If you have American cockroaches- also known as Periplaneta americana, or waterbugs- the National Cockroach Project wants them. Or rather, they want the DNA. If enough people send in samples, the researchers will be able to determine how these common animals spread around our continent. Surprisingly, for such an ubiquitous urban insect, no one has studied how these animals move from city to city.
In spite of its name, the American Roach is actually an
African Old World species, and little is known about its American history. The National Cockroach Project has all the marks of a good citizen effort:
- It focuses on a common, easily identified animal found across the continent.
- The Rockefeller lab group has a strong record of relevant research.
- The questions it asks are focused and answerable.
- The answers will be relevant to both basic research and applied concerns for cockroach control.
To participate, follow the instructions.