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Class / Patent application numberDescriptionNumber of patent applications / Date published
047650500 RECEPTACLE FOR GROWING MEDIUM 496
047059000 WATER CULTURE, APPARATUS OR METHOD 155
0475801R0 PROCESS 145
047200100 COVER, SHADE, OR SCREEN 79
047017000 GREENHOUSE, APPARATUS OR METHOD 72
047044000 PLANT SUPPORTS 68
047480500 PLANT IRRIGATORS AND/OR FERTILIZERS, APPARATUS OR METHOD 57
047410010 FLOWER HOLDER 36
047100400 ALGAE CULTURE 36
047570600 COATED OR IMPREGNATED SEED, METHOD OR APPARATUS 29
047033000 ORNAMENTAL BEDS 26
047009000 MULCHING 24
047039000 STAND FOR HOLDING A PLANT OR GROWING MEDIUM RECEPTACLE 19
047100100 MUSHROOM CULTURE 19
047065000 DYNAMIC PLANT RECEPTACLE TRANSPORT, APPARATUS OR METHOD 17
047056000 SEED TAPE OR MAT, METHOD OR APPARATUS 12
047042000 TREE SUPPORTS 11
047570500 INJECTION, METHOD OR APPARATUS 10
047400500 TREE TRUNK SUPPORTING BASE WITH LIQUID RESERVOIR 10
047320700 ROOT TRAINER, OR BARRIER 8
047320400 TREE TRUNK GUARD OR PROTECTOR 8
047100500 PLANT SURFACE CONTACT MATERIAL APPLICATOR 8
047570700 COATING, DUSTING, OR HOT OR COLD FOGGING MACHINE OR METHOD 7
047100430 CROP THINNING, INCLUDING FRUIT, FOLIAGE, OR MOSS REMOVAL 7
047002000 FROST PREVENTING 6
047050000 SAP BUCKETS 5
20100170152Maple spout with interior chamber and maple syrup production system using same - A maple syrup production spout with an interior chamber is disclosed. The spout is designed for use with vacuum-based maple syrup production systems. The interior chamber serves as a reservoir that allows the vacuum to accumulate, thereby facilitating the flow of sap from the tap hole, through the spout and into the dropline. The interior chamber also facilitates reduced liquid-liquid contact between the tubing system and the taphole, which improves the cleanliness of the tap hole and increases sap yield. Methods of using the spout in maple syrup production system are also disclosed.07-08-2010
20110088316TUBING, A SYSTEM CONTAINING TUBING FOR AND METHOD FOR REMOVING SAP FROM A TREE - A system for removing sap from a plurality of trees includes a main tube supported at least in part by a plurality of drain tubes without the use of a spinal support. The main tube as supported can negotiate a path between a plurality of trees. The drain tubes are adapted to be supported at the trees. The drain tubes are in fluid communication with the main tube for removing sap through a drain tube into the main tube.04-21-2011
20110173881Dual-line spout and maple syrup production system using same - A dual-line spout for maple syrup production is disclosed. The spout has a nose section with an input channel, and an interior chamber having first and second flow paths each fluidly connected to the input channel and to respective first and second output channels. The spout is designed for use with vacuum-based maple syrup productions systems that use a dual-line line system. The dry-line portion of the line system fluidly connects to the first output channel and the wet-line portion of the line system fluidly connected to the second output channel. Example spouts have no chambers, a single chamber or two sub-chambers, to facilitate air-liquid separation. Methods of using the spout in a vacuum-based, dual-line maple syrup production system are also disclosed.07-21-2011
20110173880Maple syrup line system with increased diameter lines and fittings - A line system for a maple syrup production system, where the lateral lines have an inside diameter greater than 5/16″ nominal and less than or equal to ¾″ and the lateral line fitting and mainline fitting have a nominal inside diameter of greater than 0.225″ and less than or equal to 0.70″. Further, the line system has drop lines with an inside diameter greater than 5/16″ nominal and less than or equal to ¾″ and the spout fitting has a nominal inside diameter of greater than 0.225″ and less than or equal to 0.70″. The increased inside diameters of the drop lines, lateral lines, spout fittings, lateral line fittings and mainline fittings dramatically improves the flow of air and sap from the taphole and through the line system.07-21-2011
20130139436Protective Sleeve for Tubular Conduits Used in Sap Collection. - A protective sleeve for plastic tubing used in the collection of sap. The sleeve provides protection from damage or interference by varmints.06-06-2013
047006000 GRAFTING 5
20090277081APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR CULTIVATING A TREE - An apparatus and method cultivate trees by preventing freezing and frost damage and inhibiting root stalk sprouts. The apparatus is a frustoconical cover that rests on the ground to cover the root ball of the tree. The stalk and leaves are extended from a hole in the frustum. Water such as mist is injectable within the cover to prevent cold and frost damage.11-12-2009
