|MadSci Network: Botany|
Dear scientist, I would like to know what is the best way to test the repellency of a live potted plant. Mosquito repellency that is. I'm currently doing a research on a plant that is sold as a mosquito repellent plant. I've searched the net (and the local library), unfortunately I cant find any scientific proof of it's repellent properties. The plant mentioned is Euodia suaveolens Scheff. Its a synonim of Euodia hortensis but with a more slender leaf. I want to test it's repellency as a live potted plant because by doing so we'll have a sustainable and environmentaly friendly repellent. Mind you that the smell of the plant can make both mosquito and human dizzy :) I'm considering a small lab experiment like a modified arm-in-cage test. I'm trying to get the number of mosquitos down to make the counting and data analysis easier. Is there other methods that can be applied for this test? a simpler one maybe? Thank you in advance for the help.
Re: what is the best way to test the repellency of a live potted plant?
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