SEP 04, 2018 5:50 PM PDT

Plant-based Mosquito Repellents Getting (Rid of) A Lot of Buzz

WRITTEN BY: Daniel Duan

Mosquitoes are well-known carriers for many disease-causing viruses and parasites. Over the years, widespread application of synthetic pesticides caused certain mosquito populations to develop resistance, posing a threat to infectious disease prevention and control efforts.

Some plants such as lavender have mosquito-repeling compounds that are often hard to extract. In a report from ACS annual meeting, Joel Coats, an environmental toxicologist and pesticide expert, and his team at Iowa State University showed that they not only found ways to extract natural essential oils that fight off mosquitos, but also methods to chemically modify these compounds to make environment-friendly, long-lasting repellents.

Source: ACS via Youtube

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  • Graduated with a bachelor degree in Pharmaceutical Science and a master degree in neuropharmacology, Daniel is a radiopharmaceutical and radiobiology expert based in Ottawa, Canada. With years of experience in biomedical R&D, Daniel is very into writing. He is constantly fascinated by what's happening in the world of science. He hopes to capture the public's interest and promote scientific literacy with his trending news articles. The recurring topics in his Chemistry & Physics trending news section include alternative energy, material science, theoretical physics, medical imaging, and green chemistry.
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