A behavioural analysis of phase change in the desert locust

@article{Simpson1999ABA,
  title={A behavioural analysis of phase change in the desert locust},
  author={S. Simpson and A. Mccaffery and B. H{\"a}gele},
  journal={Biological Reviews},
  year={1999},
  volume={74}
}
A programme of research into phase change in the desert locust, Schistocerca gregaria, is described. The ability to change phase between solitarious and gregarious forms in response to population density is a key feature of locusts and is central to their occasional yet catastrophic impact on humans. Phase polymorphism is an extreme form of phenotypic plasticity. The most labile phase characteristic is behaviour. It is argued that a fully integrated study of behavioural phase change provides a… Expand
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