Friday, January 30, 2009

Locust swarms and serotonin

Original article:
Anstey, M.L., Rogers, S.M., Ott, S.R., Burrows, M., & Simpson, S.J. (30 January 2009). Serotonin mediates behavioral gregarization underlying swarm formation in desert locusts. Science 323 (5914): 627-630. [DOI: 10.1126/science.1165939]
  • Includes links to a longer commentary (Perspectives) and shorter commentary (ScienceNow), an author interview podcast and podcast transcript
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Videos on Diseases with Insect Vectors

Kill or Cure" is a series of 25-minute films on diseases faced by people living in developing nations, some of which have insect vectors. Subjects include:
  • Malaria (mosquito)
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  • Chagas (kissing bug)
  • Dengue fever (mosquito)
  • Encephalitis (mosquito)
  • Trachoma (flies) distributes these documentaries, and provides free streaming online access.

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Global Research on Cocoa

- "Global Research On Cocoa: Working with and for farmers" - is a twice-yearly newsletter funded by the USDA and created by CABI.

All issues of the newsletter are available free online, back to issue #1 in June 2002.

CABI is "a not for profit, intergovernmental organization that improves people's lives worldwide by providing information and applying scientific expertise to solve problems in agriculture and the environment." They are publishers (ex: CAB Abstracts), researchers, consultants, and purveyors of microbial research services.

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