Trying to stop malaria by deceiving mosquitoes

Trying to stop malaria by deceiving mosquitoes
Trying to stop malaria by deceiving mosquitoes

Scientists have discovered how to trick mosquitoes into sucking toxic beet juice as human blood after changing its scent, which could stop the spread of malaria.
A Swedish company says it has mastered a new way to get rid of malaria-carrying mosquitoes by tricking them into sucking poisoned juice. The researchers who started the molecular attraction program isolated a molecule known as HMPPP, which is found in blood infected with the malaria parasite. The molecule (HMBPP – tetrahydroxy-trimethylbut-dienylpyrophosphate) releases an odor that attracts mosquitoes and urges them to drink more blood, according to the British newspaper “Daily Mail”.
“The molecule (HMPPP) has been shown to be able to force mosquitoes to drink almost anything, as long as the pH is correct,” said Lech Ignatovic, CEO of FAST. The researchers lure the mosquitoes with a potent mixture of beetroot juice mixed with HMPPP and phytotoxins. Mosquitoes were happily feeding on the fake blood and died soon after.
“The big advantage is that HMPPP doesn’t attract other insects or other species,” said Mr. Ignatovic. So you can use it as a passive way to convince mosquitoes to eat poison.” Because HMPPP actually attracts mosquitoes, the need for this molecule is much less than for the more harmful insecticides that are applied to whole neighborhoods.
The company said in a statement on its website that the biggest problem in controlling mosquitoes is the task of luring them into traps today.
This unique formulation attracts only 5 species of Anopheles mosquitoes, which are the only carriers of malaria parasites. The company said other industrial products either need an electrical source or diffuse carbon dioxide, which disrupts the surrounding biosphere.
Although Molecular Gravity is keen to market the insect killer, it is determined to make it “accessible and affordable”, according to Mr. Ignatovic, that it can help countries at risk.
The agency recommended the widespread use of the RTS malaria vaccine, which was developed by GlaxoSmithKline, for use in sub-Saharan Africa and in other regions with moderate to high levels of malaria transmission, which could save hundreds of thousands of lives annually.
Millions of people become infected each year, and about 400,000 people lose their lives, many of them children under the age of five. Plasmodium falciparum – Plasmodium falciparum, the deadly parasite that causes malaria in humans, is believed to have existed on Earth for more than 50,000 years.

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