BASF Receives Full California Registration for Pageant(TM) Fungicide


Broad-spectrum Pageant helps nursery and greenhouse growers control more ornamentals diseases than any other fungicide

RESEARCH TRIANGLE PARK, NC, May 5, 2009 - BASF Turf & Ornamentals today announced that Pageant(TM) fungicide received full state registration in California. Combining two fast-acting active ingredients - boscalid, an active ingredient newly registered for ornamentals, and pyraclostrobin, the active ingredient in Insignia® fungicide - Pageant gives growers more disease control with one application than any other registered fungicide.

"Growers everywhere are seeking competitive advantages, including those that help control input costs and boost profit margins," said Dr. Toni Bucci, Business Manager, BASF Turf & Ornamentals. "With Pageant fungicide, growers are able to do more with one disease control application to positively impact their bottom line and produce healthier plants."

As the ornamentals industry's broadest spectrum foliar fungicide, Pageant has activity on all four classes of fungi and provides excellent control of pythopthora and downy mildew diseases. Its formula starts working within minutes of application, inhibiting fungal respiration at two separate sites within the mitochondria of fungal pathogens. In effect, it creates a "double lock-down" on the respiration and energy flow within targeted fungi.

Pageant is labeled for use in greenhouses, lathhouses and shadehouses, containers (bench, flats, plugs, pots), outdoor nurseries, retail nurseries, forest and conifer nurseries and plantations, golf courses, residential and commercial landscapes and interiorscapes.

For more information about BASF Turf & Ornamentals visit www.betterplants.com and www.betterturf.com.

About the Crop Protection Division

With sales of 3,137 million in 2007, BASF's Crop Protection division is a leader in crop protection and a strong partner to the farming industry providing well-established and innovative fungicides, insecticides and herbicides. Farmers use these products and services to improve crop yields and crop quality. Other uses include public health, structural/urban pest control, turf and ornamental plants, vegetation management, and forestry.

BASF aims to turn knowledge rapidly into market success. The vision of BASF's Crop Protection division is to be the world's leading innovator, optimizing agricultural production, improving nutrition, and thus enhancing the quality of life for a growing world population. Further information can be found on the web at www.agro.basf.com.

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BASF Corporation, headquartered in Florham Park, New Jersey, is the North American affiliate of BASF SE, Ludwigshafen, Germany. BASF has more than 15,000 employees in North America, and had sales of approximately $17.5 billion in 2008. For more information about BASF's North American operations, or to sign up to receive news releases by e-mail, visit www.basf.com/usa.

BASF is the world's leading chemical company: The Chemical Company. Its portfolio ranges from chemicals, plastics and performance products to agricultural products, fine chemicals and oil and gas. As a reliable partner BASF helps its customers in virtually all industries to be more successful. With its high-value products and intelligent solutions, BASF plays an important role in finding answers to global challenges such as climate protection, energy efficiency, nutrition and mobility. BASF posted sales of more than 62 billion in 2008 and had approximately 97,000 employees as of the end of the year. Further information on BASF is available on the Internet at www.basf.com.

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For more information contact:

Tom Hilla,

BASF Corporation

Tel: (919) 547-2829

E-mail: tom.hill@basf.com

Andie Belfry

Padilla Speer Beardsley

Tel: (612) 455-1786

E-mail: abelfry@psbpr.com

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