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AgResearch Ltd is New Zealand's largest Crown Research Institute with about 850 staff and revenue of NZ$157 million in the year to June 2011. Wikipedia.


Patent
Agresearch Ltd. | Date: 2014-03-13

A method of altering the composition of animal waste including introducing internally to an animal one or more treatment substances that can directly or indirectly affect the conversion of nitrogen containing compounds in animal waste, such that animal waste acts as a carrier so that the one or more substances affect the conversion of nitrogen containing compounds once the waste has been excreted from the animal.


The invention provides a novel DGAT1 protein with improved properties over known DGAT proteins, particularly known DGAT1 proteins from plants. The novel DGAT1 protein of the invention can be expressed in cells to increase cellular lipid accumulation. Expression of the DGAT1 protein of the invention in cells results in a higher level of lipid than any of several other plant DGAT1 proteins tested by the applicants. The invention provides polynucleotides encoding the novel DGAT1 protein of SEQ ID NO:39, constructs, cells, plant, plant parts and progeny comprising the polynucleotides, and methods of use of the polynucleotides and polypeptides of the invention.


The present invention relates to nucleic acids or nucleic acid fragments encoding amino acid sequences for fatty acid biosynthesis enzymes in plants, and the use thereof for the modification of, for example, fatty acid biosynthesis in plants. In particular, the present invention relates to nucleic acids or nucleic acid fragments encoding amino acid sequences of diacylglycerol acyltransferase enzymes.


Patent
National Research Council Canada and Agresearch Ltd. | Date: 2013-10-22

The invention provides chimeric DGAT1 proteins comprising: a) at their N-terminal ends, an N-terminal portion of a first DGAT1 protein, and b) at their C-terminal ends, a C-terminal portion of a second DGAT1 protein. The chimeric DGAT proteins show enhanced activity relative to at least one of the first DGAT1 protein and the second DGAT1 protein. The chimeric DGAT proteins of the invention can be expressed in cells to increase cellular lipid accumulation and/or modify the cellular lipid profile. The invention also provides polynucleotides encoding the chimeric DGAT1 proteins, cells and compositions comprising the polynucleotides or chimeric DGAT1 proteins, and methods using the chimeric DGAT1 proteins to produce oil.


Patent
Agresearch Ltd. | Date: 2015-04-30

Provided are methods of reducing milk somatic cell count using L-arginine supplementation of lactating ruminant animals during gestation, and/or during the lactation phase post parturition to decrease somatic cell count in milk produced by the animals.

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