Serotonin Mediates Behavioral Gregarization Underlying Swarm Formation in Desert Locusts

@article{Anstey2009SerotoninMB,
  title={Serotonin Mediates Behavioral Gregarization Underlying Swarm Formation in Desert Locusts},
  author={Michael L. Anstey and S. M. Rogers and S. Ott and M. Burrows and S. Simpson},
  journal={Science},
  year={2009},
  volume={323},
  pages={627 - 630}
}
Desert locusts, Schistocerca gregaria, show extreme phenotypic plasticity, transforming between a little-seen solitarious phase and the notorious swarming gregarious phase depending on population density. An essential tipping point in the process of swarm formation is the initial switch from strong mutual aversion in solitarious locusts to coherent group formation and greater activity in gregarious locusts. We show here that serotonin, an evolutionarily conserved mediator of neuronal plasticity… Expand
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