Strategic Diagnostics Inc. announced the release of its new, second-generation test to detect the use of unauthorized herbicide-resistant soybeans in Brazil.



Developed in cooperation with a leading, multi-national, ag biotechnology company, the test will enable SDI's customer to collect royalties from unauthorized soybean seed grown primarily in the southern Brazilian states of Rio Grande do Sul and Santa Caterina.



The second-generation test offers new benefits, including increased testing speed, improved accuracy and reduced costs. This replaces the first generation product sold for the same purpose which was introduced in the first quarter of 2004. The product launch is expected to result in increased sales beginning during the fourth quarter of 2004 and continuing throughout 2005. The potential scope of the testing is still not clearly defined, but SDI expects that the overall volume of testing for this purpose has increased 24 percent on an annualized basis.



Matthew Knight, President of SDI commented, "We are delighted to complete the development of the new Trait (check) RUR AT Test Strips(R), which helped earn us this contract for the second consecutive year. The new precision of this test will serve as a model for the market to adopt rapid, on-site testing to monitor the unauthorized use of genetic traits."



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