Monsanto issued US patent for 'methods and compositions for production of maize lines with increased transformability'; patent filed on May 12, 2010

ALEXANDRIA, Virginia , May 13, 2014 () – United States Patent no. 8,722,993, issued on May 13, was assigned to Monsanto Technology LLC (St. Louis).

"Methods and compositions for production of maize lines with increased transformability" was invented by Brenda A. Lowe (Mystic, Conn.) and Paul S. Chomet (Mystic, Conn.).

According to the abstract* released by the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office: "The current invention provides methods and compositions for producing an elite line of Zea mays enhanced for transformability. Compositions comprising an elite germplasm exhibiting increased transformability are disclosed. Further provided are methods for breeding maize such that enhanced transformability traits may be transferred to a desired germplasm. The plants and methods of the invention represent a valuable new tool for the creation of elite transgenic plants, preferably having one or more added beneficial characteristics."

The patent was filed on May 12, 2010, under Application No. 12/778,889.

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