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Antimicrobial and anti-inflammatory activity of switchgrass-derived extractives

United States Patent

March 15, 2016
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Switchgrass is an increasingly important biofuel crop, but knowledge of switchgrass fungal pathogens is not extensive. The purpose of this research was to identify the fungal pathogens that decrease crop yield of switchgrass grown in Tennessee and to investigate a potential sustainable disease management strategy from a value-added by-product of the switchgrass biofuel conversion process. The specific objectives were 1) to identify and characterize prevalent fungal pathogens of switchgrass in Tennessee, 2) assess switchgrass seed produced in the United States for seedborne fungal pathogens, and 3) evaluate switchgrass extractives for antimicrobial activity against plant pathogens.
Labbe; Nicole (Knoxville, TN), Ownley; Bonnie H. (Knoxville, TN), Gwinn; Kimberly D. (Knoxville, TN), Moustaid-Moussa; Naima (Lubbock, TX), D'Souza; Doris H. (Knoxville, TN)
14/ 079,015
November 13, 2013
This invention was made with United States government support under Department of Energy contract DE-EE0002993. The United States government has certain rights in the invention.