Locust is the short-horned grasshoppers of the family Acrididae.These species can breed rapidly under suitable conditions and subsequently become harmful gregarious and migratory swarms.They can travel great distances, rapidly stripping fields and greatly damaging crops.Scientists have been working for a long time on this matter of the transformation of solitary desert locusts into gregarious crop-ravaging swarms.
Scientists have discovered the mechanism that turns harmless solitary desert locusts into gregarious crop-ravaging swarms.A group of scientist some of them are British and rest are Australian has proved and shown to the world that a single brain chemical called serotonin is responsible for the drastic change in behaviour that can turn locusts into swarms which can wipe out vast area of vegetation.
A team of British and Australian scientists has shown that a single brain chemical called serotonin is responsible for the drastic change in behaviour that can turn locusts into gregarous crop-ravaging swarms which are capable of wiping out vast areas of vegetation overnight.
It is now believed that the new study by the British-Australian team may lead to new strategies to control locusts. One possible option would be to use a chemical that acts against serotonin which could prevent locusts from transforming to swarms.