Syngenta Developing RNA-based Biocontrols

Published online: Jul 18, 2018 Fungicide, Insecticide, New Products
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Source: Syngenta

Syngenta is developing a new line of biocontrols based on RNA. The biocontrol can be designed to be very selective so that it only affects the target pest(s). So when it is sprayed onto the plant, the biocontrol targets a crop pest such as the Colorado potato beetle, which can destroy entire crops. Syngenta's initial data indicate that beneficial insects and even closely related species are not harmed. The RNA-based biocontrol is then broken down in the environment and does not affect the plant.

The exciting nature of RNA-based biocontrols and the potential benefits for people, farmers and the environment means that Syngenta is committed to being transparent in how they are developed and to periodically make our data available.