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Towards a sustainable bioeconomy

Research • Educate • Connect
Towards a sustainable bioeconomy
SEED FUND 3.0 project ProRNA

Microbial production and application of dsRNAs as innovative bio-agents for new non-chemical crop protection strategies in agri- and horticulture

Photo: Cristina Menta (CC BY 3.0)


The proposed SEED FUND project is a proof-of-concept-study about cost-efficient and scalable microbial dsRNA production and exploring applications of dsRNA formulations as a new non-chemical strategy for the practical control of plant-parasitic nematodes in soil via RNA interference to protect crops and improve plant health in agri- and horticulture.

SEED FUND 3.0 Coordinator

Dr. Tino Polen
IBG-1: Biotechnology
Forschungszentrum Jülich
email: t.polen[at]



Prof. Dr. Michael Bott, IBG-1: Systems Biotechnology, Forschungszentrum Jülich
Prof. Dr. Grundler & Dr. Schleker, INRES - Molecular Phytomedicine, University of Bonn


Funding period

01.02.2022 - 31.01.2024



ProRNA is part of the NRW-Strategieprojekt BioSC and thus funded by the Ministry of Culture and Science of the German State of North Rhine-Westphalia.