Locust research facilities

Locusts are a global challenge that requires a worldwide effort.

To enable novel collaborative efforts, we envision a network of international facilities and resources that will serve as a database for Global Locust Initiative members. Members are welcome to contact these institutions to initiate collaborations. If you would like your facilities or other similar resource listed here, please contact the GLI Co-Director, Rick Overson.


Rick Overson
GLI Co-Director

Global Locust Initiative lab

Arizona State University

The GLI Lab works with ASU’s Department of Animal Care and Technologies to maintain world-class locust rearing facilities. The facilities exceed strict United States Department of Agriculture standards and are routinely inspected to ensure continued adherence to regulations. Currently, the facilities contain the following species of locusts and grasshoppers:

  1. Migratory Locust, Locusta migratoria
  2. Desert Locust, Schistocerca gregaria
  3. South American Locust, Schistocerca cancellata
  4. Australian Plague Locust, Chortoicetes terminifera
  5. Senegalese Locust, Oedaleus senegalensis
  6. Migratory Grasshopper, Melanoplus sanguinipes

The lab facilities

Each species can be raised as gregarious (Chamber A) or solitarious (Chamber B), allowing researchers to conduct a variety of experiments at the facilities, such as an analysis of locust behavior and flight (Chamber D). Click any image to view a larger version.

The GLI Lab invites students and researchers to contact us regarding potential research avenues in collaboration with GLI, and we welcome inquiries regarding tours. Please contact the GLI Co-Director, Rick Overson for additional information.