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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 technologies that are available for licensing. 

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248.12         NEW

MUTANT SOYBEAN LINE

Seed phytate is a repository of phosphorus and minerals in soybean seeds which most animals (non-ruminant) such as humans, swine and poultry, cannot efficiently or effectively digest. A novel soybean line containing two recessive mutations which produces viable seeds that contain surprising reductions in total seed phytate and significantly higher levels of inorganic phosphate compared to normal soybeans is generated.        

                                                                                              

 Potential Commercial Applications
- Use in a breeding operation focused on improving soybean meal for animal feed mixtures. The soybean meal would require less phosphorus and  micronutrient supplementation
- Soybean seeds for food applications which would have with improved micronutrient content (Iron, Zinc)


Competitive Advantages
- Increased bio-available phosphorus and certain micronutrients (Iron, Zinc), without the need to treat soybean meal with costly enzymes

renee.wagner@ars.usda.gov

168.11                  NEW

A TRANSGENE CONSTRUCT TO IMPROVE FUSARIUM HEAD BLIGHT RESISTANCE IN WHEAT AND BARLEY

Resistance of wheat and barley to Fusarium head blight (FHB) and other Fusarium-related diseases are induced or enhanced by a transformation construct composed of a gene encoding the wheat ethylene-responsive transcription factor TaERF7-1 linked to a promoter effective for expression in the plant. 

renee.wagner@ars.usda.gov

53.12                  NEW

BARLEY MUTANT LINES HAVING GRAIN WITH ULTRA-HIGH BETA GLUCAN CONTENT

A barley plant having grain with ultra-high beta-glucan content and total fiber.


Potential Commercial Applications
  - Use as an critical parental line to significantly boost  beta-glucan content in food barley cultivars
- Use as parental line to significantly boost total dietary fiber in food barley development
- Directly use it as dietary fiber extraction source                                       

Competitive Advantages
 - A lower starch, but not empty endosperm line like other high beta-glucan lines.
- Could provide high beta-glucan flour that is used in various food products.
- Plants have normal looking morphology

david.nicholson@ars.usda.gov

180.11                 NEW

NOVEL PPETAC1 GENE AND METHOD TO MANIPULATE TREE ARCHITECTURE

A gene (PpeTAC1) identified from peach can be manipulated to influence branching angle and thus, overall tree architecture. Silencing or overexpressing the gene controls the branch angles (either upright or spreading).      

                                                                                                                     Potential Commercial Applications
-Development of plant or tree varieties with erect growth habit for agriculture or ornamental uses


Competitive Advantages
-Increased planting density
-Improved plant water use efficiency
-Reduced chemical sprays
                                                              

james.poulos@ars.usda.gov

89.09

BETA VULGARIS SERINE PROTEINASE INHIBITOR GENE BVSTI MEDIATES INSECT RESISTANCE IN TRANSGENIC PLANTS

The USDA cloned a sugar beet (Beta vulgaris) gene that we show increases insect resistance in genetically engineered plants.

james.poulos@ars.usda.gov

145.12

NOVEL CYTOCHROME P450 ENZYMES FROM SORGHUM BICOLOR

Two cDNA clones, designated SbPRH1 and SbPRH2, were isolated from sorghum that code for cytochrome P450 enzymes that catalyze the formation of benzoquinine sorgoleone, a allelochemical that has the potential of becoming a natural herbicide.  The identification of SbPRH1 and SbPRH2 provides new genetic engineering opportunities in plants for altering sorgoleone content and related phenolic lipids in crop plants to potentially generate novel plant germplasm possessing enhanced resistance to diseases and/or the ability to resist weed infestations.

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

62.09

DEVELOPMENT OF VERY EARLY FLOWERING AND NORMAL FRUITING PLUM WITH FERTILE SEEDS

This invention is the development of transgenic plum genotypes to flower very early and produce normal fruits and fertile seeds from pot-grown plum trees to drastically reduce the time interval from seed to seed generation for faster production of improved plum cultivars through conventional breeding, as well as through genetically engineering. 

james.poulos@ars.usda.gov

65.04

SOLANUM BULBOCASTANUM POLYUBIQUITIN BUL409 PROMOTER AND USES THEREOF

The invention relates to isolated Solanum Bulbocastanum Bul 409 promoter sequences and uses thereof.

 david.nicholson@ars.usda.gov

9.10

DUAL UNI-DIRECTIONAL RECOMBINASE MEDIATED CASSETTE EXCHANGE

The invention relates to novel methods for carrying out recombinase mediated cassette exchange and uses thereof.  This strategy is intended for genome engineering of any crop species.  It uses site-specific recombinases for both genome targeted integration and simultaneously marker removal.

 david.nicholson@ars.usda.gov

1.10

VACCINE FOR CONTROL OF CURTOVIRUS INFECTION OF PLANTS

Method for induced silencing of Curtoviruses by treating plants with a suspension

 david.nicholson@ars.usda.gov

 

 

 


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