Sunflower Patents (Class 800/322)
  • Patent number: 9375023
    Abstract: The invention relates to a sunflower oil with high heat stability, which is characterized in that between 15% and 45% of the fatty acid total are saturated fatty acids (palmitic acid and stearic acid), between 45% and 75% of the fatty acid total is oleic acid and more than 85% of the tocopherol total corresponds to the sum of gamma-tocopherol and delta-tocopherol. The invention also relates to sunflower seeds that contain an oil with the aforementioned characteristics and sunflower plants which as a result of self-pollination produce seeds with the aforementioned characteristics. In addition, the invention relates to the use of said oil in food and animal feed and for the formulation of biolubricants and biofuels.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 27, 2008
    Date of Patent: June 28, 2016
    Assignee: Consejo Superior De Investigaciones Cientificas
    Inventors: Leonardo Velasco Varo, Jose Maria Fernández Martínez, Begoña Perez Vich
  • Patent number: 9035133
    Abstract: Novel herbicide-resistant sunflower plants designated as MUT31 and herbicide-resistant descendents thereof are provided. The MUT31 sunflower plants and the herbicide-resistant descendents thereof comprise increased resistance to at least one imidazolinone herbicide, when compared to wild-type sunflower plants. Methods for controlling weeds in the vicinity of these herbicide-resistant sunflower plants and methods for increasing the herbicide-resistance of a sunflower plant are also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 11, 2007
    Date of Patent: May 19, 2015
    Assignees: BASF AGROCHEMICAL PRODUCTS B.V., ADVANTA SEEDS B.V.
    Inventors: Alberto Javier Leon, Monica Mariel Morata, Andres Daniel Zambelli
  • Publication number: 20150128305
    Abstract: The present invention provides herein a polynucleotide sequence encoding the tubby-like protein, CaTLP1, from chickpea (Cicer arientium L.) that is responsive to abiotic stress and is involved in plant growth and development. Further, the recombinant DNA construct and recombinant vector comprising the polynucleotide sequence encoding CaTLP1, host cell comprising the recombinant vector and a process for producing a transgenic plant that expresses the CaTLP1 protein are also provided herein.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 7, 2013
    Publication date: May 7, 2015
    Inventors: Niranjan Chakraborty, Subhra Chakraborty, Asis Datta, Vijay Wardhan, Kishwer Jahan
  • Patent number: 9024113
    Abstract: Recombinant constructs and methods useful for improvement of plants are provided. In particular, recombinant constructs comprising promoters functional in plant cells positioned for expression of polynucleotides encoding starch branching enzymes from microbial sources are provided. The disclosed constructs and methods find use in production of transgenic plants to provide plants, particularly crop plants, having improved yield.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 29, 2007
    Date of Patent: May 5, 2015
    Assignee: Monsanto Technology LLC
    Inventors: Yongwei Cao, Gregory J. Hinkle, Steven C. Slater, Xianfeng Chen, Barry S. Goldman
  • Publication number: 20150121568
    Abstract: Compositions and methods for regulating expression of heterologous nucleotide sequences in a plant are provided. Compositions include nucleotide sequences for an Arabidopsis thaliana (AT SVL3) promoter. Also provided is a method for expressing a heterologous nucleotide sequence in a plant using a promoter sequence disclosed herein.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 15, 2015
    Publication date: April 30, 2015
    Inventors: Mark Alan Chamberlin, Shai Joshua Lawitt
  • Publication number: 20150113679
    Abstract: The present invention provides methods for obtaining plants that exhibit useful traits by perturbation of plastid function in plant rootstocks and grafting the rootstocks to scions. Methods for identifying genetic loci that provide for useful traits in plants and plants produced with those loci are also provided. In addition, plants that exhibit the useful traits, parts of the plants including seeds, and products of the plants are provided as well as methods of using the plants. Recombinant DNA vectors and transgenic plants comprising those vectors that provide for plastid perturbation are also provided.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 24, 2014
    Publication date: April 23, 2015
