CAS No. 158062-67-0
FMC announces "first in the world" registration of the insecticide ARIA
March 18, 2005.

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Press Release from FMC

March 18, 2005

Aria(TM) Insecticide is Now Available for Greenhouse Rotation

- Advanced Chemistry
- Highly Effective on Aphids but Soft on Beneficial Insects

PHILADELPHIA, March 18 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- FMC Corporation (NYSE: FMC - News), makers of Talstar® brand products, has announced that Aria insecticide is available for use on ornamentals grown indoors in greenhouses and interiorscapes. It is especially effective against aphids, one of the most economically important greenhouse pests, as well as mealy bugs. The registration of Aria is the first in the world for its active ingredient, flonicamid, and represents the first product registration as a result of an agreement between FMC and Ishihara Sangyo Kaisha, Ltd. (ISK).

Aria represents an advanced chemistry that stops aphids from feeding within one hour of treatment, eliminating them altogether in 3-5 days. This speed provides greenhouse producers protection of their investment by stopping aphids' damaging behavior quickly and effectively, and defending against virus transmission.

"Aria is tough on all major species of aphids but easy on most plant species and ornamentals," says Don Claus, Director, Specialty Products Business, FMC Agricultural Products Group. "It's a softer, 'green' chemistry around birds, honeybees and beneficial insects, with no observed effect on coleopterans, lepidopterans or arachnids."

"Aria represents a new class of chemistry with a new mode of action," adds Kim Watson, Global Development Manager. "And it has no known cross-resistance with other insecticides. It has demonstrated outstanding environmental qualities, making Aria an important new tool in integrated pest management (IPM) programs."

Aria insecticide is available in convenient foil pouches (0.7 ounce/20 grams), packaged in boxes of 6 pouches each. Aria is available in all states in the Continental United States, except for California, where registration is expected within nine months.

The introduction of Aria marks the latest new product that FMC has introduced by partnering with other companies to develop and commercialize new technologies specifically for the pest control and turf & ornamental markets. It is another of the initiatives the company announced at NPMA in November 2004. (For more details, please see the press release "FMC Announces Growth Plan for Company's Agricultural Specialty Products Business" dated Oct. 21, 2004.)

About FMC

FMC Corporation is a diversified chemical company serving agricultural, industrial and consumer markets globally for more than a century with innovative solutions, applications and quality products. The company employs approximately 5,100 people throughout the world. The company operates its businesses in three segments: Agricultural Products, Specialty Chemicals and Industrial Chemicals.

Safe Harbor Statement under the Private Securities Act of 1995: Statements in this news release that are forward-looking statements are subject to various risks and uncertainties concerning specific factors described in FMC Corporation's 2004 Form 10-K and other SEC filings. Such information contained herein represents management's best judgment as of the date hereof based on information currently available. FMC Corporation does not intend to update this information and disclaims any legal obligation to the contrary. Historical information is not necessarily indicative of future performance.

Source: FMC Corporation

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