New RNAi Technique Shows Complete Crop Protection from Key Pest | GenomeWeb

NEW YORK (GenomeWeb) – Researchers from the Max Planck Institute of Molecular Plant Physiology this week published a report describing a method to express long double-stranded RNAs, designed to silence essential genes in a key agricultural pest, only in a specific part of plants where the RNAi molecules cannot be processed into less effective siRNAs.

Using the method, the investigators could fully protect the crop from Colorado potato beetles (CPB), opening the door for a new strategy to control an insect that has developed resistance to all major insecticide classes.

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