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METHODS OF MODULATING PLANT SEED AND NECTARY CONTENT

United States Patent Application

20160355835
A1
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The present invention relates to methods of increasing the levels of at least one sugar in developing seeds in a plant, with the methods comprising inserting an exogenous nucleic acid, which codes for at least one sugar transporter protein (SWEET protein), into a plant cell to create a transgenic plant cell, and subjecting the transgenic plant cell to conditions that promote expression of the at least one SWEET protein during seed development. The methods results in transgenic plant seeds, and transgenic plants that produce seed, where the levels of at least one sugar are increased as compared to seeds from non-transgenic plants of the same species grown under the same conditions.
Frommer, Wolf B. (Washington, DC)
CARNEGIE INSTITUTION OF WASHINGTON (Washington DC)
14/ 774,352
March 13, 2014
STATEMENT REGARDING FEDERALLY SPONSORED RESEARCH OR DEVELOPMENT [0001] Part of the work performed during development of this invention utilized U.S. Government funds under Department of Energy Grant No. DE-FG02-04ER15542 and National Science Foundation Grant No. 0820730. The U.S. Government has certain rights in this invention.