ITI introduces organic bacteria to control dengue
The Industrial Technology Institute of Sri Lanka yesterday introduced
Bacillus Thuriengensis bacteria which is capable of destroying dengue,
filaria and malaria mosquito larvae after years of research.
This environment-friendly and organic bacteria was developed by
utilising 100 percent local expertise. It is a co-product by the ITI and
Bio Power Lanka (Private) company.
Bacillus Thuriengensis has proved effective in destroying the dengue,
filaria and malaria larvae after an extensive experiments in the
laboratories and field research.
According to the official of the Plant Research and Technology Unit
of the ITI, Dr. Radhika Samarasekera, this bacteria variety could be
used as a bio controller.
He said the pesticide composed of BT would target malaria, dengue and
filaria larvae and the institute is in the process of developing the
bacteria cultivation method.
This bacteria was developed by a team of researchers headed by Senior
Research officer of the ITI, Dr. Radhika Samarasekera.
Science and Technology Minister Prof. Tissa Vitharana and
Presidential Secretary Lalith Weeratunga were also present.