CAST to Release a New Issue Paper on RNA Interference in Agriculture on January 11


CAST will release a new paper titled “RNA Interference in Agriculture: Methods, Applications, and Governance” on January 11, 2024, at North Carolina State University.

The paper describes how RNAi functions, its current agriculture applications, and the regulatory views of RNAi-based pesticides. It concludes with a discussion of current challenges for the commercial application of this technology in agriculture. It is a resource for regulatory agencies, policy and lawmakers, private and public institutions, and the public to aid informed regulatory, policy-making, and consumer choice.

The paper is chaired by Ana Maria Vélez from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and Ken Narva from GreenLight Biosciences, Inc. During the event, the chairs will give an overview of the paper followed by a Q&A and panel discussion.

What: Paper Rollout of “RNAi Technology in Agriculture: Methods, Applications and Governance”
When: Thursday, Jan. 11, from 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. (EST)
Where: NC State Plant Sciences Building (840 Oval Drive – Raleigh, NC)


  • 10:30 a.m.-noon – Presentation, Q&A, Panel Discussion
  • 12:00-1:30 p.m. – Light Lunch and Networking

– Ana María Vélez Arango, assistant professor, University of Nebraska-Lincoln.
– Kenneth Narva, Head of Entomology, GreenLight Biosciences, Inc.
– Adrian Percy, Executive Director, NC Plant Sciences Initiative, NC State University
– William Moar, RM Cross-crop Pipeline Lead, Bayer U.S. Crop Science
– Amanda Pierce, Senior Advisor, Environmental Protection Agency
– Roma Gwynn, Director, Biorational Limited



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