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Insects, Volume 11, Issue 10 (October 2020) – 71 articles
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Cover Story (view full-size image) Huge migrating locust swarms have been devastating agriculture since ancient times. An important [...] Read more. Huge migrating locust swarms have been devastating agriculture since ancient times. An important aspect of the locusts’ natural history is their interaction with the bacteria they harbor in and on their body. These locust-associated bacteria affect certain physiological traits (such as immunity and swarm cohesion), as well as possibly being affected by different factors of locust biology. This review summarizes our current knowledge of locust-bacterial interactions, including the relevant bacterial strains and their locations within the insects; the role of the bacteria and their importance to their host’s life; the mechanism of transmitting important bacteria across locust generations; and more. Finally, we offer some new perspectives and research directions that could broaden our understanding of the locust-associated bacteria and their tentative instrumental role in locust outbreaks. View this paper.