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Marrone Bio Innovations, Inc.

Name Kathey Dufek Email [email protected]
    Steward(s) Selected Rodriguez Escucha –  –
Training Start Date May 1, 2022 Training End Date April 30, 2023
Steward Training Hours per Week ~40 hours per week  
Compensation (Stipend or Wage) Yes If Yes, how much/how often? 20.00/hour
 
Non-Monetary Compensation and Estimated Value Airfare to CA, plus housing reimbursement of up to $1000 per month
Name of your Workers’ Compensation Carrier Berkshire Hathaway
Will your Workers’ Compensation policy cover the Steward? Yes
Number of Employees at training location approx 80-90 on any given day
Number of Interns/Trainees/Apprentices at training location approx 20-25 on any given day
Annual Revenue $10 Million to $25 Million
 

[Phase 1]

Phase Name PHASE 1 – ORIENTATION, LAB & GH SAFETY AND BASIC SOP’S
Start Date of Phase May 1, 2022 End Date of Phase May 11, 2022
Primary Supervisor during this phase LOUIS (LUCHO) BODDY Supervisor Title GROUP LEADER – PLANT SCIENCES
Email [email protected] Phone Number 530.750.2800
 
1. Describe the Trainee/Steward’s role for this phase

During this phase the Trainee will review standard laboratory and greenhouse safety information, will receive a tour of the lab facilities and will review basic standard operating procedures for future employee training and qualification, and good documentation practices.

2. Specific goals and objectives for this phase

Trainee will understand the physical layout of the labs, greenhouses and outdoor growing areas; learn how to safely work in lab and greenhouse conditions and with biopesticides, and begin to understand procedures for training and documenting. By the end of this phase they should be able to embark on the next phase of training and move freely about the facilities.

3. Primary Supervisor’s qualifications

Coordination with other on-site employees will provide the initial required training which is provided to all new R&D employees, both regular, full-time and temporary.

4. What plans are in place for the Trainee/Steward to participate in cultural activities while in the United States?

Help settling in to new accommodations and surroundings in first two weeks: visit UC Davis and grocery stores, learn local transit, get library card, etc

5. Specific knowledge, skills, or techniques to be learned during this phase?

Lab and greenhouse safety procedures and layout of physical spaces; basic good documentation practices; use of training records.

6. How specifically will this knowledge, skills, or techniques be taught? Include methodology of training and chronology/syllabus.

Safety will be taught by company safety coordinator; documentation and training practice by Quality Assurance Manager/Specialist; tour will be provided by a company sanctioned individual. These trainings will each occur in a one-on-one or small group setting.

7. How will the Trainee/Steward’s acquisition of new skills and competencies be measured?

Training’s are participatory in nature with back-and-forth dialogue and questions to check comprehension.

8. Additional Phase Remarks (optional)

This phase may be completed in as little as three days, depending on the availability of trainers.

 

[Phase 2]

Phase Name PHASE 2 – BASIC PLANT PATHOLOGY TECHNIQUES
Start Date of Phase May 11, 2022 End Date of Phase December 1, 2022
Primary Supervisor during this phase Elizabeth Henry Supervisor Title SENIOR SCIENTIST – PLANT PATHOLOGY
Email [email protected] Phone Number 530.750.2800
 
1. Describe the Trainee/Steward’s role for this phase

The Trainee would learn to support bioassay driven research into biological plant health products, including biofungicides and biostimulants.

2. Specific goals and objectives for this phase

The Trainee will learn how to undertake basic assays with plant pathogens and plants, at the lab and greenhouse levels. This will include learning to isolate, plate and grow cultures for testing, application of treatments, evaluations of phenotypes, and analysis of data.

3. Primary Supervisor’s qualifications

The supervisor holds a PhD in plant pathology plus five years of post-doctoral research experience with development of plant health products.

4. What plans are in place for the Trainee/Steward to participate in cultural activities while in the United States?

The Plant Science team engages in monthly or bi-monthly cultural outings around Yolo County, with an emphasis on exploration of botanical and other natural features. The company holds regular gatherings to commemorate holidays or other seasonal events, in which Wilson will be invited to participate.

