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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: 2/17/2023   |   Inventor(s): Gregg Howe, Marcelo Campos, Yuki Yoshida
Keywords(s):   Category(s): Biotechnology, Agriculture

“Relief of Repression” Strategy to Improve Plant Pest Resistance and Maintain Growth Rate

Executive SummaryPlants are vulnerable to pathogen and insect attack. Typically, pathogen or insect attack elicits a defense response from the plant. Normally, plants choose between new growth and defending against insects or pathogens, and growth is slowed or stopped while the plant is defending itself. Our technology enables plants to grow with activated...
Published: 6/8/2021   |   Inventor(s): Gregg Howe, Marcelo Campos, Yuki Yoshida
Keywords(s):   Category(s): Agriculture, Biotechnology

Use of Arginase in Plant Protection Against Herbivores

IntroductionInsect pests are a major cause of damage to the world’s commercially important agricultural crops. Current strategies aimed at reducing crop losses rely primarily on chemical pesticides. Transgenic crops with intrinsic pest resistance offer a potential alternative.Description of TechnologyMichigan State University’s invention...
Published: 2/17/2023   |   Inventor(s): Gregg Howe, Hui Chen
Keywords(s): Anti-nutritive, Arginase, Insect control, Threonine Deaminase Category(s): Biotechnology, Agriculture