Marrone Bio Innovations Inc., a Davis-based biotech firm, has filed a patent application for what it calls a new bacteria species that one of its employees discovered in soil collected in California.
MBI said anti-fungal compounds produced by the strain are different from current commercial Bacillus biofungicide products, and are effective against a broad range of fungal and bacterial plant pathogens.
"We are excited to move this candidate to field trials on a broad range of crops in 2013," said Phyllis Himmel, MBI vice president of research and development. "The strain has also shown activity beyond plant disease control. Additional work is in progress to explore its usefulness as a plant growth promoter in crops such as corn, soybeans, tomatoes and turf."
MBI provides biopesticides for agricultural and water-treatment markets. It currently has more than 150 patents pending in the United States and internationally.
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