Malarial mosquitos kill more people than any animal on Earth, even though various control methods have reduced their numbers by half. KTH researcher Jenny Lindh and her colleagues have developed a new control method based on the mosquitos' nesting behavior. There is actually a mix of scents that determines where females choose to lay eggs.
In a research group at organic chemistry, environmentally-friendly methods for control of insects are investigated. The work involves replacing chemical insecticides with alternatives, such as control methods that are not based on toxins or using toxins that are drawn from nature.
"Lately, I have worked with malaria mosquitoes. But in the past I worked with tsetse flies," Jenny Lindh, researcher at organic chemistry, says. "My colleagues are working with the bark beetle and pine weevil, which causes damage to pine and spruce."