The overall research goal of the BPRI is to integrate (i) suborganismal processes of locust phase polyphenism, which will be investigated from genomic, epigenomic, transcriptomic, and neurophysiological perspectives using powerful genome-editing tools, with (ii) organismal biology and ecology, which will be investigated using manipulative lab-based and field-based experiments, (iii) in a phylogenetic framework.

The BPRI aims to investigate three locust species and three grasshopper species in the genus Schistocerca Stål (Orthoptera: Acrididae) that vary in their degrees of density-dependent phenotypic plasticity.