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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

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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

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Phytochelatin-based heavy metal detoxification in phytoremediation and agricultural applications

AtPCS gene encoding multispecific heavy metal resistance factor from plantsProblem: 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 and...

Published: 2/5/2020

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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

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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

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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. 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

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