Pioneer Hi Bred International issued US patent for maize variety hybrid X08B797

ALEXANDRIA, Virginia , January 9, 2014 () – According to news reporting originating from Alexandria, Virginia, by VerticalNews journalists, a patent by the inventors Ross, Andrew Jon (Lisbon, IA); Fox, Russell L. (Stuart, IA); McIntosh, Marjorie A. (Princeton, NJ), filed on March 22, 2011, was published online on December 31, 2013.

The assignee for this patent, patent number 8618377, is Pioneer Hi Bred International Inc (Johnston, IA).

Reporters obtained the following quote from the background information supplied by the inventors: "The goal of hybrid development is to combine, in a single hybrid, various desirable traits. For field crops, these traits may include resistance to diseases and insects, resistance to heat and drought, reducing the time to crop maturity, greater yield, and better agronomic quality. With mechanical harvesting of many crops, uniformity of plant characteristics such as germination, stand establishment, growth rate, maturity, and plant and ear height is important. Traditional plant breeding is an important tool in developing new and improved commercial crops."

In addition to obtaining background information on this patent, VerticalNews editors also obtained the inventors' summary information for this patent: "According to the invention, there is provided a maize variety, seed, plant, and its parts designated as X08B797, produced by crossing two Pioneer Hi-Bred International, Inc. proprietary maize inbred varieties. This invention relates to the hybrid maize variety X08B797 the seed, the plant and its parts produced from the seed, and variants, mutants and minor modifications of maize X08B797. This invention also relates to processes for making a maize plant containing in its genetic material one or more traits introgressed into X08B797 through locus conversion and/or transformation, and to the maize seed, plant and plant parts produced thereby. This invention further relates to methods for producing maize varieties derived from hybrid maize variety X08B797.


"Certain definitions used in the specification are provided below. Also in the examples that follow, a number of terms are used herein. In order to provide a clear and consistent understanding of the specification and claims, including the scope to be given such terms, the following definitions are provided. NOTE: ABS is in absolute terms and % MN is percent of the mean for the experiments in which the inbred or hybrid was grown. PCT designates that the trait is calculated as a percentage. % NOT designates the percentage of plants that did not exhibit a trait. For example, STKLDG % NOT is the percentage of plants in a plot that were not stalk lodged. These designators will follow the descriptors to denote how the values are to be interpreted. Below are the descriptors used in the data tables included herein."

For more information, see this patent: Ross, Andrew Jon; Fox, Russell L.; McIntosh, Marjorie A.. Maize Variety Hybrid X08B797. U.S. Patent Number 8618377, filed March 22, 2011, and published online on December 31, 2013. Patent URL:

Keywords for this news article include: Pioneer Hi Bred International Inc.

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