Bio-based Solutions for Cannabis Crops

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As you may have heard, nearly 20 percent of marijuana products in California have failed tests for potency and purity since the state started requiring the checks on July 1. The testing also revealed unacceptable levels of pesticides, solvents and bacteria, including E. coli and salmonella.

Any cannabis sold on California’s legal market must test clean for residues of 66 pesticides listed by the new Bureau of Cannabis Control. Many in the business agree these new regulations are tantamount a complete ban on pesticides.

All of this is driving a rapid movement among growers towards bio-based solutions. I’d like to introduce you to Pam Marrone, CEO and founder of Marrone Bio Innovations (MBI), a bio-based pest management company that recently announced two of its products are legal for use on cannabis crops in the California market. MBI’s bio-based solutions help reduce synthetic pesticide residues, increase environmental protection, delay pest resistance, increase yields and ensure worker safety.

MBI’s relevant products are built to fight both plant diseases (such as powdery mildew and leaf spots), as well as some of the more common pests that plague cannabis plants (thrips, aphids, mites and whiteflies).

Pam can talk both about the challenges facing growers in today’s regulated cannabis market as well as the increasing trend among today’s growers of adopting bio-based pest management techniques.

Emerald contributor since March 2012

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