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MBI gains patent for corn rootworm biocontrol

The US biopesticide company, Marrone Bio Innovations (MBI - Davis, California), has received a patent for the use of the bacterium, Chromobacterium spp, for the control of corn rootworm (Diabrotica spp) larvae. "This patent is an important first step in developing a commercially viable product to inhibit infestations of corn rootworm larvae across America and other regions where they continue to spread, such as Latin America and Europe," says MBI chief executive officer Dr Pam Marrone. MBI introduced the C substugae-based bioinsecticide, Grandevo, in the US in 2011 (Agrow No 626, p 25).

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