Scaling ecological phenomenon in Australia: landscape degradation effects on locust swarms and grasshopper assemblages

Project: Research project

Project Details

Description

Scaling ecological phenomenon in Australia: landscape degradation effects on locust swarms and grasshopper assemblages Scaling ecological phenomenon in Australia: landscape degradation effects on locust swarms and grasshopper assemblages Grasshoppers are dominant herbivores in drylands and pose significant threats to food security and economies globally. In Australia, the Australian plague locust (Chortoicetes terminifera; CT) is a major pest, thus understanding what causes outbreaks is important. Whereas substantial advancements in forecasting population outbreaks have been made in recent decades, the link between overgrazing and CT remains unclear. Further, CT outbreaks are predicted to decrease with climate change. Since this is currently the major pest, identifying other grasshopper species that are positively influenced by land degradation will be key in the future role of the APLC. In this project we are investigating the effects of overgrazing via land degradation on the Australian plague locust and other potentially agriculturally harmful grasshopper species.
StatusFinished
Effective start/end date1/2/206/30/20

Funding

  • OTHER: Foreign Government: $10,164.00

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