Arysta LifeScience North America Adds New Fungicides to Turf & Ornamental

SAN FRANCISCO (Aug. 11, 2005) – As the latest step in its growth strategy to provide leading-edge products and services to the turf and ornamentals industry, Arysta LifeScience North America announced it has secured exclusive domestic marketing rights for fluoxastrobin, a strobilurin fungicide in development for disease control alone and in combination products.

“We view this investment as a demonstration of our continuing commitment to supply highly effective plant disease control chemistry for turfgrass management and ornamental production,” said Elin Miller, Arysta LifeScience North America president and CEO.

In 2005, fluoxastrobin is being tested extensively in university trials across the U.S. to further define the disease control spectrum and performance benefits the product, alone and in combinations, will offer users.

“In addition to the leading-edge chemistries of ARENA™ turf insecticide, CELERO™ ornamental insecticide, and SHUTTLE™ ornamental insecticide, developing fluoxastrobin-based fungicide products can significantly expand our product offerings in golf, lawn and landscape, and ornamental markets,” said Tom Kroll, Insecticides and Fungicides product manager.

Arysta LifeScience anticipates registrations sometime in late 2005 to early 2006.
“We expect the activity of these materials will enable us to develop and launch not one, but several new fungicides into turf management and ornamental production, offering managers more treatment options through new chemistries,” said Doug Houseworth, turf and ornamental technical service representative.

According to Bill Liles, turf and ornamental business manager, “We’re excited about this opportunity to establish Arysta LifeScience as a long-term player in the turf and ornamental marketplace with our channel partners and end users. It will help us develop a stronger professional organization, enable us to provide more opportunities for discovery companies, and enhance the solutions we can offer our customers.”

Headquartered in San Francisco, Arysta LifeScience North America is an emerging provider of innovative turf and ornamental plant protection solutions. Committed to sustainable growth and high-quality products and services, the company is strongly committed to product stewardship, environmental responsibility and human safety.

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