBP) of the UBP15 subfamily or a homologue thereof. The present invention also concerns plants having modulated expression of a nucleic acid encoding a UBP15 or a homologue thereof, which plants have altered growth and/or development relative to corresponding wild type plants or other control plants. The invention also provides constructs useful in the methods of the invention.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 30, 2009
    Date of Patent: May 12, 2015
    Assignee: National Institute for Biological Sciences
    Inventors: Xing Wang Deng, Yanfen Liu
  • Patent number: 9029637
    Abstract: The present invention relates to nucleic acid molecules corresponding to regulatory portions of genes whose expression is predominant in cambium and/or xylem. The invention also relates to compositions and methods of using the same to regulate the expression, in a cambium/xylem-preferred manner, of genes and/or any kind of nucleotide sequences in a plant. Nucleic acid molecules and its compositions include novel nucleotide sequences for cambium/xylem-preferred promoters identified and isolated from poplar (Populus spp). Methods for expressing genes and/or any kind of nucleotide sequences in a plant using the promoter sequences disclosed herein are provided. The methods comprise stably incorporating into the genome of a plant cell a nucleotide sequence operably linked to a cambium/xylem-preferred promoter of the present invention and regenerating a stably transformed plant that expresses the nucleotide sequence.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 28, 2005
    Date of Patent: May 12, 2015
    Assignee: Fibria Celulose S.A.
    Inventors: Fabio Papes, Isabel Rodrigues Gerhardt, Paulo Arruda
  • Patent number: 9029641
    Abstract: This invention relates to isolated polynucleotides encoding WUS polypeptides. The invention further provides isolated WUS polypeptides. The invention also provides methods of using the polynucleotides to modulate the level of WUS, improve transformation efficiency, to stimulate plant cell growth, including stem cells, to stimulate organogenesis, to stimulate somatic embryogenesis, to induce apomixis, and to provide a positive selection for cells comprising the polynucleotide. The invention also relates to cells, plants and seeds comprising the polynucleotides of the invention or produced by the methods of the invention.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 17, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 12, 2015
    Assignees: Pioneer Hi-Bred International, Inc., E I du Pont de Nemours and Company
    Inventors: Rebecca E. Cahoon, William James Gordon-Kamm, Keith S. Lowe, Christopher Jay Scelonge, Yumin Tao