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Farmers in eastern Australia are battling a plague of locusts, which have infested a 190,000 square mile stretch from central Queensland all the way south to the capital of Melbourne.
A similarity in brain disturbance between insects and people suffering from migraines, stroke and epilepsy points the way toward new drug therapies to address these conditions.
The UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) said Tuesday that locusts coming from northern Somalia by the swarms are putting crops in Ethiopia at risk of being destroyed.
Experts said large numbers of wood pigeons that have descended on the Kingswinford area of England likely left their previous homes due to food shortages. Homeowners said thick swarms of birds have taken over the city's view in recent days, covering trees and forming black clouds in the sky, The Daily Mail reported Wednesday. I thought it was like Armageddon, said resident and avid birdwatcher Terrence O'Dell.
By applying an old theory that has been used to explain water flow through soil and the spread of forest fires, researchers may have an answer to a perplexing ecological and evolutionary problem: why locusts switch from an innocuous, solitary lifestyle to form massive swarms that can devastate crops and strip fields bare.
Studying the lowly locust could lead to improved migraine drugs for people.
Steve Simpson explains how his basic research on the behaviour of locusts has surprising ramifications for understanding a worrying human epidemic. Locusts have the extraordinary capacity to change from harmless grasshoppers into mass swarming pests.
By Emma Batha BONN (Reuters) - The United Nations called on Wednesday for funding for a system to give early warning of locust plagues of the sort that ravaged West Africa in 2004.
By George Obulutsa NAIROBI (Reuters) - Researchers have developed an organic pesticide that can control deadly locust swarms in Africa, reducing the need to use traditional insecticides that harm the environment, a senior scientist said on Wednesday.
JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) - Rainfall over parts of Africa's Sahel appears to be rising but its greening could prove a mixed blessing if the population surges as a result and drought follows, a leading ecologist said on Monday.
Caelifera, a herbivorous insect, is a suborder of the order Orthoptera. Commonly called grasshoppers in English, the sub-order includes short-horned grasshoppers, grasshoppers and locusts. Characteristics The Caelifera have antennae that are shorter than the body, and short ovipositors. Those species that make easily heard noises usually do so by rubbing the hind femurs against the forewings or abdomen, or by snapping the wings in flight. Tympana, if present, are on the sides of the...
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