International Science Advisory Panel

International Science Advisory Panel

An important goal of Marrone Bio Innovations (MBI) is to be recognized as a global leader at the forefront of biopesticide and plant health innovation. We feel strongly that in order to achieve this objective, rigorous external peer review of our research and development activities is essential. This belief has led us to establish an International Science Advisory Panel (ISAP) to provide scientific oversight and expand MBI’s community of research collaborators. The International Science Advisory Panel is composed of 10 internationally recognized scientists with proven track records in crop protection and/or biopesticide research and development.

The ISAP members will provide research guidance and expertise to MBI’s R&D department that will include:

  • Strategic advice on R&D approaches and directions;
  • Review of research programs and/or product development projects;
  • Input on experimental design, critique of results, and problem solving;
  • Advice on new technologies, methodologies, and techniques;
  • Creation of research network/collaborations;
  • Commentary and opinion on global opportunities and threats in the biopesticide arena.

International Science Advisory Panel Members:

Gabrielle BergDr. Gabriele Berg

Dr. Berg has been a full professor in Environmental Biotechnology at Graz University of Technology since 2005. Her research is concentrated on the plant microbiome and understanding its structure and function as well as its interactions with plants and pathogens. She also focuses on translating her research findings into new biotechnological concepts and products. Dr. Berg’s work has been published in over 100 peer-reviewed papers and has resulted in several patents.

Professor Roberta FarrellProfessor Roberta Farrell

Emeritus Professor Roberta Farrell at the University of Waikato is an internationally renowned researcher in the areas of wood degradation, bioremediation, biocontrol, fungi, and enzymology. She is a Fellow of the Royal Society of New Zealand, Fellow of the International Academy of Wood Science, and a former member of the New Zealand Foundation for Research Science and Technology. Professor Farrell has conducted research on fungi in Antarctica since 1996. In 2009, she was named a Companion of the New Zealand Order of Merit for her contribution to biochemistry.

Dr. William FenicalDr. William Fenical

Dr. Fenical is currently the Distinguished Professor of Oceanography and Pharmaceutical Sciences and Director of the Center for Marine Biotechnology and Biomedicine at the Scripps Institution of Oceanography. He also holds an appointment within the Skaggs School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Science at the University of California, San Diego. His current research involves marine microbiology and the use of marine microorganisms as sources for new drug discovery. Dr. Fenical received the Ernest Guenther Award in Natural Products Chemistry from the American Chemical Society and has been elected a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science.

Trevor JacksonDr. Trevor Jackson

Dr. Jackson is a Science Programme Leader at AgResearch Ltd., Christchurch, NZ. His research encompasses developing naturally occurring microorganisms for the control of insect pests. He has discovered a number of new species and strains of insect-pathogenic microbes and nematodes and has strived to integrate biological agents into pest management practices, especially for soil-dwelling insect pests. Dr. Jackson and his team have been involved in developing commercial microbial pest control products including Invade™ and Bioshield™. His current research centers on the stabilization of microbes into products for use as biopesticides and bioinoculants, and incorporating their use into integrated past management (IPM) systems for pests and plant diseases.

Alan KnowlesDr. Alan Knowles

Alan Knowles founded FORM-AK Ltd. in 1992 after more than 20 years of experience in formulation technology with a multi-national agrochemical company. The company is involved with the development, training, and technology transfer for environmentally friendly formulations, surfactants, adjuvants, and related technologies for crop protection products. His international experience ranges from the UK, Europe and the U.S., to developing countries, especially China, India, South Korea, Chile, and Ethiopia. Alan has been the Chief Technical Advisor to the United Nations Industrial Development Organisation for the Pesticide Formulation Development Project in China. He has authored the reports “Trends in Pesticide Formulations” and “Adjuvants and Additives” and edited the technical reference book, Chemistry and Technology of Agrochemical Formulations.

henk_normanProfessor Dr. Henk Noorman

Professor Dr. Noorman is currently working as a Corporate Scientist, Bioprocess Technology, at the DSM Biotechnology Center. In addition, he is an honorary professor at Technical University, Delft involved in bioprocess design and integration. At DSM, he is responsible for maintaining a state-of-the-art level of bioprocess technology covering the whole value chain: feedstock to fermentation to downstream processing to final formulation. Dr. Noorman is also a project leader for private-public collaborations with Dutch and Chinese research organizations.

Orlando_RojasDr. Orlando Rojas

Dr. Rojas is a professor in the Forest Biomaterials and Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering departments at North Carolina State University. He is currently researching the development of nanostructures from the fiber cell wall; the dynamics of enzymatic degradation of cellulose and lignin; friction and adhesion in lignocellulosic interfaces; and the derivation and use of natural polymers and amphiphilic molecules.  Dr. Rojas has published over 160 peer-reviewed articles, more than 200 conference proceedings and has given over 150 invited talks and seminars worldwide. He is a Finland Distinguished Professor and was named a 2013 Fellow of the American Chemical Society.

Baruch RubinEmeritus Professor Baruch Rubin

Dr. Rubin is the Rachel and Jacob Liss Emeritus Professor of Agronomy and Weed Science at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Israel. His areas of research include biochemical pathways, herbicide resistance, and weed management. Dr. Rubin is very active in service to international academic and research institutions and is a member of several International Weed Society organizations including the Israel, European, Japan, and American societies. His research has led to being awarded three patents for herbicide activity and formulations development.

Professor Richard SikoraProfessor Richard Sikora

Dr. Sikora is Professor Emeritus of the Institute of Crop Science & Resource Conservation, Dept. of Plant Health, University of Bonn. He is internationally known for his work in integrated pest management, specifically the biological control of nematodes, insects, and fungi. Prof. Sikora specializes in phytopathology in soil ecosystems in addition to plant protection in the tropics and subtropics. He has been elected as a Fellow of the European Society of Nematologists and a Fellow of the Society of Nematologists in Plant Pathology. Dr. Sikora holds three patents, has published 246 scientific papers, and written or edited 11 scientific books and proceedings.