©2017 THE RESEARCH & TECHNOLOGY TRANSFER OFFICE | FAYETTEVILLE STATE UNIVERSITY PAGE 4 Innovation and Technology Transfer Silica Based Plant Growth Medium Silica Plant Based Growth Medium represents the first patent issued to Fayetteville State University. Patent number 8,516,741 was issued 27 August 2013. Its inventor, Dr. Steven Singletary was formerly a member of the Department of Biological Sciences. His idea was to create a medium that could be used to germinate seeds and grow seedling in space. He succeeded! The patent is for a method and associated composition for growing plants in an unconventional media. This was done by creating a gel precursor that becomes extremely viscous and is capable of holding water. The composition can be varied to add nutrients to the gel. The purpose of the gel is to offer an alternative to soil and other substances from which water can drain via gravity or in space by simply holding water in place. The gel with nutrients can then be used to germinate seeds and to support the growth of seedlings, which can then later be transplanted to allow the growth of crops and other plants on other planets. Silica Plant Based Growth Medium represents the first patent issued to Fayetteville State University. Current Patents