In Central Africa, mosquito netting can make the difference between staying healthy or dying from malaria, an infectious disease spread by mosquito genus Anopheles, particularly the Anopheles gambiae species, seen above.
Anopheles mosquitoes feed at night, and people in poorer communities rely on netting for protection as they sleep.
UF entomologist Jeff Bloomquist is part of a research group that’s developing a custom-made molecule deadly to Anopheles mosquitoes and harmless to other organisms. Applied to mosquito netting, it can kill the insects in short order, by blocking a chemical called acetylcholinesterase, which is important to nervous system functioning.
Read more about Dr. Bloomquist’s work in this UF/IFAS news release, issued 5/23.
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