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Third-party-funded project

Determining the role of biogenic amine systems in the mechanisms of action selection in insects

Project management at the University of Würzburg:

Participating scientists:

The planned project aims to develop a sustained collaboration between Prof. Ricarda Scheiner (University of Würzburg) and Assoc. Prof. Andrew Barron (Macquarie University Sydney) to jointly investigate the role of biogenic amines in action selection of insects. A current model in neurobiology assumes that action selection is based on complex interactions between environmental experience, learning and the evaluation of the physiological condition in the brain. The complex and multisensory integration is presumably located in the lateral protocerebrum. The evaluation of external stimuli and the modulation of behaviour are often determined by biogenic amines. We will develop a new research project to identify the roles of the lateral protocerebrum and of biogenic amines in action selection of insects. For financial support we will develop a joined grant proposal within the frame of the Human Frontier Science Program 2016. Secondly, we will develop a bilateral workshop in which experts on insect behaviour of the University of Würzburg and of Macquarie University in Sydney discuss new research developments in action selection and to develop joint research programs. Thirdly, we will develop a program for the exchange of PhD students between both universities.

Key words:
    insect behaviour

Projekt period: from 11.2015 to 11.2015

Funding institution:
DFG ( Sachbeihilfe zum Aufbau internationaler Kooperationen ) ,Granting date: 26.05.2015