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Old 09-02-2009, 03:07 PM   #1
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Default Plant Essential Oil Eyed As Mosquito, Ant Repellent

Plant Essential Oil Eyed As Mosquito, Ant Repellent

ScienceDaily (Aug. 30, 2009) Agricultural Research Service (ARS) scientists have teamed up with researchers from a company in American Samoa to investigate the chemical makeup of a mosquito- and ant-repellent essential oil from a native Samoan plant.

Plant Essential Oil Eyed As Mosquito, Ant Repellent
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The ARS scientists and researchers at Agro Research, Inc., in Pago Pago, American Samoa, discovered that the oil from a local plant repelled mosquitoes and pest ants in preliminary studies, which were conducted under a material transfer agreement. The isolation and identification of the active component (or components) will be done as part of a recently established one-year cooperative research and development agreement.
The plant is one of the 540 native species of flowering plants in American Samoa, a U.S. island territory in the South Pacific.
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