The first sales of Majestene Bionematicide from Marrone Bio Innovations were announced last week as it was certified for use in certified organic food production and listed by the Organic Materials Review Institute.
“We are pleased to have our first commercial sale of Majestene to the potato market in the Pacific Northwest where growers are increasingly looking for sustainable options for controlling a broad range of nematodes and mitigating costly damage to potato crops,” Brian Ahrens, vice president of sales for Marrone Bio Innovations, said. “We are continuing to introduce Majestene to fruit and vegetable growers across the U.S. to meet our customers’ needs.”
Majestene controls a variety of nematodes including root knot, cyst, sting and lance. It protects against nematodes at all stages of life. It can be used alone or in rotation or in a tank mix, and is best used on potatoes, corn, cotton, cucurbit vegetables, fruiting vegetables, soybeans, strawberries and bananas.
“With nematodes causing approximately $80 billion annually in global crop damage, and ever-increasing regulatory restrictions on existing conventional products, the need for effective, easier-to-use and environmentally sustainable biological solutions that reduce multiple species of nematode populations has never been greater,” Marrone Bio Innovations CEO Pam Marrone said. “[Our] MBI’s R&D and product commercialization efforts are focused on meeting unmet market needs by providing growers with expanded options for sustainable and highly effective solutions for managing pests in conventional and organic crops. Majestene is a prime example of our company executing on our product development strategy and delivering new solutions to growers.”
Majestene previously received EPA approval and state-registration in Arizona, Florida, Georgia, Idaho, North Carolina, North Dakota, New Mexico, Oregon, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Texas, Washington and Wisconsin, with applications pending in Colorado, Maine, Michigan, Montana, New York, South Dakota and Puerto Rico. Officials are seeking state approval in all 50 states.