Marrone Bio, Bayer, and the BPIA Host EPA Officials

The Biopesticide Industry Alliance (BPIA) and Sacramento-area biopesticide companies Marrone Bio Innovations (MBI) and Bayer Crop Science (BCS) are hosting laboratory visits and farm tour for EPA officials as part of the BPIA semi-annual meeting. The group will visit Sacramento Valley farmers who use biopesticides in an integrated pest management (IPM) approach on their farms to protect crops from disease and insect damage. The farm tour will be followed by tours of the MBI labs and the BCS facility, both in Davis.

The EPA officials—Bob McNally, Director, Biopesticides and Pollution Prevention Division; Sheryl Reilly, Associate Chief, Biochemical Pesticides Branch; and Mike Mendelsohn, Acting Associate Chief of the Microbial Pesticides Branch—will be hosted by organic and conventional growers who use biopesticides and chemical pesticides on their farms.

“This is a great opportunity to highlight to the EPA the role biopesticides play in the integration of biopesticides into IPM programs. Biopesticides can help with residue management due to their applications right up to harvest, labor flexibility and rapid field re-entry, and disease and insect resistance management,” comments Bill Stoneman, BPIA Executive Director. “In addition, biopesticides have been shown to enhance conventional programs with higher yields and quality when integrated via tank mixes and rotations,” he adds.

About Biopesticide Industry Alliance

The BPIA is a non-profit organization dedicated to fostering adoption of biopesticide technology through increased awareness about their effectiveness and full range of benefits to a progressive pest management program. BPIA membership includes biological pesticide manufacturers and allied industry, with more than 70 member companies both domestically and internationally.

Contact:  Bill Stoneman, Executive Director
Biopesticide Industry Alliance, (608)-268-3632 bstoneman@biopesticideindustryalliance.org

 

Zebra mussel-killing bacteria could help native species in the Great Lakes

Originally Published at interlochenpublicradio.org

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A treatment that kills zebra and quagga mussels could soon be available for use in lakes and rivers. It’s very effective and safe.

But it is not likely to undo much of the ecological damage done to Michigan waters by invasive mussels.

It could be good news, though, if you’re a clam.

Bacteria that kill

Quagga and zebra mussels are native to Eastern Europe and have been a disaster in the Great Lakes. more »

MBI to Present on Best Practices at Ag Innovations meeting in Santa Maria

Wednesday, March 26, 2014
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Santa Maria Elks Lodge, Santa Maria, CA

8:30 Keynote Address: Science and Service – UC Cooperative Extension in California Central Coast

Mary Bianchi, County Director and Horticulture Advisor, San Luis Obispo &Santa Barbara Cos

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1:40 Best Practices for Improving the use of Marrone Bio Innovations Products

Carlos Reyes, Vice President Product Development, Marrone Bio Innovations, Davis, CA

Outline: This presentation will provide information on best practices grower/PCAs can use to maximize the effectiveness of Grandevo applications. Actual examples, supported by data, that provide insight on practices that work, and practices that don’t will be included, plus a product pipeline update on experimental materials.

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MBI to Present at Michigan’s Great Southwest Sustainable Business Forum

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Wednesday, March 19, 2014
5:30 pm – 7:30 pm

Saugatuck Center for the Arts, 400 Culver Street, Saugatuck, MI

Michigan’s Great Southwest Sustainable Business Forum Mission: to be an information source, and force, for merging environmental stewardship, social responsibility, and economic strength.

Featured Speakers:

John Austin, Michigan Economic Center, Director
Austin will discuss Michigan’s “Blue Economy” and how the economic impact of water-based activities could position the state to be a world leader in smart energy, clean water, healthy food, and transportation technologies.

Gordon Grove, Marrone Bio Innovations, Plant Manager
Grove will discuss how the rapidly growing biotechnology startup chose Southwest Michigan for its expansion and highlight a new product aimed at eliminating Zebra Mussels.

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The Strategy Behind the Scientist

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Originally Published at comstockmag.com
by Douglas Curley

Marrone Bio Innovations CEO Pam Marrone on tech, gender, and her time with Monsanto and AgraQuest

Pam Marrone, 57, is the founder and CEO of Marrone Bio Innovations. Launched in 2006, the Davis-based company develops and sells biologically derived products to kill pests and fertilize plants. She took her company public last summer with an IPO that netted $56.4 million. In 1995, she founded AgraQuest Inc., also based in Davis. more »

Marrone begins biopesticide production in Bangor

Originally Published at MiBiz.com
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A West Coast biotechnology startup is up and running at a new plant in Southwest Michigan.

Marrone Bio Innovations Inc. [NASDAQ: MBII], a Davis, Calif.-based maker of biopesticides, started production at a new 11,400-square-foot manufacturing facility in Bangor in late December with plans to gradually ramp up capacity over the next one or two years.

Located about about 30 miles west of Kalamazoo, Marrone Bio is in the first of three phases of capital investment for the Bangor plant, CEO Pam Marrone told MiBiz. The firm plans to invest $30 million to $35 million in the manufacturing facility and hire between 40 and 50 people in Southwest Michigan, Marrone said. more »

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