Grasshopper Rearing in Support of Methods Development for Rangeland Research - Revision - 4

Project: Research project

Project Details


Arizona State University (ASU) in Tempe, AZ has a Grasshopper Rearing Facility (GRF), founded and overseen by Cease Lab: Dr. Arianne Cease, School of Sustainability. For the purposes of laboratory experiments, this facility currently maintains colonies of four species of grasshoppers (Orthoptera: Acrididae), one from the U.S. and the other three from various parts of the world (acquired and kept with USDA permission). These colonies are maintained year-round by qualified staff from ASUs Department of Animal Care Technologies. To maintain colony health, wild-caught specimens are occasionally incorporated after following strict quarantine protocols.
ASUs GRF will provide space and continued, year-round maintenance for the rearing of a healthy colony of the migratory grasshopper, Melanoplus sanguinipes (native to wide swaths of the U.S.) of sufficient size for the purposes of laboratory experiments outside of the summer field season in the CPHST Phoenix Lab by the Rangeland Grasshopper-Mormon Cricket Management Team (RGMCMT). The colony was initially comprised of seed specimens from Dr. Stefan Jaronskis (ARS) colony in the USDA lab in Sidney, MT, with more specimens being added periodically from samples taken from the rangelands of the 17 western states during RGMCMTs summer field season, which usually runs from June through August. This revision will add another year (and funds) to an existing project.
Effective start/end date9/1/198/31/20


  • US Department of Agriculture (USDA): $41,077.00

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