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Leading Canadian Scientist to speak at UN Climate Change Conference

    Dr. David Dennis will Outline How Technology Can Solve Pressing Food,
    Fuel Problems of the 21st Century

KINGSTON, ON, Dec. 3 /PRNewswire/ - Dr. David Dennis, FRSC, CEO of Performance Plants Inc. (PPI), is one of four leading experts speaking at a side event at the United Nations Climate Change Conference underway in Poznan , Poland. Dr. Dennis will outline how technology solved global problems in the 20th Century and the role it will play in solving today's pressing issues of feeding and providing clean energy to a rapidly growing global population coping with the impact of climate change.

Dr. Dennis is renowned for his expertise in plant carbon metabolism and maximizing the potential of agriculture to address global climate change problems. Dr. Dennis is co-founder and CEO of Performance Plants, a leading biotech trait company with a robust pipeline of patented yield and stress-tolerance technologies that deliver higher and more consistent yields per hectare, resulting in cost effective farm productivity and economical feedstocks for the biofuels sector.

This side event, organized by the International Federation of Agricultural Producers (IFAP) in conjunction with the International Fertilizer Association (IFA), CropLife International and the Global Forum on Agricultural Research, will offer climate change conference delegates an overview on the role agriculture can play in mitigating and adapting to climate change.

Performance Plants ( is a global leader in agricultural and biofuel technology development. The company's patented technologies weatherproof food and non-food biofuel crops through periods of drought and heat stress to minimize yield losses normally attributed to adverse climactic conditions. As well, PPI is developing optimized feedstock technologies that directly increase non-food biomass yields and improve industrial convertibility into cellulosic ethanol and renewable bioproducts.

PPI has licensed its breakthrough Yield Protection Technology(R) to some of the world's leading seed companies such as Syngenta, Stine, RiceTec and Scotts Miracle Gro. Headquartered in Kingston, Ontario, the privately-held company has research and development facilities in Kingston, Ontario, Saskatoon, Saskatchewan., and Waterloo, New York, USA.

    WHAT:    Dr. David Dennis speaking at UN Climate Change Conference
             Side Event entitled: "Part of the Solution: Why Agriculture
             Matters for the Climate Change Policy"
    WHEN:    Monday, December 8, 2008 between 7:30 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.
    WHERE:   Fox Room

Dr. Dennis is available for interviews prior to his departure this week to the conference and for those media covering the UN conference, at the conclusion of this side event session.

This session is also being webcast at:

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