US 9,809,812 B2
Methods of screening for microorganisms that impart beneficial properties to plants
Peter John Wigley, Parnell (NZ); Susan Jane Turner, Davis, CA (US); and Caroline Elizabeth George, Parnell (NZ)
Assigned to BIODISCOVERY NEW ZEALAND LIMITED, Parnell (NZ)
Appl. No. 14/429,233
Filed by BIODISCOVERY NEW ZEALAND LIMITED, Auckland (NZ)
PCT Filed Sep. 19, 2013, PCT No. PCT/NZ2013/000171
§ 371(c)(1), (2) Date Mar. 18, 2015,
PCT Pub. No. WO2014/046553, PCT Pub. Date Mar. 27, 2014.
Claims priority of application No. 602532 (NZ), filed on Sep. 19, 2012.
Prior Publication US 2015/0250116 A1, Sep. 10, 2015
This patent is subject to a terminal disclaimer.
Int. Cl. A01H 3/00 (2006.01); C12N 15/10 (2006.01); C12N 1/20 (2006.01); A01N 63/00 (2006.01); A01N 63/04 (2006.01)
CPC C12N 15/1058 (2013.01) [A01H 3/00 (2013.01); A01N 63/00 (2013.01); A01N 63/04 (2013.01); C12N 1/20 (2013.01)] 21 Claims
 
1. A method for the selection of one or more microorganisms capable of imparting one or more beneficial phenotypes to a plant, the method comprising the steps of:
a) subjecting one or more plants to a growth medium in the presence of a first set of one or more microorganisms;
b) selecting one or more seeds from the one or more plants of step a) based upon one or more desirable traits exhibited by the plant relative to other plants of said one or more plants;
c) acquiring a second set of one or more microorganisms from said one or more seeds selected in step b); and
d) repeating steps a) to c) one or more times, wherein the second set of one or more microorganisms acquired in step c) is used as the first set of microorganisms in step a) of any successive repeat.