Marrone Bio Innovations, Inc. (MBI), announced the submission of a new bioherbicide, MBI-011 EP, to EPA.
This is the second bioherbicide MBI has submitted for approval to EPA (MBI-005 bioherbicide was EPA-approved in 2012). MBI-011 EP is a post-emergent burndown herbicide that can also be used as a crop desiccant. It has contact activity and no post-application planting restrictions are expected. MBI-011 EP is being submitted for control of annual and perennial grass and broadleaf weeds in the agricultural, non-crop, and consumer home and garden markets.
The new bioherbicide offers broad-spectrum control and will provide an alternative to herbicides that are highly prone to resistance. According to the International Survey of Herbicide Resistant Weeds, weeds have developed resistance to 148 different herbicides in 63 crops in 61 countries.
“With the continuing and widespread identification of herbicide resistant weeds, we are very excited about submitting this product for registration,” said Pam Marrone, CEO. “It has become increasingly clear that no one product can be the ultimate solution to a weed problem and herbicide users need an array of tools to combat weeds. One of the most important benefits we provide users of all our biopesticide products is helping them strengthen their Integrated Resistance Management (IRM) programs. With our new herbicide, we believe we are making a positive contribution in this area.”