    Inventors: Sally Mackenzie, Michael Fromm, Kamaldeep Virdi, Yashitola Wamboldt
  • Publication number: 20150106977
    Abstract: Provided are vector constructs and methods for expressing a transgene in plant cells and/or plant tissues using gene regulatory elements, including the promoters, 5?-UTRs, and/or 3?-UTRs, isolated from Zea mays.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 15, 2014
    Publication date: April 16, 2015
    Inventors: Manju GUPTA, Navin ELANGO, Karthik N. MUTHURAMAN, Jeffrey BERINGER, Sara BENNETT, Huixia WU, Shavell GORMAN, Andrew WORDEN
  • Publication number: 20150106978
    Abstract: Provided are vector constructs and methods for expressing a transgene in plant cells and/or plant tissues using gene regulatory elements, including the promoters, 5?-UTRs, introns, and/or 3?-UTRs, isolated from Zea mays.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 15, 2014
    Publication date: April 16, 2015
    Inventors: Manju GUPTA, Navin ELANGO, Karthik N. MUTHURAMAN, Jeffrey BERINGER, Sara BENNETT, Huixia WU
  • Publication number: 20150101083
    Abstract: Provided are constructs and methods for expressing a transgene in plant cells and/or plant tissues using Zea mays metallothionein-like gene regulatory elements.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 2, 2014
    Publication date: April 9, 2015
    Inventors: Manju GUPTA, Sandeep KUMAR, Navin ELANGO, Karthik Narayna MUTHURAMAN, Jeffrey BERINGER, Huixia WU, Nagesh SARDESAI
  • Publication number: 20150101078
    Abstract: Isolated polynucleotides and polypeptides and recombinant DNA constructs useful for conferring drought tolerance, compositions (such as plants or seeds) comprising these recombinant DNA constructs, and methods utilizing these recombinant DNA constructs. The recombinant DNA construct comprises a polynucleotide operably linked to a promoter that is functional in a plant, wherein said polynucleotide encodes a DTP21 polypeptide.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 15, 2014
    Publication date: April 9, 2015
    Inventors: MARC C ALBERTSEN, Yukoh Hiei, Teruyuki Imayama, Masakazu Kashihara, Norio Kato, Toshihiko Komari, Toshiyuki Komori, Stanley Luck, Ichiro Oka, Hajime Sakai, Yoshimitsu Takakura, Scott V Tingey, Satoru Usami
  • Publication number: 20150096069
    Abstract: This disclosure provides transgenic plants having enhanced traits such as increased yield, enhanced nitrogen use efficiency and enhanced drought tolerance; propagules, progeny and field crops of such transgenic plants; and methods of making and using such transgenic plants. This disclosure also provides methods of producing hybrid seed from such transgenic plants, growing such seed and selecting progeny plants with enhanced traits. Also disclosed are transgenic plants with altered phenotypes which are useful for screening and selecting transgenic events for the desired enhanced trait.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 6, 2013
    Publication date: April 2, 2015
    Inventors: Paolo Castiglioni, Jaishree M. Chittoor-Vijayanath, Barry S. Goldman, Robert J. Meister, Monnanda S. Rajani, G. Ramamohan, Naveen Silvester, Tyamagondlu V. Venkatesh, Jingrui Wu, Xiaoyun Wu
  • Publication number: 20150096083
    Abstract: The present invention provides non-coding regulatory element polynucleotide molecules isolated from the lipid transfer protein (LTP) gene of Oryza sativa and useful for expressing transgenes in plants. The invention further discloses compositions, polynucleotide constructs, transformed host cells, transgenic plants and seeds containing the Oryza sativa regulatory polynucleotide sequences, and methods for preparing and using the same.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 28, 2014
    Publication date: April 2, 2015
    Inventors: Wei Wu, Qi Wang, James Morrell, Linda Lutfiyya, Maolong Lu, Zhaolong Li, Ping Li, Michelle Lacy, David Kovalic, Yongwei Cao, Andrey Boukharov, Stanislaw Flasinski, Peter T. Hajdukiewicz
  • Patent number: 8993837
    Abstract: Compositions and methods comprising promoters from the 4-hydroxyphenylpyruvate dioxygenase (HPPD) gene and active variants and fragments thereof, as well as chimeric promoters employing regulatory regions of the HPPD promoters are provided. Further provided are expression cassettes and plants comprising the various promoters disclosed herein operably linked to a polynucleotide of interest. Methods employing the various promoters described herein to modulate the expression of polynucleotides of interest are further provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 12, 2011
