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Research Cooperation and Relocation of Plant Impact plc Head Office

July 2, 2012

PRESTON, England, July 3, 2012 /PRNewswire/ –

– Plant Impact plc and Rothamsted Research – (“Plant Impact” or the “Company”,
“Rothamsted Research” or the “Institute”)

Rothamsted Research and Plant Impact today announce their intent to cooperate on
agricultural technology and arable crop projects related to plant nutrition and the
amelioration of the effects of environmental stress on crop quality and yield. In
addition, on 1 September 2012, Plant Impact will relocate its head office from Preston,
Lancashire to the newly announced Green Enterprise Science Park at Rothamsted Research in
Harpenden, Hertfordshire.

In May 2012, Rothamsted Research formally announced its 20:20 Wheat(R) initiative, a
research programme aimed at providing technology and tools to enhance UK wheat yield
potential to 20 tonnes of wheat per hectare within the next 20 years. Plant Impact will
collaborate with Rothamsted’s wheat programs by directing a portion of its own specialty
nutrient and anti-stress technology research into wheat and other arable crops. Working
with the Institute, the Company hopes to bring commercial and practical insight to the
Institute’s programs and, where possible, to assist in deploying technology discoveries to
growers around the world.

Through its relocation to the Green Enterprise Science Park at Rothamsted, the Company
expects to benefit from cooperation with the Institute’s world-class scientists as well as
from shared access to the campus’ wealth of advanced scientific equipment, glasshouse
facilities and on-site research farm. The Company expects this co-location to greatly
increase its R&D capacity, resulting in accelerated product innovation and greater tools
for arable crop growers in their push for sustainable yield enhancement.

John Brubaker, Chief Executive Officer of Plant Impact, commented; ‘This is an
extraordinary opportunity for an emerging R&D-focused company like ours to work with some
of the best crop scientists in the world. Collaboration with the Institute’s visionary
wheat projects is a valuable and motivating recognition that Plant Impact’s products will
be relevant to growers of the world’s most important food crop. A move to the Rothamsted
campus creates a step-change improvement in our R&D capacity and in our ability to recruit
new members of the Plant Impact team.’

Dr. Maurice Moloney, Director and Chief Executive of Rothamsted Research, added;
‘Achieving the crop technology breakthroughs essential for feeding a richer and more
populous world requires not only leading science but an appreciation of how that science
can be applied by growers to secure sustainable on-farm benefits. I have high expectations
from having Plant Impact and other emerging technology companies on site here at
Rothamsted. We aim to host a select group of like-minded small and medium enterprises
(SMEs) which will, together with our team of basic researchers, create a thriving Green
Enterprise Science Park here on our main campus.’

About Plant Impact

Plant Impact is a UK-based agricultural bioscience company that develops and markets
crop enhancement and specialty nutrition products to deliver yield and quality benefits
for growers. The company was formed in 2003 and is listed on the UK AIM stock exchange
(LON:PIM).

About Rothamsted Research

Rothamsted Research is the longest-running agricultural research station in the world,
providing cutting-edge science and innovation for over 160 years. It receives strategic
funding from BBSRC to deliver the knowledge and new practices to increase crop
productivity and quality and to develop environmentally sustainable solutions for food and
energy production.

        For more information please contact:

        Plant Impact plc
        David Jones, Chairman
        John Brubaker, Chief Executive Officer
        Tel: +44(0)1772-628-328

        Rothamsted Research
        Darren Hughes, Head of External Affairs
        Tel: +44(0)1582-763-133 ext 2673

SOURCE Plant Impact and Rothamsted Research


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