This research also overcomes the instability of “naked” RNAs. Loading RNAs onto clay nanoparticles means they don’t wash off and allows them to be released over an extended period of time before degradation.
Nano technology is most commonly used in developing human drugs. Researchers say this new agricultural use provides several advantages over chemical alternatives. BioClay is nontoxic and biodegradable which can provide fewer environmental and human health risks. Additionally it is highly targeted toward specific plant pathogens to protect crops.