Agrow: RNAi

Agrow: RNAi

  • April 2017 •
  • 87 pages •
  • Report ID: 5001769 •
  • Format: PDF
Employed as a research tool in entomology and as a means of crop protection and pest control, RNA interference (RNAi) technology is a natural process used to ‘silence’ genes – a way of reducing or switching off the activity (or expression) of individual genes.

With a major drive to tackle resistance to insecticides, RNAi technology has important defence and regulatory functions in animals, plants and fungi. Producing crop hybrids and varieties with enhanced yield and quality characteristics is also a major application of this technology, and superior traits brought to market include improved oil composition (high oleic acid), reduced lignin content (for greater digestibility of feed by livestock), the elimination of browning when slicing apples and potatoes, and reduced potential for acrylamide production when frying potatoes.

This report provides an overview of RNAi technology and its use in new product development for improved crop varieties, crop protection and pest control. It details company and product profiles, and activities and pipelines of specialist companies and research institutes engaged in RNAi technology. It also reviews key safety considerations for the technology, as well as commentary and positions of European and US regulatory authorities.

Other focus areas of this report include research undertaken and commentary about future sprayable RNAi technology, patent applications claiming the use of the technology for disease control, and newer commercial drivers for RNAi applications in crop protection as a possibility of overcoming herbicide resistance in weeds. Increasing crop production in responses to abiotic stress (such as drought) is also considered.