BioClay: next-generation crop protection strategy

Trends Plant Sci. 2022 Nov;27(11):1090-1092. doi: 10.1016/j.tplants.2022.08.003. Epub 2022 Aug 16.


Whitefly and the viruses they transmit pose a serious threat to crops globally. Recently, Jain et al. showed that BioClay-mediated double-stranded RNA (dsRNA) spray provides an eco-friendly approach to controlling whitefly. This 'transgene-free next-generation' insect-specific crop protection strategy may help to reduce the use of chemical pesticides for controlling whitefly.

Keywords: BioClay; dsRNA; foliar spray; nontransgenic; whitefly.

Publication types

  • Comment

MeSH terms

  • Animals
  • Crop Protection
  • Hemiptera*
  • Pesticides*
  • RNA Interference
  • RNA, Double-Stranded


  • Pesticides
  • RNA, Double-Stranded