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US7230163: Method of improving crop yields

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Filing Information

Inventor(s) Abner James Becton · Leo Neal Namken ·
Assignee(s) United Agri Products ·
Attorney/Agent(s) Sheridan Ross P.C. ·
Primary Examiner David H Kruse ·
Application Number US10976016
Filing date 10/27/2004
Issue date 06/12/2007
Prior Publication Data
Predicted expiration date 06/03/2023
Patent term adjustment 237
U.S. Classifications 800/288  · 800/300  · 800/290  ·
International Classifications A01H304  · C12N1582  ·
Kind CodeB2
Related U.S. Application DataCROSS-REFERENCE TO RELATED APPLICATIONS
The present application is a continuation of U.S. patent application Ser. No. 10/268,621, filed Oct. 9, 2002, entitled “METHOD OF IMPROVING CROP YIELDS,” now abandoned, the entire disclosure of which application is considered to be part of the disclosure of the accompanying application and is hereby incorporated by reference.
13 Claims, 2 Drawings


Abstract

The invention provides a method of improving the yield of a crop. The method comprises growing transgenic plants to produce a crop, the transgenic plants being able to metabolize at least one synthetic auxin. A synthetic auxin is applied to the plants at least once during their growth, the synthetic auxin being one that can be metabolized by the transgenic plants. Finally, the crop is harvested.

Independent Claims | See all claims (13)

  1. 1. A method of improving the yield of a crop comprising: growing transgenic plants comprising heterologous DNA selected from the group consisting of SEQ ID NO:2 and SEQ ID NO:3 to produce a crop, the transgenic plants being able to metabolize at least one synthetic auxin; applying a synthetic auxin to the plants at least once during their growth, the synthetic auxin being one that can be metabolized by the transgenic plants; and harvesting the crop.

References Cited

U.S. Patent Documents

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* cited by examiner

Other Publications

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* cited by examiner

Patent Family

Document NumberAssigneeInventorsIssue/Pub Date
US20030140365 Leo Namken et al. Jul 2003
US20060030488 United Agri Products Abner Becton et al. Feb 2006
US7230163 United Agri Products Abner James Becton et al. Jun 2007