Reynolds Technologies issued US patent for 'tobacco having reduced amounts of amino acids and methods for producing such lines'

ALEXANDRIA, Virginia , May 6, 2014 () – United States Patent no. 8,716,571, issued on May 6, was assigned to Reynolds Technologies Inc. (Winston-Salem, N.C.).

"Tobacco having reduced amounts of amino acids and methods for producing such lines" was invented by Patsy Elizabeth Elliott (Winston-Salem, N.C.), Darlene Madeline Lawson (Kernersville, N.C.) and Serban C. Moldoveanu (Winston-Salem, N.C.).

According to the abstract* released by the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office: "The present invention discloses genetically modified tobacco plants, and tobacco products derived from such plants, comprising a decrease in at least one amino acid such that upon heating and/or burning, the tobacco plant or a portion thereof generates reduced levels of a compound derived from the at least one amino acid as compared to an unmodified parent tobacco plant or a portion thereof. In an embodiment, the tobacco generates reduced levels of acrylamide and/or acrylonitrile upon heating and/or burning of the tobacco as compared to an unmodified parent tobacco line. These plants are useful for improving tobacco products."

The patent was filed on Sept. 21, 2011, under Application No. 13/238,181.

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