Burkholderia Product Line from Marrone Bio Innovations Wins the 2018 Bernard Blum Award


As previously announced, three products were finalists for the Bernard Blum award for Novel Biocontrol Solutions: COS-OGA, a biofungicide for powdery and downy mildew control from Fyto Fend; Burkholderia rinojensis strain A396, a new bacterial strain with uses as a bioinsecticide, bionematicide and bioherbicide from Marrone Bio Innovations; and ECO-NOC, a microbial bioinsecticide effective against lepidopteran species from Plant Health Products.

Bernard Blum award Marrone ABIM 2018 1left to right: Francois Levesque (New Ag International), 
Pamela Marrone (Marrone Bio Innovations) and  Willem Ravensberg (IBMA) 

The award ceremony took place yesterday in the presence of Willem Ravensberg, IBMA President, David Cary, Executive Director of IBMA, Owen Jones, Chairman of the Award committee, and Francois Levesque, Managing Director of New Ag International in the conference hall of the Basel (Switzerland) Congress Centre on the occasion of ABIM 2018.

The 2018 Bernard Blum award went to the Burkholderia rinojensis-based product line from Marrone Bio Innovations (MBI). Burkholderia rinojensis strain A396, discovered by Marrone Bio Innovations, produces several natural compounds (some known, but not as pesticides, and some novel) with pesticidal activity that work together to control a broad range of pests and weeds. MBI has developed a manufacturing process that minimizes the herbicidal compounds for Majestene and Venerate, while a different manufacturing process maximizes the herbicidal compounds to create MBI-014 bioherbicide. The efficacy spectrum is very broad on the pests, but it is non-toxic or low risk to non-target organisms. It is non-toxic to honeybees and does not affect pollination. No other microorganism is known where multiple products have been developed across such a broad range of targets – weeds, insect, mites and nematodes.

"We are very proud to have won such a prestigious award within the biological pest management industry,” says Dr. Pamela Marrone, CEO and Founder of Marrone Bio Innovations. “We thank the IBMA for recognizing the innovative work our scientists perform every day. We look forward to continuing to bring innovative new biological pest control solutions to market in order to help farmers solve some of their toughest problems.”

Marrone Bio Innovations was awarded a trophy, interview and product placement in New Ag International and 2BMonthly publications, as well as complimentary registration for ABIM 2019. The other two finalists will receive a poster to display their innovations at ABIM 2018, the premier global biocontrol industry event taking place in Basel on 22-24 October 2018.

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