Lallemand has filed a patent for a preparation that stabilizes fungal spores. The formulation includes a glycerophospholipid and spores of a fungal microorganism. The composition can be in the form of a preparation or a liquid composition with a carrier. The weight ratio of the glycerophospholipid to spores ranges from 10:1 to 1:5000. GlobalData’s report on Lallemand 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 Lallemand, Bioethanol production GMOs was a key innovation area identified from patents. Lallemand's grant share as of September 2023 was 34%. Grant share is based on the ratio of number of grants to total number of patents.

A recently filed patent (Publication Number: US20230232837A1) describes a composition of matter and methods for its production and use. The composition includes at least one glycerophospholipid and spores of a fungal microorganism in a specific weight ratio range. The composition can be in the form of a preparation or a liquid composition with a carrier.

The glycerophospholipid in the composition can be selected from various types, including phosphatidylcholine, phosphatidylethanolamine, phosphatidylinositol, phosphatidylserine, phosphatidic acid, and mixtures thereof. The weight ratio range between the glycerophospholipid and fungal spores is between 10:1 and 1:5000, preferably between 2:1 and 1:5. The fungal spores can be from different species such as Trichoderma spp., Isaria spp., Beauveria spp., Paecilomyces spp., and Coniothyrium spp., with Trichoderma spp. being a specific example.

The composition does not contain vegetable oil. In addition to the glycerophospholipid and fungal spores, the liquid composition can include at least one carrier, such as plant oils, polyether-modified trisiloxanes, carboxylic esters, and ethoxylated and/or propoxylated organic liquid. It can also include a rheology-modifying agent, such as fumed or precipitated silica.

The composition can be used as a seed treatment composition, where seeds are coated with the liquid composition. The coated seeds can further include at least one plant protection agent, such as prothioconazole, metalaxyl, mefenoxam, fluoxastrobin, tebuconazole, and others, for controlling phytopathogenic fungi, insects, spiders, molluscs, weeds, rodents, and nematodes.

The patent also describes methods for producing the composition. For the preparation form, non-dried fungal spores are combined with the glycerophospholipid and dried. For the liquid composition form, the dried mixture is mixed with at least one carrier. The methods can also be used to increase the germination rate of fungal spores, stabilize spores obtained with wet-harvest, and enhance plant growth, yield, and root health.

Overall, this patent presents a composition of matter and methods for its production and use in seed treatment and plant protection. The composition includes specific components and weight ratios, and the methods involve drying and mixing processes. The invention aims to improve the effectiveness of fungal microorganisms for various agricultural applications.

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