British research has revealed that a common fungus can reduce malarial transmission by 98 per cent in the laboratory, by killing the mosquitoes that pass the parasite on.I'd imagine that even the most diehard DDT supporter (and, yes, they're out there) would have to concede that this would likely be a preferable alternative...
The findings, from a team at the University of Edinburgh and Imperial College, London, suggest that spraying living quarters with the fungus, which is harmless to humans, could help to prevent infection with a disease that kills up to 2.7 million people a year.
A second study, in Tanzania, has indicated that the fungus is likely to be a practical method of malaria control in the field.
Ernst-Jan Scholte of Wageningen University in the Netherlands, who led the field research, said: “The results are extremely encouraging. The fungi provide another tool in the fight against malaria.”
The approach to malaria prevention uses the fungus Beauveria bassiana as a biological pesticide.
Thanks to my buddy Bobby for passing that along.
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