20110126453NEW METHOD FOR THE PRODUCTION OF SOMATIC EMBRYOS FROM EUPHORBIA PULCHERRIMA PLANT TISSUE - The present invention relates to a method for the production of somatic embryos from poinsettia (06-02-2011
20110005127TECHNIQUE FOR ENGRAFTING PLANTS AND A TOOL FOR IMPLEMENTING THE TECHNIQUE - Material is mechanically removed from the cut-out extremities of the graft holder (01-13-2011
20110154730GRAFTED SEEDLING PRODUCING DEVICE - A grafted seedling producing device including a stock seedling holding unit that holds and conveys a stock seedling, a stock cutting unit that cuts the stock seedling held by the stock seedling holding unit, and a joining unit that joins the stock seedling conveyed by the stock seedling holding unit and a scion seedling, the stock cutting unit including a stock cutter unit that includes a stock blade for cutting the stock seedling by a predetermined stock cutter trajectory, the stock seedling holding unit holding an embryonic stem of a seedling for grafting at a predetermined position on the stock cutter trajectory in a vertical posture, the grafted seedling producing device includes: a supporting unit configured to retract the stock cutter unit from an advance position for cutting in proximity to the stock seedling holding unit; and a stock pressing member that presses and fixes a portion ahead of a cutting position of the embryonic stem from a seedling holding position against the stock seedling holding unit side at the advance position.06-30-2011
20120073190A CUTTING TOOL AND METHOD OF CUTTING - A whip and tongue grafting device may include a slanting cut tool including a guide to position stem for receiving a slanting cut, and including a cutting device for making the slanting cut. The device may also include a whip cut tool including a guide to position a stem for receiving a tongue cut, and including a cutting device for making the whip cut. The device may also include other guides for producing other required cuts to the stem.03-29-2012
047100410 POLLINATION AIDS 5
20090000187Method and apparatus of high-throughout pollen extraction, counting, and use of counted pollen for characterizing a plant - An apparatus and method of quantitatively obtaining a measurement of pollen of a plant. A quantitative collection of a sample of pollen is counted. Total pollen of the plant can be calculated. One way of quantitative collection of pre-shed pollen involves blending a part of the plant with pollen in the presence of liquid (e.g. water) in a blender. The action of the blender tends to destroy the non-pollen parts of the plant and release the pollen into the liquid. Extraction of the pollen from the blender can be through a sidewall port that includes a filter or sieve having a mesh size that passes relevant pollen but blocks most non-pollen plant parts. The sample can be efficiently prepared for counting of pollen. One method of counting comprises imaging the sample with the pollen well distributed in the focal plane of the imager.01-01-2009
20120311925METHOD AND MEANS FOR IMPROVING PLANT PRODUCTIVITY THROUGH ENHANCING INSECT POLLINATION SUCCESS IN PLANT CULTIVATION - The invention relates to the cultivation of insect (12-13-2012
20120297671Handheld Pollen Sifter Device - A handheld, vibrating pollen sifter device is disclosed having a handle portion, a vibrating motor, an enclosure for storing pollen generating plants and a screen for dispensing the liberated pollen therefrom onto a target plant. The vibrating motor disturbs the pollen grains from the stamen of flowers placed within the enclosure. The pollen is then liberated into the air through the screen at the base of the enclosure, providing a means to fertilize a plant abiotically. The motor is electrically driven by a power means, preferably a battery pack to allow improved mobility outdoors. An embodiment of the device utilizes a vibratory wand attached to a fine-mesh sifter bowl at its distal end that supports the flower stamen.11-29-2012
20130118067METHOD FOR DISPENSING GRAINS OF POLLEN - Methods for dispensing pollen contained in a solution onto a plant for pollination are provided herein. In one example embodiment, a method for dispensing grains of pollen comprises introducing a plurality of grains of pollen into a solution to create a pollen solution mixture. In some embodiments, the pollen solution mixture is contained in a pollen storage container. The method further comprises connecting the pollen storage container containing the pollen solution mixture to a dispensing device. The method further includes propelling at least a portion of the pollen solution mixture from the pollen storage container using the dispensing device to pollinate a plant.05-16-2013
