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Scientists find mosquito attractant

A team of international researchers has found that malaria-spreading mosquitoes (Anopheles gambiae) were twice as likely to lay their eggs in laboratory tests in water containing the sesquiterpene alcohol, cedrol, than in water without the chemical. They also found that in field tests, mosquitoes were three times more likely to be caught in traps baited with cedrol than in traps with water alone. The research was conducted by the OviART group, which consists of scientists from the Kenya-based International Centre of Insect Physiology and Ecology, the Swedish Royal Institute of Technology and the UK-based London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine (LSHTM) and Durham University.



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