Differential activation of serotonergic neurons during short- and long-term gregarization of desert locusts

  title={Differential activation of serotonergic neurons during short- and long-term gregarization of desert locusts},
  author={S M Rogers and Swidbert R. Ott},
  journal={Proceedings of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences},
  • S. Rogers, S. Ott
  • Published 7 February 2015
  • Biology
  • Proceedings of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences
Serotonin is a neurochemical with evolutionarily conserved roles in orchestrating nervous system function and behavioural plasticity. A dramatic example is the rapid transformation of desert locusts from cryptic asocial animals into gregarious crop pests that occurs when drought forces them to accumulate on dwindling resources, triggering a profound alteration of behaviour within just a few hours. The onset of crowding induces a surge in serotonin within their thoracic ganglia that is… 

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