20130118066LARGE SCALE METHOD FOR DISPENSING GRAINS OF POLLEN - A method is provided for bulk pollination of a plurality of plants. In various embodiments, the method includes collecting a plurality of known grains of pollen, loading the plurality of known grains of pollen into a bulk pollen distributing apparatus, sensing a target pollination location of each of the plurality of plants using an electronic sensor, and distributing the known grains of pollen to the plurality of plants with the bulk pollen distributing apparatus when the electronic sensor senses the target pollination location of each of the plants within a predefined proximity, thereby pollinating the plurality of plants. A plurality of plants may be prepared for controlled pollination by preventing pollination of the plurality of plants by an alternate pollen source. Known grains of pollen may be dispensed to create predetermined gamete crosses with known plants.05-16-2013
047100300 ELECTROCULTURE, MAGNETOCULTURE OR ELECTROCUTING 5
20110283607METHOD FOR THE TREATMENT OF PLANTS USING ELECTROMAGNETIC FIELDS - The invention relates to a method for the treatment of plants using electromagnetic fields and consists in applying pulse sequences to growing plants or the seeds thereof in a pulsed electromagnetic field by means of a pulse generator, wherein the individual pulses have a frequency ranging from 1 to 100 Hz and the amplitude of each individual pulse corresponds to an exponential function or the pulses have envelope curves rising and falling in the form of an arc, wherein the individual pulses are emitted in synchronous or asynchronous groups of pulses having different magnetic flux densities, and wherein the plants are exposed to the pulsating electromagnetic field once to 30 times a day for 1 to 120 minutes each time or continuously for several days. Plant growth, germination and yields are significantly increased in an environmentally friendly manner. Resistance to diseases is increased.11-24-2011
20120023815Enriching the Seed Quality of a Batch of Seeds - The invention is directed to a method for separating two or more seed fractions having different germination quality, to a method for preparing a seed fraction enriched in seed quality, and to the use of a magnetic fluid.02-02-2012
20120090228FUNGI PREVENTING METHOD, FLYING ORGANISM REMOVING APPARATUS AND PLANT PROTECTING APPARATUS BY ADSORPTION OF CONIDIA USING DIELECTRIC POLARIZATION - A method is provided which can efficiently remove conidia and microbe or the like of a phytopathogen from air and does not cause generation of ozone originated from discharge or so, thereby preventing occurrence of a plant disease without damaging a plant. There are also provided a flying organism removing apparatus and a plant protecting apparatus which can adequately capture flyable organisms, such as spores of a phytopathogen and/or small vermin, by applying an electrostatic field to the flyable organisms.04-19-2012
20130192129Agricultural Applications of a Double Helix Conductor - An electrical system having an underlying structure resembling the double helix most commonly associated with DNA is used to produce useful electromagnetic fields for agricultural applications.08-01-2013
20130192130SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR HARVESTING AND DEWATERING ALGAE - An applied electrical field effects the harvesting of algae from a growth medium through increased interface potential between solvent and solute and the use of micron-sized bubbles of hydrogen and oxygen gas. The process and method makes use of strategically placed bipolar electrode plates that generate hydrogen and oxygen gas. Micro bubbles of the gas flocculate the biomass out of solution concurrently clarifying the water for re-use in an algae growth system. The flocked algae can then be processed for use in applications which require a chemical-free and dewatered product such as required for bio-fuels, pharmaceuticals or food.08-01-2013
047014000 SEED TESTERS 3
20090260281METHOD FOR GROUPING A PLURALITY OF GROWTH-INDUCED SEEDS FOR COMMERCIAL USE OR SALE BASED ON TESTING OF EACH INDIVIDUAL SEED - A method and system for producing a group of growth-induced seeds for commercial use or sale, the method including monitoring a physiological indication and/or morphometric indication for a seed, automatically determining if the monitored seed has a specific characteristic, separating the monitored seed having the specific characteristic into a group of seeds for commercial use or sale so that each and every seed in the group has been monitored and determined to have the specific characteristic.10-22-2009
