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RNAi used to tackle Colorado potato beetles

German researchers have used RNAi technology in genetically modified potato plants to protect them from Colorado potato beetles (Leptinotarsa decemlineata). Scientists from the Max Planck Institutes of Molecular Plant Physiology in Potsdam-Golm and Chemical Ecology in Jena genetically modified plants to enable their chloroplasts to accumulate double-stranded RNAs (dsRNAs) targeted against essential beetle genes.

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