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Automated Micro-Particle Robotic Swarm for the Chemical and Mechanical Removal of Biofilms
Wirelessly activated iron oxide nanoparticles (IONPs) forming micro-robots that chemically and mechanically remove biofilms with high precision and efficacy by magnetic control. Positioning Statement:Medical device companies, cleaning device companies, health systems, and food manufacturers who need effective tools for controlling biofilm infectio...
Published: 8/1/2019   |   Inventor(s): Hyun Koo, Edward Steager, Elizabeth Hunter, Kathleen Stebe, Vijay Kumar
Category(s): Agriculture, Food Science & Nutrition, Materials, Medical Devices
Improved Stress and Nutrient Response in Plants via Root Hair Regulation
Brief Description:This technology is aimed at improving crop production in the era of global climate change and rising fertilizer costs.TechnologyProblem:Feeding 7 Billion people is a global concern, and this problem continues to grow year-to-year. A large problem for the agricultural industry is finding a way to grow food on less arable land, whi...
Published: 3/26/2019   |   Inventor(s): Brian Gregory
Category(s): Agriculture, Food Science & Nutrition
Phytochelatin-based heavy metal detoxification in phytoremediation and agricultural applications
AtPCS gene encoding multispecific heavy metal resistance factor from plantsInventorPhilip A. Rea, Professor of Biology; Rebecka and Arie Belldegrun Distinguished Director of the Roy and Diana Vagelos Program in Life Sciences & ManagementProblemEnvironmental contamination with heavy metals such as arsenic, cadmium, lead and/or mercury is implica...
Published: 11/3/2017   |   Inventor(s): Philip Rea
Category(s): Energy, Infrastructure, & Environment, Research Tools & Reagents, Agriculture, Food Science & Nutrition
GRP8 as a target for improving plant stress response to water and nutrient starvation
Brief Description: Genetically engineered plants for increased resistance to nutrient stressTechnology:Problem: The plant root epidermis absorbs water and nutrients from the environment, using long hair-like projections from root hair cells to increase surface area. Plants regulate the ratio of root hair to nonhair cells based on environmental si...
Published: 8/7/2017   |   Inventor(s): Brian Gregory
Category(s): Energy, Infrastructure, & Environment, Research Tools & Reagents, Agriculture, Food Science & Nutrition, Chemical Processes and Synthesis
Robotics and Sensing for Precision Agriculture
Problem:Farmers face a number of challenges that reduce their yields. Plant diseases, water stress, and other conditions result in fewer crops brought to market, ultimately leading to economic losses. Many of these conditions are detected today with the human eye, but regularly surveying thousands of acres with human scouts is impractical and uneco...
Published: 5/19/2017   |   Inventor(s): Vijay Kumar
Category(s): Hardware, Circuits, & Sensors, Imaging, Robotics, Software, Data, Algorithms, & Apps, Agriculture, Food Science & Nutrition
Agricultural formulation and transgenic methods for regulating crop yield
Phytohormone gibberellin controls onset of plant development and flower formationInventorDoris Wagner, Professor of Biology Technology OverviewThe Wagner lab has uncovered dual opposite roles of the phytohormone gibberellin in the events that lead to formation of flowers, fruits, and seeds. Elevated gibberellin promotes termination of the vegetat...
Published: 5/25/2016   |   Inventor(s): Doris Wagner
Category(s): Energy, Infrastructure, & Environment, Agriculture, Food Science & Nutrition