World Malaria Day 2009

Just a little reminder that WMD is April 25th, 2009.

I’ll be covering some new and cool malaria research over the next week or two as we count up to  World Malaria Day. As a reminder, you can donate to Nothing But Nets online anytime.

Here’s a fascinating new bit of research that creatively gets mosquitoes to kill themselves:

Malaria prevention with a plastic flower:

“The small device is essentially an artificial flower, made out of the same type of plastic used for football helmets. Mosquitoes are drawn to the ProVector by a four-color decal (different mosquito species are attracted to different colors).

The insect feeds on an artificial nectar through a metal screen with openings big enough for only a mosquito’s mouth parts to fit through. Kollars’ work in developing the ProVector Bt formula is unique in that it is the first time anyone has been able to get mature mosquitoes to ingest and die from Bacillus thurengiensis (Bt), a safe biopesticide.”

I haven’t been able to find an actual citation for testing of this device– can anyone send that to me?  It seems like CO2 may also be involved in the attraction.  There are some news items about DOD testing, which might not be out in press yet.