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VIASPACE Giant King Grass Released from Quarantine in Hawaii

WALNUT, Calif., March 17, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- VIASPACE Inc. (OTCQB: VSPC) today announced that Giant King Grass has been released from the Hawaii Department of Agriculture Quarantine Plant Facility in Honolulu. Hawaii has the strictest plant import restrictions in the United States. Hawaii requires a 12 month quarantine to allow plant inspection officials to observe the plant. Giant King Grass was determined to be pest and disease free and was successfully released from quarantine on March 14, 2014. No further details were disclosed.

Previously, Giant King Grass was approved by the US Department of Agriculture for dissemination throughout the United States and the world. The US Department of Agriculture inspects all shipments of Giant King Grass to foreign countries and issues a phytosanitary certificate.

About VIASPACE Inc.

VIASPACE grows renewable Giant KingTM Grass as a low-carbon fuel for clean electricity generation; for environmentally friendly energy pellets; and as a feedstock for bio-methane production and for green cellulosic biofuels, biochemicals and biomaterials. Giant King Grass is a proprietary, high yield, dedicated biomass energy crop. Giant King Grass when it is cut frequently at 4 to 5 feet tall is also excellent animal feed. The USDA granted approval for planting Giant King Grass throughout the US and cooperates in exporting by performing the required inspections and issuing the phytosanitary certificate needed for import into foreign countries. Giant King Grass is being grown in California, Arizona, Hawaii, St. Croix Virgin Islands, Nicaragua, South Africa, China, Myanmar and Pakistan.  For more information, please go to www.VIASPACE.com or contact Dr. Jan Vandersande, Director of Communications, at 800-517-8050 or IR@VIASPACE.com.

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Information in this news release includes forward-looking statements. These forward-looking statements relate to future events or future performance and involve known and unknown risks, uncertainties and other factors that may cause our actual results, levels of activity, performance or achievements to be materially different from those expressed or implied by these forward-looking statements. Such factors include, without limitation, risks outlined in our periodic filings with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, including Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2012, and other factors over which VIASPACE has little or no control.

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