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Each year, approximately 60 new patents are issued by the U.S. Patent Office for USDA inventions. The Office of Technology Transfer (OTT) transfers these inventions through licenses to the private sector for commercialization. Below are links to the new technologies that are available for licensing.

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5.10        NEW

 

 

BIOPESTICIDE AUTO-DISSEMINATION METHOD AND APPARATUS

 

A dispenser (auto disseminator) for applying pathogenic fungal spores to Asian citrus psyllid (ACP) vectors, the bacterium that causes citrus greening disease (also known as huanglongbing (HLB)).  The auto-disseminator is (preferably) a yellow cylindrical substrate with a wax-coated and pleated surface and it may be scented to smell like citrus foliage. This combination of color and scent is attractive to ACP.

Potential Commercial Applications
- ACP is susceptible to pathogenic fungi, which may be useful in suppressing ACP populations in situations where chemical control is prohibitive, such as residential areas (referred to as 'dooryard' citrus by growers)
 -When ACP contact the auto-disseminator, a biopesticide deposited in the substrate pleats infects and ultimately kills the ACP
-Could be used by homeowners in neighborhoods near commercial citrus orchards

Competitive Advantages 
-Currently there are no means of controlling or suppressing ACP in dooryard citrus absent highly invasive and difficult measures such as tree removal
-The auto disseminator is simply hung from a tree branch

david.nicholson@ars.usda.gov

 

 

 

128.11          NEW

 

 

PSEUDOMONAS FLUORESCENS 2-79 WITH GENES FOR BIOSYNTHESIS OF PYRROLNITRIN IMPROVES BIOCONTROL ACTIVITY

Pseudomonas fluorescens 2-79 bacterial strains with pyrrolnitrin biosynthetic genes have enhanced biocontrol activity against the soil-borne pathogen Rhizoctonia.


Potential Commercial Applications

- Could be used as a seed treatment to enhance biocontrol activity against Rhizoctonia root rot of wheat

-Rhizoctonia solani AG-8 is a disease of direct-seeded wheat and a barrier to wider adoption of conservation tillage, which is needed to control soil erosion

 

Competitive Advantages

-There is no resistance in wheat or barley to Rhizoctonia, no fungicides are available, and all crops grow in rotation with wheat and barley are susceptible to Rhizoctonia

 david.nicholson@ars.usda.gov

 

 

13.13          NEW

 

 

 

A SPRAYABLE DISPERSED STARCH-BASED BIOPLASTIC FORMULATION TO CONTROL PESTS

A sprayable biodegradable formulation of biocontrol microorganisms imbedded in a bioplastic for delivering bioactive compounds to soil, crops and seeds. Applications include bioplastic dispersion formulations that:
- Significantly reduces damages caused by the European Corn Borer in corn and the Tarnished Plant Bug in cotton
- Results in a 97% reduction of aflatoxin contamination of corn
- Results in a high mortality rate of European Corn Borer larvae
- Protects seeds from soil-borne pathogens, thereby reducing damping-off in tomato plants


Potential Commercial Applications
- Control of harmful fungi on crops or plants
- Seed treatment for improving plant health and seedling establishment
- Control or reduce mycotoxins such as aflatoxin in corn
- Control insect pests
- Manufactured from biodegradable and well defined materials
-The bioplastic formulations contains no unwanted microorganisms and/or chemicals
- Bioplastic formulations can be sterilized using simple and  cost-effective techniques


 Competitive Advantages
- Provides nutrition for enhancement of biological control agents
- Long shelf life
- Not eaten by wildlife as in grains
- Cheap, easy to apply as granules or spray as liquid, and doesn't need surfactant


thomas.valco@ars.usda.gov
joseph.lipovsky@ars.usda.gov

92.14 
NEW

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

INSECTICIDAL STRAIN OF SERRATIA FOR CONTROL OF INSECTS SUCH AS BROWN MARMORATED STINK BUG (BMSB), HALYOMORPHA HALYS

A strain of the Serratia bacteria that has insecticidal properties was identified. This strain can be used be as a novel biocontrol agent and strategy for controlling brown marmorated stink bugs. 

 

Potential Commercial Applications

This bacteria strain may be able to be used in a bait to control brown marmorated stink bugs.

 

Competitive Advantages

This bacteria strain was isolated in Maryland so they are native pathogens. In addition, the bacteria strain can be grown on standard laboratory media. 

james.poulos@ars.usda.gov


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