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.

 

Marrone Bio Innovations and Informa to Host Webinar on Spotted Wing Drosophila Integrated Pest Management

DAVIS, Calif., June 5, 2015 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Marrone Bio Innovations, Inc. (MBI), (Nasdaq:MBII), a leading provider of bio-based pest management and plant health products for the agriculture, turf and ornamental and water treatment markets, and in association with Informa’s Crops and Chemicals USA event, the global information specialist for the food and agricultural supply chain, today announced that they will host a free webinar on the topic of Spotted Wing Drosophila Integrated Pest Management (IPM) on June 10th at 11:00 AM ET.

The webinar will be led by Dr. Tim Johnson, Product Development Manager for Marrone Bio Innovations. Other presenters 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

“Spotted Wing Drosophila is an invasive pest that is causing major problems in fruit and berry crops and it is spreading globally,” said MBI’sTim Johnson. “This webinar will provide a detailed summary of IPM management tactics  to control this invasive pest and protect fruit crops in both conventional and organic production.”

The webinar is available at no charge in association with Informa’s Crops and Chemicals USA event and can be accessed via the following link: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/6506055859268469250

About Marrone Bio Innovations

Marrone Bio Innovations, Inc. (Nasdaq:MBII) is a leading provider of bio-based pest management and plant health products for the agriculture, turf and ornamental and water treatment markets. Our effective and environmentally responsible solutions help customers operate more sustainably while controlling pests, improving plant health, and increasing crop yields. We have a proprietary discovery process, a rapid development platform, and a robust pipeline of pest management and plant health product candidates. At Marrone Bio Innovations we are dedicated to pioneering better biopesticides that support a better tomorrow for users around the globe. For more information, please visitwww.marronebio.com.

Forward Looking Statements

Portions of this press release may constitute “forward-looking statements,” and assumptions underlying such forward-looking statements, within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995 (the “PSLRA”), Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933 and Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934. Any such forward-looking statements are made within the “safe-harbor” protections of the PSLRA, should not be relied upon as representing our views as of any subsequent date, and we are under no obligation to, and expressly disclaims any responsibility to, update or alter these forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise. Forward-looking statements in this filing include those regarding implementing our business strategy, expectations regarding our sales team and driving sales of our products. Such forward-looking statements are based on information available to us as of the date of this release and involve a number of risks and uncertainties, some beyond our control, that could cause actual results to differ materially from those anticipated by these forward-looking statements. Such risks include adverse weather conditions and seasonality that may affect sales, failure of customers to adopt our products, the high level of competition in the market for pest management products, inability to maintain and further establish successful relationships with third-party distributors, the failure of our third-party distributors to sell to end users and uncertainty surrounding our compliance with our financial reporting obligations. Additional information that could lead to material changes in our performance is contained in our filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission.

CONTACT: Media Contact:
Cory Ziskind
ICR
646-277-1232
Cory.Ziskind@icrinc.com

Evogene CEO Ofer Haviv and Marrone Bio Innovations CEO Pam Marrone to Participate in ‘Profiling Tomorrow’s Ag Solutions’ Panel Discussion at AgriVest 2015

Companies to provide update on their multiyear collaboration for the discovery of new insect control solutions

Rehovot, Israel and Davis, California – April 27, 2015 – Evogene Ltd. (NYSE, TASE: EVGN), a leading company for the improvement of crop productivity and economics for the food, feed and biofuel industries, and Marrone Bio Innovations, Inc. (MBI), (NASDAQ: MBII), a leading provider of bio-based pest management and plant health products for the agriculture, turf and ornamental and water treatment markets, today announced their respective Chief Executive Officers,  Ofer Haviv and Pam Marrone, will participate in the ‘Profiling Tomorrow’s Ag Solutions’ panel discussion at AgriVest 2015, the Israeli Agritech Investment Event.

