Invasive Mussel Control Product Showcased in Ontario Ministry of the Environment Ceremony Honoring Environmental Leader
Ontario Power Generation Honored; Zequanox(TM) Demonstrated
“Developing effective, innovative, user-friendly products is a team effort,” said
Zebra and quagga mussels, both invasive species, have had a multi-billion dollar impact on the North American economy and have significantly disrupted freshwater ecosystems since their accidental introduction, in the mid-1980′a, from eastern European ships discharging mussel contaminated ballast water into the Great Lakes. The mussels cause damage by clogging intake pipes and internal operating structures that draw water from infested lakes and rivers, disrupting biodiversity and aquatic food chains by coating substrates of lakes and reservoirs. The mussels also attach to boats, including hulls and outdrives, as well as engine intakes, which leads to overheating and increased drive train wear.
Research trials have shown that although Zequanox is quite effective at controlling these invasive mussels. Toxicology tests have demonstrated it is safe to mammals, to the environment and to important native, aquatic species.
In 2007, Marrone Bio Innovations entered into a commercial partnership with the
The trials being conducted at the DeCew 2 Generating Station have been reviewed and permitted by the Ontario Ministry of the Environment and Health Canada’s Pest Management Regulatory Agency. Final regulatory approval of Zequanox in both the US and
Marrone Bio Innovations (MBI) discovers, develops and markets effective and environmentally responsible products that fill unmet needs for weed, disease and pest management. MBI’s effective and safe products come from a combination of in-licensed technology and its own discovery. The company’s own R&D finds naturally occurring microorganisms from unique habitats and develops them into products for controlling insects, weeds, nematodes and plant diseases. MBI has an impressive pipeline of new products, including two insecticides, two herbicides in addition to Zequanox. MBI currently markets RegaliaSC for control of fungal and bacterial diseases of both food and ornamental crops, and GreenMatch Burndown Herbicide for weed control in organic crop production.
For more information, visit www.marronebioinnovations.com.
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