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.


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

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

Mar. 12 2009 01:38 PM

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