US approval for Marrone's Venerate
The US biopesticide company, Marrone Bio Innovations (MBI - Davis, California), has received US approval for its bioinsecticide/acaricide/nematicide, Venerate (Burkholderia spp strain A396 94.5%), for use on a range of arable crops, fruit, vegetables, turf and ornamentals. The EPA proposed the registration last month (Agrow No 682, p 26). Venerate is the first product from MBI's in-house discovery screen to gain registration, the company points out. It is MBI's second bioinsecticide, following the introduction of Grandevo (Chromobacterium subtsugae strain PRAA4-1T) in 2011 (Agrow No 626, p 25). "With Venerate joining Grandevo in our bioinsecticide line up, conventional and organic growers will have two biological products - with different modes of action - to strengthen their crop protection programmes and reduce the risk of insect resistance," says MBI chief executive officer Dr Pam Marrone.