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Establishing RNAi for basic research and pest control and identification of the most efficient target genes for pest control: a brief guide
Frontiers in Zoology  (IF3.172),  Pub Date : 2021-12-04, DOI: 10.1186/s12983-021-00444-7
Mehlhorn, Sonja, Hunnekuhl, Vera S., Geibel, Sven, Nauen, Ralf, Bucher, Gregor

RNA interference (RNAi) has emerged as a powerful tool for knocking-down gene function in diverse taxa including arthropods for both basic biological research and application in pest control. The conservation of the RNAi mechanism in eukaryotes suggested that it should—in principle—be applicable to most arthropods. However, practical hurdles have been limiting the application in many taxa. For instance, species differ considerably with respect to efficiency of dsRNA uptake from the hemolymph or the gut. Here, we review some of the most frequently encountered technical obstacles when establishing RNAi and suggest a robust procedure for establishing this technique in insect species with special reference to pests. Finally, we present an approach to identify the most effective target genes for the potential control of agricultural and public health pests by RNAi.