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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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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

 


Last Modified: 2/27/2015
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