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PLANTS HAVING INCREASED BIOMASS AND METHODS FOR MAKING THE SAME

United States Patent Application

20160289694
A1
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The impact of plastid size change in both monocot and dicot plants has been examined. In both, when plastid size is increased there is an increase in biomass relative to the parental lines. Thus, provided herein are methods for increasing the biomass of a plant, comprising decreasing the expression of at least one plastid division protein in a plant. Optionally, the level of chlorophyll in the plant is also reduced.
Grennan, Aleel K. (Urbana, IL), Ort, Donald R. (Champaign, IL), Moose, Stephen Patrick (Urbana, IL), Bilgin, Damla D. (San Diego, CA), Clemente, Thomas (Lincoln, NE), Altpeter, Fredy (Gainesville, FL), Long, Stephen P. (Champaign, IL)
The Board of Trustees of the University of Illinois, The United States of America, as represented by the Secretary of Agriculture
14/ 995,109
January 13, 2016
GOVERNMENT RIGHTS STATEMENT [0002] This invention was made with government support under contract number DE-AR0000206 awarded by the United States Department of Energy. The government has certain rights in the invention.