Arysta LifeScience Acquires Azocyclotin from Bayer CropScience

Tokyo October 11, 2005 – Arysta LifeScience today announced that it has agreed to acquire azocyclotin, a broad-spectrum acaricide sold under the trademarks Peropal® and Caligur®, from Bayer CropScience for global distribution. The terms of the agreement were not disclosed.

"This latest agreement represents further progress in strengthening our global position in crop protection," said Dr. Chris Richards, president and CEO of Arysta LifeScience. Azocyclotin has global applications and will enhance our product offerings for fruit crops especially in Brazil and South Korea."

Acquisitions remain important to building the future strength of the company. With its global strength in marketing and distribution, Arysta LifeScience will be able to augment the product's availability to meet customer needs.

Headquartered in Tokyo, Japan, Arysta LifeScience is the world's largest privately-held crop protection and life science company with 2004 revenues of ¥103.2 billion (US$1 billion). An entrepreneurial provider of crop protection and life science products in more than 100 countries worldwide, Arysta LifeScience specializes in the marketing and distribution of respected crop protection brands and life science products in harmony with the needs of global producers. More information on the company is available at: www.arystalifescience.com

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Ted Tsunoda, Phone: 011-81-3-3547-4521