Marrone Organic Innovations Changes Identity to Reflect Broader Biopesticide Focus

May 04, 2009, 15:58 ET from Marrone Bio Innovations, Inc.

Company develops both organic and conventional-use pest management products

DAVIS, Calif., May 4 /PRNewswire/ -- Marrone Organic Innovations, Inc., has revised its name to Marrone Bio Innovations, Inc., (MBI) in a move to more accurately represent the company's leadership in the discovery and development of effective and environmentally responsible pesticide active ingredients from novel biological sources.

"We are proud to be in the biopesticide business, a crop protection category that is growing, maturing and realizing widespread acceptance in agribusiness globally," said company founder and CEO, Pam Marrone, upon making the announcement.

"What many don't realize is that more than 80 percent of today's biopesticides are used in conventional farming. At Marrone Bio Innovations, we are dedicated to discovering, developing and marketing products for today's and tomorrow's pest management challenges. All of our products are derived from biological, or natural, sources, and are as effective as conventional synthetic chemical pesticides."

Despite the broader scope of the company's target audience, the development of safe and effective pest management products that are approved for organic markets continues to rank high in importance at MBI.

The company currently markets three products:

  • Regalia(R) SC, a powerful, proven new tool for controlling both fungal and bacterial diseases in a wide range of fruit, vegetable and ornamental crops. The product is an EPA registered extract of giant knotweed, Reynoutria sachalinensis.
  • GreenMatch(R) burndown herbicide for use in organic crop production. It is EPA registered, NOP and OMRI listed, and formulated with citrus oil extracts.
  • GreenMatch(R) EX, an EPA exempt burndown herbicide for use in landscaping and organic crop production that is based on lemongrass oil extracts.

Several new products are in the development pipeline at MBI for organic and conventional ag, as well as for other uses. One is a biopesticide currently undergoing field trials that controls invasive zebra and quagga mussels in fresh waterways.

All MBI biopesticides are the result of the company's ongoing innovation to discover and develop effective and environmentally responsible solutions to pest problems in multiple markets worldwide. Information on the company and its products can be found at the Web site

Marrone Bio Innovations (MBI) discovers, develops and markets effective and environmentally responsible products that fill unmet needs for weed, disease and pest management. Through a combination of in-licensed technology and its own R&D, Marrone Bio develops products that target markets needing better and safer solutions. MBI's own R&D finds naturally occurring microorganisms from unique habitats and develops them into products for controlling insects, weeds, nematodes and plant diseases. The company has an impressive pipeline of new products, including two insecticides, two herbicides and a product for controlling invasive zebra and quagga mussels in waterways. MBI currently markets GreenMatch Burndown Herbicide for weed control in organic crop production and Regalia SC for control of fungal and bacterial diseases of both food and ornamental crops. For more information, visit

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