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RNAi Applications in Gene Regulation and in Protection against Insect Pests and Pathogens in Plants

Submission deadline: 30 November 2023
Special Issue Editors
  • Kristof De Schutter, PhD
    Ghent University, Ghent, Belgium
    Interests: Insects, RNAi, dsRNA delivery, dsRNA carriers, RNAi-based pest management, RNAi-based plant improvement, molecular biology
  • Francesca Negrini, PhD
    Alma Mater Studiorum Università di Bologna, Bologna, Italy
    Interests: RNAi-based technologies, plant protection, biotechnology, plant-fungal pathogen interaction
  • Zeraye Mehari Haile, PhD
    Ethiopian Institute of Agricultural Research, Melkassa Agricultural Research Center, Ethiopia
    Interests: Plant-microbe interaction and Plant disease management
Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

RNA interference (RNAi) is a conserved regulatory mechanism found in most eukaryotic cells. RNA molecules are used as triggers in this process to direct homology-dependent control of gene expression through translational or transcriptional repression. Recent advances in our understanding of RNAi- mechanisms has stimulated basic and applied research and led to applications of this regulatory mechanism to improve plant characteristics and control insect/pathogenic agents. RNAs that trigger the RNAi response can be applied to the plant as a sprayable molecule (SIGS), by viral delivery (VIGS), or in a plant-incorporated approach (HIGS).

Authors are welcome to submit original research and review articles describing the application of small interfering RNAs to improve plant characteristics, or as insecticidal/fungicidal RNA molecules. These agents can be applied externally or can be host-induced in plants. Of particular interest are manuscripts that provide novel insights into functional regulation of plants after sRNA/dsRNA application (e.g. epigenetic and physiological changes), or that describe innovative approaches to the technical optimization of RNAi technology (e.g. formulates and nano-carriers).

Prof. Kristof De Schutter, Francesca Negrini and Zeraye Mehari Haile
Guest Editors

RNA interference
double strand RNA
spray-induced gene silencing (SIGS)
host-induced gene silencing (HIGS)
viral-induced gene silencing (VIGS)
Manuscript Submission Information

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