Marrone Bio Innovations and Valagro announce research collaboration


Marrone Bio Innovations Inc. has entered into a strategic partnership with Valagro S.p.A, a leader in biostimulants and specialty nutrients, to collaborate on research and development efforts.

The global, non-exclusive research collaboration will leverage a subset of Marrone Bio’s collection of 18,000 microorganisms in conjunction with Valagro’s biostimulant and plant nutrition products. According to a news release, products resulting from this partnership have the potential to enhance a grower’s productivity and return on investment with plants that develop better root systems, grow with more vigour and thrive under harsher growing conditions. Additionally, growers of specialty crops would have the potential to produce higher quality fruit that matures more quickly.

“This collaboration with the clear industry leader in bio-based products reinforces our global corporate positioning as a leading player in agricultural nutrition and biologicals – which includes biostimulants and biofertilizers – by integrating and delivering advanced products and value-added tech-based services to farmers globally,” said Giuseppe Natale, chief executive officer of Valagro.”

According to Dr. Pam Marrone, chief executive officer with Marrone Bio Innovations (MBI), the products from the partnership have the potential to provide growers with innovative new products addressing unmet needs.

“We have long known that MBI’s suite of innovative bio-based products work best in combination with complementary traditional and biological agricultural solutions, such as those from Valagro,” she noted. “Combining them into unique new products would provide growers with a better bottom line, and also increased sustainability.”

As the collaboration matures, crops, uses and commercial terms will be defined for both parties.

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