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Why Locusts Swarm

Thursday, March 12, 2009

Farmers have lost their crops to swarming locusts since Biblical times, but new research has revealed that serotonin plays a major role in starting a locust swarm. Dr. Swidbert Ott, a Royal Society Research Fellow at Cambridge University, explains what he and his research team found and how it may hold the key toward controlling locusts in the future.

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Dr. Swidbert Ott

Comments [2]

Amy from Manhattan

Ok, so serotonin doesn't act as a neuromodulator in plants, but do we know what function it does have in them? And does it occur in the edible parts of some plants, & if so, does it increase serotonin levels in animals, including locusts, that eat them?

Mar. 12 2009 01:41 PM
mk

How does this relate to what spiders supposedly do on LSD?

Mar. 12 2009 01:38 PM

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