Performance Plants Establishes U.S. Biofuels Facility

    Company Accelerates Next Generation Cellulosic Feedstock Program

    KINGSTON, ON, June 18 /CNW/ - Performance Plants Inc. (PPI) has announced
today that it has established an American Research Center to develop
specialized non-food crops for industries seeking renewable feedstocks for
liquid transportation fuels, biochemicals and coal replacement.
    The facility, located in Waterloo, New York, will develop biomass
feedstocks adapted to maximize cellulose energy productivity per acre on land
less suitable for food or feed production. These crops will not compete with
staple food crops such as corn and soybean.
    The Center will link PPI's strong trait discovery expertise with its
biotech crop development capabilities. It will evaluate and demonstrate
industrial, agronomic and environmental efficacy on an adjacent Energy Farm.
The Center will provide the next generation of customized feedstocks derived
from cellulosic non-food biomass crops.
    "PPI's capacity to deliver innovative products for the biofuels industry
is now totally in house, from trait discovery to registered crop seeds for
farmers and biomass feedstock for industry", says Peter Matthewman, President
of Performance Plants Inc., one of North America's leading biofuels and food
biotechnology companies.
    "As the main constituent of plants, cellulose is the most abundant
renewable energy source on earth. The challenge is to convert it economically
into the fuels and products that are in demand by consumers. That's the role
of the new facility and its staff," said Dr. David Dennis, CEO of Performance
Plants Inc.
    The company recently announced a four-year agreement with Lafarge Canada
Inc. to develop and provide optimized non-food biomass to replace coal at its
cement plant in Bath, Ontario.
    PPI's proprietary seeds will benefit farmers by providing new income
opportunities on land less suitable for major food crops. Target crops include
some highly productive annual and perennial and grass species such as sorghum,
switchgrass and Miscanthus. Our goal is to provide economically viable
feedstocks for alternative energy ventures throughout North America.
    "Our new US biofuels facility signals the company's intent to be a major
North American player in the emerging cellulosic ethanol sector. The New York
facility will accelerate the introduction of crops that are customized as
feedstocks for ethanol and bio-products," said Mr. Matthewman.
    PPI's proprietary technologies will enable crops to produce more energy
per acre and reduce the costs to produce each gallon of ethanol.

    Established in 1995, Performance Plants Inc. (PPI) is a leader in biofuel
and food crop biotechnology. Headquartered in Kingston, Ontario, Canada, it
has Research and Development facilities in Kingston, Ontario, Saskatoon,
Saskatchewan and Waterloo, New York. PPI has developed a suite of
weatherproofing traits including its breakthrough Yield Protection
Technology(R) (YPT(R)) which has been licensed to companies like Syngenta,
Stine, Scotts Miracle Gro and RiceTec. These traits enhance a crop's natural
ability to consistently deliver higher crop yields under all weather

For further information:

For further information: Kevin Gellatly, Vice President, Alliances,
Performance Plants Inc., (613) 545-0390,; or
Brenda Pergantes, PRCommunications Inc., (416) 413-9978,

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