Locusts: battling the great plague
The solitary locust is a harmless insect. Food scarcity exposes it to other locusts which bring about physical and behavioural changes. The result is a devastating swarm that can bring starvation and famine upon human populations.
In 2019 swarms have hit Sardinia, Saudi Arabia, Iran, Pakistan, Jordan and Yemen.
In this episode of Beyond the Headlines, host James Haines-Young speaks to Keith Cressman from the FAO Desert Locust Information Service that keeps a watch on all potential locust infestations across the globe and Professor Stephen Simpson AC, the Academic Director of the Charles Perkins Centre, who has over three decades experience in studying locusts.
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• Massive locust swarm provides a desert bounty in central Yemen - in pictures