Originally published by: Dan Bryant, Contributing Writer for Western Farm Press

It is not widely known, but more than 80 percent of the currently available biopesticides are in use by mainstream agriculture and are as effective as conventional, synthetic chemical pesticides, according to Pam Marrone, founder and CEO of Marrone Bio Innovations, Inc., based in Davis, Calif.

Biopesticides, commonly associated with organic farming, are processed through fermentation or extraction from natural sources for control of insects, weeds, nematodes, and plant diseases.

Marrone outlined prospects for the expanding industry during an organic production seminar in Modesto. She noted that although her company serves the conventional segment, it continues to give high priority to the organics market.

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