28 Jun '11, 12pm

Can a Dog Tranquilizer Help Clean the High Seas?

Can a Dog Tranquilizer Help Clean the High Seas?

barnacles by mia judkins via Creative Commons GOTEBURG, SWEDEN --- Medetomidine was invented to tranquilize aggressive animals, but it also might help shipping companies curb marine pollution . I-Tech , a relatively small company based in Goteborg, Sweden , has discovered that the sedative acts as a stimulant on barnacles. As a result, it potentially can become a substitute for copper as the primary anti-fouling material in marine paint. “We don’t kill the organisms. We just scare them. We change the behavior of the barnacle larvae,” said Lena Lindblad, I-Tech’s R&D manager who discovered the properties. “It [medetomidine] inhibits secretion of a substance that gets them to stick.” The company has tested the material in the Baltic Sea since 2009 and currently is conducting tests in Asia with a shipping company. In the U.S., the Navy “is actively interested,” she said. The ...

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