Psyche: A Journal of Entomology

Locusts and Grasshoppers: Behavior, Ecology, and Biogeography


Publishing date
01 Feb 2011
Status
Published
Submission deadline
01 Aug 2010

1Department of Renewable Resources, University of Wyoming, Laramie, WY 82071-3354, USA

2Department of General Biology and Ecology, Novosibirsk State University, Novosibirsk, Russia

3Facultad de Ciencias Naurales y Museo, Universidad de la Plata del Bosque, La Plata, Argentina

4Research Unit Locust Ecology and Control TA A-50 / D / CIRAD, Campus international de Baillarguet, Montpellier, France


Locusts and Grasshoppers: Behavior, Ecology, and Biogeography

Description

Locusts and grasshoppers (L&G) remain serious enemies of agriculturists in the twenty-first century. Outbreaks of these pests continue to occur on all continents except Antarctica. Besides the economic damage, L&G outbreaks may seriously alter ecological processes across landscapes (e.g., carbon and water cycles). They can cause rapid loss in vegetation cover resulting in soil erosion and increased runoff. L&G can also destroy food sources for many animals and thus affect biodiversity.

Despite decades of intensive research, the mechanisms underlying L&G population dynamics (and for locusts—phase transformation) are not fully elucidated. Only recently, significant advances were made in our understanding of L&G behavior and ecology, particularly individual and group movement as well as nutritional requirements.

The main focus of this special issue will be twofold: (i) recent advances in the studies on locust phase polyphenism and (ii) the use of new tools in research on L&G biology and ecology. The special issue is open for both research and review articles. We particularly welcome manuscripts dealing with L&G from Asia, Africa, and Central and South America. Main topics include, but are not limited to:

  • L&G migratory behavior
  • L&G foraging and nutritional ecology
  • Molecular markers for locust phase polyphenism
  • Molecular tools for L&G taxonomic and biogeographical studies
  • Individual and social learning in L&G
  • Grasshopper species in a habitat: a community or an assemblage?
  • Robotics in L&G behavioral studies
  • Geospatial tools in L&G ecology
  • Locusts as models

Before submission authors should carefully read over the journal's Author Guidelines, which are located at http://www.hindawi.com/journals/psyche/guidelines/. Prospective authors should submit an electronic copy of their complete manuscript through the journal Manuscript Tracking System at http://mts.hindawi.com/ according to the following timetable:


Articles

  • Special Issue
  • - Volume 2011
  • - Article ID 578327
  • - Editorial

Locusts and Grasshoppers: Behavior, Ecology, and Biogeography

Alexandre Latchininsky | Gregory Sword | ... | Michel Lecoq
  • Special Issue
  • - Volume 2011
  • - Article ID 501983
  • - Research Article

The Ontology of Biological Groups: Do Grasshoppers Form Assemblages, Communities, Guilds, Populations, or Something Else?

Jeffrey A. Lockwood
  • Special Issue
  • - Volume 2011
  • - Article ID 748635
  • - Research Article

Relationships between Plant Diversity and Grasshopper Diversity and Abundance in the Little Missouri National Grassland

David H. Branson
  • Special Issue
  • - Volume 2011
  • - Article ID 324130
  • - Review Article

Distribution Patterns of Grasshoppers and Their Kin in the Boreal Zone

Michael G. Sergeev
  • Special Issue
  • - Volume 2011
  • - Article ID 741769
  • - Review Article

Density-Dependent Phase Polyphenism in Nonmodel Locusts: A Minireview

Hojun Song
  • Special Issue
  • - Volume 2011
  • - Article ID 105352
  • - Research Article

Phase-Dependent Color Polyphenism in Field Populations of Red Locust Nymphs (Nomadacris septemfasciata Serv.) in Madagascar

Michel Lecoq | Abdou Chamouine | My-Hanh Luong-Skovmand
  • Special Issue
  • - Volume 2011
  • - Article ID 459315
  • - Research Article

Diel Behavioral Activity Patterns in Adult Solitarious Desert Locust, Schistocerca gregaria (Forskål)

Sidi Ould Ely | Peter G. N. Njagi | ... | Ahmed Hassanali
  • Special Issue
  • - Volume 2011
  • - Article ID 980372
  • - Research Article

Application of General Circulation Models to Assess the Potential Impact of Climate Change on Potential Distribution and Relative Abundance of Melanoplus sanguinipes (Fabricius) (Orthoptera: Acrididae) in North America

O. Olfert | R. M. Weiss | D. Kriticos
  • Special Issue
  • - Volume 2011
  • - Article ID 849038
  • - Research Article

Immune Response of Mormon Crickets That Survived Infection by Beauveria bassiana

Robert B. Srygley | Stefan T. Jaronski
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