    Date of Patent: March 31, 2015
    Assignee: Pioneer Hi-Bred International, Inc
    Inventors: Henrik Albert, Linda A. Castle, Jian Lu, Yumin Tao
  • Publication number: 20150089691
    Abstract: Methods for method for increasing genetic gain in a breeding process are provided.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 25, 2014
    Publication date: March 26, 2015
    Applicant: SYNGENTA PARTICIPATIONS AG
    Inventors: Zhigang GUO, Venkata Krishna VENKATA
  • Publication number: 20150089683
    Abstract: This disclosure provides transgenic plants having enhanced traits such as increased yield, increased nitrogen use efficiency and enhanced drought tolerance; propagules, progeny and field crops of such transgenic plants; and methods of making and using such transgenic plants. This disclosure also provides methods of producing hybrid seed from such transgenic plants, growing such seed and selecting progeny plants with enhanced traits. Also disclosed are transgenic plants with altered phenotypes which are useful for screening and selecting transgenic events for the desired enhanced trait.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 6, 2013
    Publication date: March 26, 2015
    Inventors: Mark Scott Abad, Pranesh Badami, Amarjit Basra, Erin Bell, Christopher P. Bonin, Paolo Castiglioni, Eric R. Cerny, Jaishree M. Chittoor-Vijayanath, Paul Chomet, Todd Dezwaan, Stephen Duff, Michael D. Edgerton, Barry S. Goldman, Balasulojini Karunanandaa, Kempagangaiah Krishnamurthy, Ping Li, Adrian A. Lund, Llinda Lutfiyya, Thomas M. Malvar, Donald E. Nelson, Monnanda S. Rajani, Dhanalakshmi Ramachandra, Thomas G. Ruff, Sara Salvador, S. Sangeetha, Char Shobha, Jeffrey M. Staub, Virginia Ursin, Tyamagondlu V. Venkatesh, Kammaradi R. Vidya, Xiaoyun Wu, Sean Yang, Jianmin Zhao
  • Publication number: 20150082480
    Abstract: The disclosure provides means for altering the expression of non-cellulosic polysaccharides in plants using Golgi targeted enzyme nucleic acids and their encoded proteins. The present disclosure provides methods and compositions relating to altering feruloylation, acetylation and crosslinking in plants, leading to improved biomass available for biofuel production and silage digestibility. The disclosure further provides recombinant expression cassettes, host cells, and transgenic plants comprising said nucleic acids.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 24, 2012
    Publication date: March 19, 2015
    Inventors: Kanwarpal Dhugga, David Dolde, Rajeev Gupta, Ajay Pal Singh Sandhu, Carl Simmons
  • Publication number: 20150082494
    Abstract: The present invention provides for a genetically modified eukaryotic host cell comprising (a) a gene encoding a first nucleotide sugar transporter (NST) operably linked to a promoter, wherein the gene and/or the promoter is heterologous to the cell, and/or (b) a native gene encoding a second NTS is disrupted and/or a promoter of the native gene is disrupted. Such modified cells can be altered in the production of polysaccharide and/or glycopeptides. The present invention also provides for methods of making or using such modified cells.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 16, 2014
    Publication date: March 19, 2015
    Applicant: THE REGENTS OF THE UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA
    Inventors: Henrik Vibe Scheller, Carsten Rautengarten, Berit Ebert, Joshua L. Heazlewood
  • Publication number: 20150074854
    Abstract: The present invention is directed to plants that display an improved oil quantity phenotype or an improved meal quality phenotype due to altered expression of an HIO nucleic acid. The invention is further directed to methods of generating plants with an improved oil quantity phenotype or improved meal quality phenotype.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 14, 2014
    Publication date: March 12, 2015
    Applicant: AGRIGENETICS, INC.
    Inventors: John P. Davies, Hein Tsoeng (Medard) Ng
  • Publication number: 20150074849
    Abstract: The present invention is directed to plants that display an improved oil quantity phenotype or an improved meal quality phenotype due to altered expression of an IMQ nucleic acid. The invention is further directed to methods of generating plants with an improved oil quantity phenotype or improved meal quality phenotype.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 13, 2014
    Publication date: March 12, 2015
    Applicant: AGRIGENETICS, INC.
