By a News Reporter-Staff News Editor at Life Science Weekly — From Alexandria, Virginia, NewsRx journalists report that a patent by the inventor Beckman, Peter M. (Santa Cruz, CA), filed on November 29, 2011, was published online on July 1, 2014 (see also Golden State Bulb Growers, Inc.).
The patent’s assignee for patent number 8766067 is Golden State Bulb Growers, Inc. (Moss Landing, CA).
News editors obtained the following quote from the background information supplied by the inventors: “All publications cited in this application are herein incorporated by reference. Zantedeschia sp., are members of the Araceae family. Zantedeschia are herbaceous flowering plants that are native to Africa. The genus Zantedeschia is composed of several species such as the more evergreen, mostly white and cool-season flowering Z. aethiopica to the Aestivae colored types such as Z. albomaculata, Z. rehmannii, Z. elliotiana, Z. pentlandii, and Z. jucunda.
“Zantedeschia can be propagated from seed, tubers, and tissue culture. Seed, tuber and tissue culture germination protocols for Zantedeschia are well-known in the art.
“There are numerous steps in the development of any novel, desirable plant germplasm. Plant breeding begins with the analysis and definition of problems and weaknesses of the current germplasm, the establishment of program goals, and the definition of specific breeding objectives. The next step is selection of germplasm that possesses the traits to meet the program goals. The goal is to combine in a single variety an improved combination of desirable traits from the parental germplasm. These important traits may include higher seed yield, resistance to diseases and insects, better stems and roots, tolerance to drought and heat, and better commercial plant and flower quality.
“Zantedeschia is an important and valuable ornamental plant. Thus, a continuing goal of ornamental plant breeders is to develop varieties with novel characteristics, such as color, growth habit, and hardiness. To accomplish this goal, the breeder must select and develop plants that have traits that result in superior Zantedeschia varieties.
“The foregoing examples of the related art and limitations related therewith are intended to be illustrative and not exclusive. Other limitations of the related art will become apparent to those of skill in the art upon a reading of the specification.”
As a supplement to the background information on this patent, NewsRx correspondents also obtained the inventor’s summary information for this patent: “The following embodiments and aspects thereof are described in conjunction with systems, tools and methods which are meant to be exemplary, not limiting in scope. In various embodiments, one or more of the above-described problems have been reduced or eliminated, while other embodiments are directed to other improvements.
“According to one aspect of the invention, there is provided a novel Zantedeschia variety designated 110224-64275. Plants of Zantedeschia are further valued as breeding lines enabling the development of superior ornamental Zantedeschia plants having a range of desirable colored spathes and superior growth performance.
“In another aspect, the present invention relates to plants, seeds, and other plant parts such as pollen, ovules, embryos, protoplasts, meristematic cells, callus, pollen, leaves, ovules, anthers, cotyledons, hypocotyl, pistils, roots, root tips, spathe, spadix, seeds, petiole, rhizome, pods, berries, bulb, tuber, shoot, or stems of Zantedeschia 110224-64275 or the like.
“In another aspect, the present invention relates to plants of Zantedeschia 110224-64275, and to methods for producing a Zantedeschia plant produced by crossing Zantedeschia 110224-64275 with itself or another Zantedeschia plant, and the creation of variants by mutagenesis or transformation of Zantedeschia 110224-64275.
“Thus, any such methods using Zantedeschia 110224-64275 are part of this invention: selfing, backcrosses, hybrid production, crosses to populations, and the like. All plants produced using Zantedeschia 110224-64275 as at least one parent are within the scope of this invention. Zantedeschia 110224-64275 could be used in crosses with other, different, Zantedeschia plants to produce first generation (F.sub.1) Zantedeschia hybrid seeds and plants with superior characteristics.
“In another aspect, the present invention provides for a method of producing a Zantedeschia plant comprising crossing a first parent plant with a second parent plant and harvesting the resultant seed, whether either one or both parents are Zantedeschia 110224-64275.
“In another aspect, the present invention provides for single or multiple gene converted plants of Zantedeschia 110224-64275. The transferred gene(s) may preferably be a dominant or recessive allele. Preferably, the transferred gene(s) will confer such traits as herbicide tolerance, insect resistance, resistance for bacterial, fungal, or viral disease, male fertility, and male sterility. The gene may be a naturally occurring Zantedeschia gene or a transgene or gene introduced through genetic engineering techniques.
“In another aspect, the present invention provides regenerable cells for use in tissue culture of Zantedeschia variety 110224-64275. The tissue culture will preferably be capable of regenerating plants having all the physiological and morphological characteristics of the foregoing Zantedeschia plant, and of regenerating plants having substantially the same genotype as the foregoing Zantedeschia plant. Preferably, the regenerable cells in such tissue cultures will be pollen, ovules, embryos, protoplasts, meristematic cells, callus, pollen, leaves, ovules, anthers, cotyledons, hypocotyl, pistils, roots, root tips, spathe, spadix, seeds, petiole, rhizome, pods, berries, bulb, tuber, shoot, stems or the like. Still further, the present invention provides Zantedeschia plants regenerated from the tissue cultures of Zantedeschia 110224-64275.
“In addition to the exemplary aspects and embodiments described above, further aspects and embodiments will become apparent by study of the following descriptions.”
For additional information on this patent, see: Beckman, Peter M.. Zantedeschia Variety 110224-64275. U.S. Patent Number 8766067, filed November 29, 2011, and published online on July 1, 2014. Patent URL: http://patft.uspto.gov/netacgi/nph-Parser?Sect1=PTO1&Sect2=HITOFF&d=PALL&p=1&u=\%2Fnetahtml\%2FPTO\%2Fsrchnum.htm&r=1&f=G&l=50&s1=8766067.PN.&OS=PN/8766067RS=PN/8766067
Keywords for this news article include: Pollen, Flowering Tops, Plant Germ Cells, Plant Structures, Golden State Bulb Growers Inc..
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