5/2/2011 10:00:00 AM

LifeNet® mosquito nets receive interim recommendation from World Health Organization

Monheim, May 2, 2011
The World Health Organization (WHO) has issued an interim recommendation for Bayer CropScience’s new LifeNet® mosquito net for malaria prevention and control. This is an important milestone on the road to the worldwide product launch which is scheduled to take place before the end of 2011.

LifeNet is the first innovation in this field for more than a decade: deltamethrin, the active ingredient recommended by the WHO, has been directly integrated into polypropylene fibres for the first time. It is gradually released while continuously exerting its insecticidal action. Thanks to the soft but very tear-resistant polypropylene fibres, LifeNet is longer-lasting and at the same time user friendly - it thereby ensures sustainable long-term protection.

“The interim recommendation from the Pesticide Evaluation Scheme of the WHO (WHOPES) now makes it possible for us to offer national and international malaria control programs a new tool in the battle against malaria,” explains Dr. Gunnar Riemann, President of the Environmental Science Division at Bayer CropScience. “We are convinced that LifeNet will help public health authorities and aid organizations around the world achieve sustained success in the battle against malaria.”

Bayer looks back on more than 50 years of experience in the field of vector control. With the forthcoming market launch of LifeNet, the company will now be in the position to offer a broad portfolio for integrated vector management.

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Bayer is a global enterprise with core competencies in the fields of health care, nutrition and high-tech materials. Bayer CropScience, a subgroup of Bayer AG with annual sales of EUR 6.830 billion (2010), is one of the world’s leading innovative crop science companies in the areas of crop protection, non-agricultural pest control, seeds and traits. The company offers an outstanding range of products and extensive service backup for modern, sustainable agriculture and for non-agricultural applications. Bayer CropScience has a global workforce of 20,700 and is represented in more than 120 countries. This and further news is available at: www.press.bayercropscience.com.

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