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TEC2014-0061: Natural Biostimulant/Adjuvant Compositions for Increased Plant Growth/Biomass, Improved Fungicide and Fertilizer Efficacy, Dew Suppression, and Dormancy-Breaking in Cultivated Turfgrasses

Agricultural adjuvants are commonly used in conjunction with pesticides to enhance their efficacy. An adjuvant does not actively fight fungus or pests, but it improves the ability of a fungicide to prevent or cure disease. One popular adjuvant used in turfgrass applications is made of mineral oil, combined with a surfactant, emulsifier and dye. T...
Published: 7/21/2014   |   Inventor(s): A. Ronald Detweiler, Joseph Vargas
Keywords(s):   Category(s): Agricultural, Agriculture, Chemicals

TEC2013-0040: Method to Increase Calorific Content and Enhanced Nutritional Value of Plant Biomass for the Production of Fuel and Feed

Background Production of alternative fuels such as biodiesel is on the rise around the world and in the U.S. due to a strong and growing desire to reduce dependency on petroleum-derived diesel fuel. The acceptance of biodiesel has been slowed due to its higher cost relative to petroleum-derived diesel. The higher cost of biodiesel is directly relat...
Published: 7/21/2014   |   Inventor(s): Christoph Benning, Sanjaya Sanjaya, Rachel Miller
Keywords(s):   Category(s): Agriculture, Biotechnology, Energy

TEC2013-0007: Use of plants with increased level of highly methylesterified homogalacturonan for improving digestibility of plant biomasses.

Background Production of fuels and value-added chemicals from plant biomass often requires pretreatment of the biomass. Pretreatment increases the capital equipment needs and costs of the final product. Additionally, the use of seeds as a feedstock has been controversial, with some claiming that use of seeds for chemical production is increasing ...

A Blueberry-derived FT-like (FLOWERING LOCUS T) Gene

Background The United States is the world’s largest producer of blueberries, a crop valued at $863.9 million in 2011. Demand for blueberries has continued to grow as a result of their well-marketed health benefits. Two principle types of the crop are grown for human consumption: lowbush and highbush. Highbush blueberries, able to grow and flo...
Published: 7/21/2014   |   Inventor(s): Guo-Qing Song, Aaron Walworth
Keywords(s):   Category(s): Agriculture, Biotechnology

120016: Plants with Readily Extractable Lignin

Lignin, an abundant polymer of vascular plants that provides structural integrity to the plant cell wall, is the second most abundant polymer on earth and critical to the strength and survival of terrestrial plants. Unfortunately, its mechanical strength and resistance to chemical degradation, which is so essential for plant health, are proble...
Published: 7/21/2014   |   Inventor(s): Curtis Wilkerson, Saunia Withers, John Ralph, John Sedbrook
Keywords(s): Biofuels, Cellulose, Lignin Category(s): Agriculture, Biotechnology

110100: Control of Cellulose Biosynthesis

Cellulose is a complex carbohydrate that serves as the basic structural component of plant cell walls. It accounts for roughly one-third of all vegetal matter, making it the most common organic compound on earth. Due to its ubiquitous nature, cellulose and its derivatives are key resources for the agriculture, forestry, textile, and paper indu...
Published: 7/21/2014   |   Inventor(s): Kyung-Hwan Han, Jae-Heung Ko, Won-Chan Kim
Keywords(s): Biofuels, Biomass, Cellulose, Cellulosic Biomass, Feedstock Category(s): Agriculture, Biotechnology

110050: A Novel Enzyme That Synthesizes Sesquiterpenes to Provide Insect Resistance in Plants

Zingiberene is a sesquiterpene produced by many plant species including ginger, turmeric, cultivated tomato, and its wild relatives. It is synthesized at particularly high levels in the trichomes of certain accessions of the wild tomato species Solanum habrochaites and is a potent insect repellent. The identification of a gene from S. habrochai...
Published: 7/21/2014   |   Inventor(s): Cornelius Barry, Eliana Gonzales-Vigil
Keywords(s): Insect Resistance, Terpene, Transgenic Crops Category(s): Biotechnology, Agriculture

100094: Orchard Insect Control Device

Pheromone traps utilize “bug hormones,” or scents, that stimulate the type of scent produced by the female insect to lure their male counterparts. Males lured into traps are then prevented from mating. These traps assist the grower in determining the mating activity of the insect pest by counting insects trapped over a period of time. This inf...
Published: 7/21/2014   |   Inventor(s): James Miller, Larry Gut, Michael Reinke, Peter McGhee
Keywords(s): Integrated Pest Management, Pests, Pheromone Category(s): Chemicals, Agriculture

100016: Water Retention Membrane and Barrier Installation Device

Competition for limited water supplies necessary for the production of crops on sandy soils is becoming more intense in the US and globally, particularly with the increasing need for biomass produced as renewable energy sources. Subsurface water retention technologies (SWRT) are designed to increase water use efficiencies by as much as 20 time...
Published: 7/21/2014   |   Inventor(s): Alvin Smucker
Keywords(s): Drought, Irrigation, Water Retention Category(s): Agriculture, Environment

090108: A Source and Production Method for Acetyl-Triacylglycerols (ac-TAGs)

Background Biodiesel can substitute for conventional petroleum diesel in almost all applications. Oftentimes, use of biodiesel requires engine modification since biodiesel has different solvent properties and often degrades natural rubber. Since use of biodiesel is increasing rapidly, alternative biofuel supplies are needed to accommodate the growi...
Published: 7/21/2014   |   Inventor(s): Michael Pollard, John Ohlrogge, Timothy Durrett
Keywords(s): Biodiesel, Biofuel, Plant Oils, Transgenic Plants Category(s): Biotechnology, Energy, Agriculture
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