Mighty Farming Microbes: Companies Harness Bacteria To Give Crops A Boost

What if farmers, instead of picking up some agricultural chemicals at their local dealer, picked up a load of agricultural microbes instead?

Pam Marrone, founder of Marrone Bio Innovations, in Davis, Calif., has been spent most of her professional life looking for such microbial pesticides and bringing them to market.

Listen to her interview on NPR’s program The Salt.

Webinar: Spotted Wing Drosophila Integrated Pest Management

Spotted wing drosophila (SWD), Drosophila suzukii, is an invasive pest that causes major economic loss to fruit and berry crops across the U.S.  An educational webinar developed by Marrone Bio Innovations, in association with Informa’s Crops and Chemicals USA, provides practical integrated pest management tactics that can be used to control this invasive pest to protect your fruit crops in both conventional and organic production.

This recently recorded SWD webinar is led by Dr. Tim Johnson, Marrone Bio Innovation’s Product Development Manager, and includes presentations from other professionals in the field of Entomology.
They include:

  • Dr. Hannah Burrack, Associate Professor of Entomology and Extension Specialist, North Carolina State University
  • Dr. Cesar Rodriguez-Saona, Associate Extension Specialist in Entomology, Rutgers University
  • Dr. Richard Cowles, Agricultural Scientist, Connecticut Agricultural Experiment Station

Listen to what was shared and learn about SWD and IPM best practices.


Treatments on Christmas Lake kill off zebra mussels

Minneapolis Star Tribune

A small west metro lake has successfully gotten rid of zebra mussels in a small area of the lake — a feat few lakes have been able to accomplish in the …

Experimental 3-phase treatment to rid Christmas Lake of zebra mussels appears successful – Minneapolis Star Tribune

Results of Christmas Lake zebra mussel treatments appear successful – SW News Media

No evidence of zebra mussels after 3-step treatment on Christmas Lake – FOX 9 News

Guest Opinion: Biologicals Play Key Role in Food Production

THE GROWER, Vance Publishing Corporation
Written by Dr. Pamela Marrone, founder and chief executive officer of Marrone Bio Innovations, Davis, Calif.

EDITOR’S NOTE: This is a guest column and opinions expressed here are only those of the author and do not necessarily reflect those of Vance Publishing Corporation.

Now more than ever, fruit and vegetable growers need effective and environmentally sustainable pest management programs to protect against crop diseases, improve food yields and quality, and feed a growing and increasingly food-conscious world.

Biopesticides or “biologicals” are becoming an important tool in the grower’s toolbox by promoting plant health and controlling unwanted pests and diseases, leading to better yields with reduced environmental impact – as well as an improved bottom line for growers.   more »

BIRD – Israel-U.S. Binational Industrial R&D Foundation to Invest $9 Million in 11 New Projects

The approved projects involve innovations in the areas of 3D Printing, Agro-technology, Information Security, Homeland Security and others

TEL AVIV, Israel, July 8, 2014 /PRNewswire/ —

During its meeting on June 26, 2014, held in Washington D.C., the Board of Governors of the Israel-U.S. Binational Industrial Research and Development (BIRD) Foundation, approved $8.9 million in funding for eleven new projects between Israeli and American companies. In addition to the grants from BIRD, the projects will access private sector funding, boosting the total value of all projects to approximately $25 million.

The BIRD Foundation promotes collaboration between Israeli and American companies in various technological fields for the purpose of joint product development. In addition to providing conditional grants of up to $1 million for approved projects, the Foundation assists by working with companies to identify potential strategic partners and facilitate introductions. more »

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