Japan Firm Sequences Genome of Mosquito Coil Ingredient Plant

Economy Science Technology

Osaka, Dec. 5 (Jiji Press)--Dainihon Jochugiku Co., which makes the "Kincho" mosquito coils, has sequenced the genome of the Dalmatian chrysanthemum, a key ingredient of the mosquito-repelling products, for the first time.

The outcome is expected to facilitate the development of Dalmatian chrysanthemum varieties with higher insecticidal content and shorter growing periods, the Osaka-based company said Wednesday.

Dainihon Jochugiku teamed with the Suntory Foundation for Life Sciences of Seika, Kyoto Prefecture, for the genome sequencing of the perennial plant with white daisy-like flowers grown in Onomichi, Hiroshima Prefecture.

Some insects acquire resistance to insecticides, raising concerns about the spread of infectious diseases via such resistant insects, Dainihon Jochugiku said.

The company believes it can contribute to preventing such diseases if it can increase the insecticidal potency of the Dalmatian chrysanthemum through gene manipulation.

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