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Marrone seeks US biopesticide approval

The US biopesticide company, Marrone Bio Innovations (Davis, California), has applied for US approval for a new bioinsecticide/acaricide, MBI-206, for the control of lepidopteran pests such as codling moths ( Cydia pomonella) and armyworms ( Spodoptera spp), and psyllids and spider mites. The product is based on a new species of the bacterium, Burkholderia spp. MBI-206 is said to be complementary to Marrone’s bioinsecticide/acaricide, MBI-203 ( Chromobacterium substugae strain PRAA4-1), which was previously submitted for approval ( Agrow No 588, p 24). “The two together will provide growers with control of a full spectrum of pest insects,” says MBI founder and CEO Pam Marrone. They represent the “next generation” of effective bioinsecticides after Bt, she adds.

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