Distribution: A Tough Nut to Crack

By: Jackie Pucci | September 22, 2015
Farm Chemicals International

Driven by tougher regulatory standards and demand for more active ingredients on the back of pest resistance and various bans on synthetics, biologicals are beating nearly every other category in ag with a 17% compounded annual growth rate. Retailers and distributors are slowly acclimating to the increasingly sophisticated biologicals market. According to Pam Marrone, CEO and founder, Marrone Bio Innovations, “Distribution is still the toughest nut to crack for small biopesticide companies… what we continue to hear that the key in getting biologicals adopted is to educate, educate, educate.”

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Michigan-made pesticide Zequanox adds muscle to war on zebra mussels

July 28, 2015
By Garret Ellison


The zebra mussel invasion is disrupting native ecosystems, damaging harbors and power plants, clogging pipes, propellers, water intakes and clustering on anything in their path.

In an article on Mlive, learn about how invasive species experts are expressing cautious optimism these days over the potential to fight back with Zequanox which targets zebra mussels and their equally unwelcome cousin, the quagga mussel, with a high mortality rate while leaving other organisms alive and unharmed.

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Biologicals: Filling the Gaps

By Dan Jacobs, July 23, 2015

“Europe has reduced the number of chemicals on the market, eliminating hundreds of active ingredients, and passed the sustainable use directive, which requires farmers to use fewer chemicals,” says Pam Marrone, founder and CEO of Marrone Bio Innovations, a producer of several biological products. “Biologicals are the named alternative, but the regulatory process has not caught up with that. There’s a gap in the market with the reductions and restrictions on neonicotinoids and many other products. Europe is a very important market, but the regulatory process is still difficult.”

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Webinar-Lessons learned from recent open-water applications and field trials of Zequanox®

Webinar: July 22, 2015 10:00-11:30am Eastern
Register now to reserve your spot!

Invasive zebra and quagga mussels (Dreissena polymorpha and D. rostriformis bugensis, respectively) are causing significant ecological and economic impacts across North America. Recent advances in biocontrol technology represent an exciting potential technique to manage invasive mussels; however, knowledge and understanding of control techniques and results is still limited. Please join us for a webinar hosted by the Invasive Mussel Collaborative to share lessons learned from open-water applications and field trials of Zequanox®. Managers and researchers will share their experiences with use of Zequanox®, including methods and results, and answer questions about their efforts. The webinar will feature presentations from representatives of the following agencies:

  • Michigan Department of Environmental Quality
  • Minnesota Department of Natural Resources
  • U.S. Geological Survey

Join the webinar hosted by the Invasive Mussel Collaborative to share lessons learned from open-water applications and field trials of Zequanox®.

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