E. & J. Gallo Winery patented a method for producing a white-fruited grapevine with a non-VvMybA1 mutation, allowing for new grape colors and flavor combinations. The method involves breeding specific grapevines to achieve the desired genetic traits. GlobalData’s report on E. & J. Gallo Winery gives a 360-degree view of the company including its patenting strategy. Buy the report here.

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According to GlobalData’s company profile on E. & J. Gallo Winery, Bioethanol production GMOs was a key innovation area identified from patents. E. & J. Gallo Winery's grant share as of February 2024 was 51%. Grant share is based on the ratio of number of grants to total number of patents.

Creating white-fruited grapevine through breeding and genetic mutation

Source: United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO). Credit: E. & J. Gallo Winery

The patent (Publication Number: US11871721B2) discloses a method for producing a grapevine with specific characteristics through breeding techniques. The method involves breeding a non-perfect-flowered, white-fruited grapevine with a white-fruited, perfect-flowered grapevine to obtain grapevine offspring with desired traits. Subsequent breeding of the black-fruited grapevine offspring results in a white-fruited, perfect-flowered grapevine with white fruit due to a specific mutation. The method allows for the production of grapevines with unique characteristics by utilizing specific grapevine varieties in the breeding process.

Furthermore, the patent details the specific grapevine varieties that can be used in the breeding process, including Muscat of Alexandria, Chardonnay, Thompson Seedless, and various others. The method also outlines different breeding techniques that can be employed, such as hybridization, cross-pollination, self-pollination, or open-pollination. Additionally, the patent extends the application of the method beyond grapevine production to the creation of commodity plant products like grapes, raisins, wine, juice, and other related products. By reproducing the white-fruited grapevine through various methods like seed propagation or tissue culture, the method enables the production of a range of plant-based products with specific characteristics derived from the initial grapevine breeding process.

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