Modern day locust outbreaks (Science Daily)

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http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2012/01/120126152127.htm

Overgrazed Grasslands Tied to Locust Outbreaks

ScienceDaily (Jan. 26, 2012) — While residents of the United States and much of Europe think of locust plagues as biblical references, locust swarms still have devastating effects on agriculture today, especially in developing countries in Asia and Africa. In a study to be released in the journal Science on Jan. 27, scientists from Arizona State University and the Chinese Academy of Sciences show that insect nutrition and agricultural land management practices may partially explain modern day locust outbreaks.

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About Willem Van Cotthem

Honorary Professor of Botany, University of Ghent (Belgium). Scientific Consultant for Desertification and Sustainable Development.
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