RiceTec Signs Licensing Agreement to Field Test Drought Resistant Rice

    KINGSTON, ON, June 5 /CNW/ - RiceTec Inc. and Performance Plants Inc.
(PPI) today announce an agreement to develop drought-tolerant rice using
Performance Plants' Yield Protection Technology(R) (YPT(R)).
    YPT(TM) helps protect plants against the damaging effects of drought. A
unique feature of this patented technology is that it uses a plant's own genes
to enhance its natural response mechanism to drought. YPT(R) makes plants able
to tolerate by dry conditions better and recover faster when watered.
Extensive field testing by PPI in other crops and ornamental species
consistently shows up to 25% seed yield increases under drought conditions.
    "The partnership with PPI will allow us to explore, evaluate and
hopefully yet further improve the stability of hybrid performance in
drought/stressed conditions, giving RiceTec Hybrid Seed another positive
attribute that means quality, high-yielding performance while at the same
time, minimizing production risk for our customers," said John Nelsen, RiceTec
President and CEO.
    Under the terms of the agreement, RiceTec will develop YPT(R) rice lines
and evaluate their performance under dry land conditions in their proprietary,
elite germplasm.
    "We are very pleased to be working with RiceTec on this research
project," said Peter Matthewman, President, PPI. "It reaffirms the
effectiveness of our technology and its ability to help crops flourish under
less than ideal growing conditions."
    According to Matthewman, the company has previously licensed YPT(R) for
application in corn, soybean, turfgrass and ornamentals.

    About RiceTec Inc.

    RiceTec Inc. is an integrated rice company specializing in the breeding,
development, production and marketing of high-value rice products.
Headquartered in Alvin, Texas, the company operates the primary research
centre for RiceTec AG, an international rice technology venture. RiceTec Inc.
is the first company to commercialize hybrid rice seed in the United States.

    About Performance Plants Inc.

    Performance Plants Inc. is a global leader in agricultural and biofuel
technology development. The company's patented technologies weatherproof food
and biofuel crops through periods of drought and heat stress resulting in a
more abundant, consistent and profitable harvest for farmers and feedstock
suppliers. The company has licensed its breakthrough technologies to some of
the world's leading seed companies such as Syngenta, Stine and Scotts Miracle
Gro. The company is privately held with laboratory and research facilities in
Ontario and Saskatchewan, Canada.

For further information:

For further information: RiceTec: John Nelson, (281) 393-3502,
information@ricetec.com; Performance Plants Inc: Brenda Pergantes, (416)
413-9978, brenda@prcommunicationsinc.com; or Kevin Gellatly, (613) 545-0390,

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