The Silver jubilee of the Anti-Locust Research Centre was celebrated on Monday (July 6) in the form of a conference held at Queen Elizabeth College, London.
The Silver jubilee of the Anti-Locust Research Centre was celebrated on Monday (July 6) in the form of a conference held at Queen Elizabeth College, London. Over 200 specialists from more than 40 countries are attending the conference.
The conference is on the current and future problems of Acridology (after acridids locust sand grasshoppers). Each of the specialists attending will be present as an authority in his subject-not as a national delegate of his country.
Sir Godfrey Wilson, permanent secretary to the Ministry of Overseas Development opened the 10-day conference.
The Centre has a staff of nearly 100 and students and scientists from all over the world come to study there. While promoting and encouraging research and modern methods of control overseas in the countries affected by locusts, it does not act as an entomological police force.
Locusts remain today one of the greatest threats to farming all over the world. They can destroy a flourishing maize crop in a matter of hours. IN 1958 a single swarm in the Somali Republic was measured by aircraft and found to cover some 400 square miles.
The scale of the problem is such that the desert locust affects more than 60 countries-mainly in Africa. Each locust can eat its own weight in food every day and the female lays over 200 eggs in its short lifetime of four-to-six months.