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    malaria/ carnivorous plant research in the news!

    Bill and Melinda Gates foundation awarded $100k to carnivorous plant/ malaria prevention research!

    "Using carnivorous plants to control mosquitoes: Jasper Ogwal-Okeng of Makerere University in Uganda will test whether insect-eating plants can reduce the population of malaria transmitting mosquitoes and their larvae."

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    I have to say I seriously doubt it... The range they can live in and the dent they could make I don't think is very much... unless maybe they mean masses of huge utrics in the water to eat larvae
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    i can see aquatic utrics being a very likely candidate for the test. the question is---will their invasive nature impact the surrounding areas and throw off the biodiversity?
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    I tend to agree, but $100K should clear up any doubt!

    Quote Originally Posted by silenceisgod View Post
    I have to say I seriously doubt it... The range they can live in and the dent they could make I don't think is very much... unless maybe they mean masses of huge utrics in the water to eat larvae

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    "First, the mosquito issue. Carnivorous plants just do not attract mosquitoes. Carnivorous plants have sugary nectars that attract insects that like sugar: flies, moths, butterflies, etc. Certainly, the occasional misguided mosquito may get caught, but the plants will not make a dent into your insect plague. Indeed, growing carnivorous plants might even worsen your mosquito problems because you must grow these plants with lots of water. Trays filled with water are great mosquito breeding grounds, comprende? "

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    I would certainly think twice before giving 100K to a useless cause... IMHO.
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    @petmantis: female mosquitoes are blood suckers, but the males are actually nectar feeders.

    it takes two to tango.
    there's more than one way to skin a cat.

    capeesh?

    but with that being said, it seems to be more effective to take out the larvae stage than the adult since you would be targeting both males and females and not just one sex.
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    I saw this somewhere in popular science. I believe they said something about one of the chemicals that it produces could be beneficial in the prevention of mosquitos. not sure though.
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