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Studies confirm breadfruit's ability to repel insects

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)