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RNA Interference as a Pest Management Tool for Western Corn Rootworm

Corn Rootworm Management
in the Transgenic Era

September 2015

By Ana María Vélez, Ph.D.
Research Assistant Professor of Entomology
University of Nebraska-Lincoln
Email: avelezarango2@unl.edu

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Summary: RNA interference (RNAi) is being developed as a potential tool for insect pest management. The most likely target pest species for transgenic plants that express double stranded RNA (dsRNA) is the western corn rootworm. This presentation will provide consultants, growers and other practitioners in the U.S. with an understanding of how RNAi works. It will also describe some recent RNAi innovations for insect pest management including in planta RNAi expression and risk assessment for RNAi technologies.

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