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MBII: Marrone Bio Innovations has initiated a new venture to develop enhanced plant nutrient products.

By Ian Gilson, PhD, CFA



Marrone Bio (MBII) has formed a collaboration with Compass Minerals Plant Nutrition (CMP) to develop new plant nutrition products (enhanced fertilizers) that are combined with microorganism that promote the absorption of nutrients in a more efficient manner.

Marrone Bio will provide access to its comprehensive library of 18,000 microorganisms and CMPN will apply its knowledge of plant nutrition to develop novel systems that promote plant development and increased crop yields.

There are many bacteria and fungi in soil that are known to improve the take-up of plant nutrients and increase root health. Marrone has a significant level of expertise in finding and developing soil microorganisms.

Compass Minerals Plant Nutrition is a division of Compass Minerals International Inc. The company has three divisions and operates primarily in the United States, Canada Brazil and the United Kingdom. 2018 revenue was close to $1.5 billion.

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