Andy W. Sheppard1, Raghu Sathyamurthy2, Kumaran Nagalingam2 and Anu Choudhary2
1CSIRO Health & Biosecurity, GPO Box 1700, Canberra, ACT 2601, Australia
2CSIRO Health & Biosecurity, GPO Box 2583, Brisbane, QLD 4001, Australia
Invasive alien plants managers are now on the cusp of a potential new era for biologically based control options with the advent of access to easy and accurate gene editing technologies. It is now possible to develop control agents that are small pieces of RNA of targeted changes to DNA either exogenously applied onto or endogenously incorporated into the target host and propagated through the invasive populations. Ground breaking new genetic approaches like RNAi and gene‐drive open new possibilities for tackling intractable invasive alien plant species and resistant genotypes. In this poster, we will explain these technological approaches in the context of invasive alien plants and imagine the future possibilities for next generation invasive alien plant management technologies. Future possibilities for managing invasive alien plants are now possible in ways we wouldn’t have dreamed of, even at the start of this millennium. As the chemical control era comes to an end, is this a chance for biologists to provide solutions to control invasive alien plants once and for all?