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Tuesday, July 20, 2004

cinnamon vs. mosquitos

published in the journal of agricultural and food chemistry, crazy scientists are mixing food with their mosquito larvae.

Results of larvicidal tests demonstrated that the leaf essential oils of cinnamaldehyde type and cinnamaldehyde/cinnamyl acetate type had an excellent inhibitory effect against the fourth-instar larvae of Aedes aegypti

we draw your attention to this little bit of science, because it’s in roughly the same vein as these guys that found a cheap approach to their problem too.

the next step is to get the “mosquito repellant” study done, and then we can all start using cinnamon sprays instead of freaky chemicals to save us from west nile. will we all smell like cinnamon in a few years?

posted by roj at 2:36 am