The panel discussion will take place on April 27th at 11:30 AM Israel Time in Wix Auditorium at the Weizmann Institute of Science, in Rehovot, Israel.  The panel will be moderated by Eyal Lipetz-Eliassi, Israel Country Manager & Innovation-Based Growth Leader, DuPont.  Additional panel members include Sam Fiorello, COO, Danforth Plant Science Center & President, Bio-Research & Development Growth Park; Barry J. Schindler, Co-Chair Global Patent Prosecution Group, GreenbergTraurig; and Alexander Wiegelmann, VP M&A/Head of Transactions, KWS SAAT AG.

Marrone will provide perspective on the role of bio-based pesticides in helping growers strengthen their integrated pest management programs, improve plant health, boost yields and increase profitability.  As part of the panel discussion, Evogene will provide insight on its strategic collaborations with some of the world’s leading agricultural companies, particularly in the area of improved seed traits development, as well as its more recent research and development efforts for novel crop protection solutions.

The two companies will also provide an update on their previously announced multiyear collaborative agreement targeting the joint discovery of novel modes of biological action for insect control, followed by the development and commercialization of new insect control products by each of the companies.

“The unique partnership with MBI has brought together two very unique capabilities in our industry today – MBI’s expertise in microbial-based solutions for pest control and plant health, and Evogene’s computational gene discovery capabilities,” said Ofer Haviv, President and CEO of Evogene. “Only a few months into the collaborative work plan, we have already completed the selection process, with the first set of candidate microbes showing high efficacy in testing. These microbial candidates will form the key targets for the upcoming gene discovery round which will be conducted utilizing Evogene’s proprietary computational platforms.”

“This is an exciting time for agtech as there is an explosion of innovation all along the food chain from farm to fork,” said Pam Marrone, CEO of Marrone Bio Innovations.  “Collaboration is critical to driving innovation and we are very pleased with the results of our partnership with Evogene.  We are making good progress towards developing novel modes of action for insect control as our collaboration is enabling us to leverage our discovery and development strategy to explore an even wider range of microbes with novel insecticidal genes.”

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About Evogene Ltd.:

Evogene (NYSE, TASE: EVGN) is a leading company for the improvement of crop productivity and economics for the food, feed and biofuel industries. The Company has strategic collaborations with world-leading agricultural companies to develop improved seed traits in relation to yield and a-biotic stress (such as tolerance to drought), and biotic stress (such as resistance to disease and nematodes), in key crops as corn, soybean, wheat and rice, and is also focused on the research and development of new products for crop protection (such as weed control). In addition, the Company has a wholly-owned subsidiary, Evofuel, developing seeds for second generation feedstock for biodiesel. For more information, please visit www.evogene.com.

About Marrone Bio Innovations

Marrone Bio Innovations, Inc. (NASDAQ: MBII) is a leading provider of bio-based pest management and plant health products for the agriculture, turf and ornamental and water treatment markets. Our effective and environmentally responsible solutions help customers operate more sustainably while controlling pests, improving plant health, and increasing crop yields. We have a proprietary discovery process, a rapid development platform, and a robust pipeline of pest management and plant health product candidates. At Marrone Bio Innovations we are dedicated to pioneering better biopesticides that support a better tomorrow for users around the globe. For more information, please visit www.marronebio.com.

Forward Looking Statements

Portions of this press release may constitute “forward-looking statements,” and assumptions underlying such forward-looking statements, within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995 (the “PSLRA”), Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933 and Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934. Any such forward-looking statements are made within the “safe-harbor” protections of the PSLRA, should not be relied upon as representing our views as of any subsequent date, and we are under no obligation to, and expressly disclaims any responsibility to, update or alter these forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise. Forward-looking statements in this filing include those regarding implementing our business strategy, expectations regarding our sales team and driving sales of our products.  Such forward-looking statements are based on information available to us as of the date of this release and involve a number of risks and uncertainties, some beyond our control, that could cause actual results to differ materially from those anticipated by these forward-looking statements. Such risks include adverse weather conditions and seasonality that may affect sales, failure of customers to adopt our products, the high level of competition in the market for pest management products, inability to maintain and further establish successful relationships with third-party distributors, the failure of our third-party distributors to sell to end users and uncertainty surrounding our compliance with our financial reporting obligations. Additional information that could lead to material changes in our performance is contained in our filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission.

