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BIOSYS, SOLARIS GROUP ANNOUNCE NEWLY FORMULATED ORTHO BIOSAFE CONSUMER LAWN & GARDEN PRODUCT AT '93 NATIONAL HDWE SHOW

 CHICAGO, Aug. 16 /PRNewswire/ -- biosys (NASDAQ-NMS: BIOS) and The Solaris Group will introduce an improved version of its ORTHO(R) BioSafe(R) biological insect control product in a new, easy-to-use and cost-effective water-dispersible granular formulation at the National Hardware Show. biosys also announced the addition of flea control to the ORTHO BioSafe label. The company expects that the new formulation will be available for the upcoming season.
 ORTHO BioSafe, which biosys manufactures exclusively for national distribution by The Solaris Group, is an environmentally friendly, natural alternative to synthetic chemical pesticides. biosys has developed a new method to mix beneficial nematodes, which are living microscopic organisms, into granules which dissolve quickly when mixed with water by the consumer. The result is a ready-to-use solution.
 Fred Vogelgesang, product manager-ORTHO, believes the improvements in the formulation of ORTHO BioSafe will bolster consumer use and confidence in the product.
 "Our market research shows that the gardening consumer wants environmentally sound products but does not want to compromise on effectiveness or price," he said. "While BioSafe has always been highly effective, making it easier to use and price competitive will appeal to the mainstream gardener." He added that the consumer, who in the past may have been discouraged by price or complicated application with many other biologicals, now has a more convenient, cost-effective alternative to conventional pesticides.
 ORTHO BioSafe's broad spectrum is improved by the addition of fleas to the list of controlled insects on the label. Recent findings by Texas A&M, and other leading university researchers have shown that nematodes are effective against common fleas that affect dogs and cats in outdoor environments. ORTHO BioSafe kills flea larvae and pupae, leaves no chemical residue, will not harm people, pets, birds, plants or beneficial insects, and provides extended control of fleas and many other pests. ORTHO BioSafe will not contaminate ground water.
 A prototype version of the new ORTHO BioSafe product will be on display at The Solaris Group booth No. 8535 during the 1993 National Hardware Show in Chicago, Aug. 15-18.
 biosys is a leader in the development and commercialization of biological pesticide products, including ORTHO BioSafe, distributed by The Solaris Group, a division of Monsanto Agricultural Group. biosys recently announced the acquisition of AgriSense, a developer and marketer of pheromone-based insect traps and lures, as well as other biopesticide technologies and products. Using advanced science and technology, the company develops and manufactures biological controls that are highly effective in large-scale commercial usage. biosys holds patents for the manufacture of beneficial nematodes in liquid fermentation and their formulation for commercial use. biosys shares are traded on NASDAQ-NMS with ticker symbol BIOS.
 ORTHO BioSafe is available at major retail and home improvement centers, hardware stores, and lawn and garden stores throughout the country. For more information about ORTHO BioSafe or any other ORTHO product, contact: The Solaris Group, P.O. Box 5047, San Ramon, CA 94583.
 NOTE: BioSafe(R) is a registered trademark of biosys. ORTHO(R) is a registered trademark of Monsanto Co.
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 /CONTACT: Paul Dick, director of national sales & marketing of biosys, 415-856-9500; or Fred Vogelgesang, product manager for ORTHO of The Solaris Group, 510-842-4025/
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