Researchers Uncover Unique Treasure in Bean Leaves Which May Help in the Battle Against Bed Bugs
A New Study Examines the Potential Bed Bug Entrapping Power of This Leafs Surfaces
Lawrenceville, N.J. — A new study recently published in The Journal of the Royal Society Interface offers new implications for how we may one day treat bed bug infestations. Researchers at the Universities of California and Kentucky have recently discovered that the hairs present on bean leaves may be able to trap and hold bed bugs.
BedBug Central, one of the nation’s most popular resources on bed bug information, finds the research in this study interesting in regards to the unique treasures that nature holds and how this could potentially help the industry with today’s current bed bug problems.
The entrapment of bed bugs by the bean leaves in the study was attributed to the action of microscopic plant hairs (trichomes) on the leaf surfaces that would entangle and impale the legs of the bed bugs. Although there are no evolutionary associations with bed bugs and bean plants, a variety of plant species have been documented to trap a number of insects in more natural settings.
The study results, which also appeared in the New York Times, cited that even though there is no indication that the bean leaves and the bedbugs evolved to work together, the leaves are fiendishly clever in exploiting the insect’s anatomy.
Jeff White, Technical Director of BedBug Central states “hopefully the researchers associated with these findings can synthetically replicate the way in which these hairs function, because this could be a real game changer in dealing with bed bug infestations moving forward.”
Dr. Catherine Loudon and her co-authors of this research — Megan W. Szyndler and Robert M. Corn from the University of California and Kenneth F. Haynes and Michael F. Potter of the University of Kentucky said they are far from giving up. They concluded their paper by saying that they think they know what needs to be done; continue to develop surfaces for bedbug entrapment and incorporate mechanical characteristics of whole trichomes.
BedBug Central is excited to see what the next steps are in further advancing this research and the use of other methods such as this in the battle against bed bugs.
The Journal of the Royal Society Interface: http://rsif.royalsocietypublishing.org/content/10/83/20130174.full.pdf+html?sid=dc837c7a-e0bf-4043-825b-0fa1e98ea421
Department of Entomology, University of California: http://www.entomology.ucr.edu/
Catherine Loudon: http://www.faculty.uci.edu/profile.cfm?faculty_id=5386
Robert M. Corn: http://www.faculty.uci.edu/profile.cfm?faculty_id=5123
Department of Entomology, University of Kentucky: http://www.ca.uky.edu/entomology/entomology.php
Kenneth F. Haynes: http://www.ca.uky.edu/entomology/dept/ipages/khaynes.asp
Michael F. Potter: http://www.ca.uky.edu/entomology/dept/ipages/mpotter.asp
BedBug Central: www.bedbugcentral.com
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