It seemed like an easy task: figure out the chemical that makes horseshoe crabs such a desirable attractant to catch conch and eel.
“Mother Nature was unwilling to give up her secrets easily,” said Ann Masse, global safety, health and environmental strategy leader with DuPont Co.
She is not the only one trying to unlock nature’s secret about the marine arthropod that dwells in and around shallow ocean waters.
“We looked at eggs, females, males, different baits, different presentations. I think I have a shelf full of notebooks,” said Nancy Targett, dean of the University of Delaware’s College of Earth, Ocean and the Environment.