5. Specific knowledge, skills, or techniques to be learned during this phase?

Growth media preparation, petri-dish scale assays, small and medium pot assays, inoculation of pathogens for testing, DNA and RNA extraction of infected material, qPCR, phenotypic analyses, ANOVA and non-linear regression.

6. How specifically will this knowledge, skills, or techniques be taught? Include methodology of training and chronology/syllabus.

The Trainee will complete appropriate SOPs or protocols, and will receive one-on-one instruction. Instruction will be followed by regular check-ins and informal evaluations.

7. How will the Trainee/Steward’s acquisition of new skills and competencies be measured?

The supervisor will monitor completion of tasks in expected time frames, and will examine quality of work. This will be done on an iterative basis, as the Trainee will spend many hours working alongside the supervisor.

8. Additional Phase Remarks (optional)
 

[Phase 3]

Phase Name PHASE 3 – APPLYING IMAGING PHENOTYPING TO PLANT PATHOLOGY RESEARCH
Start Date of Phase December 1, 2022 End Date of Phase April 30, 2023
Primary Supervisor during this phase LOUIS (LUCHO) BODDY Supervisor Title GROUP LEADER – PLANT SCIENCES
Email [email protected] Phone Number 530.750.2800
 
1. Describe the Trainee/Steward’s role for this phase

The trainee will learn how to set up, conduct, analyze and report on regular bioherbicide and biostimulant bioassays using Phenospex plant scanning equipment and associated software. This will include preparing, applying and evaluating treatments.

2. Specific goals and objectives for this phase

The trainee will learn to receive samples from other departments, design and set up a corresponding test, apply treatments, evaluate results, and generate statistical analysis.

3. Primary Supervisor’s qualifications

The Trainee will work with Lucho Boddy and an employee who has been working with this equipment, and has helped develop the bioassays related to it. Over the last year, since MBI has obtained this equipment, this employee has trained/worked with other interns on the different facets of this project. Dr. Boddy has 10 years of industry work experience in development of biological agricultural products for crop protection and growth.

4. What plans are in place for the Trainee/Steward to participate in cultural activities while in the United States?

The Plant Science team engages in monthly or bi-monthly cultural outings around Yolo County, with an emphasis on exploration of botanical and other natural features. The company holds regular gatherings to commemorate holidays or other seasonal events, in which Wilson will be invited to participate.

5. Specific knowledge, skills, or techniques to be learned during this phase?

The Trainee will learn how to: prepare and select plants for testing; block plants into treatment groups and replicates; label individual pots and whole tests; prepare treatments (including pipetting, mixing solutions, etc); apply treatments using a research track sprayer using different carrier volumes, as required; evaluate plants for visual damage, as well as for biomass; obtain plant scanning based data for visual and other spectra; record data, prepare a spreadsheet, and transfer data to a spreadsheet; calculate plant size and plant health changes over time using non-destructive imaging techniques; calculate basic statistics and produce initial graphics of results.

6. How specifically will this knowledge, skills, or techniques be taught? Include methodology of training and chronology/syllabus.

The skills to be learned will occur in a one-on-one setting, and will provide regular feedback, evaluating proficiency. The trainee may be asked to review 1-2 applicable SOPs and equipment operation literature.

7. How will the Trainee/Steward’s acquisition of new skills and competencies be measured?

The Trainee will initially be monitored for completion of each task, provided regular feedback; subsequently the Trainee will be regularly checked to assess the level of proficiency for each task, as well as, the overall process. It is in the interests of our company that each component skill be mastered; therefore as much time will be allotted as necessary to ensure the Trainee fully grasps instructions and is able to proficiently carry out individual tasks and, eventually, the entire process.

8. Additional Phase Remarks (optional)

The length and depth of this phase of the training may vary, according to Trainee aptitude and ability to master the skills being acquired.