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Mosquitoes repelled by tomato-based substance

A substance produced by tomatoes repels mosquitoes and other insects more effectively and is safer than DEET, the chemical most commonly used in insect repellents, a North Carolina State University scientist has discovered.

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
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Contact: Dr. Michael Roe
michael_roe@ncsu.edu
919-515-4325
North Carolina State University
10-Jun-2002


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