Punjab Agricultural University (PAU), Ludhiana, has signed a pact with Swift Corporation Limited, Manesar, Gurugram (Haryana) to commercialize the technology for mosquito-repellent cotton fabric.
According to the memorandum, PAU has granted the Haryana-based company non-exclusive rights to the technology in India.
Sandeep Bains, Dean of the College of Community Science, and Sumeet Grewal, a scientist at the Institute of Apparel and Textile Science at Punjab Agricultural University, jointly developed the technology.
Bains and Grewal said that environmentally friendly, microencapsulated, mosquito repellent fabric was developed using eucalyptus essential oil.
They added that fabric is effective at repelling three types of mosquitoes – Ades, Anopheles and Culex – that cause diseases like dengue, malaria and chikungunya.
The fabric lasts 15 wash cycles and has been clinically tested on outdoor workers and athletes who found it very effective against mosquitoes.