Dr. Vasileios Fotopoulos at the Department of Agricultural Sciences, Biotechnology & Food Science (Group of Plant Stress Physiology; http://plant-stress.weebly.com) has registered an international patent (WO 2015123273 A1) along with Prof. Koshrow Kashfi at the City University of New York titled “Method of priming plants against abiotic stress factors and promoting growth” (link: http://www.google.com/patents/WO2015123273A1?cl=en&hl=el).
The patent describes a method of reducing cellular damage to a plant as a result of abiotic stress factors such as drought or salinity by treating the plant with a compound containing an NO-releasing moiety and an H2S -releasing moiety covalently bonded to an aspirin-derived core (NOSH-aspirin). The compound may also be used as a method of promoting plant growth. Currently, a short-tech project co-funded by the two partner Universities (CUT and CUNY) is underway towards licensing of the technology.

Link: http://www.google.com/patents/WO2015123273A1?cl=en