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The older RNAi technology is a powerful tool for modifying traits, but is bound to genetically modified applications and can be restricted or regulated in markets.

©  Photo credit Nick Pitsas

Another drawback of present technology is that traits cannot be changed in the paddock in response to market or environment.

This opportunity enables rapid trait modification in response to environmental and market demands.

It also has a broader range of applications - e.g. insect and weed control.


  • Provides a new molecule that is more stable and has greater application potential.
  • Potentially an environmentally friendly alternative to pesticides and fungicides or can be used in conjunction with current chemistries but will allow use of less chemicals, bringing down the costs while being less harmful to the environment.


  • RNAi MkII is subject to less complex licensing arrangements than previous RNAi
  • This technology is applicable to a range of economically important crops.

Intellectual property

Provisional patent filed.

The team

CSIRO is globally recognised as having led the way in the development of RNA interference (RNAi) gene silencing, including the technology's application in plant health, animal health and crop productivity.

Could this technology provide you with a competitive edge?

Contact us to find out more about our licensing and investment options.

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