NEW YORK (GenomeWeb) – Researchers from Dow AgroSciences last week published data demonstrating that RNAi silencing of two Western corn rootworm (WCR) genes via double-stranded RNA in adult female insects can prevent hatching of their eggs.

The findings point to a new opportunity for using RNAi to combat one of the most economically important agricultural pests, while providing insights into Dow AgroSciences' ongoing efforts to develop insect-resistant crops that incorporate the gene-silencing technology.

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