    Inventors: John P. Davies, Hein Tsoeng (Medard) Ng, D. Ry Wagner
  • Publication number: 20150067927
    Abstract: Provided are constructs and methods for expressing a transgene in plant cells and/or plant tissues using the regulatory elements, including the promoters and/or 3?-UTRs, isolated from Brachypodium distachyon ubiquitin genes.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 29, 2014
    Publication date: March 5, 2015
    Inventors: Sandeep KUMAR, Manju GUPTA, Diaa ALABED
  • Publication number: 20150067924
    Abstract: Provided are constructs and methods for expressing a transgene in plant cells and/or plant tissues using the regulatory elements, including the promoters and/or 3?-UTRs, isolated from Panicum virgatum ubiquitin genes.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 29, 2014
    Publication date: March 5, 2015
    Inventors: Sandeep KUMAR, Andrew F. WORDEN
  • Publication number: 20150067926
    Abstract: Provided are constructs and methods for expressing a transgene in plant cells and/or plant tissues using the regulatory elements, including the promoters and/or 3?-UTRs, isolated from Setaria italica ubiquitin genes.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 29, 2014
    Publication date: March 5, 2015
    Inventors: Sandeep KUMAR, Andrew ASBERRY
  • Publication number: 20150067915
    Abstract: The present invention is directed to plants that display an improved oil quantity phenotype or an improved meal quality phenotype due to altered expression of an IMQ nucleic acid. The invention is further directed to methods of generating plants with an improved oil quantity phenotype or improved meal quality phenotype.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 14, 2014
    Publication date: March 5, 2015
    Applicant: AGRIGENETICS, INC.
    Inventors: John P. Davies, Hein Tsoeng (Medard) Ng, D. Ry Wagner
  • Publication number: 20150067925
    Abstract: Provided are constructs and methods for expressing a transgene in plant cells and/or plant tissues using the regulatory elements, including the promoters and/or 3?-UTRs, isolated from Brachypodium distachyon ubiquitin genes.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 29, 2014
    Publication date: March 5, 2015
    Inventors: Sandeep KUMAR, Jeffrey BERINGER
  • Publication number: 20150059010
    Abstract: Compositions and methods are provided for genome modification of a target sequence in the genome of a cell. The methods and compositions employ a guide polynucleotide/Cas endonuclease system to provide an effective system for modifying or altering target sites within the genome of a cell or organism. Once a genomic target site is identified, a variety of methods can be employed to further modify the target sites such that they contain a variety of polynucleotides of interest. Compositions and methods are also provided for editing a nucleotide sequence in the genome of a cell. Breeding methods and methods for selecting plants utilizing a two component RNA polynucleotide and Cas endonuclease system are also disclosed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 20, 2014
    Publication date: February 26, 2015
    Inventors: Andrew Mark Cigan, Phillip A. Patten, Joshua K. Young
  • Publication number: 20150059019
    Abstract: Methods and compositions for modulating an agronomic characteristic of a plant are provided. Methods are provided for modulating the expression of Abph2 sequence in a host plant or plant cell to modulate agronomic characteristics such as altered ear number and increased yield.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 13, 2013
    Publication date: February 26, 2015
    Inventors: David Peter Jackson, Stephen M. Allen, Robyn Johnston, Victor Llaca, Fang Yang
  • Publication number: 20150059018
    Abstract: The present invention relates to nucleic acids sequences derived from Valeriana officinalis and/or Persicaria hydropiper and encoding drimenol synthase polypeptides. The present invention also provides the amino acid sequences of the polypeptides. The invention further provides host cells or organisms genetically modified to harbour the polynucleotides of the invention. A method to produce drimenol and/or a drimenol derivative by contacting farnesyl diphosphate with a polypeptide having a drimenol synthase activity is also part of this invention.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 19, 2012
    Publication date: February 26, 2015
    Inventors: Hendrik Jan Bouwmeester, Maurice Gerard Leon Henquet, Maarten Anthonie Jongsma
  • Patent number: 8962954
    Abstract: The present invention relates to an inbred sunflower line, designated CN5110R. The invention relates to the seeds of inbred sunflower line CN5110R, to the plants of inbred sunflower line CN5110R and to the methods for producing a sunflower plant, either inbred or hybrid, by crossing the inbred line CN5110R with itself or another sunflower line. The invention further relates to methods for producing a sunflower plant containing in its genetic material one or more transgenes and to the transgenic plants produced by that method and to methods for producing other inbred sunflower lines derived from the inbred CN5110R.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 21, 2011
    Date of Patent: February 24, 2015
    Assignee: Dow AgroSciences, LLC.
