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NK Patent Law has an experienced Ag Tech patents practice. The Ag Tech group is international in scope, seeking patent protection on behalf of clients in many foreign jurisdictions. Our clients in this space include vendors for farming equipment, companies that develop improved feed-stock, and bacterial strains for use in horticultural applications.
Our Ag Tech practice also includes advising clients on complex corporate, joint venture, and licensing matters as they arise, and the firm represents both investors and startup companies.
The disclosure encompassed herein relates, in part, to a method for increasing energy density of plant biomass that can be used for production of renewable fuel, such as biodiesel oil and/or ethanol. In an aspect, genetic engineering for enhanced sugar accumulation can be achieved by overexpressing a bacterial enzyme sucrose isomerase. Sugars or oils extracted from the plants of the disclosure encompassed herein may be used for industrial purposes such as heating, producing bio-fuels such as biodiesel fuel, or lubricating applications.
The presently disclosed subject matter is directed to a method of processing plant oil to produce high grade fuel such as biodiesel and jet fuel. Particularly, a method is provided that includes treating an oil under hydrothermal conditions in the presence of i) an acid that acts as an in situ source of hydrogen and ii) an activated carbon essentially free of a metal catalyst, wherein the treating results in production of liquid hydrocarbons for use as a fuel.
The present invention relates to a genetically modified plant having an increased amount of oil in its green biomass as compared to the oil in the green biomass of its non-genetically modified counterpart. The plants may be used for producing bio-fuels such as biodiesel fuel.