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United States Department of Agriculture

Agricultural Research Service

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Research Project: Develop Novel Reduced Risk Public Health Pesticides and Insect Repellents

Location: Invasive Insect Biocontrol and Behavior Laboratory

2013 Annual Report


1a.Objectives (from AD-416):
Identification and utilization of new fast acting insecticides in public health is in urgent need to curb arthropod vector born diseases. We have developed a number of novel chemical entities for testing. Testing these novel compounds for product development, along with their primary toxicological evaluation through Sixpack study is the essential first step. Each sixpack study requires 90-100 grams of compound. Seek to obtain the chemically pure compounds and then to evaluate their toxicological profiles.


1b.Approach (from AD-416):
Develop large scale synthesis of complex chemical entities to produce the compounds and then evaluate their toxicological profile. Develop large scale synthesis of chemical compound affecting insect behavior.


3.Progress Report:

The initial project plan was laid out in the first quarter of 2010. Based on the grant agreement, this physical year Chemveda has performed toxicological screening (Six pack study) of seven novel compounds developed by ARS. Each candidate compound was synthesized in grams quantities, so that it can be formulated for enhanced vapor pressure and further screened against blood feeding mosquitoes in field conditions after toxicological evaluations. The whole project team, comprising synthetic/computational chemists, medical entomologist and industrial partners has conference calls on regular basis to discuss progress as well as future directions. Results are presented and/or published in scientific meetings and peer reviewed journals.


Last Modified: 9/22/2014
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