Decoding gigantic insect genome could help tackle devastating locust crises

ScienceDaily | Nov 25, 2020 at 7:02 PM
  • It is hoped that the study will provide the basis for developing ‘intelligent pesticides’, that act with surgical precision by tapping into locust-specific signals in the nervous system, to either kill or disable their swarming behaviour.
  • The full set of genetic information for the desert locust could have major international implications for countries such as East Africa, the Arabian Peninsula and South-West Asia.
  • A swarm of locusts can contain around 40 million insects per square kilometre.