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HopperWiki is currently open to the public in beta mode. Please help us by exploring the site and reaching out to us if you have corrections, comments, or information you'd like to provide for the public good! Note that many of the pages are still under construction.
What is HopperWiki?
HopperWiki is an early-stage project led by the Global Locust Initiative at Arizona State University which aims to be a global information repository for orthopteran insects (grasshoppers, locusts, katydids, crickets, and related insects). The project is engaging experts across diverse fields to both developing original content as well as providing an interface to discover and access the myriad existing resources surrounding the world's now almost 30,000 described species of Orthoptera. Starting with the foundational taxonomic resources provided by Orthoptera Species File, it seeks to make the many people, organizations, and resources provided by them more visible and accessible. One particular focus of HopperWiki is garnering resources pertaining to the complex themes surrounding the sustainable management of locusts and pest grasshoppers which impact human livelihoods and the environment. Learn more about HopperWiki.
Featured person: Koutaro Maeno
Koutaro Maeno, a senior researcher at JIRCAS, specializes in natural history and integrated pest management, particularly focusing on the ecology and management of insect pests, including locusts.
Featured resource
This resource showcases the daily development of Schistocerca nymphs. This work, led by Maeva Techer and Brandon Woo from the Song Lab, is part of an ongoing project to develop standard methods for rearing and dissecting Schistocerca tissues for molecular studies. Click here to see more identification resources
Featured species
The Australian plague locust (Chortoicetes terminifera) is widespread on the mainland of Australia. Its frequent outbreaks and ability to produce several generations in a year make it a notorious pest species. Ecologically, C. terminifera primarily inhabits grasslands and semi-arid regions. They are polyphagous, feeding on a variety of grasses and crops, which often leads to significant agricultural damage during swarm outbreaks. Management of C. terminifera involves monitoring and forecasting to predict outbreaks, combined with targeted control measures. The Australian Plague Locust Commission (APLC) plays a key role in management through surveillance and chemical control methods. However, chemical control is balanced with environmental considerations, including the potential impacts on non-target species and ecosystems. See the Australian Plague Locust Commission for more extensive information on the Australian plague locust. Click here for more details.
Complex landscape of research and management (click to explore)
Representation of the locust social-ecological-technical system (SETS). Click the symbols inside one of the circles to explore the theme.Management and technologyGovernanceArts and humanitiesSocial sciencesNatural sciences
Representation of the locust social-ecological-technical system (SETS). Click the symbols inside one of the circles to explore the theme.
Learn more about HopperWiki
HopperWiki was developed by the Global Locust Initiative