Dr. Ana María Vélez Arango, University of Nebraska, Department of Entomology
Abstract. RNA interference (RNAi) involves the downregulation of gene expression by double-stranded RNA molecules (dsRNA). RNAi has been used for over a decade to study gene function and more recently explored as a pest management tool. The first species to be targeted by a commercial RNAi product is the western corn rootworm. This presentation will provide an overview of the research I have performed on RNAi including mode of action, parental RNAi, RNAi resistance monitoring and non-target risk assessment in honey bees.