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7 January 2000
RAFI Geno-Types
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WARNING:  The information that appears below will expire faster than a
Flavr Savr tomato.  The table is merely a snapshot as of 7 January 2000,
based on pro forma sales for announced mergers. Given current consolidation
trends, this information will be out-dated soon. Please stay tuned for
further updates.


**AgBiotech's Five Jumbo Gene Giants**
Just Five Survive Consolidation Squeeze


Company  Global Rankings by Sector
(in US$millions - based on 1998 revenues)


AVENTIS  =  Hoechst + Rhone Poulenc (France)
Agrochemical Ranking:  #  2  --  $4,675
Seed Ranking:  not ranked - $134 million
Pharmaceutical Ranking: #  2  -- $13,650 (combined sales of Hoechst Marion
Roussel and Rhone-Poulenc Rorer)

MONSANTO  (USA) + PHARMACIA & UPJOHN  (pending - not finalized)
Agrochemical Ranking: #  3  --  $4,030
Seed Ranking: #  2 -- $1,800
Pharmaceutical Ranking: #  9 --  $9,000 (combined sales of Pharmacia &
Upjohn + Searle)

DUPONT (USA)
Agrochemical Ranking: #  4  --  $3,155
Seed Ranking: #  1 -- $1,835
Pharmaceutical Ranking:  # 42 -- $1,109

SYNGENTA * = Novartis + AstraZeneca  (pending - not finalized)
Agrochemical Ranking: #  1 -- $7,050
Seed Ranking: #  3 -- $1,000
Pharmaceutical Ranking: (pharma companies did not merge)
#  4  AstraZeneca $12,750
#  7  Novartis $11,175

DOW CHEMICAL (USA)
Agrochemical Ranking:  #  7  --  $2,130
Seed Ranking:  not ranked - $162 million
Pharmaceutical Ranking: N/A

If announced mergers are consummated, five Jumbo Gene Giants will control
68% of the global agrochemical market and over 20% of the commercial seed
trade worldwide.

Notes: The announced merger between Novartis + AstraZeneca is pending - not
final.  The pharmaceutical divisions of the two companies did not merge.
The pharma ranking of each company is given separately, for comparative
purposes.

The announced merger between Monsanto + Pharmacia & Upjohn is pending - not
final.

Sources: Information based on RAFI research, AGROW agrochemical rankings
and SCRIP Pharmaceutical League Table, December, 1999.