20120117865AUTOMATED SYSTEMS FOR REMOVING TISSUE SAMPLES FROM SEEDS, AND RELATED METHODS - A seed sampling system is provided having an automated seed loading assembly including a seed bin and being operable to singulate seeds from a plurality of seeds within the seed bin. The system also includes an automated seed sampling assembly operable to remove tissue samples from the singulated seeds, and an automated seed transport assembly operable to transfer the singulated seeds from the seed loading assembly to the seed sampling assembly. The seed transport assembly includes multiple retention members. Each of the retention members is movable relative to the seed loading assembly and to the seed sampling assembly. The seed transport assembly is operable to position one of the multiple retention members adjacent to the seed loading assembly for engaging one of the singulated seeds, while positioning another of the retention members adjacent to the seed sampling assembly for presenting another of the singulated seeds to the seed sampling assembly.05-17-2012
20090077873Seed testing method and apparatus - To provide an accelerated aging seed testing kit system, a single sheet of plastic or other suitable formable sheet material is pressed into the shape of a compartment base having recesses for mounting a seed holder. A seed holder that includes a seed support and a seed support holder is formed. The seed support holder is formed of a single sheet of plastic having radially extending tabs that fit into the recesses of the container to support the seed support above the bottom of the test kit. A bypass channel for addition of an aqueous solution used in the prescribed test condition is provided in the seed holder. A lid is formed out of one piece of plastic having a bendable tab to serve as a port and the openings and connecting points of the lid and seed holder are positioned so they can only fit together in one orientation having the port above the bypass channel.03-26-2009
047008000 TREE SURGERY 2
20130025193Convex Cutting and Trimming Method to Re-orient New Growth for Shaping Trees - A tree trimming method that is related to a convex method of pre-determined angular trimming of deciduous trees. The methodology uses pre-determined angle cuts for deciduous vegetation to re-orient new growth and shape shade trees, shrubs and ornamental trees. This pre-determined “convex cut” makes the curved cuts reorient the tree limbs to a pre-desired radial shape and encourages the tree limbs to re-orient and grow. This results in the deciduous tree canopy that is round or radial in shape. The pre-determined angle cutting proves useful for either on the outside perimeter or for clearing inside the tree canopy for power lines. Essentially any pre-determined angle of clearing or directional shaping to re-orient new growth can be done with this cutting method.01-31-2013
20110041396Convex Cutting and Trimming Method for Shaping Trees - A tree trimming method that is related to a convex method of angular trimming of trees. The methodology uses angle cuts for tree trimming and shaping of all shade trees, evergreen trees, and ornamental trees. The angle cutting of limbs is in a “convex cut”. This makes curved cuts bring the tree limbs in a radial shape and encourages them to grow which results in the tree canopy to be round or radial in shape. Angle cutting proves useful either on the outside perimeter or useful in vertical clearing inside the tree canopy for clearance (for power lines and such). Essentially any angle of clearing or directional shaping can be done with this of cutting method—under the canopy, on the sides, at the top, or clearing pathways through the middle without damage to the trees.02-24-2011
047089000 FOR POTATO, METHOD OR APPARATUS 2
20100064582METHOD FOR MASS PRODUCTION OF SEEDLING OF SEED POTATO - A method of mass producing potato seedlings, involves collecting growing points of seed potatoes and culturing the growing points in a liquid or solid medium; introducing in vitro plantlets obtained from the culture of the growing points to solid culture; and removing the in vitro plantlets from the solid culture, and planting through stem cutting and acclimatizing the in vitro plantlets in deep flow culture, in which a nutrient solution is circulating. Upon planting in hydroponic facilities, such potato seedlings have high adaptability to the external environment and thus rapidly, uniformly generate roots in a short time. The rapid root anchoring prevents planted seedlings from withering, leading to death, growing poorly, and the like. The direct planting of in vitro plantlets through stem cutting without a separate acclimatization process shortens the overall production period of potato seedlings by omitting the acclimatization process.03-18-2010
