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Genetic Engineering of Oils In Vegetable (Non-Seed) Tissues By Diverting Carbon From Starch

INTRODUCTIONTriacylglycerol (TAG) is an ester that is derived from three fatty acids and glycerol. Triglycerides are the main constituents vegetable oil. Generally, in an oil crop species, TAG is produced in seeds, and this TAG can be harvested for various uses. TAG from plant oils are used as feedstocks for biofuels, food and industrial chemicals....
Published: 5/22/2020   |   Inventor(s): Christoph Benning, Sanjaya Sanjaya
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 to Increase Algal Biomass and Enhance its Quality for the Production of Fuel

Executive SummaryBiodiesel is a popular alternative to fossil fuels. Most biodiesel is made from conversion of plant material, particularly edible plants that may otherwise be used as food sources. An excellent alternative would be algal biodiesel production. Algae can be grown on marginal lands that would not be used for food production, and are more...
Published: 5/28/2019   |   Inventor(s): Christoph Benning, Xiaobo Li, Bensheng Liu, Min-Hao Kuo, Barbara Sears
Keywords(s):   Category(s): Biotechnology

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 machinery...
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 lay...
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 in...
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 for...
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 between...
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 related...
Published: 7/9/2013   |   Inventor(s): Christoph Benning, Sanjaya Sanjaya, Rachel Miller
Keywords(s):   Category(s): Agriculture, Biotechnology, Energy
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