Marrone Bio Innovations receives EPA registration for new biofumigant
Marrone Bio Innovations announced that the company has received registration of MBI-601 EP, a biofumigant, from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Biopesticide Pollution Prevention Division. This new product controls and suppresses plant parasitic nematodes, insect pests and soil-borne plant diseases in agricultural and horticultural soils. The active ingredient, a strain of Muscodor albus, produces volatile compounds that either kill or inhibit the growth of certain destructive nematodes, pest insects, and also plant diseases such as Fusarium root rot, damping off, southern blight and Verticillium wilt. In addition to soil applications, MBI believes this novel microbe will have further use for turf, forestry seedlings, post-harvest application and in the seed treatment market. Field trials using this novel biofumigant show increased yields in treated strawberries, lettuce and other crops. MBI's initial focus for the product will be for California strawberry crops for which there is a critical need for additional solutions to control soil disease, nematodes and insects. The company noted that MBI-601 EP has also been determined by the U.S. EPA to be USDA National Organic Program compliant. Concurrent with the U.S. EPA registration, the Organic Materials Research Institute has listed MBI-601 EP for use in organic farming. The new genus and species, Muscodor albus, and many of its strains, were discovered by Dr. Gary Strobel, Professor Emeritus at Montana State University.