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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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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.

 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
- Result in a 97% reduction of aflatoxin contamination of corn
- Result in a high mortality rate of European Corn Borer larvae
- Protect 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

The invention is a biocontrol agent and strategy for controling insects.  It is  a particular bacterial strain (Serratia) capable of killing brown marmorated stink bugs.

james.poulos@ars.usda.gov

76.10

USE OF NOVEL STRAINS TO BIOLOGICAL CONTROL NEW PINK ROT INFECTIONS IN STORED POTATO TUBERS

By evaluating for soils suppressive to pink rot and isolating potentially useful strains only from those soils shown to exhibit superior suppressiveness to pink rot, we have discovered six novel bacterial agents that reduce pink rot on stored potato tubers.

renee.wagner@ars.usda.gov

1.10

VACCINE FOR CONTROL OF BEET CURLY TOP VIRUS INFECTION OF PLANTS

The disclosure provides plant vaccine compositions and methods for inducing immunity to Beet Curly Top Virus (BCTV) and related curtoviruses in a susceptible plant.

 david.nicholson@ars.usda.gov

6.14

SENSITIVE AND RAPID METHOD FOR CANDIDATUS LIBERIBACTER SPECIES DETECTION

DNA amplification methods using novel primers obtained from the novel genes for hyvI and hyvII from the Candidatus Liberibacter asiaticus genome and useful for detecting Ca. L. species in plants and insect hosts.

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

136.12

METHODS AND COMPOSITIONS FOR DETERRING FEEDING/REPELLING THE BROWN MARMORATED STINK BUG (BMSB) HALYOMORPHA HALYS

A feeding deterrent/repellent for brown marmorated stink bug (BMSB), Halyomorpha halys, and the use of these compounds for BMSB management.

james.poulos@ars.usda.gov

105.11

COMPOSITIONS AND METHODS FOR TREATING FUNGAL ACTIVITY IN PLANTS OR SOIL

Methods of treating fungal activity in plants

james.poulos@ars.usda.gov

111.08

FUNGICIDAL PROPERTIES OF THREE SAPONINS FROM CAPSICUM FRUTESCENS

CAY-1:1081:919 mixture ratios of 4:3:3 and 6:2:2 have increased fungicidal properties than CAY-1 alone against certain fungi.

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

93.05

PHYTOPATHOGEN SUPPRESSION USING BACTERIAL METABOLITES

This invention related to using bacterial metabolites to suppress phytopathogens, more particularly this invention relates to bacterial metabolites applied to Carya ollinoensis and Prunus persica as a fungicide to suppress and inhibit Glomerella cingulata, Phomopsis sp., Phytophthora cactorum, Fusicladosporium effusum and Monilinia fructicola.

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

129.01

ATTRACTANT PHEREOMONE FOR THE COLORADO POTATO BEETLE

The invention is an attractant (aggregation pheromone) for the Colorado potato beetle (CPB) Leptinotarsa decemlineata Say (Coleoptera: Chrysomelidae). The attractant is a single compound (3,7-dimethyl-2-oxooct-6-ene-1,3-diol) that is released by CPB males.  The compound is novel for  insects and may exist as two enantiomers.

james.poulos@ars.usda.gov

33.12

INSECT MONITORING METHOD AND APPARATUS

An insect monitoring station for the production nursery environment.  The trap station is made of a planar material and includes slots into which a sticky card can be inserted for pest monitoring, and a roof that can be folded down and secured to the backing with tabs.

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

13.07

CHEMICAL ATTRACTANTS FOR CODLING MOTHS

The invention relates to a synergistic combination of acetic acid and a decadienoate derivative compound as a bisexual attractant for insect pests.

 david.nicholson@ars.usda.gov

113.09

ATTRACTANT COMPOSITIONS FOR WEEVILS OF THE GENUS OTIORHYNCHUS AND USES THEREOF

The USDA has isolated, identified and synthesized plant derived odors that are attractive to Otiorhynchus weevils in the laboratory and field.

 david.nicholson@ars.usda.gov

96.06 + 57.09

ATTRACTANT FOR INDIAN MEAL MOTH LARVAE

The USDA has discovered that 2-pentyl furan is a highly effective attractant for both larvae and adult females of the Indian Meal Moth and that it can be used to capture large numbers of insects. 57.09 A composition containing undecane, hexanal, 1-pentanol, decane, and 2-pentylfuran is an effective attractant for adult female Indian meal moths (Plodia interpunctella). The composition may be used alone or with a carrier component. The composition may be used in combination with any insect trapping means known in the art, as required for a specific application.

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

172.09

TERRESTRIAL ARTHROPOD TRAP

This invention involves using light emitting diodes (LEDs) of various wavelengths to produce a bright narrow spectrums of light and determined that the beetle was most attracted to near UV light at a 390 nm wavelength.

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

30.02

COMPOSITIONS AND METHODS FOR ATTRACTING ANASTREPHA SPECIES

The USDA has discovered that pheromone components including anastrephin, epianastrephin and suspensolide, produced by males of the Caribbean Fruit  Fly, Anastrepha suspensa, are linked to glucose to form a glycoside-pheromone complex in the oral secretions and that these compounds are attractive to both male and female flies.  When exposed to the environment the pheromone components are liberated from the glycoside in a slow,  predictable fashion dependent upon temperature, exposed surface area and   amount of conjugate.

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

44.09

MUTANT LYCOTOXIN-1 PEPTIDE SEQUENCES FOR INSECTICIDAL AND CELL MEMBRANE ALTERING PROPERTIES

The invention is a yeast strain engineered for enhanced fuel ethanol production that is also engineered to express a library of genes for insecticidal peptides carrying the sequences for the HIS tag, MHHHHHH, the DDDK site, and the lycotoxin-1 mutant sequences optimized for lethality to the fall armyworm that is pelletized for delivery within zein micelles or pelleted in WDGS.

renee.wagner@ars.usda.gov

44.07

NOVEL CADHERIN RECEPTOR PEPTIDE FOR POTENTIATING BT BIOPESTICIDES

The USDA has discovered the partial sequence of a gene encoding a protein in the gut of Tenebrio molitor larvae.  The protein that it encodes is similar to the receptor for the lepidopteran-active Cry1A toxins from Bacillus thuringiensis (Bt).  We predicted that this protein is the receptor for coleopteran-active Bt toxins, such as Cry3A, in Bt-susceptible coleopteran insects.  Our preliminary data supports this claim, and we are in the process of cloning the complete sequence for the gene, expressing the partial sequence for structure/function studies, and developing antibodies for future studies.

bryan.kaphammer@ars.usda.gov

46.03

APPARATUS AND METHOD TO TREAT MATERIALS FOR PEST CONTROL AND STORAGE

The invention is directed to an apparatus and method of treating agricultural commodities for pests.  It is a portable, dismantleable box that can be erected around a stack or array of loaded shipping containers.  An impermeably envelope is wrapped around the box and is used to create a controlled atmosphere for treatment of the contents of the shipping containers.  This is achieved by creating hypobaric conditions inside the impermeable envelope, by introducing pesticide to the impermeable envelope, or by some combination of both vacuum and pesticide.  Finally, the apparatus may be used for postharvest storage of materials that are susceptible to spoilage or pest damage.

 david.nicholson@ars.usda.gov

163.11

A METHOD FOR DEPOSITING A THIN FILM WAX MATRIX WITH INSECTICIDE FOR USE AS AN INSECT KILL BAIT STATION

The invention is a method for depositing a thin film of a wax matrix that contains a feeding stimulant, a visual cue and insect killing agent on a surface.

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

 


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