Arysta LifeScience North America Receives Federal Registration of Specialty..

SAN FRANCISCO (Jan. 18, 2006) – Arysta LifeScience North America Corporation today announced federal registration* of Fluoxastrobin, a strobilurin fungicide providing plant disease control on peanuts, potatoes and tuber vegetables, leafy vegetables (petioles subgroup only), fruiting vegetables and turf. Arysta LifeScience will market Fluoxastrobin as EVITO™ Fungicide in crops and DISARM™ Fungicide in turf.

Arysta LifeScience received exclusive domestic marketing rights to Fluoxastrobin last year and anticipates a full U.S. launch pending state registrations. The company is currently evaluating a number of Fluoxastrobin-based premixes following the introduction of the solo product.

“As a member of the strobilurin class of chemistry, Fluoxastrobin offers growers both systemic and protectant properties,” said Tom Kroll, product manager, Fungicides, Arysta LifeScience. “This means two methods of protection and a broad spectrum of control of devastating diseases.”

Arysta LifeScience, in 2005, collaborated with universities across the U.S. to accurately define the disease control spectrum and performance benefits of Fluoxastrobin. Trial results indicate Fluoxastrobin alone or in combination provides excellent control of Sclerotium, Rhizoctonia, early and late blights, rusts and mildews.

“Federal registration of EVITO expands our specialty product portfolio into new markets,” said Tom Justmann, commercial vice-president, Specialty, Arysta LifeScience. “We are committed to helping growers identify effective crop-protection solutions that help them remain profitable in a highly competitive marketplace.”

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

*State registration may be pending.