Patent Number: 7,714,184

Title: Maize antimicrobial nucleic acids useful for enhancing plant resistance to pathogens

Abstract: Compositions and methods for protecting a plant from a pathogen, particularly a fungal pathogen, are provided. Compositions include novel amino acid sequences, and variants and fragments thereof, for antipathogenic polypeptides that were isolated from maize. Nucleic acid molecules comprising nucleotide sequences that encode the antipathogenic polypeptides of the embodiments are also provided. A method for inducing pathogen resistance in a plant using the nucleotide sequences disclosed herein is further provided. The method comprises introducing into a plant a DNA construct comprising a promoter operably linked to a nucleotide sequence that encodes an antipathogenic polypeptide of the embodiments. Compositions comprising an antipathogenic polypeptide or a transformed microorganism comprising a nucleic acid of the embodiments in combination with a carrier and methods of using these compositions to protect a plant from a pathogen are further provided. Transformed plants, plant cells, seeds, and microorganisms comprising a nucleotide sequence that encodes an antipathogenic polypeptide of the embodiments, or variant or fragment thereof, are also disclosed.

Inventors: Muller; Mathias L. (Waukee, IA), Simmons; Carl R. (Des Moines, IA), Yalpani; Nasser (Johnston, IA)

Assignee: Pioneer Hi-Bred International, Inc.

International Classification: A01H 5/00 (20060101); A01H 5/10 (20060101); C12N 15/29 (20060101); C12N 15/82 (20060101)

Expiration Date: 5/11/12018