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Schistocerca gregaria

Resource Type
Common Name
Desert locust

The Ag100Pest Initiative ( of the USDA Agricultural Research Service (ARS) secured funding for this genome project from the USDA Foreign Agricultural Service (FAS) and the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) to develop genomic resources to study the desert locust. Locust specimens were collected in 2020 from swarms in Kenya and bred to produce offspring of known parentage by chemical ecologist Dr. Baldwyn Torto and his team with the International Centre of Insect Physiology and Ecology (ICIPE) in Nairobi, Kenya.

Learn more background about the project, including how this massive genome was sequenced and assembled:

Access information at the Ag Data Commons:

This dataset is not published - please follow Toronto/Ft. Lauderdale conditions of data re-use.

Childers AK, Geib SM, Sim SB, Poelchau MF, Coates BS, Simmonds TJ, Scully ED, Smith TPL, Childers CP, Corpuz RL, Hackett K, Scheffler B. The USDA-ARS Ag100Pest Initiative: High-Quality Genome Assemblies for Agricultural Pest Arthropod Research.. Insects. 2021 Jul 09; 12(7).
Organism Image
Image Credit
Schistocerca_gregaria_nymphs.jpg by Brandon Woo
NameProgramDate Constructed
Functional annotation of NCBI Schistocerca gregaria Annotation Release 100AgBase functional annotation pipelineAug 23rd, 2022
Schistocerca gregaria genome assembly iqSchGreg1.2 (GCF_023897955.1)HiFiASM Jun 24th, 2022
NCBI Schistocerca gregaria Annotation Release 100NCBI Eukaryotic Genome Annotation PipelineAug 10th, 2022
Assembly Stats
Scaffold N50
GC Content