DAVIS, Calif., Jan. 12 /PRNewswire/ -- Marrone Bio Innovations (MBI) announces that the California Department of Pesticide Regulation (DPR) has approved the use of Regalia® in the state of California. Regalia contains a unique active ingredient from the extract of giant knotweed that provides superior control of both fungal and bacterial diseases in many key California crops. It is already being successfully integrated into disease control programs in other regions of the US and abroad, resulting in increased quality and yields for growers.
"Regalia is a powerful tool for controlling Downy mildew, Powdery mildew, Botrytis gray mold, Early blight, Late blight, Bacterial leaf spot, Citrus canker and more," states Chris Hildreth, Sr VP of Commercial Operations.
"There have been hundreds of field trials performed by universities and private researchers on this novel product over the past ten years, " explains Western Product Development Specialist, Celeste Gilbert. "Used alone, in tank mixes and rotations, these trials show that integrating Regalia into the program results in improved crop quality, greater yields and is an excellent return on the grower's investment. It offers particularly good value in rotations with major groups of chemical fungicides since the disease control is often better in rotation than the chemical alone."
Of specific interest to California walnut growers is Regalia's proven activity against Xanthomonas campestris, and its ability to aid in the management of copper-resistant strains in Walnut Blight control programs.
California's leafy greens growers will benefit from Regalia's proven activity against Downy Mildew, and its residue exempt status.
And, for California's grape growers, Regalia provides excellent early season control of powdery mildew, and can be safely used in rotation with sulfur, unlike other leading products. Additionally, Regalia offers late season control of Botrytis bunch rot with 4-hour reentry and zero day pre-harvest interval.
Also, for the increasing number of growers following organic and/or sustainable practices, Regalia is fully compliant with the National Organic Program (NOP) and is an OMRI (Organic Materials Review Institute) listed material.
Regalia works by switching on the plant's own natural defense mechanisms so plants produce and accumulate higher levels of natural proteins and other compounds that inhibit disease development. This novel mode of action makes it a critically important IPM tool for fungicide resistance management.
Regalia has a re-entry interval (REI) of only 4 hours and a zero day pre-harvest interval (PHI) giving growers excellent operational flexibility and a residue free harvest. A complete list of crops and diseases may be found on the product label. Visit www.marronebio.com/regalia for more information.
About Marrone Bio Innovations:
Marrone Bio Innovations (MBI) discovers, develops and markets effective and environmentally responsible products that fill unmet needs for weed, disease, and invasive pest management. Through a combination of in-licensed technology and its own R&D, MBI uses plants and naturally occurring microorganisms from unique habitats to develop better and safer pest management products. The company has an impressive pipeline of new products coming, including two insecticides, two herbicides, and Zequanox™ for controlling invasive zebra and quagga mussels in waterways (EPA pending). MBI currently markets GreenMatch® burndown herbicide for weed control in organic crop production, and Regalia® for control of fungal and bacterial diseases of both food and ornamental crops in conventional and organic production. For more information, email firstname.lastname@example.org, call 1-877-664-4476 or visit www.marronebioinnovations.com .
SOURCE Marrone Bio Innovations