Saturday, 2 July 2011

MALARIA: Surface Layer Effectively Kills Malaria Mosquitoes in Rice Paddies

ScienceDaily (July 1, 2011) — A thin, liquid layer applied on the surface of inundated rice paddies effectively kills malaria mosquito larvae without having an impact on other aquatic life. Rice yield remains the same and water was saved because of the anti-evaporative properties of the layer. These conclusions were reached by scientists from Wageningen University and the Kenya Medical Research Institute who tested a silicone-based surface layer known as polydimethylsiloxane or PDMS, and commercially available as Aquatain. The results were published in this week's edition of PLoS ONE (Public Library of Science) and suggest that the surface layer is a suitable tool for controlling malaria mosquitoes in rice-agro ecosystems

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