WIPO publishes R.J. Reynolds Tobacco patent for 'method for treating tobacco plants with enzymes'

GENEVA , January 24, 2014 () – Publication No. WO/2014/015228 was published on Jan. 23.

Title of the invention: "METHOD FOR TREATING TOBACCO PLANTS WITH ENZYMES."

Applicants: R. J. REYNOLDS TOBACCO COMPANY (US).

Inventors: Serban C. Moldoveanu (US), Jerry Wayne Marshall (US), Marvin Glenn Riddick (US) and Michael F. Davis (US).

According to the abstract* posted by the World Intellectual Property Organization: "A method of modifying the content of certain chemical components in tobacco materials is provided, the method including treatment of a tobacco plant or portion thereof with at least one enzyme. For example, the method may modify the content of tobacco smoke toxicant precursors in tobacco materials, which can result in a modification in toxicant production when the tobacco material is exposed to elevated temperatures. The type of tobacco plant or portion thereof treated according to the invention can be, for example, a tobacco seed, a tobacco seedling, an immature live plant, a mature live plant, a harvested plant, or a plant derivative. Smoking articles and other tobacco products including such enzyme-treated tobacco materials are also provided."

The patent was filed on July 19, 2013 under Application No. PCT/US2013/051233.

*For further information, including images, charts and tables, please visit: http://www.wipo.int/patentscope/search/en/detail.jsf?docId=WO2014015228

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