tocacco plant Native American Tobaccoo flower, leaves, and buds

tocacco Tobacco is an annual or bi-annual growing 1-3 meters tall with large sticky leaves that contain nicotine. Native to the Americas, tobacco has a long history of use as a shamanic inebriant and stimulant. It is extremely popular and well-known for its addictive potential.

tocacco nicotina Nicotiana tabacum

tocacco Nicotiana rustica leaves. Nicotiana rustica leaves have a nicotine content as high as 9%, whereas Nicotiana tabacum (common tobacco) leaves contain about 1 to 3%

tocacco cigar A cigar is a tightly rolled bundle of dried and fermented tobacco which is ignited so that its smoke may be drawn into the mouth. Cigar tobacco is grown in significant quantities in Brazil, Cameroon, Cuba, Dominican Republic, Honduras, Indonesia, Mexico, Nicaragua, Sumatra, Philippines, and the Eastern United States.

tocacco Tobacco is an agricultural product processed from the fresh leaves of plants in the genus Nicotiana. It can be consumed, used as an organic pesticide, and in the form of nicotine tartrate it is used in some medicines. In consumption it may be in the form of cigarettes smoking, snuffing, chewing, dipping tobacco, or snus.

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Metabolix Completes Field Trial of Bioplastic-Producing Tobacco Crop

CAMBRIDGE, Mass.- Metabolix, Inc. (NASDAQ: MBLX), a bioscience company focused on developing sustainable solutions for plastics, chemicals and energy, announced today that it has completed a field trial of tobacco, genetically engineered to express polyhydroxyalkanoate (PHA) biobased polymers. Metabolix obtained the necessary permits from the U.S. Department of Agriculture Animal Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) to perform an open air field trial in March of 2009 and field trial experiments were completed in early October. The trial was performed on 0.8 acres of land and provided valuable data and information relating to polymer production, with the best plants producing 3-5% PHA. This furthers development of Metabolix crop technologies for the co-production of biobased plastics in non-food bioenergy crops.

Dr. Oliver Peoples, Chief Scientific Officer of Metabolix, commented, “The
experience and knowledge we have gained during our tobacco field trial is laying
the groundwork for planning and permitting activities for field trials in
bioengineered, non-food oilseed and biomass crops producing PHA. We believe that
our crop programs offer a number of commercialization options and hold
significant potential. We are excited to continue to push this technology
forward and believe it will ultimately support a diverse array of bioengineered,
environmentally conscious and economically viable alternatives to
petroleum-based products.”

About Metabolix

Founded in 1992, Metabolix, Inc. is an innovation-driven bioscience company
focused on providing sustainable solutions for the world`s needs for plastics,
chemicals and energy. The Company is taking a systems approach, from gene to end
product, integrating sophisticated biotechnology with advanced industrial
practice. Metabolix is now developing and commercializing Mirel, a family of
high performance bioplastics which are biobased and biodegradable alternatives
to many petroleum-based plastics. Metabolix is also developing a proprietary
platform technology for co-producing plastics, chemicals and energy, from crops
such as switchgrass, oilseeds and sugarcane.

For more information, please visit (MBLX-G)

Safe Harbor for Forward-Looking Statements

This press release contains forward-looking statements which are made pursuant
to the safe harbor provisions of Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933, as
amended, and Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended. The
forward-looking statements in this release do not constitute guarantees of
future performance. Investors are cautioned that statements in this press
release which are not strictly historical statements, including, without
limitation, statements regarding expectations for Metabolix research and
development programs, constitute forward-looking statements. Such
forward-looking statements are subject to a number of risks and uncertainties
that could cause actual results to differ materially from those anticipated and
are detailed in Metabolix’s filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission,
including its annual report on Form 10-K and quarterly reports on Form 10-Q.
Metabolix assumes no obligation to update any forward-looking information
contained in this press release or with respect to the announcements described

Matt Lindberg, 203-682-8214
[email protected]
Brian Ruby, 203-682-8268
[email protected]
James Palczynski, 203-682-8229
[email protected]

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