Researchers developing sustainable ways to manage locust outbreaks worldwide
Locust swarms may seem like a distant chapter from history, but these devastating insects still present a major threat in today's world. They jeopardize food security throughout the Middle East, Asia, Africa ...
Controlling destructive locusts by manipulating their genetics
(Phys.org) —In 1921, a Russian entomologist named Boris Uvarov made a curious discovery. He noticed that a single species of grasshopper could transform its appearance and behavior, depending on its population ...
Locust plague could cause food crisis in Madagascar, UN says
Madagascar is at risk of being overrun by a locust plague likely to ravage at least two-thirds of the country and spark a serious food crisis, the UN's food agency said on Wednesday.
Discovering one reason why swarming evolved offers tantalizing clues on how intelligence developed
Many animals – from locusts to fish – live in groups and swarm, but scientists aren't sure why or how this behavior evolved. Now a multidisciplinary team of Michigan State University scientists has used ...
Madagascar needs $41mln to fight plague of locusts
Madagascar needs over $41 million (32 million euros) to battle a locust plague as swarms of insects blot out the sky in the south of the island nation, the Food and Agricultural Organization said Tuesday.
UN warns northwest Africa over desert locust swarms
The UN food agency warned Tuesday that desert locust swarms are likely to head to northwest Africa in the coming weeks, and urged teams armed with pesticides to protect crops from the pests.
From solo to sociable—how locusts try to avoid cannibalism
(Phys.org)—When people think of locusts they are likely to picture the swarms which affect the lives of one in ten people in the world through their harmful impact on agriculture.
UN agency warns of growing locust threat in Mali
The UN food agency on Tuesday warned the unrest in northern Mali means that efforts to contain the threat of desert locusts are being hampered and appealed for $10 million (8.1 million euros) in aid.
Overgrazed grasslands tied to locust outbreaks
While residents of the United States and much of Europe think of locust plagues as biblical references, locust swarms still have devastating effects on agriculture today, especially in developing countries ...
Protein associated with learning implicated in causing grasshoppers to swarm
New research has found that a protein associated with learning and memory plays an integral role in changing the behaviour of locusts from that of harmless grasshoppers into swarming pests.
Scientists IDs genesis of animal behavior patterns
(PhysOrg.com) -- For the first time, MIT engineers and colleagues have observed the initiation of a mass gathering and subsequent migration of hundreds of millions of animals — in this case, fish.