Zebra-scented cattle will be roaming East Africa in increasing numbers over the next three years thanks to a grant to perfect a technology that keeps tsetse flies away.
Researchers have developed repellent collars containing the synthetic equivalents of the odours of animals that tsetse flies tend to avoid — such as zebra.
“We decided to look for an alternative to the tsetse fly traps that were earlier being used by the pastoralists in Africa. Since the pastoralists are always on the move, we realised that they were leaving the traps behind. They needed a mobile technology, and that is why we decided to look for something more effective,” Saini told SciDev.Net.
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