Headspace technology identifies hydrocarbons emitted by backswimmer insects repel female mosquitoes

Research published in the July 2010 issue of Ecology Letters:

New research by Rockefeller University’s Joel E. Cohen and colleagues at the University of Haifa in Israel has identified two compounds emitted by mosquito predators that make the mosquitoes less inclined to lay eggs in pools of water.

Known as backswimmers or boatmen, Notonectidae discourage mosquito egg laying.
The chemistry could be used to reduce mosquito populations.
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