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Increasing plant growth by modulating omega-amidase expression in plants

United States Patent

June 30, 2015
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The present disclosure relates to compositions and methods for increasing the leaf-to-root ratio of the signal metabolite 2-oxoglutaramate and related proline molecules in plants by modulating levels of .omega.-amidase to increase nitrogen use efficiency, resulting in enhanced growth, faster growth rates, greater seed and fruit/pod yields, earlier and more productive flowering, increased tolerance to high salt conditions, and increased biomass yields.
Unkefer; Pat J. (Los Alamos, NM), Anderson; Penelope S. (Los Alamos, NM), Knight; Thomas J. (Raymond, ME)
Los Alamos National Security, LLC (Los Alamos, NM), University of Maine System Board of Trustees (Bangor, ME)
13/ 037,307
February 28, 2011
STATEMENT AS TO RIGHTS TO INVENTIONS MADE UNDER FEDERALLY SPONSORED RESEARCH OR DEVELOPMENT This invention was made with government support under Contract No. DE-AC52-06NA25396, awarded by the United States Department of Energy to Los Alamos National Security, LLC. The government has certain rights in this invention.