Pheromones: Exploitation of gut bacteria in the locust

@article{Dillon2000PheromonesEO,
  title={Pheromones: Exploitation of gut bacteria in the locust},
  author={R. Dillon and C. Vennard and A. Charnley},
  journal={Nature},
  year={2000},
  volume={403},
  pages={851-851}
}
The congregation of locusts into vast swarms can cause crop devastation of biblical proportions. Here we show that guaiacol, a key component of a pheromone derived from locust faecal pellets that promotes the aggregation of locusts, is produced by bacteria in the locust gut. This adaptation by an insect to exploit a common metabolite produced by indigenous gut bacteria has wide implications for our appreciation of the role of the gut microbiota in insects. 
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