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A substance, such as a pheromone, that attracts insects or other animals.
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(Biochemistry) a substance that attracts, esp a chemical (sex attractant) produced by an insect and attracting insects of the same species. See also pheromone
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an attracting agent or substance; lure: the sex attractant of an insect.
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Domestic Diva's Instinctively Yours is also one of the first pheromone attractants to be applied as a roll on in an easy to use glass bottle.
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By determining what this process involves, he hopes that these attractants can be developed into a trap to protect forests from this scourge.
We aimed to develop formulated bait for edible crab using the formulated sea urchin/red king crab feed as a basis, and using by-products from the fishery and aquaculture industry as attractants. The performance of the four baits was compared with that of the most commonly used natural bait.
Working with an international consortium, the Liverpool team, headed by molecular entomologist Professor Mike Lehane, will use the grant to develop attractants and repellents aimed at tricking the tsetse fly's sense of smell.
To minimize any confounding cues, such as shading or light, the researchers then set the possible attractants in chambers connected to the plant by curving pipes.
The specific aim of the project is to reduce the population of malaria transmitting mosquitoes by identifying effective perfumes that act as attractants to traps or as mosquito repellents.
These behavioral elements can be monitored to distinguish between chemical attractants and repellents.
Passive control measures focus on long-term hazard prevention by eliminating refuges or controlling attractants such as vegetation, artificial food sources, and other environmental variables.
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Current projects include efforts to use insect pheromones (synthetic copies of naturally produced chemicals) as sex attractants to confuse male insects in search of females and thus prevent normal mating.