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Methods for modulating plant growth

United States Patent Application

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The invention provides methods for modulating plant height and organ shape, comprising the step of expressing a transgene in a plant, wherein the transgene encodes an ERECTA-like protein lacking an active kinase domain and wherein expression of the transgene modulates plant height or organ shape. The invention also provides methods for for enhancing the yield of a crop plant, transgenic plants comprising a gene encoding an ERECTA-like protein, vectors encoding ERECTA-like proteins and host cells and/or cell cultures comprising these vectors, and isolated nucleic acid sequences.
Torii, Keiko U. (Seattle, WA), Shpak, Elena D. (Beaverton, OR)
11/ 027,304
December 30, 2004
[0002] The U.S. Government has a paid-up license in this invention and the right in limited circumstances to require the patent owner to license others on reasonable terms as provided for by the terms of DE-FG02-03ER15448 awarded by the U.S. Department of Energy.