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First EPA approve RNAi pesticide

The EPA first approved an RNAi pesticide in 2017. That product, called SmartStax Pro, is a GM corn seed that will deploy both transgenic insecticidal proteins and RNAi to fight western and northern corn root- worm

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Herbicidal activity discovered in callistemon plants

The allelopathic compound was identified as leptospermone by Stauffer scientists. The discovery lead to family of herbicide products based on the naturally occurring compound produced by the bottlebrush plant (Callistemon citrinus). Mesotrione was chosen for initial development due to its…

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