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MAXCEL® PLANT GROWTH REGULATOR APPROVED FOR USE ON PEARS IN U.S.

March 21, 2007

LIBERTYVILLE, Ill (March 21, 2007) — Pear growers now have access to a state-of-the-art product for use in post-bloom thinning and sizing programs. MaxCel® Plant Growth Regulator, introduced to apple growers in 2004, has recently received approval from the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the state of California for use on pears. Like apple growers, pear growers can expect MaxCel to reduce hand-thinning costs, improve fruit size and pack-out, and promote better return bloom.

MaxCel is a novel, cytokinin-based thinning and sizing product formulated to provide superior coverage and absorption. This specialized formulation promotes fruit growth above and beyond the direct thinning effect, resulting in better fruit size and pack-out compared to traditional thinners. In addition, MaxCel does not cause irregular fruit shape, pygmy fruit or harm beneficial insects.

"Given the limited options pear growers have for thinning and sizing fruit, we are very excited to make MaxCel available to help them reach the optimum value for their crop," said Jim Hansen, product manager at Valent BioSciences Corporation. "Valent BioSciences remains dedicated to bringing new solutions to the tree fruit industry and is excited about this new registration."

MaxCel will be marketed in the U.S. by Valent U.S.A. Corporation of Walnut Creek, Calif. For more information, please visit www.valent.com.

Valent BioSciences Corporation, headquartered in Libertyville, Ill., is a worldwide leader in the research, development, and commercialization of low risk, environmentally compatible technologies and products for the agricultural, public health, forestry, and household insecticide markets. For more information on the products offered by Valent BioSciences, please visit www.valentbiosciences.com.

MaxCel is a registered trademark of Valent BioSciences Corporation.