Media Contact:

Karen Mazor, Evogene
Director, Public and Investor Relations
T: +972-54-2288 039
karen.mazor@evogene.com

Cory Ziskind
ICR
646-277-1232
Cory.Ziskind@icrinc.com

Marrone Bio Innovations Announces Opening of New Greenhouse to Facilitate and Expand Research and Product Development Capacity

DAVIS, Calif., April 22, 2015 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Marrone Bio Innovations, Inc. (MBI), (Nasdaq:MBII), a leading provider of bio-based pest management and plant health products for the agriculture, turf and ornamental and water treatment markets, today announced the opening of its new greenhouse to facilitate and expand its research and product development capacity.

The new greenhouse, located adjacent to MBI’s corporate headquarters at 1540 Drew Avenue in Davis, CA, is triple the size of the existing greenhouse on this site at 3,000 square feet, and features state of the art technology in environmental control. In addition, five grow rooms were built, each with enhanced controls for temperate, humidity and lighting.

Pam Marrone, Chief Executive Officer of Marrone Bio Innovations commented, “We are thrilled to announce the opening of our new greenhouse on Earth Day as it will play a key role in enabling execution of our research, product development and business strategy. MBI’s new greenhouse will significantly expand our capacity to enhance our existing products and develop new effective and environmentally responsible bio-based products that promote plant health and control unwanted pests in agriculture, while increasing crop yields and profitability for growers.”

About Marrone Bio Innovations

Marrone Bio Innovations, Inc. (Nasdaq:MBII) is a leading provider of bio-based pest management and plant health products for the agriculture, turf and ornamental and water treatment markets. Our effective and environmentally responsible solutions help customers operate more sustainably while controlling pests, improving plant health, and increasing crop yields. We have a proprietary discovery process, a rapid development platform, and a robust pipeline of pest management and plant health product candidates. At Marrone Bio Innovations we are dedicated to pioneering better biopesticides that support a better tomorrow for users around the globe. For more information, please visit www.marronebio.com.

Forward Looking Statements

Portions of this press release may constitute “forward-looking statements,” and assumptions underlying such forward-looking statements, within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995 (the “PSLRA”), Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933 and Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934. Any such forward-looking statements are made within the “safe-harbor” protections of the PSLRA, should not be relied upon as representing our views as of any subsequent date, and we are under no obligation to, and expressly disclaims any responsibility to, update or alter these forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise. Forward-looking statements in this filing include those regarding implementing our business strategy, expectations regarding our sales team and driving sales of our products. Such forward-looking statements are based on information available to us as of the date of this release and involve a number of risks and uncertainties, some beyond our control, that could cause actual results to differ materially from those anticipated by these forward-looking statements. Such risks include adverse weather conditions and seasonality that may affect sales, failure of customers to adopt our products, the high level of competition in the market for pest management products, inability to maintain and further establish successful relationships with third-party distributors, the failure of our third-party distributors to sell to end users and uncertainty surrounding our compliance with our financial reporting obligations. Additional information that could lead to material changes in our performance is contained in our filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission.

Media Contact:

Cory Ziskind
ICR
646-277-1232

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

Marrone Bio Innovations Strengthens Sales Team With Regional Territory Managers

April 7, 2015, DAVIS, CA — Marrone Bio Innovations, Inc. (MBI), (NASDAQ: MBII), a leading provider of bio-based pest management and plant health products for the agriculture, turf and ornamental and water treatment markets, today announced the recent additions of several strategic hires to its sales team as regional territory managers.

“With our new sales territory managers in place, we believe that we are well-positioned to implement our business strategy,” said Pam Marrone, Chief Executive Officer of Marrone Bio Innovations.

“We are very pleased to welcome this talented group of seasoned industry veterans to bolster our sales team,” said James Iademarco, President & Chief Operating Officer, MBI.  “Our sales territory managers have extensive experience from diverse companies, and we expect that they will play an important role as the Company seeks to drive sales of its products.”

