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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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®.

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 »

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