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insect repellent

Testing Mosquitoes for Student Inquiry: Husbandry Lessons in the Lab

April 1, 2021 - 09:14 -- Open Access
Author(s): 
Erica Kosal, Beverly I. Anaele
Reference: 
The American Biology Teacher (2021) 83 (3): 180–184.

Because mosquitoes are a public health concern, several chemical insect repellents have been created and used for many years. While some of these products, such as DEET and permethrin, are effective at controlling mosquito populations, their excessive use may lead to animal, human, and environmental harm if applied improperly. Understanding the life cycles of mosquitoes, their feeding preferences, and their responses to natural plant extracts could enable scientists to develop more environmentally safe but still effective insect repellents.

Orthosteric muscarinic receptor activation by the insect repellent IR3535 opens new prospects in insecticide-based vector control

April 27, 2020 - 12:47 -- Open Access
Author(s): 
Moreau E, Mikulska-Ruminska K, Goulu M, Perrier S, Deshayes C, Stankiewicz M, Apaire-Marchais V, Nowak W, Lapied B
Reference: 
Sci Rep. 2020 Apr 22;10(1):6842

The insect repellent IR3535 is one of the important alternative in the fight against mosquito-borne disease such as malaria, dengue, chikungunya, yellow fever and Zika. Using a multidisciplinary approach, we propose the development of an innovative insecticide-based vector control strategy using an unexplored property of IR3535.

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