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    End Of The Line For Malaria Mosquitoes?
    By Anna Ohlden | April 22nd 2009 02:00 AM | Print | E-mail | Track Comments

    MELBOURNE, Australia, April 22 /PRNewswire/ --

    Researchers in The Netherlands have achieved outstanding success in blocking the lifecycle of the mosquitoes which transmit malaria.

    The trials were conducted by Tullu Bukhari and Bart Knols, mosquito researchers at Wageningen University, on a silicone-based liquid which spreads instantly across standing water. The liquid forms a very thin surface film, impacting on mosquitoes at every stage of their lifecycle.

    The research, which will soon be published in the American Journal of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene, has shown excellent efficacy of the product against the most important Asian and African malaria vectors.

    All of the pupae in the water died within 2 hours of application of the product, and none of the larvae went to the pupa stage, Dr Knols said. In addition, no eggs were laid on the treated water.

    Most attention has been focussed on adult mosquitoes through bed nets and indoor spraying, but this product targets the junior end of the scale, he said.

    The product, called Aquatain AMF, was originally designed for controlling evaporation from large water bodies, and is marketed for that purpose as well as for mosquito control.

    According to the Australian inventor of the product, Graham Strachan, Aquatain AMF's physical action has two major benefits over traditional mosquito control products which have a chemical action. Firstly, the environmental impacts are minimal; and secondly, mosquitoes can't develop a resistance to the product, he said. The liquid is safe to use on all types of water, including drinking water, and can be applied from a simple squeeze bottle on to puddles, drains, ditches and other mosquito breeding sites.

    These results support other trials which have been done with Aquatain AMF on aedes mosquitoes (dengue fever carriers) and culex mosquitoes (West Nile Virus carriers).

    The Wageningen trials were conducted under laboratory conditions, and field evaluations in Africa are planned for the autumn of 2009.

    Further details: Dr Bart Knols Medical Entomologist Laboratory of Entomology Wageningen University Research Centre The Netherlands Tel: +31(0)317-485418 Mobile: +31(0)6-20014927 Fax: +31(0)317-484821 Email: bart@malaria-world.com Graham Strachan Director Ultimate Agri-Products AUSTRALIA Tel: +61(0)3-9701-0544 Mobile: +61(0)409-250-240 Fax: +61(0)3-9701-0655 Email: graham@ultimateagri.com.au

    Dr Bart Knols, Medical Entomologist, Laboratory of Entomology, Wageningen University Research Centre, The Netherlands, +31(0)317-485418, Mobile: +31(0)6-20014927, Fax: +31(0)317-484821, bart@malaria-world.com; or Graham Strachan, Director, Ultimate Agri-Products, AUSTRALIA, +61(0)3-9701-0544, Mobile: +61(0)409-250-240, Fax: +61(0)3-9701 0655, graham@ultimateagri.com.au