    Inventors: James T. Gerdes, Steven W. Erickson
  • Publication number: 20150047071
    Abstract: Methods and compositions for modulating shoot apical meristem size are provided. Methods are provided for modulating the expression of fea3 sequence in a host plant or plant cell to modulate agronomic characteristics such as altered size and number of organs, including plant seeds.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 13, 2013
    Publication date: February 12, 2015
    Applicant: COLD SPRING HARBOR LABORATORY
    Inventors: Stephen M. Allen, David Peter Jackson, Byoung Il Je, Mai Komatsu, Young Koung Lee, Hajime Sakai
  • Publication number: 20150047070
    Abstract: A method of producing improved drought tolerance in a plant by introducing into a plant or plant part a vector having a nucleic acid molecule which expresses or increases a polypeptide that confers drought tolerance compared to a plant in which no vector with the nucleic acid is introduced. The polypeptide is a NON-RACE-SPECIFIC DISEASE RESISTANCE 1 (NDR1).
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 8, 2013
    Publication date: February 12, 2015
    Applicant: BOARD OF TRUSTEES OF MICHIGAN STATE UNIVERSITY
    Inventors: Brad Day, Patricia Santos, Caleb Knepper
  • Patent number: 8952222
    Abstract: Seeds and sunflower plants derived from cultivar RW-B and having increased resistance to herbicides relative to wild-type plants are provided. These plants contain a new genetic mutation in the AHAS gene which confers broad spectrum resistance to a combination of an imidazolinone, a sulfonylurea, a triazolopyrimidine, and a pyrimidinyloxybenzoate herbicide and mixtures thereof, including (i) resistance to cloransulam-methyl present in a concentration of at least 67 grams of active ingredient per hectare; and (ii) resistance to the mix of imazapyr present in a concentration of at least 160 grams per hectare and metsulfuron present in a concentration of at least 10 grams per hectare. RW-B is true breeding for the morphological traits of producing a plant with a single head, a yield of greater than one tonne per hectare and for producing a seed having an oil content of greater than 40%.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 30, 2009
    Date of Patent: February 10, 2015
    Assignee: Anglo Netherlands Grain B.V.
    Inventors: Carlos Sala, Mariano Bulos
  • Publication number: 20150033415
    Abstract: Methods and compositions for modulating shoot apical meristem size are provided. Methods are provided for modulating the expression of Fea4 sequence in a host plant or plant cell to modulate agronomic characteristics such as altered size and number of organs, including plant seeds.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 14, 2013
    Publication date: January 29, 2015
    Applicant: E I DuPont de Nemours and Company
    Inventors: Stephen M. Allen, David Peter Jackson, Mai Komatsu, Michael Pautler, Hajime Sakai, Erik Vollbrecht, Rebecca Weeks
  • Patent number: 8940962
    Abstract: The present invention provides novel promoters for use in plants. Specifically, the present invention provides novel chimeric promoters comprising combinations of plant viral enhancer elements and plant promoters. The present invention also provides DNA constructs; transgenic cells, plants, and seeds containing these novel chimeric promoters; and methods for preparing and using the same.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 21, 2009
    Date of Patent: January 27, 2015
    Assignee: Monsanto Technology LLC
    Inventor: Stanislaw Flasinski
  • Publication number: 20150026841
    Abstract: The present invention relates to an isolated COP1 nucleic acid sequence from a maize plant and the isolated COP1 nucleic acid sequence is named as ZmCOP1. The present invention also relates to a method of using the ZmCOP1 nucleic acid sequence to control the shade avoidance response of a crop plant for high density farming and yield enhancement.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 25, 2014
    Publication date: January 22, 2015
    Inventors: Nordine Cheikh, Molian Deng, Philip W. Miller, Nanfei Xu
  • Publication number: 20150020241
    Abstract: The present invention provides non-coding regulatory element polynucleotide molecules isolated from the S-adenosyl methionine synthetase (SAMS3) gene of Arabidopsis thaliana and useful for expressing transgenes in plants. The invention further discloses compositions, polynucleotide constructs, transformed host cells, transgenic plants and seeds containing the Arabidopsis thaliana regulatory polynucleotide sequences, and methods for preparing and using the same.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 6, 2014
    Publication date: January 15, 2015
