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Improved Stress and Nutrient Response in Plants via Root Hair Regulation
This technology is aimed at improving crop production in the era of global climate change and rising fertilizer costs. Problem: 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, while also decreasing expensive...
Published: 2/6/2020   |   Inventor(s): Brian Gregory
Category(s): Agriculture & Food Science & Nutrition
GRP8 as a target for improving plant stress response to water and nutrient starvation
Genetically engineered plants for increased resistance to nutrient stress 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 signals, with plants grown under...
Published: 2/6/2020   |   Inventor(s): Brian Gregory
Category(s): Agriculture & Food Science & Nutrition, Chemical Processes and Synthesis, Energy & Infrastructure & Environment, Research Tools & Reagents
Phytochelatin-based heavy metal detoxification in phytoremediation and agricultural applications
AtPCS gene encoding multispecific heavy metal resistance factor from plants Problem: Environmental contamination with heavy metals such as arsenic, cadmium, lead and/or mercury is implicated in human disease and agricultural losses. Industrial and mining activities, as well as natural mineral outcrops, have resulted in the contamination of soils...
Published: 2/5/2020   |   Inventor(s): Philip Rea
Category(s): Agriculture & Food Science & Nutrition, Energy & Infrastructure & Environment, Research Tools & Reagents
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 uneconomical. Solution:...
Published: 1/28/2020   |   Inventor(s): Vijay Kumar
Category(s): Agriculture & Food Science & Nutrition, Hardware & Circuits & Sensors, Imaging, Robotics, Software & Data & Algorithms & Apps
Agricultural formulation and transgenic methods for regulating crop yield
osite roles of the phytohormone gibberellin in the events that lead to formation of flowers, fruits, and seeds. Elevated gibberellin promotes termination of the vegetative phase and triggers bolting, while reduced gibberellin triggers flower formation. These two events are coupled in that gibberellin increases the expression of genes encoding transcription...
Published: 1/23/2020   |   Inventor(s): Doris Wagner
Category(s): Energy & Infrastructure & Environment, Agriculture & Food Science & Nutrition
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. Technology Overview: Biofilms are extremely difficult to eliminate. They are made up of bacterial cells encapsulated in a protective, sticky matrix that helps them to firmly...
Published: 8/1/2019   |   Inventor(s): Hyun Koo, Edward Steager, Elizabeth Hunter, Kathleen Stebe, Vijay Kumar
Category(s): Materials, Medical Devices, Agriculture & Food Science & Nutrition