Scientists plan to use drones to spray silicon film over rice fields in Zanzibar to see if it stops the spread of malaria. The rice fields collect stagnant water, which is where malaria-carrying mosquitoes lay their eggs.
Researchers from Radboud University in The Netherlands will monitor whether the film will prevent anopheles mosquitoes’ eggs from hatching by blocking the larvae from attaching to the surface of the water. The tests are at an early stage. After the trial, the researchers aim to publish their findings in peer-reviewed journals before testing it again across the continent.
Malawi has used drones to map mosquito breeding sites but the researchers in Zanzibar say preventing pupae and larvae from attaching themselves to the surface of the water takes the malaria fight to the next level.