BPRI Research Featured on the GLN

The BPRI’s first research engagement series release on the Global Locust Network (GLN) community has reached nearly 100 views. The first series highlights Dr. Britt Peterson‘s microbes research.

Peterson, Brittany Dr. Bugguts Biology lab 08-29-19

Dr. Peterson explained:

“Microbes are often the invisible drivers of many characteristics that we assume to be determined by the host itself or by the environment. In insects, gut bacteria are known to manipulate a seemingly endless list of traits including behavior, growth, food preferences, and mate selection. These are all traits that may have impacts on locust swarming and migration. I think that understanding the composition of bacterial communities in the locust guts and seeing if they change during phase change can be important for both pesticide and biocontrol efforts to combat swarms.”