ICMR develops eco-friendly technology to kill mosquitoes & blackflies

ICMR develops eco-friendly technology to kill mosquitoes & blackflies
  • Vector-borne diseases causes 700,000 deaths in India each year
  • Bti technology market size in India is estimated at more than $125 million per year

For the very first time, the top vector control research center of ICMR (Indian Council of Medical Research) in Puducherry, India has come up with a Bacillus thuringiensis israelensis technology also termed Bti strain VCRC B-17 technology.

The novel technology is designed to kill the larvae of blackflies and mosquitoes without causing any harm to other insects, mammals, or aquatic animals.

Essentially, it is expected to provide India a boost to stand up against long-prevailing vector-borne diseases like dengue fever, malaria, Japanese encephalitis, filariasis, Zika, and chikungunya.

It has been reported that the novel Bti technology has been handed over by the Union Health Minister Dr. Mansukh Mandaviya to state-owned company Hindustan Insecticides Ltd. (HIL) for further production and commercialization of the tech.

In near future, HIL plans to supply the Bti biolarvicides to tropical and subtropical areas of the world, which are exposed to mosquito-borne diseases, and countries such as those in Africa that showcase a higher prevalence of diseases caused by blackflies like river blindness.

According to the World Health Organization (WHO), vector-borne diseases – caused by bacteria, parasites, or viruses - account for more than 17% of all infectious diseases and result in more than 700,000 deaths each year.

In India alone, the estimated market size for Bti technology is more than $125 million per year, justifying why the country is planning to export Bti technology to highly prone regions of the world.

As per the data released by the Ministry of Health, India recorded 10,172 cases of dengue and 3 fatalities in May this year. Meanwhile, chikungunya cases reached 1,554 cases in June, whereas 21,558 people were infected with malaria which caused four deaths through April.

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