(CMR) An international peer-reviewed scientific journal, Central BioMed, which is a part of Springer Nature, has published a scientific paper on 22 March 2022 in which young Caymanian students affiliated with UCCI, University of Liverpool, and Health Services Authority are co-authors.
The published article titled, “Aquatain causes anti-oviposition, egg retention and oocyte melanization and triggers female death in Aedes aegypti,” looked at the study of Aquatain Mosquito Formulation (AMF) in the control of Aedes aegyti mosquitoes.”
The authors are Hamady Dieng, Whitney Ebanks, Zoila Ebanks & Alan Wheeler from the Mosquito Research and Control Unit (MRCU) in George Town; Storm McLean and Malik Gordon from the University College of the Cayman Islands; Holly Stradling from The University of Liverpool; and Cole Morgan from the Forensic Department of HSA.
The research, which could be a significant breakthrough in preventing diseases such as dengue, chikungunya and Zika, discussed a major study by these young people to find an effective way of mosquito control, particularly the Aedes aegypti mosquito.
The article stated that “efforts to prevent outbreaks of these diseases have mostly counted on the use of insecticides, but success has been limited due to the development of insecticide resistance.”
However, this study demonstrated that AMF acted as a deterrent signal to ovipositing Ae. aegypti and as an indirect adulticide. According to the article, the results suggested that AMF may be a promising control tool against the dengue vector, and this warrants further evaluation under field settings.