    Inventors: Wei Wu, Qi Wang, Michael Edgerton, Kim Beazley, Jill Deikman, Michael W. Petersen, Bei Zhang
  • Publication number: 20150013031
    Abstract: The present invention relates to methods and compositions for improving the efficiency of Agrobacterium- and Rhizobium-mediated plant cell transformation by use of additional transformation enhancer sequences, such as overdrive or TSS sequences, operably linked to a T-DNA border sequence on a recombinant construct that comprises T-DNA.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 3, 2014
    Publication date: January 8, 2015
    Inventors: Larry A. Gilbertson, Xudong Ye
  • Publication number: 20150013033
    Abstract: The present invention provides an expression cassette containing a polynucleotide coding sequence for a hydroxycinnamoyl-CoA hydratase-lyase (HCHL), which is operably linked to a heterologous promoter. Also provided are methods of engineering plants that have reduced lignification, as well as cells, plant parts, and plant tissues from such engineered plants.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 13, 2012
    Publication date: January 8, 2015
    Applicant: The Regents of the University of California
    Inventors: Dominique Loqué, Amyerick Guillaume Eudes
  • Publication number: 20150007362
    Abstract: The relationship between F-box proteins and proteins involved in the ethylene response in plants is described. In particular, F-box proteins may bind to proteins involved in the ethylene response and target them for degradation by the ubiquitin/proteasome pathway. The transcription factor EIN3 is a key transcription factor mediating ethylene-regulated gene expression and morphological responses. EIN3 is degraded through a ubiquitin/proteasome pathway mediated by F-box proteins EBF1 and EBF2. The link between F-box proteins and the ethylene response is a key step in modulating or regulating the response of a plant to ethylene. Described herein are transgenic plants having an altered sensitivity to ethylene, and methods for making transgenic plant having an altered sensitivity to ethylene by modulating the level of activity of F-box proteins. Methods of altering the ethylene response in a plant by modulating the activity or expression of an F-box protein are described.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 27, 2013
    Publication date: January 1, 2015
    Applicant: Salk Institute for Biological Studies
    Inventors: Hongwei Guo, Joseph R. Ecker
  • Publication number: 20150004302
    Abstract: Methods and materials for modulating aluminum tolerance in plants are disclosed. For example, nucleic acids encoding aluminum tolerance-modulating polypeptides are disclosed as well as methods for using such nucleic acids to transform plant cells. Also disclosed are plants having increased tolerance to aluminum and methods of increasing plant yield in soil containing elevated levels of aluminum.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 1, 2012
    Publication date: January 1, 2015
    Inventors: Julissa Sosa, Wuyi Wang
  • Publication number: 20150007361
    Abstract: Methods and compositions for modulating plant development are provided. Polynucleotide sequences encoding ZmSNAC polypeptides are provided, as are the amino acid sequences of the encoded polypeptides. 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. Transformed plants, plant cells, tissues, and seed are also provided. A stress-inducible ZmSNAC1 promoter is also provided.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 15, 2014
    Publication date: January 1, 2015
    Inventors: Nicholas J Bate, Xiping Niu
  • Patent number: 8921651
    Abstract: The present invention is directed to plants that display an improved oil quantity phenotype or an improved meal quality phenotype due to altered expression of an HIO nucleic acid. The invention is further directed to methods of generating plants with an improved oil quantity phenotype or improved meal quality phenotype.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 1, 2011
    Date of Patent: December 30, 2014
    Assignee: Agrigenetics, Inc.
    Inventors: John P. Davies, Hein Tsoeng (Medard) Ng
  • Patent number: 8916746
    Abstract: Isolated polynucleotides and polypeptides and recombinant DNA constructs useful for conferring drought tolerance, compositions (such as plants or seeds) comprising these recombinant DNA constructs, and methods utilizing these recombinant DNA constructs. The recombinant DNA construct comprises a polynucleotide operably linked to a promoter that is functional in a plant, wherein said polynucleotide encodes a DTP21 polypeptide.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 29, 2010
    Date of Patent: December 23, 2014
    Assignees: Japan Tobacco, Inc., E. I. du Pont de Neumours and Company, Pioneer Hi-Bred International, Inc.