20090077883Controlled Environment System and Method for Rapid Propagation of Seed Potato Stocks - A computer controlled environment system and method are used to provide the optimum environmental and nutritional conditions for the growth and development of seed potato cuttings for the initiation and development of tubers that can be used as the seed source for further multiplication under field conditions as seed potato stock. Use of a controlled environment system and method that provides optimum cultural conditions results in rapid growth and development of the potato cutting so as up to six crops of tubers can be harvested in a calendar year.03-26-2009
047500500 LAYERING 1
20110067297APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR HOLDING ROOTING MEDIA - A wrap for use in air-layering made from a long tubular plastic net sack filled with a rooting media. The sack is used for secure placement of the rooting media about the plant surface. Furthermore, a method for air layering large woody plant is provided that comprises of placing the wrap containing the rooting media, over the plant surface.03-24-2011
047100700 MATERIAL DISTRIBUTOR WITH PLANT MANIPULATING, CULTIVATING OR SENSING (E.G., TO POSITION PLANT RELATIVE TO DISTRIBUTOR) 1
20110296750ROLLING HERBICIDE APPLICATOR AND SHIELD - A rolling herbicide applicator contains an herbicide nozzle fastened to a rigid shaft and axle at the center of a rolling disc for selectively applying herbicide to undesirable plants, while shielding desirable plants from herbicide overspray. The rolling applicator allows a user to trace a flowing outline through landscape arrangements of any shape with a steady movement as the rolling disc proceeds along the outline. The open design simultaneously provides the operator a direct and continuous view of the sprayer in operation.12-08-2011
047010000 TURPENTINE AND RUBBER 1
20130174478THIN WALL SAP COLLECTING DEVICE - The device is provided for collecting sap from a tapped hole of a tree. It includes a collector having a substantially frustoconical outer peripheral wall surface and an inner peripheral wall surface. The collector also has a portion that is removably insertable into the tapped hole with a frictional engagement. The material between the peripheral wall surfaces at the removably-insertable collector portion is elastically and temporality deformable in response to a peripheral pressure exerted inwardly on the outer peripheral wall surface when the removably-insertable collector portion is inserted with a forced frictional fit into the tapped hole.07-11-2013
047018000 BENCH OR ELEVATED BED, HOTBED 1
20090077876Expandable plant growing frame tray and pots - An expandable plant growing frame is disclosed. The expandable growing frame includes a unique tubular joiner that works with standard tubing to allow the frame to grow to accommodate growth of a nursery. The tubular joiner can be shipped and assembled using locally available plastic tubing. The tubular joiners are usable to create an expandable table for purposes including but not limited to growing tables, display tables and dining tables. A tray is disclosed that rests on the tubular frame and allows for an expandable planting table. Elongated pots are also disclosed that provide the equivalent volume as more standard sized round pots. The elongated pots can interconnect to making it easier to carry a number of pots. The pots nest within the tray to increase the quantity of plants that are grown at one time.03-26-2009
047100440 FLAME CULTIVATING 1
20100024291THERMAL WEED CONTROL - The invention concerns a weed control apparatus and a method for thermal weed control, wherein the weed control apparatus has a heating area to which is supplied secondary air, where the secondary air is preheated before introducing it to the heating area, where preheating of the secondary air is preferably effected by conducting it through a preheating area, where the preheating area includes one or more ducts which are preferably only separated from the heat exposure area by a heat conducting material, e.g. an iron sheet. The preheating of the secondary air with heat from the heat exposure area firstly contributes to recycling of the heat that otherwise would radiate off the top side of the apparatus.02-04-2010

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