Brian Ahrens, MBI’s VP Sales adds, “This sales team not only brings unique perspective on how to position  biological pest management and plant health solutions to key customers, but they are very passionate about helping growers strengthen their integrated pest management programs,  boost yields and increase profitability.”

MBI welcomes the following territory managers:

Jim Colitas – Northeast/Michigan
Jim has held various positions throughout his 26 year career with present-day Bayer CropScience.  For the past 14 years, he has worked with ADAMA in various positions in Field Sales, including as Specialty Product Manager and National Account Manager. Jim graduated from the University of New Hampshire with a Bachelor of Science degree in Plant Science and currently resides in Macungie, PA.

Lori Epperson – Mid South
Lori has 20 years of sales and strategic business experience in the agriculture industry.  She served as a Sales Representative and Account Manager with DuPont in territories in South Dakota, Ohio, and Illinois.  Lori holds a Bachelor of Science and Masters in Labor and Human Resources from The Ohio State University and lives just south of Starkville, MS.

Curt Nelson – Coastal California
Curt has 20 years of industry experience with Western Farm Service, T-System Irrigations, AgraQuest and ADAMA. He has held various positions in PCA, including as a Field Specialist, District Sales Manager and Market Development Manager. Curt was born and raised in the Salinas Valley and lives in the Dos Palos area.  He is very active in 4-H with the community and is currently enrolled in California Coast University’s Business Management program.

Jorge Pacheco – Pacific Northwest
Jorge has 20 years of retail sales and crop management experience in the U.S. and Latin American markets.  Prior to relocating to the Pacific Northwest in 2005, he served as an Account Manager and Sales Leader with DuPont in Texas and Nebraska.  Jorge holds a Bachelor of Science in Agriculture Economics from Texas A&M University-Kingsville and lives near Portland in Camas, WA.

Eric Johnson – West Central
Eric has been professionally selling in the Agriculture and Turf industry for over 12 years, having previously worked with Compass Minerals, Precision Laboratories and Kalo, Inc.  He has worked with various multiple step channel distribution throughout the Midwest, focusing on a value-added approach.  Eric is a graduate of the University of Kansas with a Bachelor of Science degree in Personnel Administration.  Other than four years spent living in Phoenix, Eric has resided in the Kansas City Metro area for his adult life.

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About Marrone Bio Innovations

Marrone Bio Innovations, Inc. (NASDAQ: MBII) is a leading provider of bio-based pest management and plant health products for the agriculture, turf and ornamental and water treatment markets. Our effective and environmentally responsible solutions help customers operate more sustainably while controlling pests, improving plant health, and increasing crop yields. We have a proprietary discovery process, a rapid development platform, and a robust pipeline of pest management and plant health product candidates. At Marrone Bio Innovations we are dedicated to pioneering better biopesticides that support a better tomorrow for users around the globe. For more information, please visit www.marronebio.com.

Forward Looking Statements

Portions of this press release may constitute “forward-looking statements,” and assumptions underlying such forward-looking statements, within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995 (the “PSLRA”), Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933 and Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934. Any such forward-looking statements are made within the “safe-harbor” protections of the PSLRA, should not be relied upon as representing our views as of any subsequent date, and we are under no obligation to, and expressly disclaims any responsibility to, update or alter these forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise. Forward-looking statements in this filing include those regarding implementing our business strategy, expectations regarding our sales team and driving sales of our products.  Such forward-looking statements are based on information available to us as of the date of this release and involve a number of risks and uncertainties, some beyond our control, that could cause actual results to differ materially from those anticipated by these forward-looking statements. Such risks include adverse weather conditions and seasonality that may affect sales, failure of customers to adopt our products, the high level of competition in the market for pest management products, inability to maintain and further establish successful relationships with third-party distributors, the failure of our third-party distributors to sell to end users and uncertainty surrounding our compliance with our financial reporting obligations. Additional information that could lead to material changes in our performance is contained in our filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission.

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