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CROP GENETICS AND BRINKMAN B.V. ANNOUNCE REGISTRATION APPROVAL IN THE NETHERLANDS OF THE INSECT VIRUS SPOD-X

 S'GRAVENZANDE, Netherlands, Dec. 1 /PRNewswire/ -- Crop Genetics International (CGI) (NASDAQ: CROP), along with its distributor Brinkman B.V., announced today that they had received approval to sell Spod-X(TM) in the Netherlands from the College Toelating Bestrijdingsmiddelen (CTB).
 This is the first insect virus pesticide that has been considered by the CTB, which is the regulatory authority for registration of pesticides in the Netherlands.
 CGI will begin supplying Spod-X to Brinkman for distribution and sales in the horticultural market starting in January 1994. The product will be compatible for use with industry standard equipment. Brinkman is the largest agrichemical distributor in the Dutch glasshouse and nursery crop industry.
 Spod-X is a selective naturally occurring insect virus which controls Spodoptera exigua, commonly known as the beet armyworm or as the Florida moth in the Netherlands. The beet armyworm was initially imported from Florida in flower cuttings into the Netherlands in 1976. Since then it has become a destructive pest with resistance to many chemical pesticides. Grower trials conducted by Brinkman have shown Spod-X to be an effective control agent for the beet armyworm. To date the effort to commercialize Spod-X has included the efforts of the Dutch government agricultural research organization, DLO-Instituut voor Planteziektenkundig Onderzoek (IPO), CGI and Brinkman.
 Last June CGI signed an agreement with Brinkman for the exclusive marketing of Spod-X in the Netherlands, Germany and Belgium. CGI and Brinkman also acquired the rights in June to a Spod-X registration package from IPO that was just approved by the CTB.
 CGI has already received EPA permission to sell Spod-X in the United States. CGI and DuPont formed an alliance in late 1991 to develop and market insecticidal virus products, including Spod-X. Under the alliance, CGI will market the bioinsecticides through key distributors for certain markets such as with Brinkman in the Netherlands.
 Crop Genetics International develops biological crop protection systems to control insects, weeds and other agricultural pests. The company's research is focused on the creation of unique pesticides that are both effective for food production and compatible with the environment.
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 /CONTACT: Todd Taylor, director of business development of Crop Genetics International, 410-381-3804, or Niek Steeghs of Brinkman B.V., 31-1748-11333/
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