« International Congress of Orthopterology » is a major international scientific event that brings together, every 3 years, the leading specialists in the field of orthopterology. After Argentina, the USA, Venezuela, Canada, Spain, Australia, France, Turkey, China and Brazil, the congress is organized for the first time in an African country. More than 200 participants from 5 continents are expected in Morocco (in Agadir) for this large-scale scientific meeting.
The congress covers the different aspects related to orthopterology: Biology, Ecology, Taxonomy, Physiology, Endocrinology, Cytogenetics.
Orthoptera is an order of insects that includes the grasshoppers and crickets, including closely related insects such as the katydids and wetas. This group has more than 17,000 species, almost half of which are grasshoppers. In many parts of the world some Orthoptera are serious crop pests. Among them are the Desert locust and the Moroccan locust, but also other species known for their damage to crops, particularly during periods of invasion, in several regions of the world with considerable social and economic consequences.