Locust Research Facilities
Locusts are a global challenge that requires a worldwide effort. To enable novel collaborative efforts, we envision a network of international facilities and resources that will serve as a database for GLI members. Members are welcome to contact these institutions to initiate collaborations. If you would like your facilities or other similar resource listed here, please contact the GLI Research Coordinator, Dr. Rick Overson.
Cease Lab, Arizona State University
The Cease Lab works with ASU’s Department of Animal Care and Technologies(DACT) to maintain world-class locust rearing facilities. The facilities exceed strict United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) standards and are routinely inspected to ensure continued adherence to regulations. Currently, the facilities contain the following species of locusts and grasshoppers:
- American grasshopper, Schistocerca americana (Drury)
- Australian plague locust, Chortoicetes terminifera (Walker)
- Migratory grasshopper, Melanoplus sanguinipes (Fabricius)
- Senegalese locust, Oedaleus senegalensis (Krauss)
- South American locust, Schistocerca cancellata (Serville)
Each species can be raised as gregarious (Chamber A) or solitarious (Chamber B), allowing researchers to conduct a variety of experiments at the facilities, for example, on locust behavior and flight (Chamber D). Click any image to view larger version.
The Cease Lab invites students and researchers to contact us regarding potential research avenues in collaboration with GLI, and we welcome inquiries regarding tours. Please contact the Cease Lab Research Manager, Dr. Rick Overson for additional information.