Non-toxic bio-based products can control pests and improve agricultural plant health without using chemicals that can harm people and beneficial insect populations.
Marrone Bio Innovations provides bio-based pest management and plant health products for the agricultural, turf and water treatment markets. The biopesticides used are naturally-occurring substances, such as microbes, bacteria and plant extracts, which are used to control pests, improve plant health and increase crop yields. The pesticides are non-toxic and reduce the use of more aggressive agrochemicals that are harmful to the environment, people, and which also kill beneficial insects such as honey bees.
Biopesticides only affect the targeted pest and closely related species, while posing little or no risk to most of the non-target organisms. They can be used up to the day of harvest, as biopesticides do not leave behind any harmful residues.
Why you should care
The use of pesticides can often prove counterproductive, killing natural enemies of the pests and increasing the chances of resistance to the pesticides. Using bio-based products promotes plant and soil health, whilst managing weeds, pests and plant diseases in a broad range of fruit, vegetable, grain and nut crops, as part of an integrated pest management strategy.