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A Neuronal Network Model of Drosophila Antennal Lobe

Abstract Olfaction is an important sensory modality for behavior since odors inform animals of the presence of food, potential mates, and predators. The fruit fly, Drosophila melanogaster, is a favorable model organism for the investigation of the biophysical mechanisms that contribute to olfaction because its olfactory system is anatomically similar to but simpler than that of vertebrates. In the Drosophila olfactory system, sensory transduction takes place in olfactory receptor neurons housed in the antennae and maxillary palps on the front of the head. The first stage of olfactory processing resides in the antennal lobe, where the structural unit is the glomerulus. There are at least three classes of neurons in the antennal lobe - excitatory proj... (more)
Created Date 2013
Contributor Luli, Dori (Author) / Crook, Sharon (Advisor) / Baer, Steven (Committee member) / Castillo-Chavez, Carlos (Committee member) / Smith, Brian (Committee member) / Arizona State University (Publisher)
Subject Applied mathematics
Type Doctoral Dissertation
Extent 67 pages
Language English
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Note Ph.D. Applied Mathematics for the Life and Social Sciences 2013
Collaborating Institutions Graduate College / ASU Library
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