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Enhancement of Oil Biosynthesis through Engineering of Plastid Lipases

Tech ID: TEC2017-0072
Published: 10/9/2017   |   Inventor(s): Christoph Benning, Kun Wang
Keywords(s):   Category(s): Biotechnology, Energy, Chemicals

Algae/Fungi Endosymbiosis Platform for Lipid Biosynthesis

Executive SummaryBioethanol and biodiesel are produced primarily from terrestrial plant material rich in sugar and starch such as corn, sugarcane, or sweet sorghum. However, producing fuels using food crops is not optimal in the long term since they require premium land, abundant water, and large inputs of energy in the form of agricultural machine...
Published: 6/16/2017   |   Inventor(s): Gregory Bonito, Zhi-Yan Du, Christoph Benning
Keywords(s):   Category(s): Energy, Agricultural, Chemicals, Biotechnology

Nanomolar Level Specific Detection and Quantification of Phosphatidic Acid with a Protein-based Probe

Executive SummaryPhosphatidic acid is an important lipid for metabolism, membrane curvature, and signal transduction within cells. Although essential for all life, this molecule exists in relatively low concentrations and presents a challenge for both researchers and industry to monitor. Current methods of detection include two-dimensional thin la...
Published: 5/18/2017   |   Inventor(s): Christoph Benning, Zhen Wang
Keywords(s):   Category(s): Biotechnology, Test and Measurement

14-3-3 Protein Overexpression to Enhance Plant Oil Production

Executive SummaryVegetable oils are used for nutrition, biofuel, industrial applications, cosmetics, and pharmaceuticals. To meet the growing demand for vegetable oils, production of oilseeds has increased steadily in recent years. Researchers at Michigan State University (MSU) have discovered a method to significantly increase the content of oil i...
Published: 2/6/2017   |   Inventor(s): Christoph Benning, John Ohlrogge, Wei Ma, Que Kong
Keywords(s):   Category(s): Agriculture, Biotechnology

Engineered WRINKLED1 Transcription Factor with Increased Stability and Enhanced Oil Production

IntroductionPlant oils, primarily seed oils, are major agricultural commodities. The world consumption of plant oils in 2013 was 165 million tonnes, which represents an increase of 100 million tonnes since 1995. The majority of vegetable oils are produced from just four crops, oil palm, soybeans, rapeseed, and sunflower, which together accounts f...
Published: 4/25/2016   |   Inventor(s): John Ohlrogge, Christoph Benning, Wei Ma, Que Kong
Keywords(s): Agriculture Biotechnology, Biodiesel, Oil Crops Category(s): Biotechnology, Agriculture

Novel Regulator of Algal Lipid Metabolism and Cellular Quiescence and Its Applications

IntroductionAlgae typically accumulate valuable compounds under conditions that are unfavorable to growth. For example nutrient starvation causes accumulation of triacylglycerols (oil), but also induces cellular quiescence, a “pause” stage where algae stop growing and reproducing. This leads to a problematic inverse relationship betwee...
Published: 9/25/2015   |   Inventor(s): Christoph Benning, Chia-Hong Tsai
Keywords(s):   Category(s): Agriculture, Biotechnology, Pharmaceutical, Energy

Method to Increase Calorific Content and Enhanced Nutritional Value of Plant Biomass

IntroductionProduction of alternative fuels such as biodiesel is on the rise around the world and in the U.S. due to a strong and growing desire to reduce dependency on petroleum-derived diesel fuel. The acceptance of biodiesel has been slowed due to its higher cost relative to petroleum-derived diesel. The higher cost of biodiesel is directly rela...
Published: 7/9/2013   |   Inventor(s): Christoph Benning, Sanjaya Sanjaya, Rachel Miller
Keywords(s):   Category(s): Agriculture, Biotechnology, Energy

Increase of Oil Content in Vegetative Tissues

IntroductionProduction of alternative fuels such as biodiesel is on the rise around the world and in the U.S. due to a strong and growing desire to reduce dependency on petroleum-derived diesel fuel. The acceptance of biodiesel has been slowed due to its higher cost relative to petroleum-derived diesel. The higher cost of biodiesel is directly rela...
Published: 9/21/2011   |   Inventor(s): Christoph Benning, Changcheng Xu, Binbin Lu, Jinpeng Gao, Sanjaya Sanjaya
Keywords(s): Biodiesel, Biofuel, Oil Crops, Transgenic Crops Category(s): Agriculture, Biotechnology, Energy

Algae Transcription Factors That Increase Oil Production

IntroductionIn recent years, the interest in alternative fuel has grown rapidly. There are many different alternatives on the market, from corn oil to algae. The largest advantages of algae biofuel are that it is a renewable source of energy and that algae may be grown autotrophically using energy from the sun. Autotrophic growth helps reduce or av...
Published: 8/9/2011   |   Inventor(s): Christoph Benning
Keywords(s): Algae, Biofuel, Biotechnology, Transcription Category(s): Biotechnology, Energy

Diacylglycerol Acyltransferases Involved in Oil Biosynthesis in Microalgae

IntroductionThe need for the development of biomass-based domestic production systems for high energy liquid transportation fuels is widely recognized. Concerns related to environmental impact and the price of oil combined with political issues related to dependence on foreign oil have increased interest in alternative biofuels. Currently, transpor...
Published: 4/22/2011   |   Inventor(s): Christoph Benning, Rachel Miller, Eric Moellering
Keywords(s): Algae, Biodiesel, Biofuel Category(s): Biotechnology, Chemicals, Energy
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