    Inventors: Masakazu Kashihara, Toshiyuki Komori, Ichiro Oka, Satoru Usami, Norio Kato, Yukoh Hiei, Yoshimitsu Takakura, Toshihiko Komari, Teruyuki Imayama, Scott V. Tingey, Hajime Sakai, Marc C. Albertsen, Stanley Luck
  • Publication number: 20140373198
    Abstract: The present invention relates nucleic acid molecules that are modulated (e.g., upregulated) by nitrogen in corn, to proteins or polypeptides encoded by these nucleic acid molecules, and promoters of these nucleic acid molecules. The present invention relates to a nucleic acid construct having a nucleic acid molecule that is modulated by nitrogen in corn, as well as to expression systems, host cells, plants, and plant seeds having the nucleic acid construct. The present invention also relates to a method of expressing the nucleic acid molecule that is modulated by nitrogen in a plant by growing a transgenic plant or a plant grown from a transgenic seed transformed with the construct. The present invention further relates to an isolated DNA promoter that can be used to direct nitrogen-regulated expression of an isolated nucleic acid in plants.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 18, 2014
    Publication date: December 18, 2014
    Inventors: Patrick S. SCHNABLE, Sudhansu DASH
  • Publication number: 20140373193
    Abstract: The use of OsPP18 gene in the genetic improvement of drought resistance of a plant is provided. A plant or plant cell comprising a recombinant DNA molecule comprising a polynucleotide encoding OsPP18, a method for producing the plant, a DNA construct comprising a polynucleotide encoding OsPP18 are also provided.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 19, 2012
    Publication date: December 18, 2014
    Inventors: Lizhong Xiong, Jun You
  • Publication number: 20140366215
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates to mutations in licheninase genes encoding polypeptides with decreased licheninase activity, which when expressed in plants results in elevated levels of glucan in the plants. In particular, the disclosure relates to licheninase nucleic acids and polypeptides related to glucan accumulation in plants, plants with reduced expression of a licheninase nucleic acid, and methods related to the generation of plants with increased glucan content in the cell walls of leaf tissue.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 1, 2012
    Publication date: December 11, 2014
    Applicants: THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA, AS REPRESENTED BY THE SECRETARY OF AGRICULTURE, THE REGENTS OF THE UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA
    Inventors: Markus Pauly, Florian J. Kraemer, Sarah Hake
  • Publication number: 20140366216
    Abstract: Stress tolerance in plants and plant cells is achieved by using nucleotide sequences encoding enzymes involved in the NAD salvage synthesis pathway and/or the NAD de novo synthesis pathway e.g. for overexpression in plants.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 11, 2014
    Publication date: December 11, 2014
    Inventors: Marc DE BLOCK, Michael Metzlaff, Véronique Gossele
  • Patent number: 8901377
    Abstract: The present invention relates to methods and compositions for efficient regeneration and transformation of sunflower plants. The invention discloses an efficient method for Agrobacterium-mediated transformation and regeneration of mature, fertile sunflower plants.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 11, 2011
    Date of Patent: December 2, 2014
    Assignee: E. I. du Pont de Nemours and Company
    Inventors: Thimmaraju Rudrappa, Prakash V. Girhepuje
  • Publication number: 20140351998
    Abstract: The present invention provides polynucleotides and related polypeptides related to urea uptake. The invention provides genomic sequences for urea transporter, urease and glutamine synthetase genes. Urea transporters, urease and glutamine synthetase are responsible for controlling nitrogen utilization efficiency in plants. Urea transporter, urease or glutamine synthetase sequences are provided for improving grain yield and plant growth. The invention further provides recombinant expression cassettes, host cells and transgenic plants.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 19, 2013
    Publication date: November 27, 2014
    Applicant: PIONEER HI BRED INTERNATIONAL INC
    Inventors: RAJEEV GUPTA, Zhenglin Hou, Dale F. Loussaert, Bo Shen, Lawrence Kent Wood
  • Publication number: 20140344995
    Abstract: The invention provides isolated NUE (nitrogen utilization efficiency) nucleic acids and their encoded proteins. The present invention provides methods and compositions relating to altering nitrogen utilization and/or uptake in plants. The invention further provides recombinant expression cassettes, host cells and transgenic plants.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 23, 2014
    Publication date: November 20, 2014
    Inventors: Howard P. Hershey, Dale F. Loussaert, Carl Simmons
  • Publication number: 20140345006
    Abstract: This document provides methods and materials related to transcription terminators. For example, methods and materials related to transcription terminators and nucleic acid molecules (e.g., vectors and constructs) that contain a nucleic acid sequence that encodes a polypeptide operably linked to a transcription terminator are provided. In addition, plants, plant cells, and plant seeds having a nucleic acid sequence that encodes a polypeptide operably linked to a transcription terminator are provided.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 10, 2012
    Publication date: November 20, 2014
    Inventors: Delin Liang, Nickolai Alexandrov, Yu-Ping Lu