Kate Warpeha and Lon Kaufman issued US patent

Patent #8,492,642 was issued to Kate Warpeha and Lon S. Kaufman. The title is 'Plant Biochemical systems and uses thereof'. The patent concerns making compositions of phenylalanine or a precursor to boost the plant's natural defense programming. The material can be applied to plant surfaces or adhered to seeds to fortify defense responses when young plants need it the most, during and after germination when seedlings are vulnerable to stress.