Experience-Dependent Plasticity in Insects
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Research engineer Researcher Associate professor
- Jean-Marc Devaud
- Guillaume Isabel
- Yuan Lai
- Ines Noureddine
- Elena Kerjean
- Catherine Macri
The objective of our team is the integrative study of experience-dependent plasticity in insects, with a particular focus on cognitive functions, such as visual and olfactory learning and memory. Three model species (honeybee, bumblebee, Drosophila), for which detailed descriptions of brain anatomy and genome are now available, are used to explore behavioral plasticity in ecologically relevant tasks and to track down their genetic, molecular and neural mechanisms bases. The comparative analysis between species exhibiting various levels of social complexities provides a unique opportunity to consider experience-dependent plasticity in a social context.
Our multidisciplinary approach is poised at the interface between experimental psychology, neurobiology, molecular biology, behavioral genetics and cognitive ecology. We use state-of the-art techniques spanning from behavioral observations of free-flying bees foraging on computer-controlled flowers, to the conditioning of harnessed individuals presented with tightly controlled stimuli, the identification of neural circuits involved in memory formation using transgenes, and the detailed tracking of neurotransmission processes in targeted brain structures.
BEE-MATURATION: Individual experience and plasticity
MOLECULTURE: Multiscale study of social learning and memory in Drosophila melanogaster: from genes to animal culture
BEE NUMBER: The Biological Bases of Bee Numerosity
- Aguiar JRMBV, Ferreira Nocelli, RC, do Nascimento, F.S, Giurfa M (2023).
Neonicotinoid effects on tropical bees: Imidacloprid impairs innate appetitive responsiveness, learning and memory in the stingless bee Melipona quadrifasciata
Science of the Total Environment 877:162859
- Carvalho da Silva R, Aguiar, JRMBV, Akemi Oi, C, Batista, JE, do Nascimento, F.S, Giurfa M.
Sex and lifestyle dictate learning performance in a neotropical wasp
iScience 26 106469
- Paoli M, Macri C, Giurfa M..
A Cognitive Account of Trace Conditioning in Insects.
Curr Opin Insect Sci. 101034 doi: 10.1016/j.cois.2023.101034
- Lafon G, Paoli M, Paffhausen B, de Brito Sanchez G, Lihoreau M, Avarguès-Weber A, Giurfa M.
Efficient visual-learning by bumble bees in virtual-reality conditions: size does not matter
Journal of Insect Science
2023 Feb https://doi.org/10.1111/1744-7917.13181
- Nöbel, S., Monier, M., Villa, D., Danchin, É., Isabel, G..
2-D sex images elicit mate copying in fruit flies.
Scientific Reports, 12(1), 1-9
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