Product provides post-emergent weed control with low risk of resistance
Marrone Bio Innovations, Inc. (MBI), a provider of natural pest management products for the agricultural and water treatment markets, announces the submission of a new bioherbicide, MBI-011 EP, to the U. S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).
The bioherbicide 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 bioherbicide offers broad-spectrum control and will provide an alternative to herbicides that are 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.
Phyllis Himmel, vice president of research and development for the Davis, Calif.-based company, noted how the product got its start when one of MBI’s chemists screened for herbicidal activity of medicinal herbs.
During the testing of 350 different herbs, an extract of dry long pepper (Piper longum L.) fruits showed activity against lettuce seedlings. This active ingredient was identified as sarmentine, a naturally occurring compound that gives black pepper its pungent aroma.
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