Researchers Receive Patent for Plant Genetics Innovation

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The University of Rochester seeks alliance partners to license recently patented plant genomics technology

– Assistant Professor Animesh Ray of the Keck Graduate Institute and Teresa Golden, both formerly with the University of Rochester Department of Biology, have developed technology that may allow favorable plant gene combinations to survive asexual reproduction. This technology is the subject of a patent issued on May 18, 2004 (U.S. Patent 6,737,561). The patent covers various aspects of creating, programming, and transferring desired traits into cereal plants.

This innovation is fundamental plant genetics technology that may allow traits affecting cereal plant production (such as corn) to be "locked-in" for better yields. These locked-in traits, caused by certain combinations of genes, will not be lost in the next sexual generation – which currently occurs with today’s seed corn varieties.

As reported by the International Food Policy Research Institute, farmers around the world will need to produce approximately forty percent more grain by the year 2020. To accomplish the necessary increase in grain supply, higher crop yields will be required. Technologies such as that recently patented by the University of Rochester may pave the way for increases in future crop production.    


For additional scientific and technical information regarding this technology, please see the Available Technologies section of the University of Rochester’s Office of Technology Transfer website available at

For further information regarding technology transfer opportunities with the University of Rochester, please contact Mark Coburn, Associate Provost and Director, Office of Technology Transfer, at (585) 275-5370 or email Mark at


The University of Rochester's Office of Technology Transfer on its River Campus is responsible for the management of the intellectual property resources of the non-medical center colleges, schools, departments, centers and laboratories of the University of Rochester. Its goal is to pursue innovative strategies to help translate scientific progress into tangible products, while returning income to the inventor and the University to support further research and education. OTT facilitates the licensing of technology to companies, encourages new faculty startup ventures, works with publishers and distributors of software, and supports the transfer of research materials to other universities, research institutes and companies. For more information about the Office of Technology Transfer, visit

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