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Environmental chemicals make sense in insects

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This Research Topic focusing on chemical perception would be the opportunity to group different types of publications from review articles to research articles describing how invertebrates can detect chemicals through taste or olfaction. The contributions would range from molecular events (including ...

This Research Topic focusing on chemical perception would be the opportunity to group different types of publications from review articles to research articles describing how invertebrates can detect chemicals through taste or olfaction. The contributions would range from molecular events (including receptors), to cellular and neurobiological processes (including neuroanatomy and electrophysiological responses), and to behavioral outputs, which are ecologically relevant for the animals. This topic will focus on insect species. For example, Drosophila melanogaster is a powerful genetic model. Apis malifera is an important pollinator vital for the agricultural economy. Mosquito species are vectors for human diseases. These insects and others have similar olfactory and gustatory sensory systems with important differences, which this topic will highlight focusing on neurobiological questions. The expertise of each contributor will cover a wide spectrum of fundamental biological processes from evolution, genetics, molecular and cellular properties, physiological responses, and behavioral outputs. This Research Topic will be the opportunity to bring an integrative point of view of chemical detection in some insects, and to give an update from the last discoveries into these fields.


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