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Studies confirm breadfruit's ability to repel insects


Date: 27/01/2014


Scientists at the US Agricultural Research Service (ARS) and their collaborators at the University of British Columbia in Okanagan, Canada have found that breadfruit, Artocarpus altilis – a household crop grown across the Pacific, is an effective insect repellent. They identified three compounds – capric, undecanoic and lauric acids, which are saturated fatty acids – found to be significantly more effective at repelling mosquitoes than DEET.

(USDA ARS, 15/11/2013)

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