Experience-Dependent Plasticity in Insects
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- Gabriela De Brito Sanchez
- Isabelle Massou
Researcher Associate professor Technical staff Postdoctoral fellow
- Jean-Marc Devaud
- Martin Giurfa
- Benjamin Paffhausen
- Sebastian Schwarz
- Marco Paoli
- Catherine Tait
- Mathilde Lacombrade
- Yuan Lai
- Ines Noureddine
- Louise Bestea
- Haiyang Geng
- Mathieu Kunetz
- Gregory Lafon
- Leo Clement
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
ERC Starting Grant EMERG-ANT: Ant Navigation in Natural Habitats
MOLECULTURE: Multiscale study of social learning and memory in Drosophila melanogaster: from genes to animal culture
APITASTE: Taste Perception and Modulation in a Miniature Brain
Molecular and neural mechanisms of appetitive and aversive memories
BEE NUMBER: The Biological Bases of Bee Numerosity
ERC Advanced Grant COGNIBRAINS: Cognition in an Insect Brain
- Singh M, Acerbi A, Caldwell CA, Danchin É, Isabel G, Molleman L, Scott-Phillips T, Tamariz M, van den Berg P, van Leeuwen EJC, Derex M.
Beyond social learning
Philos Trans R Soc Lond B Biol Sci. 2021 Jul 5;376(1828):20200050.
2021 Jul doi: 10.1098/rstb.2020.0050.
- Giurfa M, Giurfa de Brito A, Giurfa de Brito T, de Brito Sanchez MG.
Charles Henry Turner and the cognitive behavior of bees.
2021 Jul PMID: 33934411
- Bestea L, Réjaud A, Sandoz JC, Carcaud J, Giurfa M, de Brito Sanchez MG..
Peripheral taste detection in honey bees: What do taste receptors respond to?
Eur J Neurosci. doi: 10.1111/ejn.15265
- Monchanin C, Drujont E, Devaud JM, Lihoreau M, Barron AB .
Heavy metal pollutants have addictive effects on honey bee cognition
Journal of Experimental Biology, jeb.241869. doi: 10.1242/jeb.241869
- Monchanin C, Blanc-Brude A, Drujont E, Negahi MM, Pasquaretta C, Silvestre J, Baqué D, Elger A, Barron AB, Devaud JM, Lihoreau M.
Chronic exposure to lead impairs honey bee learning
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