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Effective RNAi-mediated control of the crop pest whitefly

Next-generation crop protection strategies must be clean and green as well as effective. Delivery of double-stranded RNA (dsRNA) as a BioClay spray to control the sap-sucking pest whitefly is one such strategy. This tool disrupts multiple whitefly life cycle stages in planta, with adjuvant-enhanced foliar uptake complementing the clay-mediated delivery of dsRNA.

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Fig. 1: Feeding adult whiteflies take up fluorophore-labelled dsRNA from cotton leaves.


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This is a summary of: Jain, R. G. et al. Foliar application of clay-delivered RNA interference for whitefly control. Nat. Plants (2022).

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Effective RNAi-mediated control of the crop pest whitefly. Nat. Plants 8, 461–462 (2022).

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