Indeed, work by Dr. Michael Roe, William Neal Reynolds Distinguished Professor of Entomology at NC State, showed that the natural compound found in tomatoes is so effective at repelling insects that the university patented the substance. The patent describes how the substance may be used to repel insects.
Dr. Michael Roe of NC State with some of the mosquito pests his tomato-derived substance effectively repels.
The university has since licensed the right to produce the substance as an
insect repellent to Insect Biotechnology Inc., a Durham company that
specializes in developing and marketin
Contact: Dr. Michael Roe
North Carolina State University