Biologists recently discovered the first airborne pheromone produced by tsetse flies. The finding, reported in Science, promises new control methods for the biting flies, which have a long history of spreading devastating diseases across Sub-Saharan Africa.
“The best way of controlling these horrible diseases is by controlling the flies,” says senior author John Carlson, a neuroscientist at Yale University in New Haven, CT. Traps baited with cow urine are the current mainstay of tsetse control. Adding fly pheromones to the traps could lure more tsetse.
— Read more in The perfume of the tsetse fly opens new doors to disease control at PNAS.
Wow, cow urine? It’s interesting that scientists are using the pheromones to learn more about the tsetse fly. Cool!
I thought this was cool too