RNAiWhat is its position in agriculture?

Authors Organisations
  • Bruno Mezzetti(Author)
    Università Politecnica delle Marche
  • Guy Smagghe(Author)
    Ghent University
  • Salvatore Arpaia(Author)
    Italian National Agency for New Technologies
  • Olivier Christiaens(Author)
    Ghent University
  • Antje Dietz-Pfeilstetter(Author)
    Julius Kühn-Institut (JKI)
  • Huw Jones(Author)
  • Kaloyan Kostov(Author)
    Agricultural Academy
  • Silvia Sabbadini(Author)
    Università Politecnica delle Marche
  • Hilde Gunn Opsahl-Sorteberg(Author)
    Norwegian University of Life Sciences
  • Vera Ventura(Author)
    Università degli Studi di Milano
  • Clauvis Nji Tizi Taning(Author)
    Ghent University
  • Jeremy Sweet(Author)
    JT Environmental Consultants Ltd
Type Article
Original languageEnglish
Number of pages6
JournalJournal of Pest Science
Early online date26 May 2020
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 26 May 2020
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RNA interference (RNAi) is being developed and exploited to improve plants by modifying endogenous gene expression as well as to target pest and pathogen genes both within plants (i.e. host-induced gene silencing) and/or as topical applications (e.g. spray-induced gene silencing). RNAi is a natural mechanism which can be exploited to make a major contribution towards integrated pest management and sustainable agricultural strategies needed worldwide to secure current and future food production. RNAi plants are being assessed and regulated using existing regulatory frameworks for GMO. However, there is an urgent need to develop appropriate science-based risk assessment procedures for topical RNAi applications within existing plant protection products legislation.


  • Agriculture, Biosafety, dsRNA, HIGS, Regulations, RNAi, SIGS