Locust Research Appears in Two Papers in Current Biology

30 May 2008

Locust research in the School has recently appeared in two papers in Current Biology, one of which was featured on the cover (with a nice photo taken by Gabe Miller). The cover story describes work conducted by an international team - including Dr Jerome Buhl, Prof Steve Simpson and Dr Greg Sword - which reveals that the movement of locust migratory bands is driven by cannibalistic interactions and that the insects are in effect on a "forced march" to escape the threat of attack by locusts approaching from behind. The second paper, published by Prof Simpson and Dr Sword, is a 'Quick Guide' to locusts and provides an overview of their biology and current research. The locust group's cannibalism study has been eaten up by a variety international newspapers, radio shows and websites.