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DNAP AWARDED U.S. PATENT FOR NEW SWEET PEPPER VARIETY

 DNAP AWARDED U.S. PATENT FOR NEW SWEET PEPPER VARIETY
 CINNAMINSON, N.J., Nov. 20 /PRNewswire/ -- DNA Plant Technology


Corporation (NASDAQ: DNAP) today announced it has received a U.S. Patent (No. 5,066,830) for a new variety of low-seed sweet pepper which combines the taste of a large bell pepper with the size characteristics of a small jalapeno pepper.
 "The delicious new variety we have developed is an ideal snack food and will be added to our VegiSnax line of snacking vegetables," said Richard Laster, DNAP chairman and chief executive officer. "FreshWorld, our joint venture with Du Pont, has begun test marketing the peppers in supermarkets in the Pacific Northwest. These peppers have a bright red color, have nearly twice the recommended daily allowance of vitamin C and are an excellent part of a healthy diet. Since they are only two bites big and contain very few seeds, they are an ideal snacking food. They will be sold in a convenient 2-1/2 ounce package, that is also perfect for lunches and picnics."
 DNAP's scientists developed the pepper through a process known as "gametoclonal variation." Scientists began by culturing reproductive cells of a bell pepper plant in a growth medium. After the cells were regenerated into plants, these progeny were tested for natural genetic variation, a process which occurs all the time in nature, but which can be greatly speeded up with laboratory techniques. Those plants with desirable characteristics were then introduced into a breeding program from which the optimal variety emerged. DNAP has field tested the new variety for the past two years at growing sites in California.
 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 industrial and consumer markets. The company has four operating joint ventures -- FreshWorld, InterMountain Canola Company, Agri-Diagnostics Associates, and Florigene, B.V.
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 /CONTACT: Richard Laster of DNA Plant Technology, 914-241-4959, or Fredric Spar Kekst and Company, 212-593-2655, for DNA Plant Technology/
 (DNAP) CO: DNA Plant Technology Corporation ST: New Jersey IN: MTC SU: SH -- NY014 -- 5305 11/20/91 09:39 EST
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