Plant Sciences

Improving yields. Improving foods. Improving the world.

Helping farmers create greener, cleaner crops to provide consumers with the greener, cleaner foods they demand.

Agricultural pests lead to more than $100 billion annually in global crop loss. Traditional pesticides work, but can be toxic. In addition, many chemicals applied to plants accumulate in our soil, water, or food, and negatively impact beneficial insects such as bees and butterflies. And many destructive insects, weeds, viruses and fungi have developed resistance to pesticides. Farmers have fewer and fewer options for control.

By applying our safe RNA-based solution to a plant, we silence a specific gene in the pest that is critical to its growth — and we do it all without genetic modification. The pest is eliminated, but the plant stays healthy and there’s no negative impact on the environment.

Leading an agricultural revolution.

We provide farmers with safe-to-use, cost-effective, targeted biocontrols that stop pests while protecting crops, pollinators, and land before and after harvest. Since we help farmers create greener, cleaner crops, we provide consumers with the greener, cleaner foods they demand. And not only are we equipping farmers with safer products to handle, we’re also helping farming families promote more sustainable land for future generations.

Needed: A sustainable innovation to pest controls.

The land we have today is the only land we have. And we’re running out of arable soil. 

For years, farmers have used effective petroleum-based chemical pesticides in the form of Neonicotinoids, Pyrethroids, Carbamates, and Organophosphates. Big words — with a big downside: Over time, we’ve learned these non-targeted products kill everything — including beneficial insects and plants — and linger in the environment for years, eroding soil quality and polluting water resources.

RNA: A better, cleaner approach to pest control.

Using RNA, a naturally occurring molecule, we can create targeted biocontrols for agriculture. These solutions are cleaner, more sustainable alternatives to traditional pesticides, don’t affect the DNA of the targeted pest, and protect the plant.

Learn more about GreenWorX, our proprietary, cell-free bioprocessing platform for plant sciences applications.

Topical RNAi: An Agricultural Revolution

RNA interference, or RNAi, is a natural process where an RNA molecule stops genes from expressing themselves by, as the name implies, “interfering” with its message. By topically applying our safe RNA-based solution to a plant, we silence specific genes in the pest — without genetic modification. We kill the pest, but the plant stays healthy and there’s no negative impact on the environment.

Cell-free dsRNA: A promising biopesticide against crop pests

Our sprayable, double-stranded RNA (dsRNA) solution can be used in agriculture to control pests (insects, weeds and fungi) in a highly specific, environmentally friendly manner.

Revolutionize Agriculture with double-stranded RNA.

Help us grow our technology, IP, and people. We are seeking new partners in academia and scientific companies, along with investors who seek to create a beneficial impact on agriculture and farming families.

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