Kenyan researcher, Dr Fredros Okuma has received an $865,000 grant by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation as he attempts to find a way to develop affordable traps to kill mosquitoes and prevent the rapid spread of malaria in Africa.
The fact that mosquitoes were attracted by foot odor was first discovered by Dutch scientist Bart Knols who stood naked in a dark room to identify where mosquitoes bit the most.
AdvertisementBased on that finding, Dr Okuma has now managed to replicate the odor by blending in eight different chemicals and using them in traps in order to attract and poison mosquitoes.
"This is the first time that we are focusing on controlling mosquitoes outside of homes. The global goal of eradication of malaria will not be possible without new technologies", Dr Okuma said.
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