Ag-bio giant Monsanto this month announced that its most advanced product candidate incorporating RNAi for pest control — a strain of corn resistant to rootworms called Smart Stax Pro — has advanced into the final stage of development, putting it on track for a potential market launch by 2017.

Also this month, Monsanto researchers and collaborators at Kansas State University published new details about the target of Smart Stax Pro's gene-silencing component, showing how silencing the gene proves lethal to the insects.

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