Cambridge-Africa

New research on flies that transmit disease in Africa

11 March 2019

THRiVE partner, icipe, has recently published research on how pregnant stable flies select which are the most suitable droppings to lay their eggs on.  The International Centre of Insect Physiology and Ecology researchers in conjunction with the University of Pretoria have identified the chemical odours in specific animal droppings that guide pregnant female stable flies on where to lay their eggs. They hope the research could lead to the development of odour bait traps which could reduce the transmission of the diseases they spread to humans as well as reducing the considerable harm to the animals they bite and whose productivity they severely affect.

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