Double Strand RNA Delivery System for Plant-Sap-Feeding Insects

Compositions and methods of delivering double strand ribonucleic acid (dsRNA) to insects that penetrate plant tissues to feed on sap and other liquid components of plants. Taking advantage of the liquid transport capabilities of plant vascular structures, dsRNA is provided to plant tissues in an aqueous solution that is then transported throughout the tissues. The dsRNA-laden plant material is then presented to sap-feeding insects, such as brown marmorated stink bugs that can ingest the dsRNA by feeding on the plant tissue.


•  RNAi through oral delivery may be beneficial due to the ease in delivery to large number of insects and the delivery system bypasses the need to create transgenic plants



•  Control sap-feeding insects such as brown marmorated sink bugs
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