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CROP GENETICS AND DU PONT FORM BIOINSECTICIDES ALLIANCE

 CROP GENETICS AND DU PONT FORM BIOINSECTICIDES ALLIANCE
 HANOVER, Md., Dec. 27 /PRNewswire/ -- Crop Genetics International (NASDAQ: CROP) and the Du Pont Company announced today the formation of an alliance for the joint commercialization of Insecticidal Virus Products or IVPs. These biological insecticides consist of naturally occurring organisms which infect and destroy targeted insects. Du Pont and Crop Genetics said that they formed the alliance to develop, produce, formulate, and market a broad range of viruses for insect control.
 Crop Genetics will become the exclusive producer of virus products for the alliance and focus its InSTARx(TM) division on the low-cost production of IVPs. Du Pont will become the exclusive global distributor and marketer of IVPs for the alliance. Both companies will jointly develop new IVPs. Under the alliance agreement, Du Pont agreed to fund development of IVPs at Crop Genetics for up to $3.75 million over the next two years. The two agricultural companies said they will share the profits from the alliance under a series of sale and supply agreements which will be negotiated as IVPs are developed.
 Frank W. Owen, global product manager for insecticides at Du Pont Agricultural Products said that the safety and effectiveness of IVPs have been known for years but that success of IVPs has been limited because of relatively high manufacturing costs. "The production and purification methods created by Crop Genetics' InSTARx(TM) scientists hold the promise of permitting large scale production of a range of IVPs at competitive prices." Owen said, "The alliance will broaden Du Pont's product offering of biological insecticides and demonstrates a commitment by both companies to provide growers with effective, environmentally compatible products for integrated pest management programs."
 "We are very pleased to be working with Du Pont, one of the largest agricultural chemical companies in the world" said Joseph Kelly, chairman and chief executive officer of Crop Genetics. Commenting on the alliance, Kelly said "the alliance not only endorses our InSTARx technology but adds the global research, development and marketing capabilities of Du Pont to develop a new class of biopesticides."
 Insecticidal viruses already exist in the environment and only replicate in the largest insect or a narrow range of insect species. "They are highly selective and thus pose no threat to wildlife, humans or non-targeted insects" said Dr. James H. Davis, vice president of research and development at Crop Genetics. Davis explained that insect predators and beneficial insects are unharmed by the action of highly discriminating IVPs. The IVPs are also non-polluting, since water, soil, sunlight and other environmental forces all work to rapidly degrade their bioactivity. The compounds are easily applied using conventional pesticide application systems, and can be used alone, or in combinations with other insecticides, to control several insect pests.
 Crop Genetics International is developing biological pesticides systems to control insects, diseases, and weeds in agriculture and forestry. The company's research is focused on the creation of novel crop protection products that are effective and compatible with the environment. The company's InSTARx division is developing low-cost manufacturing processes for viral insecticides; the company's X-tend(TM) group is focused on developing weed control systems that combine biological and synthetic herbicidal agents; its InCide(TM) technology is designed to use genetically-engineered plant inoculants to protect corn, rice, and other row crops from insects and fungi; and its Kleentek(R) business markets disease-free sugarcane seed.
 Du Pont is a diversified chemicals, energy and specialty products company. Du Pont markets agricultural products in 125 countries, has production facilities on five continents and is one of the largest suppliers of crop protection products in the U.S., offering more than 60 insecticides, fungicides and herbicides.
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 /CONTACT: Joseph W. Kelly, chief executive officer of Crop Genetics International, 410-712-7170; Trish Williams of Du Pont Agricultural Products, 302-992-6810; or Anthony Russo of Noonan/Russo Communications, 212-979-9180, for Crop Genetics/
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