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ICMR develops tech to kill mosquitos

Published on July 12, 2022
Current Context: Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) research center in Puducherry develops technology to kill mosquitos.
ICMR develops tech to kill mosquitos
  • ICMR research center in Puducherry develops Bacillus thuringiensis israelensis (Bti strain VCRC B-17) a strain of bacteria that kills mosquito and black fly larvae while causing no harm to other insects, aquatic wildlife, or mammals.
  • VCRC's Bti technology is equivalent to the WHO standard strain of bacteria in terms of its effectiveness.
    • This is likely to provide India a boost in its fight against vector-borne illnesses such as Malaria, Filariasis, Japanese Encephalitis, Dengue, Chikungunya, and Zika.
  • Bti B-17 is designated as the Indian standard strain by the central insecticide board of India.
  • Last month Union health minister Mansukh Mandaviya handed over the Bti technology to Hindustan Insecticides Ltd for commercial production in India.
  • Static Knowledge:
    • ICMR Director general: Balram Bhargava
    • ICMR headquarter: New Delhi
    • ICMR was formed: in 1911
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