Olfactory signalling and coding in Drosophila and other insects

  • Warr, Coral, (Primary Chief Investigator (PCI))

Project: Research

Project Description

Animals rely on olfactory cues to detect food, danger, and others of the same species. The olfactory systems of Drosophila and other insects are simpler than those of mammals, yet complex enough to offer fascinating systems for studying neural information processing. This project aims to investigate the role of the Drosophila odorant receptors in olfactory coding, and to use multiple approaches to isolate components of the poorly understood insect olfactory signal transduction pathway. In addition, the role of the NO/cGMP pathway in olfactory signalling will be studied using an olfactory mutant that has nitric oxide synthase defects.
StatusFinished
Effective start/end date1/01/0230/06/05

Funding

  • Australian Research Council (ARC): AUD141,000.00
  • Monash University