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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. Please contact OTT licensing staff for more information on a specific invention.

Subject Matter

Docket

Title

Description

Crop Protection

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.

Crop Protection

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.

Crop Protection

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.

Crop Protection (BMSB)

9.12

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. 

Crop Protection (BMSB)

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.  

Crop Protection (Fungi)

105.11

COMPOSITIONS AND METHODS FOR TREATING FUNGAL ACTIVITY IN PLANTS OR SOIL

Methods of treating fungal activity in plants

Crop Protection (Fungi)

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.

Crop Protection (Fungi)

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.

Crop Protection (Insect Attractant)

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.

Crop Protection (Insect Attractant)

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. 

Crop Protection (Insect Attractant)

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.

Crop Protection (Insect Attractant)

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.

Crop Protection (Insect Attractant)

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.

Crop Protection (Insect Attractant)

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.

Crop Protection (Insect Attractant)

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.

Crop Protection (Insecticide)

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.

Crop Protection (Insecticide)

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.

Crop Protection (Insecticide)

8.06

ULTRA-LOW OXYGEN TREATMENT FOR POST HARVEST PEST CONTROL ON AGRICULTURAL PRODUCTS

The invention is an ultra-low oxygen treatment method to control insects on fresh commodities after harvest.

Crop Protection (Insecticide)

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.

Crop Protection (Insecticide)

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.

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