Gives growers a tool to protect crops while not harming key pollinators
Marrone Bio Innovations, Inc. (MBI), has received U.S. EPA approval to delete the bee toxicity warning statement from its Grandevo® Bioinsecticide label following a review. The removal of the toxicity statement is supported by third-party field evaluations that show Grandevo has no increased mortality or detrimental effects to honeybees. The key study was conducted in central North Carolina during the summer of 2012. The month-long hive study compared the mortality rates of Grandevo versus a known toxic pesticide reference treatment and a water treatment control.
Findings originally published in Bee Culture magazine, April 2013
Eurofins Agroscience Services, Inc. conducted a study in summer 2012 to determine the effects of exposure of Grandevo® bioinsecticde on honey bees. The results showed: (a) no statistically significant increase in mortality of honeybees during the post application period, (b) a temporary decline in flight intensity was observed during the exposure period, indicating a temporary, but non-lethal repellency effect, (c) the Dimethoate treated tents had rapid and high mortality.
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Originally published by Golf Course Industry
EngageAgro USA has entered into an exclusive distribution agreement with Marrone Bio Innovations, Inc. (MBI) for its Grandevo PTO bioinsecticide product in the U.S. more
Originally published by AGROW World Crop Protection News
Biopesticides acquire mainstream status
A flurry of corporate activity in biopesticides by big crop protection companies has cast the spotlight on this sector. Sanjiv Rana examines the implications for the biopesticide sector
The intervening year since the publication of Agrow’s first annual
biopesticide supplement in April 2012 has been an eventful
one, to put it mildly. One could even venture to say that the past
several months have transformed the biopesticide sector, firmly
establishing it as an intrinsic part of the crop protection industry.
Things have moved quite some way from Agrow’s proclamation
last April that the sector was no longer considered fringe; when
quite a few people within the biopesticide industry were still
wary of the tag “snake oils”, and when the big crop protection
companies were quite circumspect about their intentions
regarding biopesticides and seemed to be merely testing the
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Marrone Bio Innovations, Inc. (MBI), a leading global provider of bio-based pest management products for agriculture and water applications, announced today that Dr. Alison Stewart has joined the company as its first Chief Science Officer. Dr. Stewart joins MBI from Lincoln University, Lincoln, New Zealand where she was a Distinguished Professor of Plant Pathology in the Bio-Protection Research Centre. Her work concentrated on the beneficial strains of Trichoderma that resulted in four commercial products for the control of onion white rot, Sclerotinia lettuce drop and Botrytis diseases of grapes and tomatoes. In addition, for eight years Dr. Stewart served as the Director of the Centre, assisting scientists in moving technology discovered in New Zealand out into commercial enterprises to enhance New Zealand agriculture and farmers’ livelihoods. She retains the title of Professor Emeritus with Lincoln University.
Originally published on Grainews
by Lisa Guenther
While high costs are still a hurdle to overcome, bioherbicides are in the works and could be a weapon in the struggle against herbicide resistance.
Researchers in Canada and the United States are developing bioherbicides that will not only give organic and conventional farmers more weed control options, but also, in some cases, control herbicide-resistant weeds.
Bioherbicides are synthetically produced compounds identical to chemicals found in nature. They may be sourced from micro-organisms or plants. Bioherbicides can also include whole microorganisms that infect weeds.
Currently there are no bioherbicides registered for use on agricultural crops in Canada, but researchers with Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada (AAFC) are working to change that.
Staff Writer- Sacramento Business Journal
Davis-based Marrone Bio Innovations this week filed for a patent for a species of bacteria that one of its employees discovered in soil near the roots of a tree in the high Sierra Nevada.
The bacillus appears to be useful in controlling plant pathogens as well as in promoting healthy plant growth.
Marrone currently has more than 150 patents pending in the U.S. and internationally.