Current outbreaks

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Species to watch
At any given time a locust outbreak is likely to be happening somewhere in the world. Locusts are a special type of grasshopper whose outbreaks occur sporadically throughout much of the world and require extensive coordination to manage successfully. For some countries in Africa, the Middle East, South, and Southeast Asia, and South America, recent outbreaks are the worst seen in many decades. Each locust species has a unique set of biological traits and a distinct geographic range that span a landscape of cultural, political, and ecological diversity. As highly mobile pests, they also link distant regions together in feedback loops of human and ecological processes. As such, finding solutions to more sustainably manage these formidable pests requires approaches that consider this complexity and coordinate broadly across disciplines and countries. For a full list of situation bulletins click here