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.
GV Queen Elizabeth College
CU Mr. C. Onazi of Nigeria talking to Mr Popov of anti-Locust Research centre London
SV Prof. Yarbei-Bienko (left USSR) Dr. R.L. Ranwell (Canada) and Dr. Fuzeau Breasch (France)
CU Dr Ranwell
SCU Dr. Schoonhoven and wife (Holland) looking at photographs
CU Prof. Anderson (USA)
CU Placard "Anti-Locust Research Centre 1945-70"
GV Sir Godfrey Wilson opens conference
CU Sir Godfrey speaks
LV PAN..Delegates at conference (2 shots)
SCU Venta Tesh (India) with Burdas Singh (FAO Rome) PAN to photograph of locust in flight
SV Locusts swarming over cattle (Australia)
LV Man in field surrounded by locusts
LV Flame throwers being used (2 shots)
SV Locusts swarming n filed (2 shots)
SV Locusts over crops
CU Locusts eating
SCU Remains of leaf after attack (2 shots)
GV Locusts in flight
Initials PAF/AW/BJ PAF/AW/ES
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Background: 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.