Agrisoma Biosciences Inc.

Agrisoma Biosciences Inc.

April 18, 2012 10:35 ET

First Biojet Test Flight Program to Use New Resonance™ Energy Feedstock Launches in Ottawa

Agrisoma in-flight biofuels emissions measurement program a world first

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - April 18, 2012) - Agrisoma Biosciences Inc. today unveiled the first comprehensive flight program in the world to use biojet fuel produced from new Resonance™ Energy Feedstock. Resonance is a new industrial oilseed crop, derived from Brassica carinata, with an oil profile optimized for use in the biofuel industry, specifically biojet fuel. The program will evaluate Honeywell Green Jet Fuel™ refined from Resonance feedstock oil produced in Saskatchewan. The flights, conducted in partnership with the National Research Council of Canada (NRC) in Ottawa with funding from the Government of Canada's Clean Transportation Initiatives, will evaluate the Resonance-based biojet fuel under a number of flight conditions to provide the world's first ever real-time, in-flight emissions measurements for a biojet fuel.

The Resonance crop used for the biojet fuel was grown in Kincaid, Saskatchewan in the summer of 2011 and is being commercially contracted on significant acres in western Canada for the 2012 crop year. Resonance has all the features necessary to make it a sustainable energy feedstock crop: a non-food, industrial oilseed; uniquely suited for production in semi-arid areas unsuitable for food oilseed production; excellent agronomic characteristics; good biotic and abiotic stress resistance; and reduced overall crop input requirements.

"As the first comprehensive testing program in the world using Resonance Energy Feedstock, Agrisoma is excited to be partnering with NRC and Honeywell UOP," said Steven Fabijanski, President and CEO of Agrisoma. "Resonance has been developed in Canada and our test flight program with NRC completes the value chain validation as well as providing comprehensive data demonstrating the reduced carbon footprint of biojet fuels compared to traditional fossil fuels."

The test flight program will utilize the unique research aircraft of the NRC Flight Research Laboratories, a modified Falcon 20 twin-engine jet that will test the fuel and a T-33 jet equipped to measure in-flight emissions while flying in formation.

"We are pleased to partner with Agrisoma on the first-ever flight to conduct airborne emissions testing - an effort that will demonstrate how Honeywell Green Jet Fuel can help reduce aviation emissions, while meeting flight specifications," said Jim Rekoske, Vice President and General Manager of Renewable Energy and Chemicals for Honeywell UOP. "Honeywell Green Jet Fuel has been used successfully in more than a dozen commercial and military test flights and we believe this momentous flight will continue demonstrating its viability as a sustainable fuel option."

"This project shows next-generation biofuels at their best: combining qualities that make the most economic sense with those that reduce emissions," said Vicky Sharpe, President and CEO of SDTC. "Seeing these fuels in use is an important milestone and will position Canada well globally for alternative aviation fuels to meet increasingly stringent international standards. We congratulate Agrisoma and its partners."

Funding from Sustainable Development Technology Canada is supporting the development of the high yielding oilseed crops to be used in the manufacture of biofuels and products previously derived from petroleum based supplies.

About Agrisoma

Agrisoma Biosciences Inc. is a private agricultural biotechnology company using its proprietary Engineered Trait Loci (ETL) technology to commercialize a suite of industry-leading oil quality and crop improvement traits for use in energy feedstock crops. For further information about Agrisoma, its technology, collaborations and partnerships, please visit: www.agrisoma.com.

Resonance is a trademark of Agrisoma Biosciences Inc. All other trademarks are those of their respective companies.

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