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Stevia Variety '12-05-144'

Executive SummaryMSU researchers have created novel Stevia varieties that produce a higher concentration of the steviol glycosides rebaudioside D and rebaudioside M than other varieties available on the market.  Rebaudioside A and stevioside are currently the most abundant and most widely used compounds in the stevia-derived sweetener market.  However,...
Published: 11/21/2019   |   Inventor(s): Ryan Warner, Randolph Beaudry, James Hancock, Veronica Vallejo
Keywords(s):   Category(s): Agriculture

Transcription factors to improve plant resistance to insects

Executive SummaryAs sessile organisms, plants must be able to adapt swiftly to biotic and environmental stimuli, and often do this through transcriptional reprogramming. Upon wounding by a ravenous insect, for instance, jasmonic acid (JA) increases in concentration within a cell and interacts with members of the JAZ family of repressor proteins. Ultimately,...
Published: 7/16/2019   |   Inventor(s): Gregg Howe, Marcelo Campos, Yuki Yoshida
Keywords(s):   Category(s): Biotechnology, Agriculture

Method for Improved Production of Terpenoids Using Co-Engineered Lipid Droplets and Anchoring of Terpene Biosynthetic Enzymes on Their Surface

Executive SummaryThis technology addresses one of the main hurdles of plant production and extraction of terpenoids by capturing desired terpenes in lipid droplets in plant cells.  The lipid droplets are readily extracted using standard processes used in the vegetable oil and biodiesel industries, and the high-value terpenes can be easily separated...
Published: 5/28/2019   |   Inventor(s): Bjoern Hamberger, Radin Sadre, Christoph Benning, Jacob Bibik
Keywords(s):   Category(s): Agriculture, Chemicals, Biotechnology, Pharmaceutical

Method for Production of Novel Diterpene Scaffolds

Executive SummaryMany insecticides currently in use are problematic due to persistence in the environment and off target effects including accumulation in apex predator species. Therefore effective crop-protecting agents that are naturally sourced and that overcome some of these side effects are under increasing demand. This technology identifies biosynthetic...
Published: 5/28/2019   |   Inventor(s): Bjoern Hamberger, Sean Johnson, Wajid Bhat
Keywords(s):   Category(s): Agriculture, Chemicals, Biotechnology, Pharmaceutical

A Plant-Based Chemical for Varroa Mite Control

IntroductionHoneybee pollination is essential to agricultural production contributes an estimated $12.3 to $16.4 billion annually to U.S. crops. The Varroa destructor mite is the most serious honeybee pest in the world, contributing to over-wintering mortalities and colony collapse. Current treatments suffer from declining efficacy due to resistance...
Published: 5/28/2019   |   Inventor(s): Zachary Huang, Xinjian Xu
Keywords(s):   Category(s): Agriculture, Chemicals

Novel Coronatine-Based Herbicide Treatment Platform with Increased Pathogen Resistance for Crop Plants

Executive SummaryDespite best efforts and current technology to enhance agricultural productivity, it’s estimated that insect pests and disease reduce the value of several major world crops, including rice, wheat, and corn by 20-37% annually.  Considering more and more pests are becoming resistant to common agrochemical treatments, a crop plant that...
Published: 8/29/2018   |   Inventor(s): Sheng-Yang He, Li Zhang, Jian Yao, Rahul Banerjee, John Withers
Keywords(s):   Category(s): Agriculture, Biotechnology

RF Detection of Analytes

Executive SummaryDue to public health concerns since the 1920’s, the U.S. dairy industry is federally required to be monitored and treated for bacterial contamination. Most municipalities mandate pasteurization to reduce the number of viable pathogens likely to cause disease. Pre- and post-pasteurized milk is often tested for contamination via an indirect...

Lignin Extraction Solvent and Process

Executive SummaryThis MSU technology was developed to remove lignin from woody biomass in order to simplify further downstream processing of the purified cellulose and hemicellulose. This innovation is particularly relevant to those in the sugar and biofuel industries who already utilize woody biomass and are seeking to either reduce operating costs...
Published: 6/4/2018   |   Inventor(s): Mikhail Redko, James Jackson, Christopher Saffron, Leo Lacivita
Keywords(s):   Category(s): Agriculture, Agricultural, Chemicals, Great Lakes Bioenergy Research Center

Biodegradable Slow Release Pesticide Plugs and Mechanized Injection System

Executive SummaryProfitability in domestic and global fruit markets requires meeting high food quality standards, often through the judicious use of pesticides. Currently, these pesticides are applied using airblast sprayers up to 10 times per growing season. Airblast sprayers deliver only 29 to 56% of the sprayed solution to the tree canopy. A new...
Published: 9/1/2017   |   Inventor(s): John Wise, Christine Vandervoort, Charles Coslor, Laurent Matuana
Keywords(s):   Category(s): Agriculture, Agricultural, Chemicals, Environmental

Drought Tolerance Gene

Executive SummaryMany current applications to control drought tolerance in plants are focusing on the manipulation of gene regulation. Researchers at MSU have discovered that over-expression of a gene that encodes a major regulator of plant cellular signaling processes creates a high level of drought tolerance. The over-expressing plants maintain leaf...
Published: 6/29/2017   |   Inventor(s): Robert Day, Patricia Santos, Caleb Knepper
Keywords(s):   Category(s): Agriculture, Biotechnology
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