Neuronal control of flight behavior in Drosophila
Emmy-Noether-Gruppe: Neurobiology of Flight Control
To navigate, animals must stabilize their path against disturbances and change direction e.g. to avoid obstacles. We study the neural circuits and mechanisms underlying such steering maneuvers by simultaneously recording behavioral and neuronal activity in tethered flying fruit flies Drosophila. Thus, we identified a descending neuron, whose activity strongly correlates with turning behavior during flight and appears sufficient to elicit steering behavior.
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