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Global health R&D delivers for Maine

US government investment in global health R&D has delivered

$172 thousand
to Maine research institutions

Neglected diseases in Maine

Chikungunya cases
9
Dengue cases
14
HIV diagnoses
435
Malaria cases
42
Tuberculosis cases
122
West Nile cases
2
Zika cases
13

Maine industry in global health R&D

Alere
Location(s):
Scarborough
EastCoast Bio
Location(s):
North Berwick
ViroStat
Location(s):
Portland

Maine's top areas of global health R&D by USG funding

100%
Neglected tropical diseases
Helminths

Global health R&D at work in Maine

University of Maine researchers are working on a plant-based biopesticide that is toxic to mosquitoes but harmless to the environment. Such an approach could help stop the spread of diseases like Zika and West Nile Virus. It could also help counter the insects’ growing resistance to existing pesticides. The team found that certain plants are attractive to egg-laying mosquitoes but hostile to their larvae. One reason is bacteria; plants with more bacterial diversity entice more mosquitoes. But bacterial abundance, not diversity, leads to better larval survival. The team discovered that blackberry plant is an ecological trap: its leaves have a high diversity but low abundance of bacteria, attracting mosquitoes to lay eggs but giving the larvae little food to grow. Future studies will explore whether the leaves can be used to foil this small but deadly pest.

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