NUTRICOTE® Product Line Merged Into Arysta LifeScience North America

SAN FRANCISCO (July 18, 2005) – Arysta LifeScience North America announced today that it has merged the NUTRICOTE® Fertilizer product line of Agrivert, Inc. into its turf and ornamental business unit by arrangement with its parent company in Japan.

“The consolidation of these horticultural products into one company enables Arysta LifeScience to capture significant marketing efficiencies and synergies consistent with our strategy of adding value to achieve growth in turf and ornamental markets,” said Elin Miller, Arysta LifeScience North America president and CEO.

Arysta LifeScience anticipates the inclusion of NUTRICOTE will expand its ability to provide a broader line of ornamental production tools. “Incorporating NUTRICOTE gives us the opportunity to develop and market a growing line of premium-grade controlled release fertilizers and expand blended fertilizer materials with varying analysis, customized to our greenhouse and nursery customers’ needs,” said Tom Justmann, vice president, Specialty, Arysta LifeScience North America.

NUTRICOTE will be distributed in Canada and in 41 states in the U.S. by Arysta LifeScience. Florikan is the exclusive distributor of NUTRICOTE in the other nine states of North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, Florida, Alabama, Mississippi, Tennessee, Louisiana and Arkansas.

This announcement also follows the recent acquisition of domestic and global development and marketing rights for fluoxastrobin by Arysta LifeScience. “The addition of the NUTRICOTE line of fertilizers, along with fluoxastrobin to complement ARENA™, CELERO™, and SHUTTLE™ insecticides, improves our product offerings and equips us to provide a wider range of solutions to the turf and ornamental industry,” said Bill Liles, Arysta LifeScience Turf and Ornamental business manager.

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:

NUTRICOTE is a registered trademark of Chisso-Asahi Fertilizer Co., Ltd.