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New Research in Science Details How Serotonin Triggers Swarming Behavior in Locusts

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New Research in Science Details How Serotonin Triggers Swarming Behavior in Locusts

Researchers have linked the radical transformation of desert locusts—from harmless, solitary creatures to gregarious, swarm-forming insects—to the common brain chemical serotonin. This discovery, detailed in the 30 January issue of Science, illuminates a mechanism within these desert locusts that initiates their switch from aversion to attraction, and may open the door to new methods of pest control.


By AAAS, USA.


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