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Fighting mosquito-borne disease with innovative sunlight-activated larvicide

22 Mar 2018

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On 22 March 2017, a four-member team of Republic Polytechnic (RP) students received the Polytechnic Student Research Programme (PSRP) Award for developing a sunlight-activated larvicide to fight mosquito-borne diseases.

The larvicide is 1,000 times less toxic for other aquatic animals than the usual larvicide. It is also able to reduce the resistance of larvae, thus making them easier to eradicate. The PSRP nurtures students in research and development through immersion in scientific and engineering research environments and tie-ups with local universities and research institutes.

The award-winning larvicide project was supported by the National Environment Agency (NEA), which shared their expertise in specimen management. There have also been discussions to develop the larvicide further to commercialise it.