Written by Charlie Quigg
An international team of chemists has developed a green method for creating odour attractants to trap the insects that spread African sleeping sickness.
Sleeping sickness or African trypanosomiasis is transmitted by tsetse flies and is a threat to millions of people, and their livestock, across sub-Saharan Africa. Trapping these flies can reduce the number of sleeping sickness cases. Unfortunately, the odour attractants that draw the flies in are often prohibitively expensive – barring buffalo urine, which has unfortunate hygienic and olfactory detractions – limiting their use…
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Read the research article in GC:
S. Baader, P.E. Podsiadly, D.J. Cole Hamilton and L.J. Goossen
Green Chem., 2014, Advance Article