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Drosophila place learning does not require the mushroom bodies

Following Foucoud et al, Ofstad et al present another behavioural assay by which Drosophila can be trained to associate a cool ‘safe’ place, to a visual panorama presented on a 360degree LED display. Of course, the possiblities for genetic dissection of spatial memory are great. Ofstad et al begin that process here, by demonstrating, perhaps counter to expectation, that neurons in the ellipsoid body rather than the mushroom body (which is essential for non-spatial learning) are necessary for visual place learning.

Tyler A. Ofstad, Charles S. Zuker & Michael B. Reiser (2011) Visual place learning in Drosophila melanogaster Nature 474, 204–207

See also a commentary:  Troy Zars (2011) Neuroscience: Flies race to a safe place. Nature 474, 169–170

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