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Serotonin Mediates Behavioral Gregarization Underlying Swarm Formation in Desert Locusts
Desert locusts, Schistocerca gregaria, show extreme phenotypic plasticity, transforming between a little-seen solitarious phase and the notorious swarming gregarious phase depending on populationExpand
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Plasticity in the visual system is correlated with a change in lifestyle of solitarious and gregarious locusts.
We demonstrate pronounced differences in the visual system of a polyphenic locust species that can change reversibly between two forms (phases), which vary in morphology and behavior. At lowExpand
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Substantial changes in central nervous system neurotransmitters and neuromodulators accompany phase change in the locust
SUMMARY Desert locusts (Schistocerca gregaria) can undergo a profound transformation between solitarious and gregarious forms, which involves widespread changes in behaviour, physiology andExpand
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Parallel somatotopic maps of gustatory and mechanosensory neurons in the central nervous system of an insect
Relatively little is still known about the sense of taste, or contact chemoreception, compared with other sensory modalities, despite its importance to many aspects of animal behaviour. The centralExpand
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Mechanosensory-induced behavioural gregarization in the desert locust Schistocerca gregaria
SUMMARY Desert locusts show an extreme form of phenotypic plasticity, changing between a cryptic solitarious phase and a swarming gregarious phase that differ in many aspects of behaviour, physiologyExpand
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Gregarious desert locusts have substantially larger brains with altered proportions compared with the solitarious phase
  • S. Ott, S. M. Rogers
  • Biology, Medicine
  • Proceedings of the Royal Society B: Biological…
  • 22 October 2010
The behavioural demands of group living and foraging have been implicated in both evolutionary and plastic changes in brain size. Desert locusts show extreme phenotypic plasticity, allowing brainExpand
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Spatiotemporal receptive field properties of a looming-sensitive neuron in solitarious and gregarious phases of the desert locust.
Desert locusts (Schistocerca gregaria) can transform reversibly between the swarming gregarious phase and a solitarious phase, which avoids other locusts. This transformation entails dramatic changesExpand
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Critical role for protein kinase A in the acquisition of gregarious behavior in the desert locust
The mechanisms that integrate genetic and environmental information to coordinate the expression of complex phenotypes are little understood. We investigated the role of two protein kinases (PKs) inExpand
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Motor neurone responses during a postural reflex in solitarious and gregarious desert locusts.
Desert locusts show extreme phenotypic plasticity and can change reversibly between two phases that differ radically in morphology, physiology and behaviour. Solitarious locusts are cryptic inExpand
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Microarray-Based Transcriptomic Analysis of Differences between Long-Term Gregarious and Solitarious Desert Locusts
Desert locusts (Schistocerca gregaria) show an extreme form of phenotypic plasticity and can transform between a cryptic solitarious phase and a swarming gregarious phase. The two phases differExpand
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