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DNAP AWARDED U.S. PATENT FOR IMPROVED CELERY

 DNAP AWARDED U.S. PATENT FOR IMPROVED CELERY
 CINNAMINSON, N.J., June 25 /PRNewswire/ -- DNA Plant Technology


Corporation (NASDAQ: DNAP) today announced that it had received a U.S. patent (No. 5,124,505) for "Novel Celery Lines With Increased Stick Yield." The patent has been licensed to FreshWorld, DNAP's branded produce joint venture with Du Pont, for use in its VegiSnax line of snacking vegetables.
 "This innovation is consistent with the company's strategy to strengthen the competitiveness of its franchises by using biotechnology to improve quality and reduce costs," said Richard Laster, chairman of DNAP. DNAP has already obtained nine U.S. patents related to the VegiSnax vegetables.
 "Using the tissue culture techniques of somaclonal variation, our researchers derived the new variety from celery lines which possess exceptional taste and petiole length characteristics. The approximately 25 percent longer petioles will yield more VegiSnax celery sticks without compromising the excellent flavor and texture of the line," said Laster.
 The VegiSnax line of vegetables offer distinctly superior taste, and shelf-life that is longer than other commercially available produce. VegiSnax are specially handled and packaged to preserve their freshness and taste, as well as their low calorie and nutritional values.
 FreshWorld's carrots and celery sticks are sold in supermarkets in the Pacific Northwest and the Denver area, as well as through the entire 500-store Wawa convenience chain in the mid-Atlantic states.
 DNAP is a leading agricultural biotechnology company, applying a spectrum of technologies to develop and commercialize plant-based products, agricultural and environmental diagnostics, and ice modification products and processes for the industrial and consumer markets. The company has three operating joint ventures -- FreshWorld, InterMountain Canola Company and Agri-Diagnostics Associates.
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 /CONTACT: Richard Laster of DNA Plant Technology, 914-241-4959, or Todd Fogarty of Kekst and Company, 212-593-2655, for DNA Plant Technology/
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