Evogene and Marrone team up to fight bugs

Marrone Bio Innovations (NASDAQ:MBII) and Evogene (NYSE:EVGN) sign a multiyear collaborative agreement for the joint discovery of novel modes of biological action for insect control. Evogene will develop insect resistant seeds and Marrone will develop biologically-based insecticides.

Initial targets of the partnership are the Western Tarnished Plant Bug (Lygus Hesperus) and the Beet Armyworm (Spodoptera). Both cause significant damage to a variety of major crops reducing yields by 20%.

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